Devotionals


On Spiritual Mindfulness

Moments of quiet contemplation, of slowing down allow us to rest in the company of our Creator as we move through the situations around us.

Stewarding Grace

Exploring the wonder of God's grace and its implications for our daily lives.

The Goodness of God

What does “good” actually mean? Ultimately, what defines the criteria for goodness?

Basking in the Love of God

The love of God is infused into all of creation; the wonder and beauty of our world are born directly out of the Lord’s delight and joy.

Stewarding Creation

Creation care is respecting and celebrating the beauty and bounty of the world in which we share and, in so doing, rightly honoring and worshiping the Creator of all.

Spiritual Disciplines—On Lament

Bringing our pains and griefs to our Creator in the midst of a fractured world.

Reflecting on Discipleship

Discipleship is merging our brokenness with the willingness to seek Jesus even in the messiest tangles of imperfections and failures. It is accepting that no fault is unseen and yet grace is given.

On Lectio Divina | Attuning Ourselves to God’s Wisdom

We explore this age-old spiritual practice and cultivate an intentional space for reading Scripture.

Silencing Our Fears

Ruminating on the perfect peace of Jesus.

Moving Forward Through Forgiveness

Reflecting on the healing and restoration of forgiveness through the lens of Ephesians 4.

The Beauty of Easter

Easter offers us the ability to envision a better, renewed, beautiful world. It encourages us to embrace hope, not as a figment of our imagination, but as a tangible goal we can strive for.

Experiencing Quiet Connection, A Good Friday Reflection

Finding community and common understanding in the midst of our pain.

On Courage and Resilience

Relying on God in the midst of the chaos of our world.

Ash Wednesday Reflections

Remembering our beginnings as well as what can become our destiny.

Listening with Intention

Adapting our daily rhythms to hear where the Spirit is leading.

Discovering True Love

Reflecting on the unabashed love of God.

Spiritual Disciplines—On Community and Fellowship

Exploring what it means to intentionally cultivate and grow our communities.

The Unexpected Beauty of Brokenness

Rediscovering the beauty of our lives in the midst of pain and struggle.

Love in the Unexpected | Advent Week Four

For all our preparation, the love made manifest through Christmas is unexpected. Love leads us into the restoration and renewal that is to come; it welcomes us into this rebirth as we are.

Joyful and Triumphant | Advent Week Three

We are all invited to embrace joy, celebrating the beauty and goodness that our Creator intends and enacts for all the earth.

The Path of Peace | Advent Week Two

Meditating on the Advent invitation to enter into God's vision of peace for all the world.

The Thrill of Hope | Advent Week One

Entering into the Advent season through a reflection on John 1:1-5.

On Gratitude and Generosity

A reflection on what it means to give thanks and to give back.

Adopting a Posture of Thankfulness

Pausing in the midst of our busyness to ruminate on God's faithfulness.

Giving Ourselves Over to the Holy Spirit

Letting go of our need for control and allowing the Spirit to guide us.

Running the Race with Endurance | Reflecting on the Olympics Through the Book of James

A reflection on the 2020 Olympics in the midst of a challenging season.

Waking Up in the Word | Intentional Morning Rhythms

Morning time can set the tone for our whole day. Take this morning space to be intentional, to be present.

Be At Peace - Bedtime Meditation | Psalm 121

Readying ourselves for rest. A reflection on Psalm 121 and a reminder of God's providence.

Practicing Gratitude

God has offered a path to a more full and present experience of living: the path of gratitude. We meditate on gratitude through Psalm 100:4-5.

Psalm 23 | A Reflection on Coronavirus, The Bible, and Our Response

A reflection on Psalm 23 and how it can inform our response to COVID-19

On Experiencing God's Grace in Weakness and Imperfection

Seeing our weakness and imperfection as a beautiful avenue towards God's grace for our lives.

On Relinquishing Control, A Prayer for Anxiety

Reflective thoughts and study of Philippians 4:6-7 on how God is in control in the midst of anxiety.

Creativity as Devotional Practice

A reflection on how we can approach the creative process as a devotional practice.

Morning Practices to Cultivate Creativity

Two lessons in keeping the morning sacred and why this matters for our creating.

Afternoon Practices to Cultivate Creativity

Faith practices for creativity during the afternoon, "midday" slump.

Evening Practices to Cultivate Creativity

Thoughts and lessons on how to finish your day well.

Spiritual Disciplines—On Silence and Solitude

Practicing silence and solitude, reflections mediated through Luke 5:16.

Recovering The Garden Experience In Our Creative Calling

In the midst of a culture of speed and efficiency, we are invited to courageously advance creativity by reaching back to its simple origins.

