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Hospitality

We won't  just share space. We will cross over + share life. We won't just serve. We will cross over + befriend. What is hospitality? The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as...

First-Time Visitor

Two things happened as I worshiped on July 16 at the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The first thing has to do with being a visitor. It's harder than it...

Gathering to Share Life

Sometimes Sunday mornings are hard. It is hard to wake up early on a day off and get everyone out the door. Wouldn't it be easier just to stay in...

Beyond!

God is a master architect. I was blown away recently on a trip to Ireland and England at the beauty of all that was around me. On the northern Ireland...

World Refugee Day is June 20

We hear statistics like the following: 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide 21.3 million refugees 10 million stateless people 33,972 people a day forced to flee their homes because of...

Learning to Ask

"Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." (John 16:24) Why do I need to keep learning to ask? As I write, I am on retreat in northern Minnesota...

Crossover Buddies

I grew up with the two-table system. For our holiday gatherings, there was an adult table and a kid table. It was easier. Adults had decent conversations while the kids...

#aSLANTlife

Slow down. Breathe. Relax. God’s got this. Now, get out there! The world seems to have gone all reality TV on us; loneliness, violence, inequality, bigotry, struggle and anxiety to name...

Sharing Hearts and Home

by Nancy Walstrom and KJ Madison Nancy and KJ served together as overnight hosts last summer when Hope Church hosted temporarily homeless families with the Families Moving Forward (FMF) program. We...

Be Still and Know

Psalm 46: 10   “Be still and know that I am God.”  Wrapping up my last thoughts on “the blog I’m not writing…” It came out of being laid up this fall...