Author: Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Jennifer Woodruff Tait (PhD, Duke University) is the editor of and frequent contributor to Life for Leaders. She is also the managing editor of Christian History magazine and web editor for the Theology of Work Project. She is a priest in the Episcopal Church and an adjunct faculty member at Asbury Theological Seminary. She has written a book of poetry, Histories of Us. Jennifer lives in Berea, Kentucky, with her husband, Edwin, and their two daughters.

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Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, Heinrich Hofmann

Hold to Christ

Throwing ourselves on God’s grace in the way that Jesus asks requires trust.

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A black and white photo of an old crucifix hanging on a nail

Jesus Knows Our Every Weakness

Our hearts are seen by the Word, our sin exposed, our entire being known.

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A woman in the back of an empty church looking at the altar

The Sunday After Saturday

Taking up our cross, losing our life to save it—these are not fruitless endeavors.

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The 9/11 memorial pool with the NYC landscape behind it

The Saturday After Tuesday

It is worth thinking about all the times Jesus has called us to take up our cross.

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A Communion chalice, a loaf of bread, and a crown of thorns

Bread of Heaven

May you receive the abiding love of Christ, the living bread, as you set out to set right what needs to be set right in your life and in our troubled world.

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Absalom's Pillar, Valley of Jehoshaphat (1839) by David Roberts

A Sad Story

It is very easy to reject the grace of God. It is very hard to accept it.

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A basket full of many different kinds of bread and a few stems of wheat, with a salt and pepper shaker nearby

When Alan Ate Our Sins

Was it a miracle?

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A man standing in a forest opening his arms to brilliant sunlight

God is Extravagant

Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus is extravagant.

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A picture of a wooden replica of the Ark of the Covenant (please put in caption: "Reproduced from Flickr under a Creative Commons License". "Reproduced from Flickr" should link to https://www.flickr.com/photos/fireflythegreat/5030903798/; "Creative Commons License" should link to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

The Last Word?

In the end, it is Jesus, not Herod, who will have the last word.

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A cross lit by the light of a stained glass window, with an image of Jesus as a victorious lamb at the center

The Word of the Lord?

I think sometimes we need to simply acknowledge that the Scriptures give us hard stories.

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A tree in the middle of a yellow field

The Mustard Tree

It is in the weeds and the kudzu, the death and the destruction, the questions and the uncertainties, the doubt and the longing that Christ is reconciling the world to himself.

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A black and white sign on the ground that says "Please help by keeping a safe distance of 6 feet. Thank you for social distancing."

A New World?

Rest assured that we trust in a God who is reconciling the world to himself.

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A church sanctuary with the altar in darkness to the right and a beautiful stained glass window with abstract imagery of the Holy Spirit to the left

Where Does All the Sausage Come From?

We know that the Spirit has the power to work miracles, to give us dreams and visions, to inspire prophesy, to use us to spread the Gospel.

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Fifty Days of Easter Pictures

More than ever before, at least for me, these words of Romans 8 are very precious as we consider the year—more than a year—we have all just endured.

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Grape vines in France, with one bunch of grapes growing on them

Much Fruit

The reason we go through pruning and watering..

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