Feature Articles

Aug 21, 2014

Elevator Operator

Elevator Operator
Bruce Renfroe, an elevator operator in New York City, quickly came to recognize the same somber faces riding his elevator every day. The passengers rarely spoke or even acknowledged one another. Bruce Renfroe took action.Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Make Yourself at Home

“Make yourself at home.” You know the expression, even said it yourself to guests. It rolls off the tongue in a moment of warmth so generous you believe you actually mean it. We can’t mean it, though, can we? I live in my own home in ways you wouldn’t in...Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Dare to Ask

When I was a kid, we often traveled from our home in Georgia to Upstate South Carolina. We loaded up our yellow 1972 Dodge Dart and spent weekends, holidays, and vacations visiting aunts, uncles, and cousins. I suppose even if there had been a hotel or motel in the town...Read more +
Aug 19, 2014

Restoring Homes to Restore a Community

Restoring Homes to Restore a Community (Kimberly)
When other companies might be inclined to tear down an old house, the Renner Project chooses to restore it.Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Making Room

The summer I turned nine, I survived leaving home for the first time. As a homebody, the thought of two weeks away at summer camp made my stomach queasy. Despite incessant pleas to skip summer entirely, I became a very homesick camper at Laity Lodge’s Singing Hills. I can’t remember...Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Love on a Plane

It began as a normal plane ride. We’d been airborne twenty minutes, and my thoughts were already shifting to domestic tasks, things happily forgotten for three days during a busy academic conference: an electrical problem with an upstairs hall light, a daughter’s dental appointment. Our flight departed Boston at day’s...Read more +
Aug 18, 2014


It was the 2000 Olympic trials. Two competitors prepared to face off in the taekwondo finals. The winner would represent the United States at the Sydney Olympic Games. The loser would find a seat in the stands. And the winner was a foregone conclusion. Because in the semifinals one of...Read more +
Aug 15, 2014

Submit Your Story (Linkup): A Letter to My Younger Self

I come from a long line of thriftiness. Perhaps it was the fact that my father’s kin were Norwegian peasant farmers who staked a claim in the hard North Dakota soil, planting beets and potatoes, hoping to make a living. They endured the ups and downs of dusty, dry summers...Read more +
Aug 14, 2014

"As a Manager, How Do You Interact With Your Employees?" — J. B. Wood

"As a Manager, How do You Interact With Your Employees?" - JB Wood
It's very easy to forget that our team and the people reporting to us and working for us are just that . . . they're people. And people—I don't care who you are—deep down they want to be acknowledged, they want to be appreciated.Read more +
Aug 10, 2014

Helping Employees Fulfill Their Dreams

We all want careers that are purposeful. Nobody wants to find themselves in a dead-end job. We want to be allowed to dream of better things. We believe that God is calling us to go further up and further in, not only in our relationship with him, but in the...Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Doing the Unthinkable

Only a few verses earlier in Mark 14, Jesus told his disciples that they would desert him (14:27). When Peter emphatically denied that he would do this, Jesus told him that “this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” In response, Peter stated unequivocally, “No! … Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you.” (14:31). There’s no doubt that Peter truly believed he would never,...Read more +