Waiting for You – Addie Davis

Your achievements represent hard work and dedication—a milestone—but you will discover that there are no resting places, just breathers along the way, for you must get on with the tasks of missions, education, and employment. You must certainly get on with the business of living.

Thrive: Surely Seven Is Enough – Lauren Brewer Bass

One year, with Ash Wednesday approaching, I found myself stewing about words spoken to me by a friend (who is now my husband). He casually mentioned to me that I liked to hold grudges. (Um, what?)

Thrive: Enter Life – Lauren Brewer Bass

Jesus often confused people. These words confused his listeners then and continue to confuse us today. To smooth out that confusion, most people decide that Jesus was using hyperbole, exaggeration, to make a point. But was he exaggerating?

Thrive: Peter, Peter, Peter – Melanie Storie

Of all the disciples, Peter holds a special place in my heart. He seems to try so hard to please Jesus. He is the one at the front of the class, nodding his head in vigorous agreement with every word Jesus says.

Thrive: Beware of the Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees – Melanie Storie

When my family and I were preparing for a two-year mission in rural Alabama, we went through a period of training. During one of our training sessions, the leader talked to us about our prejudices and what it would be like to live as minorities.

Thrive: When Jesus Calls a Woman “a Dog”… – Melanie Storie

This gentle Jesus who welcomed children, healed a blind man with spit-mud, and consorted with women of questionable moral character and height-challenged tax collectors certainly did some shocking things, but insulting a woman on her knees begging for mercy seems a little extreme.

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.

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.

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.

Thrive: The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Dream with me. Let’s say, you are a Christian. But you are sometimes embarrassed by this. Those other Christians have given you a bad reputation, you feel.

Thrive: The Parable of the Sower – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Imagine your ears are a plot of land in the countryside. Imagine everything you hear with them is seed with the potential to sprout. Imagine all seed is good seed.

Thrive: Tree, Fruit, and Facebook? – Kristy Bay

We live in a time in which the current Christian trend is to focus on how our actions speak louder than our words; how it’s not enough to talk about Christ, but how we have to go out and actually do the things that Jesus would do. Doing what Jesus would do could be risky, unpopular, and uncomfortable.

Thrive: Intentions vs. Legalism – Kristy Bay

Student ministry is my passion because I love watching students grow emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally. But student ministry is not for the faint of heart. One of the most important things I have learned about meeting a new group of students is how to sort them into three categories: the literalists, the intentionalists, and the politicians.

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.

Thrive: The Gospel According to Joshua – Erin Robinson Hall

In seminary, I served at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta. Along with jumping head-first into new traditions, I got to know some of the beautiful people of this historic church. One of my new friends was Joshua.