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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The Peace of Christ

No matter how dark it gets—even up to and including death itself—the peace of Christ is available to us, given anew over and over again by the Holy Spirit.

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Healing for All

All that has been broken and hurt will be healed.

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And Our Despair He Turns to Blazing Joy

Think of those disciples on the shore of the Sea of Tiberius. Confused, caught between the old and the new, puzzled by their post-Resurrection meetings with Jesus, fishing in the dark and catching nothing.

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All the Way My Savior Leads Me

If, like me, you do not have a dramatic darkness-to-light name-changing tale, but merely a life nurtured in Christian community and claiming more and more faith for your own as Jesus kept revealing himself to you, you can still take heart from Paul’s story.

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Ride On, King Jesus (Part 2)

Jesus defeated Caesar’s power, but not by anything so obvious as sending an army against him.

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Ride On, King Jesus (Part 1)

Jesus rightfully reigns over all of creation and all earthly rulers; if one group of his subjects is unable to praise him, another will join in, down to the very stones.

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Lost and Found

Maybe as you come to this Refreshment Sunday you wonder if you will ever be refreshed. Be assured: the Father loves you.

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Turning Point

The people of God are not yet all the way to the place God has called them to be. But they are far enough along that they can stop, rest, begin to settle in, and survey the ground.

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Pointed Towards the Cross

Jesus Christ covenanted to love us until the end. That is why he pointed himself to walk the road to the cross. This Lent, may we walk it with him.

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Passing Between the Pieces

The Lenten journey teaches us pretty quickly that we are going to screw up.

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#Blessed and #Cursed

What makes us #blessed or #cursed is not whether we have money, fame, and a good reputation.

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If X, Then Y

Our ability to see the risen Christ is depending on you.

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Today This Scripture Has Been Fulfilled

Gifts are given for mission and for ministry, and there is no promise that ministry will be easy.

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The Body of Christ

The body of Christ needs all gifts to make it function in harmony and witness to the world.

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God in Flesh Made Manifest

As we hear the stories of Jesus’s miracles and sermons and journeys and friendships and daily life, let us remember that Jesus comes not only to preach, to teach, and to heal—but also to save.

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