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The Art of Welcoming: A 3-part Series on the Vision and Practice of Hospitality

Part One: Talking with Sarah Krause

Sarah’s life is a welcome sign. A young math teacher fresh out of college, she has a lot on her plate, but never too much to ignore hospitality. Interviewing her was a huge treat, and we came away freshly inspired to live like Jesus. You’ll be encouraged no matter your age, but if you’re a younger woman, read on and glean some great ideas for how to change your world in an unlikely way.

February 10, 2020

Putting on the New Self: Thoughts on Ephesians 4 (Part 2)

In the last post, we saw that our old selves are full of deceitful desires and need to be slung off like a dirty old shirt. Our new selves are to reflect the image of Christ in righteousness and holiness (a much more attractive look). According to Ephesians 4:20-24, it sounds like we have the job of putting them on. But how?

January 20, 2020

Ripping Off the Old Man: Thoughts on Ephesians 4 (Part 1)

Ephesians 4 is changing my life. It sounds like Christian clickbait, but it’s not. More accurate wording would be that God is changing my life through his living and active word, that he promises to do that all over the place in the Bible, and that it shouldn’t be big news in my life. But I’m a stubborn sinner, so it is. If you’re like me in that, let’s talk. 

January 13, 2020

The New Normal
 and its New Temptations

For most of my life, during most of my waking hours, my time has been consumed by the activities and needs of the moment: those things that were determined for me merely by my stage of life. 

When I was a student, I went to school and participated in school-related activities. As a new wife, I worked both in and outside the home and invested myself in helping to build a solid foundation in our marriage. Then came parenthood and years of caring for little ones, balancing the various roles and challenges that life as a family necessitated.

January 6, 2020