Greater Expectations

December 15, 2017 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]


May Christmas Be Fun!

December 19, 2016 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

Whether it’s the long lines at the post office that are making you angry, the pain from the loss of a loved one last year that lingers, or the stress of putting together the perfect plan for your Christmas party, worship service, or program it can be hard to have fun at Christmas. And yet, […]


A Christmas Gift You Can Make in 5 Simple Ste...

December 14, 2016 | Posted by Karina Rovey

I love Christmas. It truly deserves the title as the most wonderful time of the year. Given that, you might be surprised by the fact that I have rarely ever purchased Christmas gifts for my family and friends. Though this might sound a little strange, I will assure you that I am no Ebeneezer Scrooge. […]


5 Ways Teens Can Put Christ in Christmas

December 7, 2016 | Posted by Emily Briggs

Here we are again, about to begin what might be the busiest season all year: Christmas. Too many traditions and parties to count and what seems like an endless amount of gifts packed tightly into one month. Tinsel, stockings, Santa, peppermints, parties, snow, music–all wonderful things–yet they seem to get in the way of the […]


Presence Is the Present

December 17, 2015 | Posted by Karl Galik

There is great power in presence! When you’re present with someone it changes them. It could be for the better – and might be for the worse; but, all you have to do is show up, be there and you’re influencing another person. You might elicit desires to embrace or flee, but you’ll elicit something […]


Memorable Quotes on Generosity

May 18, 2015 | Posted by John Kieschnick

One of my favorite comments from Rick Warren has to do with his insights regarding “creativity.” He once said, in jest no doubt, “Creativity is the ability to cover your sources.” He also observed how people will begin telling a story or a quote by saying, “I read recently that Dr. Jim Collins noted that […]