by Christine A. Scheller Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. In 2014, she was recognized by Time magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the world and by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. Her work was featured on the Emmy award-winning documentary series, “The Years of Living Dangerously.” She has won the American Geophysical Union’s award for climate… Read more

It’s been about six or seven months now since we said to each other, “Hey, let’s keep in touch!” I’m probably equally as much to blame, but I often wonder what happened to the phone. Is it broken? Did they take a vow of phone-silence? I barely even see them on Facebook anymore. Did they lose Internet service too? One thing I never expected about going through transitions in my life is how lonely it can be. I often feel… Read more

by Ann Voskamp Nick Vujicic tells his story. The morning of December 4, 1982, moments after his birth, they laid him in his mother’s arms. She held a blunt torso. Her firstborn had no arms. No legs. No limbs. Just this one twisted flap of flesh, a foot flipper. She swaddled him close and prayed and he lived, thrived.  Doctors never knew why Nick was born without limbs. Today Nick combs his hair, brushes his teeth, jets around the world… Read more

by Brett Foster It began as a normal plane ride. We’d been airborne twenty minutes, and my thoughts were already shifting to domestic tasks, things happily forgotten for three days during a busy academic conference: an electrical problem with an upstairs hall light, a daughter’s dental appointment. Our flight departed Boston at day’s end, so the cabin grew dark early in the trip. At some point, I noticed that the space had become brighter. I soon realized that a flight attendant… Read more

by Mark D. Roberts Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise! For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth. Psalms 47:1-2 Every now and then, I need to be reminded of why I worship. Perhaps you do too. On most Sundays, I gather with God’s people to offer songs, hymns, prayers, gifts, and other expressions of worship. If I’m in town, I join my congregation at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in… Read more

Remember the parable about the bad servant who spent too many hours at the office and the good servant who had a flexible work-from-home telecommuting arrangement so he could spend more time with his kids? No? Jesus didn’t tell any parables like that. You would think the Bible has a lot to say about work/life balance. But it is hard to find passages that speak directly to the issue. There is no verse that tells me when I’m traveling on… Read more

by Glynn Young I’m not a child of divorce, but I have a half-brother and half-sister who are. Both of my parents had been previously married—my mother once and my father twice. The odds were not good for a successful marriage. My parents came close to separating several times but somehow hung in there. What it took me years to understand was how their previous marriages influenced everything, including the two children they had together. Divorce can create wariness about… Read more

by Mary DeMuth Hagar is my unlikely daily-life heroine. Why? Because she encounters God in the midst of a terrible day. Probably the worst day of her life. A little background: God promises Abram an heir; but as years tick by, no heir appears. Abram’s wife Sarai takes matters into her own hands by offering her maidservant Hagar to him. She conceives, only to find Sarai horribly jealous. The Scripture says, “So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from… Read more

by Gordon Atkinson Physicists say that time is the 4th dimension. If that is true, it makes understanding time a bit tricky for us, mired as we are in a 3-dimensional world. The full, fluid reality of anything includes its changing over time. But we experience time as a single moment we call the present. What I’m saying is, comprehending time in its fullness is beyond us. The Greeks understood that time was too complex to be contained in only… Read more

This post is part of a symposium between the Catholic, Evangelical, and Faith and Work Channels on spiritual disciplines for work.   It was 3:30 in the morning and, rather than fighting the sudden insomnia attack, I decided to get up, read my Bible, and pray. I opened to the beginning of I Samuel. The words of the child Samuel rang through my head (and heart), “Here I am Lord, your servant is listening.” So I prayed. I prayed for a mission… Read more

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