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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The Age to Come
It is true that a mighty judgment is coming. It is also true that a mighty beautiful new world has been promised us in its place.Read Post
Be Ready (Part 2)
We cannot control the timing of Christ’s Second Advent, nor can we control the movements of the Holy Spirit. What we can control is our own behavior: our own readiness, our own desire to be a disciple, our own prayer life, our own daily practices. We can use this Advent to grow closer to Christ.Read Post
Be Ready (Part 1)
Wake from sleep, be ready, and live honorably, Paul writes to the Romans—and to us—because you never know when the day of Christ’s coming, so near for so long, will finally arrive.Read Post
The Beginning is Near
Jesus came once, and he is coming again. In the midst of the darkness our Lord offers us hope. Not escape, but hope. The beginning is near.Read Post
Jesus is Coming; Look Busy!
I don’t know if, as you’re reading these words, you are poor or rich, tired or energetic, flourishing or beaten down. I do know that I serve a Christ who offers grace and who does not want me to look busy in order to love me.Read Post
It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
The first chapter of the Gospel of John doesn’t begin like any of the other Gospels. Matthew roots the coming of Jesus in the history of Israel.Read Post
The fact that daily work done well, and leadership performed with excellence, matter to God is a motivating idea behind not just the faith and work movement in general, but the De Pree Center in particular.Read Post
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
This story challenges me in a number of ways, but one of them is this: look for Jesus where you least expect to find him.Read Post
Day by Day
A pretty good description of the life of discipleship we are all called to follow as workers who do not need to be ashamed is this: Trust Jesus.Read Post
Poor Man Lazarus
You cannot serve God and money. You can, however, serve God and other people—sometimes with money, sometimes without. But don’t be too quick to assume that it’s without.Read Post
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.Read Post
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.Read Post
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.Read Post
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.Read Post
Yesterday, Today, and Forever
Jesus has been with you in the past and will go with you into the future.Read Post