Longing for Home: Christmas Movie Cheer

Longing for Home: Christmas Movie Cheer

Getting in the Mood for Christmas Christmas movies do a variety of things: get us in the mood for the season, connect us with family, and entertain us. Alongside the stockings, fir tree, and nativity set, A Charlie Brown Christmas was an annual viewing tradition in my...
Hard Holy Days and the Wondrous Mystery

Hard Holy Days and the Wondrous Mystery

Christmas is Over It’s Christmas morning, not yet light. I am ten years old, creeping down the stairs, and I am full of hope. My siblings and I were told there will be no Christmas. Our mother told us. She always tells the truth. But I believe in more than truth. Once...
The Power of Testimony in Worship

The Power of Testimony in Worship

At work, I am more than just a nurse. I am the hands and feet of God. … I am trying to be family to them. Faith is giving me strength to do that. The congregational response to this young woman’s testimony, spoken during an online worship service in the first months...
How to Listen Well

How to Listen Well

Have you ever been talking with someone, and as they listened, you felt like you were the only person in the room? The listener had no sense of needing to be elsewhere. They had no sense of needing to interrupt you. They simply listened. How did that feel? On the...
Yearning, Three Advents of Christ

Yearning, Three Advents of Christ

Blog post adapted from Advent: The Season of Hope by Tish Harrison Warren. Adapted from Chapter 1, “Yearning, Three Advents of Christ,” reproduced with permission from IVP. As the calendar year winds down, as the days darken and grow short, as Christmas songs...
Conscience Over Cohesion?

Conscience Over Cohesion?

Imagine you are an alien who earned your interstellar passport and decided to spend a day on planet Earth. Suppose you picked a small town somewhere in the United States. Maybe you wouldn’t be surprised by the stores in which to buy food and other necessities,...