Crossroads: The Workers in the Field

Have you ever thought that something was just unfair? It could be that someone got something that you thought you deserved, or you did the right thing and someone else didn’t do anything, but they still got the credit. Maybe you felt like you deserved that promotion at work, but someone else (who doesn’t seem to work as hard) got it instead.

Digital Disciples – Elizabeth Wellington

Twenty-six teenagers dillydally on smartphones, sending instant messages, scrolling through news feeds, liking statuses and posting updates on social media sites Twitter, Facebook and Instagram while intermittently gazing at farmland images beaming from a digital projector. New Age tunes echo through the room courtesy of online music service Spotify.

Thrive: Pay Attention to the Questions – Pam Durso

I love Jeopardy. I am sure I would score in the negative numbers if I were a contestant. I don’t have that much Shakespeare or potent potables trivia floating in my head, and I have pretty slow thumb reflexes. Plus I am pretty sure I would never remember to give my answer in the form of a question.

Crossroads: The Unmerciful Servant

Have you ever not wanted to forgive someone? Have you ever been so mad at someone that even when they asked for forgiveness, you didn’t want to forgive them? We all have times when we don’t want to forgive someone else. Perhaps that person really hurt us and the wound is too raw to think about forgiving them.

Formations 03.23.2014: Slavery, Then and Now

Seventh-graders at Iowa City, Iowa’s South East Junior High School hosted a charity basketball tournament earlier this month to raise awareness about modern slavery. The fundraiser, called Hoops for Hopes, was dedicated to educating the public about the issue.

Uniform 03.23.2014: One of the Flock

I must confess that the book of Revelation intimidates me. I can read about the flood in Genesis, Egypt’s ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus, the dry bones in Ezekiel, and the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels without feeling overwhelmed by God’s mysterious power.

Busy, Busy, Busy – Lillian Daniel

There are four different versions of the resurrection story; each of the four Gospels tells the story slightly differently. And yet the people who put the Bible together allowed these inconsistencies to remain side by side. I think they thought that thinking Christians could handle it.

Praying the News: Taking the Dunn Verdict and Other Headlines to God – Carol Davis Younger

Three days after the Michael Dunn verdict, Chanequa Walker-Barnes, who teaches pastoral care and counseling at McAfee School of Theology, preached in chapel. She challenged Christians to share the hurt of those devastated that the Florida jury found Dunn guilty of attempted murder for firing into a car of unarmed teens, but not guilty of the primary charge, the first degree murder of Jordan Davis.

The White Whale

I began planning for winter when Laura and I arrived in September. I had heard how bad it could be and wanted to be ready. I brought a heavy jacket, thick socks, and weather resistant hiking boots to prepare, but soon found out that these particular boots would be a hassle.

Thrive: Pay Attention to the Road – Pam Durso

I am a West Texas girl—born in the town Big Spring. The land there is flat. The trees are small. You can see forever. In West Texas, you don’t really need a sense of direction. You can see exactly where you are going.

Formations 03.16.2014: Judgment and Grace

Noah, a movie starring Russell Crowe and based on the account of Noah’s flood in the book of Genesis, is scheduled to open on March 28. Like every other biblical movie ever made, it is likely to take liberties, both large and small, with the actual Scripture text. Some Christians will no doubt reject the movie on those grounds.

Uniform 03.16.2014: Passing It On

When I tell my mother that I don’t feel old enough to have been a mom for nearly ten years, she laughs and says, “Try being a mom for nearly thirty-seven years.” To which I reply, “Thanks for reminding me how old I am.”