Finding God in Mystery and Wonder

How mystery and wonder invites us to seek God in newer and deeper ways.

Letting the Psalms Shape our Spirituality

A guide for integrating the Psalms into our daily spiritual practices.

Our Lives As Clay Pots

A devotional to help creatives find Jesus in the ordinary.

Lenten Reflections on Noah, the Flood, and God's Universal Covenant

A meditation on Genesis 9:1-17, and God’s unending commitment to humanity.

The Integrated Life

Connecting our physical lives to our spiritual lives—exploring what it means to live an integrated life.


Devotionals


On Spiritual Mindfulness

Moments of quiet contemplation, of slowing down allow us to rest in the company of our Creator as we move through the situations around us.

Stewarding Grace

Exploring the wonder of God's grace and its implications for our daily lives.

The Goodness of God

What does “good” actually mean? Ultimately, what defines the criteria for goodness?

Basking in the Love of God

The love of God is infused into all of creation; the wonder and beauty of our world are born directly out of the Lord’s delight and joy.

Spiritual Disciplines—On Lament

Bringing our pains and griefs to our Creator in the midst of a fractured world.

Reflecting on Discipleship

Discipleship is merging our brokenness with the willingness to seek Jesus even in the messiest tangles of imperfections and failures. It is accepting that no fault is unseen and yet grace is given.

On Lectio Divina | Attuning Ourselves to God’s Wisdom

We explore this age-old spiritual practice and cultivate an intentional space for reading Scripture.

Stewarding Creation

Creation care is respecting and celebrating the beauty and bounty of the world in which we share and, in so doing, rightly honoring and worshiping the Creator of all.

The Beauty of Easter

Easter offers us the ability to envision a better, renewed, beautiful world. It encourages us to embrace hope, not as a figment of our imagination, but as a tangible goal we can strive for.

Experiencing Quiet Connection, A Good Friday Reflection

Finding community and common understanding in the midst of our pain.

Listening with Intention

Adapting our daily rhythms to hear where the Spirit is leading.

Moving Forward Through Forgiveness

Reflecting on the healing and restoration of forgiveness through the lens of Ephesians 4.

Ash Wednesday Reflections

Remembering our beginnings as well as what can become our destiny.

On Courage and Resilience

Relying on God in the midst of the chaos of our world.

Love in the Unexpected | Advent Week Four

For all our preparation, the love made manifest through Christmas is unexpected. Love leads us into the restoration and renewal that is to come; it welcomes us into this rebirth as we are.

Joyful and Triumphant | Advent Week Three

We are all invited to embrace joy, celebrating the beauty and goodness that our Creator intends and enacts for all the earth.

The Path of Peace | Advent Week Two

Meditating on the Advent invitation to enter into God's vision of peace for all the world.

The Thrill of Hope | Advent Week One

Entering into the Advent season through a reflection on John 1:1-5.

On Gratitude and Generosity

A reflection on what it means to give thanks and to give back.

Adopting a Posture of Thankfulness

Pausing in the midst of our busyness to ruminate on God's faithfulness.

Morning Practices to Cultivate Creativity

Two lessons in keeping the morning sacred and why this matters for our creating.

Afternoon Practices to Cultivate Creativity

Faith practices for creativity during the afternoon, "midday" slump.

Evening Practices to Cultivate Creativity

Thoughts and lessons on how to finish your day well.

The Unexpected Beauty of Brokenness

Rediscovering the beauty of our lives in the midst of pain and struggle.

Silencing Our Fears

Ruminating on the perfect peace of Jesus.

Discovering True Love

Reflecting on the unabashed love of God.

Giving Ourselves Over to the Holy Spirit

Letting go of our need for control and allowing the Spirit to guide us.

Spiritual Disciplines—On Community and Fellowship

Exploring what it means to intentionally cultivate and grow our communities.

On Relinquishing Control, A Prayer for Anxiety

Reflective thoughts and study of Philippians 4:6-7 on how God is in control in the midst of anxiety.

Waking Up in the Word | Intentional Morning Rhythms

Morning time can set the tone for our whole day. Take this morning space to be intentional, to be present.

The Integrated Life

Connecting our physical lives to our spiritual lives—exploring what it means to live an integrated life.

Finding God in Mystery and Wonder

How mystery and wonder invites us to seek God in newer and deeper ways.

Our Lives As Clay Pots

A devotional to help creatives find Jesus in the ordinary.

Creativity as Devotional Practice

A reflection on how we can approach the creative process as a devotional practice.

