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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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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An ceramic ornament of a dove lying on a wooden counter

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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A tree by a river in the city of Bruges, Belgium

Healing for All

All that has been broken and hurt will be healed.

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A fishing boat out on the sea at dawn

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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A priest in beautiful red vestments holding a handful of palms

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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