Practicing hospitality – a sermon excerpt on Romans 12

The following is excerpted from a sermon that I preached at a wedding earlier this summer: When most of us hear the word hospitality we think of an elegant house with fine dishes and a delicious meal. There is polite conversation and good guests go home at the proper time. But, sooner or later, the … More Practicing hospitality – a sermon excerpt on Romans 12

Emerging Leader Grant Final Reflection Part 2

The pursuit of spiritual growth during graduate school Welcome back to part two of the reflection of my recent Ignatian Exercises program made possible through the Emerging Leaders grant through Campus Edge Fellowship and the Christian Reformed Church. This reflection zooms out from the Ignatian Exercises program that I have been participating in, and focuses … More Emerging Leader Grant Final Reflection Part 2

Emerging Leader Grant Final Reflection Part 1

Introduction My name is Jess Fox, and in this final year of my doctoral program, I participated in an 8-month long Ignatian Spiritual Exercises program, facilitated by a spiritual director from the Hermitage, a Christian retreat center in Three Rivers, MI. This program was made possible through the Emerging Leader Grant, which is generously provided … More Emerging Leader Grant Final Reflection Part 1

Book Review: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves on Life

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves on Life, Richard Rohr This book is about two parts of life: the first part of life is when we are climbing, achieving, and performing to get ahead and prove ourselves. The second part of life is only possible once we have struggled, suffered, failed, and “fallen” … More Book Review: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves on Life

Book Review: The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories we Believe about Ourselves

The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories we Believe about Ourselves, Curt Thompson Author Curt Thompson, M.D., offers an integrated approach to understanding shame through the lens of his psychiatry background and Biblical perspective. His premise throughout the book is “shame is the emotional weapon that evil uses to (1) corrupt our relationships with God … More Book Review: The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories we Believe about Ourselves