Why So Serious? An excerpt from Chapter 2 of Happy Now: Let Playfulness Lift Your Load & Renew Your Spirit by Courtney Ellis Used with permission of Rose Publishing I take myself too seriously, probably because I’m a human being. –Maeve Higgins “How’d your doctor’s appointment go?” my husband Daryl asked as he loaded the dishwasher. “Oh, fine,” … More Want to read a chapter of my new book – Happy Now! (for free?)
Kindness isn’t mere niceness. Kindness changes everything. … More Walk With Me
If you could eliminate one verse of Scripture, which one would you take out, and why?
(Don’t worry: no Bibles were harmed in the writing of this post.) … More Holy Erasure
Parenting is hard on the heart. The pangs of loss begin in the very first seconds. When our oldest was born at nearly forty-two weeks gestation, I could not wait to push him out into the world and get on with basic human functions, like bending at the waist and rolling over in bed without … More I Spent Every Waking Moment With My Kids This Year. It Wasn’t Enough.
Where is God when we come to our end? … More At your end? So is Jesus.
What happens when the body of Christ disagrees about celebrating the Lord’s Supper during quarantine? … More Should Christians Take Communion Virtually?
Daryl and I have been praying together quite a bit lately. It’s not rare for us to pray with one another (we are pastors, after all), but in these days it’s had an added air of urgency. There’s a lot going on out there, friends. I get daily videos from a dear friend who’s locked … More Lord, strengthen our weak knees
Oh, dear friends. What a week. WHAT A WEEK. A few days ago we mentioned to our seven-year-old who was (understandably) saddened about the cancellation of, well, everything, that we are living in historic times. That someday his kids and grandkids will ask him where he was and what life was like during the coronavirus … More Into the Unknown
Originally published May 12, 2016. How often do you feel afraid? Back in college I played hockey, rock climbed, and regularly took solo trips to less-than-stellar neighborhoods. I knew how to take a hit on the ice rink. I rarely looked over my shoulder downtown. I loved the exhilaration of finishing a tough lead climb–of almost … More God’s 911 * 10 Minute Devotional
Daryl got on a plane yesterday. He’s headed to a conference in Chicago, one for pastors with PhDs (which I sometimes call his annual nerd-pile, but then again, “nerd” is a compliment in our house). He goes each year and we always miss him but love all the stories and energy he brings back. We … More Life in the Age of Coronavirus