Oct 3, 2014

Pursue God: In the Dark Places of the Heart

“Christ says give me all. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want you.” C.S. Lewis The therapist sits cross-legged, typing notes on his tiny computer. With probing questions, he delves into my emotional state with...Read more +
Oct 3, 2014

Pursue God: Discovering an Integrated Life

Years ago, I was elbow deep in warm sudsy water. My hands searched along the bottom to hunt down the baby spoon—an ordinary task, one among many that day along with folding laundry, taking out the trash, and finding a way to control a LEGO city that was experiencing urban...Read more +
Oct 5, 2014

When We Fail

by Ryan Dowd
Jeremiah 15:15-18
I sat alone in my car on the side of a four-lane highway somewhere in rural Indiana. Sheets of rain were falling from bloated clouds, forming muddy puddles in the early summer cornfields that stretched to every horizon. I turned off the engine to my small, black Chevy Cavalier, and...Read more +
Sep 19, 2014

Best Books for Business: Wendell Berry’s Collected Poems

In the late nineties, I was force-fed a steady diet of business books by my business school professors. “Thinking like a businessman,” they said, “requires reading like a businessman.” And so, extracurricular texts were foisted upon me, and book after book from my professors’ personal stacks made their way to...Read more +
Sep 22, 2014

Should Christians Drink, Smoke, or Chew or Go With Folks Who Do?

Ephesians 5:18
Growing up in a conservative Christian church, I sometimes heard the ditty, “I don’t drink, smoke, or chew, or go with girls who do.” This was usually said humorously, but the underlying message was one we took seriously. There were certain sins of the flesh good Christians should avoid as...Read more +
Sep 26, 2014

Vocation Focus: The Five Biggest Career Mistakes Christians Make

For years I was stuck in a mindset that placed an irrationally high value on ministry while under-appreciating God’s interest in using my talents, skills, and interests to pursue His kingdom in a variety of alternate forms. God has created a pretty big world out there, but many of us...Read more +
Oct 12, 2014

God Will

Colossians 1:16-17
We spend a lot of words on intentionality these days. We seek intention in all we do—a gesture, I think, toward interpreting by lived performance the Scripture about all our words and deeds being hid in the purposes of Jesus. But we do ourselves a disservice in these conversations. With...Read more +
Oct 10, 2014

Habits That Work: My Daily Hallelujah

Getting regular exercise was always a challenge for me until I discovered the Leslie Sansone indoor walking program. I loved to walk outside—at least that's what I always told myself. It seemed that my daily walk was always the first thing to drop from my day. Perhaps I didn't really...Read more +
Oct 10, 2014

Habits That Work: Making Dinner

I have been making dinner for my family since I was ten years old, only back then I made it for my sister and my parents, and now I make it for my husband and our kids. Thirty years of daily dinner-making is 11,000 meals. Sometimes, the dailiness of this...Read more +
Sep 26, 2014

Vocation Focus: Follow Your Passion, Not Your Career Path

I know two nurses. One finds great joy serving in a hospice and offering tender care to the dying. The other works in the burn ward of a children’s hospital and helps little ones on the road to recovery. But neither of them can imagine how the other works where...Read more +