The traditions and the foods may be different, but even across the globe, we can unite with our Kenyan brothers and sisters in this great celebration. Christ has come to earth! The redemption of our souls has been accomplished. Our God has made a way,...

The world around us is ever-changing and, at times, can feel as if it’s spinning out of control. As believers in Jesus, we must discipline ourselves to set our hope in eternity and to rest in the sovereignty of God. However, we must also learn...

The world around us is ever-changing and, at times, can feel as if it's spinning out of control. As believers in Jesus, we must discipline ourselves to set our hope in eternity and to rest in the sovereignty of God. However, we must also learn...

I very much wanted a family, but I really always saw myself as a working mom. I even rolled my eyes a little at college friends who would be studying their bums off for finals, knowing that their ultimate goal was just to raise babies....

  When we think about our work we typically think of our vocation (job) and the required activity it takes to complete its mission-a lawyer doing litigation work, a server serving tables, a homemaker managing the household, a project leader coordinating a project team...

  The world around us is ever-changing and, at times, can feel as if it's spinning out of control. As believers in Jesus, we must discipline ourselves to set our hope in eternity and to rest in the sovereignty of God. However, we must also learn...

  The world around us is ever-changing and, at times, can feel as if it's spinning out of control. As believers in Jesus, we must discipline ourselves to set our hope in eternity and to rest in the sovereignty of God. However, we must also learn...

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Band-Aids are magical, at least to my children they were. When my kids were little, any booboo from a fall could be cured with a band-aid. To them, the application of a band-aid  cured their ailment and allowed them to move on. In many ways...

The challenges for those facing incarceration are growing. When you consider the statistics surrounding those serving time in prison, it becomes clear that there is much brokenness within our justice system. Gaps created through poverty and race often bring about more injustice than justice. Defense attorney...

Growing up in a western, enlightened society I learned to look down on everyone else’s understanding of the world. I learned empirical values. I learned to despise the childish notions of our ignorant ancestors. Accordingly, Greek mythology, demonic activity and supernatural phenomena were classified with...

We don't belong here. This idea is a difficult one for us to remember. Our lives feel normal, busy, and often, harried. Our homes provide us with a safe haven in the evenings; we control and protect the comfort we find there. We have an...

  Christmas is about a relationship. I didn’t say that Christmas is about relationships, as in relationships with friends and family. Of course, this season brings many intentional moments to be with friends and family. But those relationships, important as they are, aren’t the best part of...

  Unless you’ve been living in a cave, or too busy decorating your home for the holidays, you’ve heard of some big events around the world -- the recent spat of bombings across the world (most notably in Paris and Beirut), followed by a debate over...

As I write this, my mind is drifting aimlessly to pinterest boards and dreams for my new home. I have an excuse though – I just signed a contract on my first house! I imagine clean spaces, crisp linens, and cozy blankets. A perfect dream world...

I find it interesting that Pope Francis, who is by all appearances too liberal for the conservatives and too conservative for the liberals, is revered and even loved by both. How is it possible that someone who should have enemies on both sides finds friends...

There's no denying it. Our world, our city, and our neighborhoods are messed up places. On a personal level, we all experience pain, loss, and suffering. And yet there always seems to be someone whose struggles are harder than our own. All around us, there are...

Are you a people-pleaser? Do you work hard to make people like you, or at least to avoid people not liking you?   (Before you think I’m being judgmental, understand that I’m more guilty of this than anyone.) A great way to tell if you’re a people-pleaser is...

When your job is engaging people and culture it can be easy to think you’re an expert.   For the past 5 years, my job, on some level, has consisted of engaging people and cultures intentionally and with the goal of gospel-centered restoration. As someone who prides myself...

  In today's world, we are intentional about a lot of things. We are constantly making decisions to move our agenda forward in our fast-paced society.   This affects how we dress, how we save, the particular kind of coffee we drink, and the non-GMO organic potatoes we...

"Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for...

  Reports of death are everywhere these days. It seems as if everyday there is a fresh report of some group attacking another. We often find ourselves so disheartened by these reports that we avoid turning on the news altogether. We sigh and excuse ourselves by...

  Felista Wangui is a gentle, unassuming college freshman at Garissa University in eastern Kenya. On first appearance, she is such a quiet young woman that she seems frail and easily intimidated. But when she speaks, she projects an inner strength that commands respect. During her life,...

We are just coming out of election season, a time notorious for anger, disenchantment, or passive resignation, depending on your views. Often times we as Christians are perplexed when it comes to engaging culture through politics; separation of church and state, choosing the lesser of...

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. I was exactly 24 days old at the time. For me, Tiananmen is something I read about in history books, yet the implications still affect our world today and as Christians, we have a distinct...