• April 15, 2015

    In 2008, Kelly Knox was an unknown credit controller from Enfield, North London. By the end of that year, she had won Britain’s Missing Top Model and appeared on the cover of Marie Claire. What made this particularly notable was not her previous anonymity, but the fact the Knox was born without her left arm. Knox represents a particular perspective on living with a disability. She hails from a family that refused to allow her to feel inferior to other children...

  • April 14, 2015

    Our cultural craving for creative and compelling stories certainly encourages those of us engaged in leading communal worship to be more attentive to the story we are telling. We desire to anchor ourselves within the “grand narrative of scripture” as Christopher Wright calls it. Though the story has been there for two millennia, we have more recently utilized four key terms – Creation, Fall, Redemption, Consummation (or sometimes, New Creation) – in our attempts to describe the primary movements of scripture’s narrative arc.

  • April 13, 2015

    Pope Francis recently said, "Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the church." But what about those people for whom the church has been a source of pain? There are many of us with stories about being hurt by the church—whether because of race, sexual identity, ability, age, gender, or something else. Like many, I am a Christian both in spite of the church and because of the church. So how can we show people Christ or disciple them when the church is keeping them away from Christ?

  • April 13, 2015

    Unexpected, one-on-one moments have offered some of the most meaningful prayer times I’ve shared with kids. Sometimes the occasion is joyful: “I hoped someone would invite me to play at their house and it happened!” We quickly, genuinely thank God for that bit of grace. Or, a worry about an uncle needing surgery may be casually mentioned. That’s the perfect moment to stop and ask for God’s guiding hand on the doctors...

  • April 9, 2015

    In the book of Jonah, God models for us how to persist with stubborn people when they are behaving with defiance and selfishness. Self-centered behavior is a timeless issue that plagues our relationships today as well. Every marriage is made up of two broken individuals trying to figure out how to be in fellowship together. We have an idea of how things should go and we get frustrated when things do not go as we planned...

  • April 6, 2015

    Most movies and television shows depict romantic love as an uncontrollable cosmic event. The “meet cute.” Love at first sight. Cupid’s arrow. In this way of thinking, love is a force of nature, powerless to resist. But believing in a star-crossed, chemistry-coerced, soul mate sort of love has an ugly, unspoken aftermath. What happens when that one special one doesn’t feel so special? What happens when we “fall out of love?” In this case, leaving a relationship becomes as unavoidable as joining.