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 +
Nov 28, 2014

Advent in Us: Do Not Fear, He Will Be with Us

At the beach this past summer I saw people of all ages, from toddlers to seasoned adults, standing and running and laughing, allowing the waves to wash up on their feet and ankles. That’s as deep as I could go. In front of where I stood at the farthest edge...Read more +
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 +
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 +
Nov 23, 2014

An Antidote to Worry

Philippians 4:6-8
He had the nurses turn his bed to face the window. “I like to watch the sun come through,” he says. I move over and slat the blinds, look down onto the street—onto one of those beautiful cherry trees that reaches up with red-fruited fingers to scratch on the glass...Read more +
Dec 15, 2014

Advent Church: Is the Era of Mega-Ministries Ending?

by Skye Jethani
Ordering a coffee used to mean answering two questions: “Regular or decaf?” and “Black or cream and sugar?” Today Starbucks offers over 87,000 different drink combinations. For decades marketing gurus have said people want choices because customization empowers the individual. But when facing a menu with thousands of drink options,...Read more +
Dec 12, 2014

Advent Reflection: Faith

Luke 1:39-45
Every now and then while I’m channel surfing on TV, I pause to listen to a preacher. It’s not uncommon to hear televangelists talk about how faith is the key to being blessed by God. “If you will only believe,” they insist, “then God will bless you.” Often that blessing...Read more +
Apr 8, 2008

Interview with Parker Palmer, Part 2

Ten years after its first release, Parker Palmer is republishing his book of encouragement for teachers called The Courage to Teach . The book helped countless teachers and other professionals to recover meaning in their work lives, in the midst of troubled, sometimes toxic systems. Recently, spoke to Mr...Read more +
Nov 21, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Thankful: Dear God, Thank You for This Crummy Job

I remember the days when I bounded out of bed, ready to seize the day. Back then, work was a joy. My coworkers banded together as we found new solutions to fix problems. My chain of command was empowering. My duties were challenging and fresh, engaging my mind and abilities...Read more +
Nov 24, 2014

The Most Important Ingredient

When Mark was 13, his mom let him bake the crowning moment of their family's Thanksgiving meal—the pumpkin pie. She figured he couldn't mess up a recipe that depended on store-bought crust and canned pumpkin. Despite the distraction of his favorite college football game, Mark successfully baked a beautiful golden...Read more +