Jun 27, 2012


A few months ago, my husband, Trenton, and I responded to the needs of a single mother we mentored years ago through a youth ministry called Young Life . In order to help her finish school, we agreed to care for her two boys, alongside our own biological sons, until...Read more +
Jun 7, 2012

Religion + Life with Elaine H. Ecklund, Part 6: Putting It All Together

Our five-part series on the work of Laity Leadership Institute Senior Fellow Elaine Howard Ecklund focused on her research into what scientists really think about religion. It's been a compelling and fascinating series. In part one of the series , we introduced Ecklund and her work on this topic. We...Read more +
Jun 1, 2012

Everything Matters: Public Relations as a Cultural Act

Editor's Note: On Fridays we're hosting a series called Everything Matters, where guests share why the work of their particular vocational fields is a cultural act. Each installment serves as a response to the post, Creating a High Calling Culture . I’ve spent 38 years in the public relations business,...Read more +
May 7, 2012

Naked Tennis Ball Follow-Up

The Laity Lodge Pilgrim is going back to Laity Lodge to find the naked tennis ball he wrote about a few weeks ago. He has asked us for suggestions about what to do with it if he finds it again. Image by Grant Harder . Used with permission . Sourced via Flickr .
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Apr 25, 2012

Community Post: Belonging

"I hope my pastors know that they can fail. They can make financial mistakes. They don’t have to lead perfect families. They can have doubts. They can end a service early or late. They can teach from any part of scripture they feel lead to speak about." Read more at...
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Feb 28, 2012

Q Live Stream Event: Featuring Eugene Peterson with Gabe Lyons

Friends from Q Ideas are hosting a live stream event with Eugene Peterson tomorrow, Wednesday, February 29, from 10:45-11:45 a.m. EST. Peterson is a long-time friend of The High Calling, having written the Daily Reflections for seven years prior to Mark Roberts. And Peterson did extensive work on his Bible...Read more +
Dec 5, 2011

When Love Is an Action

I have watched how they go these past weeks. Soaring and diving, turning and landing—a migration ballet. I stand in the middle of the street with my neck arched upward for dizzying moments. When they swoop overhead, the world turns and I am lifted to heights, longing for wings. The...Read more +
Nov 30, 2011

Spectacles of Awe - in the Backyard

Michelle DeRusha thought the ideal vacation would be spending a week of silence with Carthusian monks. (She must be a mom.) When that wasn’t possible, she did the next best thing. She set aside 20 minutes of quiet in her back yard. For months. She simply looked around, watching the...Read more +
Nov 24, 2011

Jesus Smells Like Murphy's Oil Soap

I don’t know why I came. Many reasons, I suppose—obligation, guilt, habit. Whatever it is, I give up my Saturday morning for it. Meet this ragtag group to pitch in and clean up our church. I drag the boys along too—tell my husband something about building character, about how they...Read more +
Nov 22, 2011

What Was I Thinking When I Signed up for the Food Retreat?

I’m at this retreat listening to Cliff and Christine Warner talk about their family with its wonderful Sabbath tradition of sharing carefully planned meals with their children...They seem to be living Babette’s Feast while my life looks like the cafeteria scene from Animal House. Image by Grant Harder . Used...
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