God’s Handcrafted Masterpieces

By Steven Norris      The first time I toured Matt’s Asheville studio, I couldn’t take my eyes off the large pile of yard clippings lurking in the corner. To me, it appeared to be little more than a common brush pile — one you might find in the backyard after a...

No Seating Charts in the Kingdom of God

By Steven Norris      “Why don’t you come sit over here with us?” It wasn’t really a question — more of an invitation, really. The day had arrived. I was being asked to sit…at the adult table. For years, I had been relegated to the kid’s table at Thanksgiving, but...

A Vulnerable Church

By Steven Norris      “That group is a lot more passionate about what they are against than what they are for,” declared my friend in a stinging rebuke of a Christian organization with which I am affiliated. It was a fair assessment. The rhetoric of the organization’s...

Embodying a Gospel Freedom

By Steven Norris      Freedom. It makes perfect sense that this would be on my mind this week. Our annual celebration of Independence Day this weekend reminds us of the importance of freedom — the high cost of freedom. Barbara Crafton, however, wisely reminds us that,...

Entrepreneurs for the Kingdom

By Steven Norris      My oldest son recently came to me with a request. He was interested in starting his own lawn-care business this summer and needed some help creating a flyer to advertise to the neighbors. After taking a business elective this past year in school,...

Embracing a Holy Boredom

By Steven Norris      “I’m bored.” We’re only days into summer vacation and I can’t help but wonder how many parents have already heard that phrase uttered a few times. I wonder how many children have already sulked around the house with long faces and mellow-dramatic...

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