The Foreground is a new blog series providing a glimpse into what one family is attempting to make prominent: a life in the church. We are a family of seven with some in the nest and some out. We have kids in college, in high school and in middle school. […} Read more….
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Janette was her name. And when I met her, the very first words she said were, “Isaiah 58: 6 – 8.” “And tell me about that,” I said looking straight into her kind eyes. At that prompt, she recited from memory these verses: “Is not this the kind of fasting I[…} Read more….
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed. –Proverbs 19:17 The clients of St. John’s Loaves and Fishes program are adults that find themselves on the streets of Atlanta, homeless or close to it, and thankful[…} Read more….
by Angie Nasrallah Mark 16:1-7 (NKJV) 16 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves,[…} Read more….
Paleo and Vegan! Can you say those two words together in the same sentence? Well, let’s see… I’m mostly Paleo; but, right now I’m vegan. That doesn’t sound right does it? And, why do we call ourselves words that identify us with a particular diet? While camping next to a[…} Read more….
“What we love is what we orient our lives toward. Christian liturgies shape our vision for the good life and aim our hearts towards God. ” — The Areopagus podcast, “Are We Doing Youth Ministry Wrong?” “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 These[…} Read more….
Yesterday, on a rainy Sunday road trip day, I had the benefit of sitting beside my lovely 20 year old daughter as she took a driving shift. We were headed home from a family reunion in Florida and talking about the struggles of staying active in church during the college[…} Read more….
Keeping our teens in the church is no easy task. Throw in what you know about contemporary culture and the Prince of this World and the task seems insurmountable. Our culture and the evil one seek to draw in and shred our young people, stealing their faith and their moral[…} Read more….
My relationship with her began in 2005 when my priest Father Jacob Myers asked, “Who is your patron saint?” I looked at him intently, “What is that?” “That is the saint whose name you take on as a Christian when you are Chrismated into the Orthodox Church. “Oh!” I responded,[…} Read more….
With all of the talk these days about love, I have been pondering this term a bit. We hear these phrases: “Love Wins”, “Love conquers all,” “God is love,” and “Make love, not war!” What do any of these mean? In this world where even the idea of love has[…} Read more….