Forget red and green: Make it a blue holiday insteadBy Diana Butler Bass November 25, 2016 Advent calendars, the kind with little windows and chocolates inside, showed up in the grocery store a few days after Halloween. I was grateful for the reminder that Advent is coming. I am prone to forgetting that until the
On October 30 during Small Group we discussed prayer at LifeSpring, and Bruce mentioned “praying the hours.” The following is from Macrina Wiederkehr, a member of the monastic community at St. Scholastica. Her discussion of the seven daily prayer times is very inspiring and useful. Seven Times to Pray Pausing for prayer at set times
This story is published only because of the biblical emphasis that it uses to evaluate our current national crisis. The reason it is here printed is not to persuade but to give another lens through which to evaluate and assess events. (You can read only the first 3 paragraphs and see how the writer incorporates
In a recent Table Talk, Amanda Bates made the suggestion that LifeSpring start making an Altar Call of some sort a regular part of our worship life. The idea was warmly received by those discussing it, and I was dispatched to write some guidelines for the AC based on the conversation. We are now going
As you know, we have a very important mid-term election coming up on Tuesday, November 6. At this election we will be voting for important national Senate and House of Representatives members. There is no way to understate the significance of this election. Registration for this election must be completed before noon, October 15, 2018.
Twyla Tharp is a world-renowned American dancer and choreographer. She has choreographed more than one hundred sixty works: one hundred twenty-nine dances, twelve television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines. She has also received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, and nineteen honorary doctorates, among other
The abusive theology of “deserved” tragedy… by Rachel Held Evans It took him less than 24 hours. When news broke about the tornadoes in Oklahoma, I, like so many others, felt a tightness in my chest. Tears gathered in my eyes. I looked at the pictures and breathed the first frightened, horrified prayer to reach
We’ve been working our way through the Chronicles of Narnia at bedtime. Tonight we read the chapter where Aslan is captured, tortured, and killed – as well as the following chapter where he returns. Chava was a little confused. –Erin Piepgrass, mom. ——————————————————– “If he was only pretending to be dead, why did he
The Mystery of Suffering Wednesday, January 24, 2018 It is much easier to appreciate the glory of Jesus’ resurrection than his painful crucifixion. Yet, Mark’s Gospel, written around 65 to 70 AD, focuses on Jesus’ “suffering servanthood.” Christians believe that we are “saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus.” The key is to
James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College and has a Ph.D. from Villanova University. In his book, You Are What You Love, Smith takes a look at how we form virtue. Smith says that we are shaped most by what we love most, more so than by what we think or do.