Warmth & Kindness (by Rachel Evans)

“How are you doing today?” I asked Rob (not his real name), and extended a hand. “I am blessed,” he proclaimed, then asked pointedly, “What else can I say?” Rob and I stepped out into the cold December day.  We crossed the busy Minneapolis street and headed to the car, where my colleague unlocked the…

Mittens for Yvonne (by Nancy Adsem)

By Nancy Adsem I make mittens.  I love the search for old wool sweaters and great buttons – the cutting and stitching and lining with fleece.  Each pair is different and, I think, has a unique “personality”. Each fall I gather with another mitten friend, and we sell our mittens at an out-door Christmas festival…

“Here I Am!” (by Mike Fox)

By Mike Fox  On my desk at work I have a scripture-a-day calendar.  When I get to work in the morning, one of the first things I do is tear off yesterday’s verse and look at the new verse.  I never look ahead.  I look forward to the surprise.  Last week one of the verses…

10 Turning Point Lessons for Church Leaders (by Pete Scazzero)

From Pete Scazzero: Character is more important than gifting. Being is more important than doing. When we have overlooked issues of character because of anointing, effectiveness, or natural abilities, we have always paid a price. Do not rush. When decisions were made quickly, without pausing to pray, think and process implications, we always experienced regrets. Seeing the Promised Land without carefully…

POEM: “Expand” by Danny Evans

Our friend Danny Evans is writing poems each week for a series of sermons on the seven days of creation based on Steve Wiens’ book Beginnings: The First Seven Days of the Rest of Your Life (2016). Enjoy! EXPAND by Danny Evans Now is your chance for expanse. It’s time to broaden where you are going to the God who…

POEM: “Light” by Danny Evans

Our friend Danny Evans is writing poems each week for a series of sermons on the seven days of creation based on Steve Wiens’ book Beginnings: The First Seven Days of the Rest of Your Life (2016). Enjoy! DAY ONE: LIGHT by Danny Evans The dark made all afraid, But a spark came to its aid. Before…

What Story are you part of? (Mike Fox)

I can only answer the question, “What am I to do?” if I can answer the prior question “Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?” – Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue My granddaughter loves to act out the stories she hears.  She is the heroine of a seemingly endless stream of mysteries,…

Just “Good Enough”? (by Daniel Henderson)

This post by Pastor Daniel Henderson struck a chord with me this week. I read it a couple days after confessing to my congregation a deep desire to lead them into the kind of discipleship that would lead to “abiding in Him”, connected to the vine, and really producing fruit. It seems like the main…