Practicing Gratitude

God has offered a path to a more full and present experience of living: the path of gratitude. We meditate on gratitude through Psalm 100:4-5.

Spiritual Disciplines—On Silence and Solitude

Practicing silence and solitude, reflections mediated through Luke 5:16.

On Experiencing God's Grace in Weakness and Imperfection

Seeing our weakness and imperfection as a beautiful avenue towards God's grace for our lives.

Letting the Psalms Shape our Spirituality

A guide for integrating the Psalms into our daily spiritual practices.

Lenten Reflections on Noah, the Flood, and God's Universal Covenant

A meditation on Genesis 9:1-17, and God’s unending commitment to humanity.

Running the Race with Endurance | Reflecting on the Olympics Through the Book of James

A reflection on the 2020 Olympics in the midst of a challenging season.

Psalm 23 | A Reflection on Coronavirus, The Bible, and Our Response

A reflection on Psalm 23 and how it can inform our response to COVID-19

Recovering The Garden Experience In Our Creative Calling

In the midst of a culture of speed and efficiency, we are invited to courageously advance creativity by reaching back to its simple origins.

Be At Peace - Bedtime Meditation | Psalm 121

Readying ourselves for rest. A reflection on Psalm 121 and a reminder of God's providence.



Creativity and Work


On Imagination and Inspiration

Embracing our spiritual imagination to unlock creative inspiration.

Creativity, Faith, and Cooking

What if we reimagined cooking's purpose? Our daily routines of food-making would not merely serve purposes of utility or quick-fixes, but involve an exploration of our creative and spiritual lives."

Belonging to a Community of Creatives: Shared Ownership over God's Creative Mission

An invitation to know that as creatives we are not alone. We are part of a collective that has spanned thousands of years—and it is good. Amen.

On Becoming Creative: Practical Tips from Alabaster's Co-Founders

We talk with Bryan Ye-Chung and Brian Chung about their tips for cultivating a life of creativity.

Letting Jesus Sustain Our Hustle


A reflection on the ways that we can invite Jesus into our work.

When You Get There, Remember That You Were Carried By The Spirit

We reflect on what it means to remember God's role in our creative lives.

The Creative's Role in God's Invisible Kingdom

On bringing the invisible, intangible qualities and attributes of the Kingdom into this visible world.

Overcoming Barriers to Creating: Lessons in Beginning Again and Again and Again

A reflection on the necessity of creatives trying again and again in the face of failure.

A Theology of Making

A primer in developing a theology of creativity.

Art Is The Symbol That Moves Us Towards Restoration

We explore the prophetic edge of art and how it points towards renewal.

A Reflection on Poetry in Scripture


Thoughts on how God reveals Himself through poetry.

The Art of Journaling in an Age of Noise

A place to keep our thoughts, faith, and relationships grounded.


Interviews


Anh Lin: Girl and The Word

An interview with Anh Lin—founder of Girl and The Word—on the YouTube space, the filmmaking process, and why everything starts with 'why'.

Kae King: In Case I'm Next

An interview with the writer, poet, and spoken word artist—on experiencing writing as a gift from God, creativity as a means to humanize justice movements, and her newest film: In Case I'm Next

Natalie Shaw: Painting, Art, and Intermingling With God

In conversation with the abstract artist, exploring the intersection of painting, “showing up”, and what makes her art intrinsically God.

Jonathan Ogden: Worship as Process

We talk with Jonathan on notions of calling, creativity, and an expansive, wide-ranging view on worship.

Jon Collins Explains Everything: An Interview with the Co-Founder of The Bible Project

We discuss the Portland-based studio, Jon's creative process, and why he doesn't think of himself as a storyteller.

The Flow of Jonni Cheatwood

A visit to the studio of the internationally renowned painter-sewer. We discuss Cheatwood's creative practice, his thoughts on "calling", and why he always paints on six canvases at a time.

Finding Purpose on Concrete: Jonathan Todryk

In conversation with the concrete-painter on optimism, the intersection of God and creative materials, and why he never throws away a canvas.

Adaobi Ugoagu Is On A Mission

We talk with fashion blogger/model Adaobi Ugoagu about the intersection of fashion, art and justice.

Victoria Park Explores the Connection Between Acting and Reflecting God's Image

We talk with Victoria about her start in Hollywood, her acting methodology, and trusting God in the highs and lows of the creative journey.

Artificial Christian

A sit-down with hip-hop group Artificial Christian.

Jae Jin Music

An interview with the musician, and his new song, "Heart Smiles".

Kathy Khang Teaches Us How To Raise Our Voice

Author Kathy Khang discusses her latest book and the role that Christian artists can play in activism and community engagement.

