Apr 21, 2014

Community Post: Why Did I Say "Yes"?

This one is for all those whose workplace is behind the steering wheel of a minivan — those who are privileged to call themselves stay-at-home moms and yet wonder why they’re always in the car. When my daughter was three years old, some generous friends of ours gifted us with...
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Apr 11, 2014

"As Christians, Does it Matter Where We Live?" - Andy Crouch

"As Christians, Does it Matter Where We Live?" - Andy Crouch
God's plans work, not only on the grand, sweeping scale of stars and galaxies, but also on the small, quirky scale of atoms and particles, and—perhaps the strangest of all—on the messy particularities of our human lives.Read more +
Apr 10, 2014

Stewardship of Creation: An Interview with "Noah" Screenwriter, Ari Handel

The first thing you need to know about Ari Handel, co-writer of the new film adaptation of the Noah story, is that he holds a PhD in neurobiology from New York University. Handel and director/co-writer Darren Aronofsky had been suitemates as Harvard University undergrads and began collaborating on films after...Read more +
Apr 10, 2014

And God Said It Was Good

Not every man can call himself a Master Educator. I can. Of course, the designation may have expired by now, and the title seems a bit ostentatious for so tiny a field of expertise, but according to the outdoor ethics program, Leave No Trace (LNT), the title is mine. In...Read more +
Apr 8, 2014

Leave It Better Than You Found It

“We shall be known by the tracks we leave behind.” -Lakota Proverb I love edible and medicinal wild plants. Every August as summer slowly winds into fall I look forward to the arrival of pawpaw season. Their scent, like a combination of apple cider and over-ripe bananas, guides me to...Read more +
Apr 2, 2014

Moving Beyond Mediocrity: You Are Worth It

She watched my every move. She noticed. My daughter saw me open presents—for my birthday, for an anniversary, for no reason at all. Small token gifts from my husband, even purchases I had made for myself—a piece of costume jewelry in my favorite color, a pair of jeans that fit...Read more +
Mar 16, 2014

Visual and Creative Arts as Ministry: A Doorway to Transformation

“The purpose of art and religion are the same,” Kenyon Adams said. I held my breath and leaned onto the edge of my seat. “Transformation.” I was sitting in a workshop at a conference in the middle of February, one of the oldest faces amidst a sea of college students...Read more +
Mar 16, 2014

Visual and Creative Arts as Ministry: Ribbons 'n' Roses

The sun would just be coming through the early morning clouds as I drove through the quiet, on my way to the Flower Mart in downtown Los Angeles. It was part of the ritual, the dance, of doing this work that I loved. I only did it part time and...Read more +
Mar 16, 2014

Visual and Creative Arts as Ministry: How Art Saves Us

Some nights, I can’t sleep. I toss and turn and pray and read and count my sheep. And then, I begin to cry. And when I do, my husband stretches out his hand in the darkness, and I find it and hold it in the loneliness of the dark. For...Read more +
Mar 16, 2014

Visual and Creative Arts as Ministry: The High Calling Talks with Forest Whitaker

Few actors inhabit a character like Forest Whitaker. For his most recent film, Black Nativity , Whitaker drew upon a wealth of personal experience in playing the part of a flawed preacher coming to grips with his failures as a parent. At a Los Angeles press junket for the film...Read more +