Jesus’ Dysfunctional Family – Why Jesus’ Family Tree is an Invitation for You.

Over the past few years shows about family trees have become popular. It doesn’t surprise me. People love hearing stories. TV shows about ancestry not only tell stories of, let’s face it, interesting people, but also help connect people into a story. I’ve heard that adopted children want to know who their birth parents are. … Read more

Hospitality – The Heart of the Christmas story

Hospitality - The Heart of the Christmas story

Often when we hear the word hospitality we think of having friends over for dinner. Churches have hospitality Sunday, where you invite another family for lunch. Hospitality is comfortable, people we like with good food. But the core aspect of Middle Eastern hospitality extends beyond people we know and welcomes strangers. It is offering our … Read more

How to Celebrate in the Midst of the Ordinary

Note: The following is an excerpt from The Making of an Ordinary Saint by Nathan Foster. As I have been thinking recently about the nature of celebration and the Christian life I have found Nathan’s writing here influential. The idea of celebrating makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable, however Nathan reveals that true celebration takes place … Read more