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, and a priest in the Episcopal Church. 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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A sign on a pile of pocket change reading "Love > Money"

The Root of All Evil

We may find ourselves loving money because money buys security. And security may make us think we are the ones who made ourselves secure, rather than the One to whom we owe everything.

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A window washer cleaning a revolving door of an office building

The Janitor

Whether we got lost by ourselves or whether the systems of society lost us does not matter to the Lord. What he’s interested in is finding us, saving us, and rejoicing with us.

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Graffiti reading "God is Love" with a large heart

The Chief of Sinners?

No matter how exemplary our mentors were and how well and deeply they followed Christ, they still, as my grandma used to say, put their pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else, spiritually speaking. They were still saved by the grace of Christ, just as we are.

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A table crammed with food and drink

Compel Them to Come In

Confusing and yet overpowering images and implications come out of these parables. All are welcome. Turning down Jesus’s invitation has serious consequences.

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Colorful computer code

Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Jesus has been with you in the past and will go with you into the future.

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Two baby lambs sleeping

Have No Fear, Little Flock

If we do not put the kingdom first, then we run the risk of being hypocrites who do things behind closed doors we would not want spoken of openly..

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The ceiling of a beautiful church full of icons in St. Petersburg, Russia

So Great a Cloud of Witnesses

With all of these witnesses to accompany us—even cheering us on—the author says that we now need to look where the path is going: Jesus.

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A plate of croissants and a cup of coffee

Daily Bread

Jesus has told me what I should pray for in order to advance his Kingdom. Most especially, I know that he has told me to pray each day for the bread I need for that day.

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Library shelves full of books

Knowledge and Vital Piety

Paul was very aware that he was competing in a marketplace of ideas in the first-century Greco-Roman world.

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Lawrence W. Ladd, The Good Samaritan

A Neighbor

We are saved by the limitless grace of Christ on the cross, the source of all mercy. But that does not mean that our works don’t matter..

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An 18th-century Russian icon of the prophet Amos

A Plumb Line

In the small ways in which God has given us to lead, have we been just? Have we been kind? Have we been generous? Have we been righteous?

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Pieces of dried fruit, including apples, mangoes, kiwis, an orange, a pear, and a strawberry

The Fruit of the Spirit’s Not a Kiwi

The fruit of the spirit is not a kiwi. It’s also not a “super-spiritual” life that disdains the material world.

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Giuseppe Angeli, Elijah Taken Up in a Chariot of Fire, c. 1740/1755

The God of Elijah

Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? He is still here, and we can still follow him.

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A crucifix hanging on a wall with reliefs above it of God the Father (depicted as a bearded man) and the Holy Spirit (depicted as a dove), plus many angels

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

What implications does the idea of relating to those around you with the same mutual, self-giving love that characterizes the Trinity have for your life and work?

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A black and white image from deep inside a well showing beautiful sunlight at the top

No Pit So Deep

In times of trial—which there will be no shortage of for believers—we can know and feel that the Triune God is with us.

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