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.”

Crossroads: The Parable of the Lost Coin

I have a cross necklace that is very special to me. It’s not very valuable, but it was given to me by my favorite aunt and uncle when I graduated from high school. I had it for seven years and then lost it in a move. I looked everywhere for that necklace. I have other necklaces of course, but that one was special.

Truth Beneath the Ashes

Several years ago in Waco, TX, a couple hundred of us gathered for a crack-of-dawn Ash Wednesday service led by a team of seminary students. All kinds of folk—Baylor students, doctors, construction workers, grandparents—gathered at the shoreline of Lent, sleepy-eyed and somber.

Strangers Seeking Ashes – Amy Butler

The church that I pastor sits on a busy corner in downtown Washington, D.C. It’s the kind of neighborhood where most people, whether they live or work in the area, rarely if ever think about attending church.

Thrive: Pay Attention to Yertle – Pam Durso

And so Lent begins. This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which on the Christian calendar is the beginning of the season of Lent. For these days leading up to Easter Sunday on April 20, Christians around the world will participate in the spiritual discipline of “giving up” or perhaps “taking on.”

Formations 03.09.2014: The Wonders of the Universe

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will host a new version of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. The first episode of this science miniseries debuts tonight (March 9) on the National Geographic Channel.

Uniform 03.09.2014: Family History

My grandfather is a genealogy junky. He has spent countless hours sifting through birth, marriage, and death records in the public library of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Through his research, he traced our family tree back some fifteen generations, when the Milligans were still in England.

Crossroads: Preparing for the Task

We have been working on our basement. After some water damage last year, we finally got the basement dry and have stopped water from coming inside. Now, the task has become putting the basement back together. Lately, we have spent a lot of time building frames for new walls, putting up sheetrock and paneling.

What the Bible Means to Me – Daniel Vestal

I grew up with an almost reverential respect for the Bible, not really knowing why. One didn’t put another book on top of a Bible, and one never destroyed a Bible. It was the “Holy Bible.”

A View from the Pew: An Hour a Week

I am not a dreamer. That’s not to say I lack ambition or that I don’t hope for certain positive life outcomes. No, I mean, literally, I don’t have dreams; at least I don’t remember dreams.

Thrive: Anticipatory Packaging – Erin Robinson Hall

We have been seen by others, and they think they know exactly who we are. The Netflix account in our house keeps our favorite movies just a click away, which is perfect for my husband Jake, the movie buff. With data about the movies you watch, the types of stories you like, and the lead actors you favor, Netflix sets up a genre for you.