Nov 21, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Thankful: 14 Happy Ways to Teach Kids to be Grateful

How long do I really have to figure it out? How long do I have to figure out how to live full of joy? So my husband might find himself married to a woman he loves being with. A woman who knows how to laugh at the days to come...Read more +
Oct 31, 2014

Designed to Work: Redeeming Architecture

by David Greusel
I am what is called a “necessity entrepreneur.” This is a nice phrase for people who started a business after losing their jobs in the recession: in my case, after thirty years as an employee of various small and large firms. In the five years since launching my practice, I’ve...Read more +
Oct 31, 2014

Designed to Work: What Do You Make Possible?

Last month my employer-issued laptop slowed to a crawl. Every keystroke was followed by a two second delay, making it impossible to type words correctly or fix their misspelling. Every mouse click generated a multi-colored spinning wheel. In frustration I clicked other tabs, wishing one of them would work, which...Read more +
Nov 7, 2014

Work for God: Called Out of the Ministry

"I think God may be calling me to something different," I said warily to my senior pastor. "Do you mean something else within the church, or do you think God is calling you out of the church?" he answered. Later that day, I told me wife about the conversation. "You...Read more +
Oct 26, 2014

Do Your Daily Habits Reflect Your Values?

by Sarah Bessey
Psalm 90:12
Years ago, a mentor told me, “Show me your bank account, and I’ll show you your true self.” She meant that our spending habits often say more about us than we think they do. She wanted to challenge me to consider how I use my resources, to ensure that my...Read more +
Nov 16, 2014

Radical Inclusion

by Sarah Bessey
Romans 12:1
When our family began to worship as part of our current church a few years ago, I was captivated by one of the church’s core values: “Everyone gets to play.” Our faith isn’t a spectator sport. We were all made to contribute to the Body of Christ in our unique...Read more +
Oct 29, 2014

Labor in the Dark

Labor in the Dark
Before Arturo Toscanini was one of the world's great musical directors, he was a cellist so nearsighted that he memorized his sheet music. He also memorized the parts for every instrument in the orchestra.Read more +
Nov 25, 2014

Can We Really Give Thanks Always?

Ephesians 5:18-20
Certain biblical imperatives have often made me feel like a spiritual nincompoop. “Pray without ceasing” is one of those (1 Thes. 5:17, ESV). No matter what it really means to “pray without ceasing,” I’m quite sure I don’t do it. And don’t even get me started on “Be perfect, therefore,...Read more +
Oct 24, 2014

Holy Routines: Finding God in the Boundaries of Time

On a Saturday, I left my husband and the boys at home and drove to the WalMart in our small city for my weekly grocery shopping. When I had parked and began checking my purse for the shopping list and pen I knew were there, I noticed that my cell...Read more +
Oct 31, 2014

Designed to Work: Are We Meant for Toil?

Things between Clive Howard and his son Darrell have been spoiling for years now, ever since Darrell proclaimed his intent to leave. Way it was told to me, Darrell knew long before high school that farming would not be his future. His first trip to the cemetery guaranteed it. The...Read more +