Clean Water Awareness Day

"I want you to imagine for a moment that when you wake up tomorrow, all of the water-related fixtures and appliances have been removed from your home. The sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers are gone. Dishwasher, washing machine, garden hoses, sprinklers - all gone. [...] At first, you would be irritated by the minor inconvenience... Continue Reading →

The Hole in My Heart

It just so happened that I ended up reading two very distinct and yet very parallel books at the same time last month. One was a library book that I just happened to pick up, and one was an audiobook that had been recommended to me. The parallel messages of two books created quite a... Continue Reading →

Finding Beauty in the Small Church

If there was something great about small churches, wouldn't there be more people in them??? Well, not necessarily. Sometimes the greatness is disguised in a cloak of quirkiness and out-of-date Sunday school rooms, and people don't recognize the beauty inside. It's not hard to list off the potential down sides of small churches. Fewer programs,... Continue Reading →

Who Is My Neighbor?

I grew up practically next door to the Jewish hub of Pittsburgh - a neighborhood with over 20 synagogues and where an estimated 40% of residents are Jewish. I didn't know it then, but I had a unique experience compared with many of my friends who grew up in other parts of the country. I thought it... Continue Reading →

Giving the Difference

"[North American Christians] are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth. Period. Yet, most of us live as though there is nothing terribly wrong in the world. We attend our kids' soccer games, pursue our careers, and take beach vacations while 40 percent of the world's inhabitants struggle just to eat... Continue Reading →

Theology of Renovation

There is a deep kind of pleasure - more than just pride - that comes from creating something yourself. So powerful is this pleasure, that it drives us to make things that we know will not last. Gorgeous displays of art - in a cookie. Sculptures - made of snow. And more than just the... Continue Reading →

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