Feature Articles

Apr 20, 2014

Simplicity at Work: Finding our Essence

In a high-tech, high-speed world that feels complicated, distracting, and overwhelming, is it any wonder that people are seeking to simplify? Even the president of the United States realizes the wisdom in simplicity. In "Obama's Way," a 2012 Vanity Fair article by Michael Lewis, the president is quoted as saying,...Read more +
Apr 20, 2014

Simplicity at Work: Why Shutting Off the Internet Helps Me Work on the Internet

Right now, as I write this, I'm not connected to the Internet. In fact, I've got my laptop woefully balanced on my lap as I listen to the rhythmic cadence of windshield wipers sweep away Oregon rain; I'm in the passenger seat as my husband steers the minivan around Pacific...Read more +
Apr 22, 2014

Multitasking

Multitasking
Does the temptation to do too many things at once prevent us from being present in our own lives? Howard Butt, Jr., shares his thoughts.Read more +
Apr 20, 2014

Simplicity at Work: Focus on What's Most Important

My mother retired from nursing almost five years ago now. She still gets patients, though. She’ll chuckle as she tells you that—how sometimes she has to have patience with her patients. It’s true, though. Mom is a long-suffering sort of lady. So when the phone rings and it’s someone who...Read more +
Apr 20, 2014

Simplicity at Work: A Single Eye

Shortly out of college, overwhelmed by the foreignness of life-after-school, I began to try to simplify my life. Books about simple living were everywhere, and I devoured them. In all my reading about simplicity, I read only one book, Richard Foster’s Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Don't Go It Alone

Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson was fascinated with ant communities. He recognized that ants identified death by smell. When an ant died, its corpse began to decompose and produce oleic acid. Ants recognized that one of their fellows died from the smell of this acid and would dutifully carry the...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Contemplating the Passion of Christ

Do you observe Good Friday? If you are part of a sacramental or liturgical Christian tradition, your church will probably have a service Friday night. Less formal traditions may not have official Good Friday services but may find other ways to present the story of the passion of Jesus. I...Read more +
Apr 16, 2014

Jesus Creates Harmony from Tension

Jesus Creates Harmony from Tension
In one of their concert grand pianos, 243 taut strings exert a pull of 40,000 pounds. Theodore Steinway offers proof that out of constant tension can come rich harmony.Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Why Holy Week Matters: Taking up Your Cross

by Keri Wyatt Kent
At the cross, Jesus generously gave his life for us. And yet, we can easily take that gift for granted and respond with indifference or entitlement. Third in a three-part series connecting everyday life with scenes from Holy Week: at the table, in the garden, and at the cross. Not...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Remember This Easter: Your Life’s Work Is Not Futile

by Max Lucado
The church of Jesus Christ began with a group of frightened men in a second-floor room in Jerusalem. Though trained and taught, they didn’t know what to say. Though they’d marched with him for three years, they now sat . . . afraid. They were timid soldiers, reluctant warriors, speechless...Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Being Like God . . . and Not Like God

According to Ephesians 5:1, we are to "Follow God's example." The Greek underlying this imperative reads more literally, "Be imitators of God." Now that's a tall order . . . and a wonderful one, too. This isn't the first time in Scripture that God's people are instructed to be like God. In Leviticus 19:2, for example, God says to Israel, "Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy." In Matthew 5:48, Jesus says, "Be perfect, therefore, as your...Read more +