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
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?
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
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
* Arrival * An Advent Reflection by Courtney Ellis My parents always say they don’t sleep well unless all of their babies are under their roof. Never mind that their “babies” are all now in their 30s, as a parent myself I can absolutely understand this sentiment. Many of us, most of us leave home. … More Arrival * An Advent Reflection
A gorgeous, heartbreaking drama in five acts.
An Advent reflection on love by Christopher Upham … More Love * An Advent Reflection
I felt exhaustion and relief that the process was over, and terror that it had just begun. * An Advent Reflection on birth by Bethany Beams … More Birth * An Advent Reflection