Hosting for the Anxious Introvert

As I walked to work today, I passed a store specializing in all things kitchen related. Through the giant picture window I saw a gorgeous table set for Thanksgiving dinner. A wooden table provided the rustic backdrop for individual stacks of matte charcoal dishes. Neutral-coloured pumpkins were scattered amidst candles and greenery. It was perfect. […]

My Mom’s Love Letter: Ojinguh over Fire

When I was a teenager living in the Midwest, I ate dried squid in the winter.  My mom would roast the ojinguh in our fireplace while cups of Swiss Miss hot cocoa grew cold waiting on a coffee table close by. Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus sat on our mantel above the fireplace where she […]

Beatitude for the Privileged

“Blessed are you when you give a feast and invite those who cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” —Luke 14:14 In Luke 14, we find Jesus dining at the house of a well-connected man, a ruler who kept company with the influential and affluent Pharisees. Jesus tells […]

The Legacy of Potatoes in the Oven

Growing up, it wasn’t uncommon for my sisters and me to have friends over for dinner. My mom isn’t a gourmet chef, but she can cook a meal that is warm, delicious and nourishing. It was nothing too fancy for a weeknight dinner cooked by a working mom, but it was homemade nevertheless and always […]

Confession: I am Lonely

By Kendall Vanderslice | Twitter: @kvslice I like to keep myself busy. I don’t know if I do it to mask my loneliness, or prove how not lonely I am. For several years I’ve held on to a damaging lie: If I could find my contentedness in Christ alone, the loneliness will disappear. I squelched […]