Crossroads: “When You Think You Can’t Do Something” – Moses

In the movie Despicable Me, Gru is an unlikely (and at times unlikeable) hero. He adopts three girls as a way to steal the moon. He doesn’t want to be the hero. He wants to be left alone, to be the villain who does something brilliant.

Thrive: When What Is in Your Heart Flies Out of Your Mouth…

As a mother of two pre-teen boys, I know far too well that some ugly stuff can come out of a mouth. Recently, Aidan, my oldest son, was finishing up his daily-allotted video game time when he mumbled something to his younger brother, Owen.

Formations 06.08.2014: We Will Always Remember

Three years ago, the deadliest U.S. tornado since 1947 slammed into Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 and injuring 1,100. It destroyed or damaged 7,500 homes and displaced 9,200 people. Last month, on the third anniversary of this devastating tragedy, the people of Joplin said “thank you.”

Uniform 06.08.2014: Do Something

When God’s people returned to their homeland after a long and miserable exile in Babylon, they saw the destruction of their beloved temple—the place where they felt closest to God—and probably felt more alone than ever. They wanted to honor God by rebuilding a worthy place of worship, but they didn’t have the resources.

Spring and Sakura

Many people around the world know that Japan is famous for its abundance of cherry trees that blossom in the early spring with various shades of pink. During our first spring in Kanazawa, we were excited to see if the sakura (cherry blossoms) lived up to their hype.

A View from the Pew: Asleep at the Pew

Of all the human frailties that impact my ability to worship God, none frustrates me more than fatigue. As a child, I never slept in church. I was always a wiggler, which in hindsight I prefer to describe as “an active listener.”

Thrive: Jesus Feeds Five Thousand – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

If all you’ve got of Love in your trembling hands is a measly five loaves and two fish worth, then start distributing what little you’ve got to your friends and neighbors, and immediately it will begin to multiply.

Crossroads: Leaving and Coming Again

When I was eight years old, my parents sat me down one day and told me we were moving. At first, I was a little concerned and confused. I had always lived in the same house in the same town, so I wasn’t sure if I would like moving.

Formations 06.01.2014: We Begin with Praise

Psalm 145:1-13a Many of us first learned to pray by memorizing brief prayer texts, usually in poetic form: “Now I lay me down to sleep…” “God is great, God is good….” Our parents may not have given much thought to teaching us these prayers. Whether they knew it or not, however, they were exposing us […]

Uniform 06.01.2014: All Deliberate Speed

Having grown up in Georgia, I have heard many stories about when my state’s public schools finally integrated. In many cases, the court’s order did not take hold until the mid-70s, twenty years after its decree that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

Woman’s Best Friend

A few months ago, my husband and I adopted a dog from the Kentucky Humane Society. After three years of allergy shots, I was ready for my first canine. We had been to the shelter several times and never found the right one for us.

Thrive: The Pearl of Great Price – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Imagine that you are 92 years old looking back on your life, trying to determine whether or not you have lived. Imagine there is one thing you did, or one thing you had, or one thing you were, that lets you know: yes, you lived and you can rest in peace.