Rebecca Hagelin

Posted June 25, 2015

Its easy to mistake the means for the ends and in doing so, to settle for less than we were intended for. For example, we all feel pressure to be productive and to use our time wisely, but if were not careful, we will, as Peter Drucker says, manage for the sake of management instead of managing for the sake of results.

Posted June 19, 2015

As Father's Day draws near, we jointly reflect on the blessings our fathers have been to us.

Posted June 12, 2015

Every Western Christian knows it: the feeling that comes when eyes turn away from us, when quiet scoffing and silent anger sweep over us. We know that feeling when we turn down vices, or bring up hopes, or steadily stick to outdated morals.

Posted June 04, 2015

Have you ever stopped to consider why "story" means so much to us?

Posted May 22, 2015

We remember the day well. Papa John wore his best poker face as he climbed carefully through the bomb-bay doors and into the fuselage, his grandchildren scrambling close behind.

Posted May 14, 2015

Thursday is Ascension Day. Its a little known and little celebrated holy day that marks Jesus exit from this world. The basic story is simple: forty days after his resurrection, Jesus rose up into heaven as he blessed his followers who looked on.

Posted May 08, 2015

Real-life heroes, the kind of heroes that truly influence the way others live, are simply ordinary people who live wisely and sincerely.

Posted April 24, 2015

The center of a home--the place that sees the most traffic tends to be wherever food is found, which makes the kitchen, or more specifically, the table, the most important spot in every home.

Posted April 16, 2015

This Thursday is Emancipation Day. Its the 153rd anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed the thousands of slaves who lived in Washington, D.C.

Posted April 10, 2015

Churches were full last Sunday morning. People around the world, many hungry for the hope of new life, flocked into chapels to hear the Easter story. It is a good story.

Posted April 02, 2015

Darkness fell across the land and the man they thought would be their savior cried out in a loud voice, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Posted March 26, 2015

The crowds that normally pressed in tight around him made way, decorating the dusty ground with the shirts off their backs and branches freshly cut from palm trees.

Posted March 20, 2015

Jesus often taught through metaphors and parables, using tangible truths to shed light on spiritual matters.

Posted March 12, 2015

Jesus picked twelve mentwelve ordinary, imperfect, unimpressive menand bet his life upon them.

Posted March 05, 2015

How many of us have boxes or hard drives filled with pictures and home videosthose precious moments we captured on film because we wanted to always remember; yet weve rarely, if ever, looked back?

Posted February 26, 2015

If you showed up at an Ash Wednesday service last week, chances are you heard the word repentance quite a few times.

Posted February 18, 2015

This is AshWednesday, marking the first day of Lent.

Posted February 12, 2015

Sitting by a fire on the beach of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus asked Peter, Do you love me? Perhaps you know the story. Peter replied, You know I love you.

Posted February 06, 2015

When a friend loses a loved one and you want to comfort him, but dont know where to begin; when youre truly sorry but know your words wont make the wrong "right"; when that emotion you feel is so powerful but the four letters in love seem so small.....When your words are needed most - you begin to fear their inadequacy

Posted January 30, 2015

Why do bad things happen?