Entries by Jenna Jordan

The M Word: The Silent Grief, The Invisible Loss

The M word is usually spoken in hushed tones. It evokes sympathy expressed with half-smiles, platitudes, unsolicited advice, and statistical assertions of odds of success. These are all meant to comfort you. Instead, they invalidate your pain by labeling your tragedy as an “everyday occurrence.” These expressions of sympathy can make you feel silenced even […]

Who Are You? Suffering Will Tell

Early in his work City of God, Augustine discusses the nature of suffering, specifically, why the good and wicked seem to both suffer. If someone is supposedly good, then why would God allow them to suffer? This is important because in our modern day era that wants to see all suffering as something that we […]

Experience Poverty at Mercy Hill

When I was a teenager, a middle-aged man who had followed Christ for decades told me there would be three things that influence who I become and what I believe: the things I read, the people I meet, and the places I go. So far in my life’s journey, I’d say he was right. All […]

3 Important Reasons to Sing Through the Awkwardness

Have you ever been singing while driving in your car, only to look over at the person in the car beside you, staring? Embarrassing, right? My go-to is usually to pretend like I’m talking on the phone. Singing is a funny thing. Although it’s socially acceptable and normal to sing, there’s something very vulnerable about […]

What’s Wrong With my Kids?

It’s 8:30pm on a Wednesday. I’ve been working hard all day and can’t wait for a moment of solitude. So, after his bath time, I let my toddler know it’s time to go upstairs for bedtime. Now, just to clarify, bedtime at our house is simply reading a Bible story, praying, and going to sleep. […]

Don’t Be Blown Away: The Case for Equip

11 And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s […]

What Does “Get in the Stream” Mean?

Imagine it’s a beautiful summer day—hot and sticky, yes. But you wouldn’t deny its beauty—and you have been hiking uphill for several miles. You happen upon a deep, rushing stream. Truthfully, you’ve gone to this spot numerous times just to watch the mesmerizing stream, and your curiosity has grown ever since that old man told […]

5 Tips for a Purposeful Spring Break

Spring Break is upon us! I feel like the semester just started, but the Spring semester happens fast. Before you go on break, or if you are currently on break, here are 5 tips to maximize your Spring Break experience. 1. Read a book I know what you’re thinking. “I hate reading; I read enough […]

Divided by Our Differences, United in Our Need

Have you ever seen the sign above before? I pass it all the time. For most, this sign is forgettable, easily overlooked, and mundane. But for me it is deeply symbolic and a sobering reminder. You see, when I look at this sign I can’t help but see a message behind the message. The intended message […]