Jun 6, 2006

The Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment: An Interview with T. D. Jakes

T. D. Jakes, pastor and businessman, has a long list of accomplishments, growing ever longer. In the past year alone, while leading The Potter’s House Church, one of the nation’s largest, he co-produced and appeared in Woman, Thou Art Loosed , a mainstream film about childhood sexual abuse and redemption...Read more +
Mar 17, 2014

In Honor of St. Patrick

Genesis 50:14-23
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Most people think of this day as a time for wearing green and that’s about it (unless you’re Irish!). St. Patrick gets relatively little attention on his day, so I thought I might offer a few thoughts in his honor, including a prayer that is...Read more +
Mar 31, 2014

Moving Beyond Mediocrity: Playing It Safe Will Never Change the World

The dust swirled in the hot humid air as I trudged home from school. I slipped the report card next to Mom’s purse, hoping she would just sign it and give it back with cool indifference. No such luck. In our home, earning a mediocre grade was a major event,...Read more +
Mar 22, 2014

How Art Helps Me to Be Still

Psalm 46
Being still has never come easily to me, and I know I’m not alone. Whenever I ask friends how they are doing, the answer is inevitably some variation of, “I’m so busy!” Busy with work, busy with family, busy with looking for work, busy looking for the spouse with whom...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 +
Mar 16, 2014

Make Good Impressions

Marie de Tilly is an expert on manners. She preaches the "3 by 20 rule." Here's the rule: The first minute of a first impression has three parts of 20 seconds each: "In the first 20 seconds, we're judged by how we look . . . In the next 20...Read more +
Apr 3, 2014

Moving Beyond Mediocrity: It's Hard for a Reason

I’m horrible at remembering birthdays and anniversaries and other special occasions. Sure, I love it when I receive a gift or card in the mail on, or especially before, a big day of my own. But I’m usually the one sending the apologetic text at 11 p.m. the night of...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 24, 2014

Use the Power of Your Words for Good

Ephesians 4:29
As you may recall, in Ephesians 4:22-24 our life in Christ is pictured as a matter of putting off the old self and putting on the new. We get rid of the negative and dress up in the positive. The verses that follow offer specific applications of this general principle...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 +