Category: Spiritual Life

The Subversion of Advent

By Al Tizon How can a baby born during oppressed times in impoverished conditions save the world? It can’t, unless that baby is Emmanuel, God With Us! The anticipation of the birth of Emmanuel...

Prayer of Confession

By Martin Luther King, Jr. Thou Eternal God, out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence the whole universe has come into being, we humbly confess that we have not loved thee with our...

Do We Need a Day of Rest?

Editor’s Note: For the month of August, ESA will be taking sabbath hours for half the day every Friday. As we strive to incorporate the rhythms of rest into our work, we’ll be making...

Thursday Morning Sabbath

Editor’s Note: For the month of August, ESA will be taking sabbath hours for half the day every Friday. As we strive to incorporate the rhythms of rest into our work, we’ll be making...

The High Places

By Amy Knorr My eyes are drawn to the treetops, the clouds, the high places. That nest at the tippy-top of the huge maple on the way to my daughter’s school…I see it. The...

What Is the Church?

By Kaitlin B. Curtice The Early Church You think because you understand “one” you must understand “two,” because one and one make two. But you must also understand “and.” —Sufi saying In our early...

Hidden Identity

By Kelley Nikondeha As an adopted person I’ve lived with the reality of a hidden history. My origin story remains unknown to me, sealed by a court order for almost 50 years now. I...

Not Safe, But Good

By Elrena Evans My daughter’s first year of Vacation Bible School, she decided halfway through the week that she didn’t want to be a Christian. I learned about her decision from a teen volunteer,...

Fences or Wells?

By John Seel Millennials are abandoning the traditional church. But they are not abandoning spirituality. Is there a way to reconnect the two? The answer may be found by looking at cattle ranchers. There...