Jan 4, 2015

You Don’t Go to Work Alone

Luke 12:12
Years ago, a friend gave me a small framed print highlighting a verse from the Gospel of Luke: “For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” She handed me the gift a few minutes before I stepped to the podium to deliver...Read more +
Jan 23, 2015

Rediscovering Community: Redefining Real Friends

I huddle with my husband and two teenagers in a cloud of breath, mesmerized by orange flames licking glass inside two lamps flanking the front door, waiting for signs of life after pushing the doorbell. We’ve arrived for a respite on our first day of a holiday road trip after...Read more +
Dec 7, 2014


by Lisha Epperson
Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭25-27‬
My teen son asked for the latest video gaming system recently. He asks every year. I don’t feel it’s a good fit for our family, so I’ve worked hard to create boundaries around technology. But every year around this time, he asks. I’m not feeling the violent or pseudo sports...Read more +
Dec 5, 2014

Advent Hope: Staying Afloat

In the past several months, many of my closest friends have found themselves in the darkest of circumstances, hopeless situations not only missing easy answers but void of answers altogether. I’ve listened to laments of marriage hurts that just won’t heal, unexplained seizures that keep shaking limbs and unsettling lives,...Read more +
Jan 16, 2015

Paying Well: Loving Others Through Fair Wages

“The extra income is a Godsend,” she said. I’d just landed a fairly large new account, one I’d need help managing, so I’d asked one of my regular freelancers if she could take on more work. With two children and three new foster kids arriving at her home soon, the...Read more +
Jan 23, 2015

Rediscovering Community: Move into the Neighborhood

A coyote was roaming our street. Most of the neighborhood was aware of the coyote’s whereabouts from postings on a private Facebook page, but one couple isn’t on social media. The timing wasn’t convenient or ideal, but warning my neighbors to be cautious and then listening to their struggles trumped...Read more +
Jan 9, 2015

All Things New: In the Winter of Despair

Each year I think I’ll enjoy winter—I imagine building snowmen, watching little kids lick icicles, having snowball fights, and wrestling with my kids in the tall snow. But with each fun winter activity comes the cold, the deadness of the plants, the dreary skies. By about mid-January, I’ve had enough...Read more +
Jan 10, 2015

When You Don’t Know What to Pray

Romans 8:26
If you were to peek into my office during one of my most frustrated moments, you might see this: A blinking cursor on a blank Microsoft Word document. A frustrated stack of scribbled notes. A woman, with her head in her hands, uttering, “Help me, God. Help me, God. Help...Read more +
Jan 13, 2015

Barry Saunders: Hunting Creativity

Barry Saunders: Hunting Creativity
Creativity means bringing all of ourselves to our work, to our relationships, and to our faith.Read more +
Jan 16, 2015

Paying Well: Tipping the Scales Toward Love

They were in the cold interior of the Mazda. As the driver backed out of the gates of the salon compound, Aunty Uju gestured to the gateman, rolled down her window, and gave him some money. “Thank you, Madam!” he said, and saluted. She had slipped naira notes to all...Read more +