Purpose.

4/18 ((from Natalie)) This week we’re diving deep into what hope looks like as we live literally and figuratively after Easter.  We are unpacking what it means to be faith-filled hopers when it comes to some spiritually heavy words/concepts like: freedom, reconciliation, and forgiveness.  Yesterday, Kate helped us chew on the word salvation.  Today, we marinate on purpose. I’m…

Salvation.

4/17 ((from Kate)) “Without ash to rise from, the phoenix would just be a bird getting up.” Luther? Calvin? Kierkegaard? Schmidt. The oft-shirtless and overly confident fictional character on TV’s “New Girl.” Though the words weren’t written by one of history’s greatest theologians, something about it has stayed stuck in my craw. Because it’s true!…

The Promise That Will Never Be Broken.

4/16 ((from Abbie)) Easter sets the tone for all of humanity. “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of…

Sunday is Coming!

4/15 ((from Eve)) “And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And all His acquaintances and the women who had followed Him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things. Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish…

Good Friday is When Hope Began.

4/14 ((from Steph)) Nearly 2,000 years ago today, a 33 year old man was betrayed by a friend for money. Turned over to the authorities, he was mocked, cursed and beaten. This man faced trial, and although they had no charge against him, he was found guilty and sentenced to the most shameful of deaths,…

This is Maundy Thursday.

4/13 ((from Brittany)) I’ll be honest, even though I grew up in church, a pastor’s kid nonetheless, I had never heard of Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday until my college days. My Baptist roots taught me a lot about the practical side of my faith, but I wasn’t exposed to a lot of the liturgical aspects. And when I…

Peter & Me.

4/12 ((from Megan)) “Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.” Matthew…

It’s Worth It.

4/11 ((from Natalie)) Easter is everywhere. The decorations are all over my front porch. Paraphernalia is spilling out of the grocery aisles. Conversations are beginning with “What are you doing for Easter?” For me, I feel like I’m bracing myself for some Easter PTSD. … (oooh, this post is going to be a hard one…

Don’t Hide Yourself.

4/10 ((from Kate)) In the Starbucks drive-thru while handing me my go-to chai, the barista asked “Did you get that leaf from church?” He nodded to the palm frond in the front seat that I’d waved during worship on Palm Sunday. “Hahaha, well, what if I did? Doesn’t Jesus have to love the thieves too?”…

Led.

4/9 ((from Abbie)) In a sermon preached last Lenten season, my pastor mentioned that the 40+ days of Lent often seems like a desert place. Not only does the act of participating in Lent require sacrifice, it can also become a time that feels dark.  Observing Lent is a way of peeling back the layers…

True Repentance.

4/8 ((from Eve)) I had the privilege of teaching high school science in an urban high school for six years before taking a break for my current gig(s). Every day was an adventure and in all reality, I probably learned more from my students than they learned from me. It was amazing how quickly the…

Truth Despite the Wilderness.

4/7 ((from Steph)) To be quite frank I didn’t feel like writing today. Truth is, I had been hoping for an outcome and received the news today that that hope was not fulfilled. I feel blah and wordless and ultra-not-creative. I think that in times such as these, the times that result otherwise than how we had hoped…