The Creative Nomad—Jonathan Martin

We discuss the evolution of Martin's creative career and the importance of talking about mental health as an artist.

The Creative Tension of Darren & Trisha Inouye

We interview creative couple Darren & Trisha Inouye about their creative process and what it takes to run an art school.


Places


A Chapel in the Earth

A creative reflection on our visit to Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, AZ.

Grundtvig's Church

The monumental church, constructed by Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint in Copenhagen—in honor of N. F. S. Grundtvig.

Reflecting a City

We visit the Los Angeles Cathedral, and discuss its relationship to the city.


Creativity & Work


On Imagination and Inspiration

Embracing our spiritual imagination to unlock creative inspiration.

Creativity, Faith, and Cooking

What if we reimagined cooking's purpose? Our daily routines of food-making would not merely serve purposes of utility or quick-fixes, but involve an exploration of our creative and spiritual lives."

Belonging to a Community of Creatives: Shared Ownership over God's Creative Mission

An invitation to know that as creatives we are not alone. We are part of a collective that has spanned thousands of years—and it is good. Amen.

On Becoming Creative: Practical Tips from Alabaster's Co-Founders

We talk with Bryan Ye-Chung and Brian Chung about their tips for cultivating a life of creativity.

Creativity as Devotional Practice

A reflection on how we can approach the creative process as a devotional practice.

When You Get There, Remember That You Were Carried By The Spirit

We reflect on what it means to remember God's role in our creative lives.

The Creative's Role in God's Invisible Kingdom

On bringing the invisible, intangible qualities and attributes of the Kingdom into this visible world.

The Art of Journaling in an Age of Noise

A place to keep our thoughts, faith, and relationships grounded.

Overcoming Barriers to Creating: Lessons in Beginning Again and Again and Again

A reflection on the necessity of creatives trying again and again in the face of failure.

A Theology of Making

A primer in developing a theology of creativity.

Art Is The Symbol That Moves Us Towards Restoration

We explore the prophetic edge of art and how it points towards renewal.

A Reflection on Poetry in Scripture


Thoughts on how God reveals Himself through poetry.


Interviews


Anh Lin: Girl and The Word

An interview with Anh Lin—founder of Girl and The Word—on the YouTube space, the filmmaking process, and why everything starts with 'why'.

Kae King: In Case I'm Next

An interview with the writer, poet, and spoken word artist—on experiencing writing as a gift from God, creativity as a means to humanize justice movements, and her newest film: In Case I'm Next

Natalie Shaw: Painting, Art, and Intermingling With God

In conversation with the abstract artist, exploring the intersection of painting, “showing up”, and what makes her art intrinsically God.

Jonathan Ogden: Worship as Process

We talk with Jonathan on notions of calling, creativity, and an expansive, wide-ranging view on worship.

Finding Purpose on Concrete: Jonathan Todryk

In conversation with the concrete-painter on optimism, the intersection of God and creative materials, and why he never throws away a canvas.

Jon Collins Explains Everything: An Interview with the Co-Founder of The Bible Project

We discuss the Portland-based studio, Jon's creative process, and why he doesn't think of himself as a storyteller.

Victoria Park Explores the Connection Between Acting and Reflecting God's Image

We talk with Victoria about her start in Hollywood, her acting methodology, and trusting God in the highs and lows of the creative journey.

Adaobi Ugoagu Is On A Mission

We talk with fashion blogger/model Adaobi Ugoagu about the intersection of fashion, art and justice.

Kathy Khang Teaches Us How To Raise Our Voice

Author Kathy Khang discusses her latest book and the role that Christian artists can play in activism and community engagement.

The Flow of Jonni Cheatwood

A visit to the studio of the internationally renowned painter-sewer. We discuss Cheatwood's creative practice, his thoughts on "calling", and why he always paints on six canvases at a time.

Jae Jin Music

An interview with the musician, and his new song, "Heart Smiles".

The Creative Tension of Darren & Trisha Inouye

We interview creative couple Darren & Trisha Inouye about their creative process and what it takes to run an art school.

The Creative Nomad—Jonathan Martin

We discuss the evolution of Martin's creative career and the importance of talking about mental health as an artist.

Artificial Christian

A sit-down with hip-hop group Artificial Christian.


Places


A Chapel in the Earth

A creative reflection on our visit to Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, AZ.

Grundtvig's Church

The monumental church, constructed by Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint in Copenhagen—in honor of N. F. S. Grundtvig.

Reflecting a City

We visit the Los Angeles Cathedral, and discuss its relationship to the city.