How One Woman Created a Community Out of a Neighborhood
Shauna Niequist
By Shauna Niequist

My friend Sarah and I worked at a summer camp together about a hundred years ago, and we reconnect whenever I’m in Texas. I spent a weekend in Dallas in December, and Sarah invited me over for lunch with a few friends. She told me that every year she chooses a theme word, and that her word for 2012 was COMMUNITY.

She decided that instead of talking about community in some vague but well-intentioned way, her specific goal would be to gather 500 people around her table in 2012, one meal at a time.

She asked her dad to build a table in her backyard. It’s a gorgeous outdoor cedar dining table with…

What Gets Lost When We Fail to Live a Good Story
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

Every leader invites people into a story.

Thomas Jefferson invited the country into a story about democracy. Rosa Parks invited the country into a story about racial equality. Billy Graham invited the world into a story about eternity.

Could it be you were designed to live a great story, too? This is an important question because lives hang in the balance. What if the story burning inside you, if lived, could dramatically influence the lives of others? And what if that story could bring light into an otherwise dark world?

“Sunday Morning Music – Flying Lotus” by Leagues
By Leagues

We’re changing the way we approach our Sunday Morning Music posts. For the next several months, these posts will be authored by artists so you can get a glimpse into what inspires them. We hope you enjoy today’s post from our friends, Leagues.

Saturday Morning Cereal: The Best Viral Videos We Found This Week
Tim Schurrer
By Tim Schurrer

Last week, the NFL: Bad Lip Reading video took the majority vote. Would love to hear which of these is your favorite. Vote below in the comments!

Science Missed an Across-the-Board Miracle Drug!
Joe Bloggins
By Joe Bloggins

I don’t know how science could have missed it all these years, but there has been a miracle drug under it’s nose. My research indicates a surprisingly well-known drug called aplacebo has been showing very consistent results on any number of ailments.

Sadly, aplacebo has not shown dramatic results in one category, compared to drugs using more complex names, but the magic lies in it’s ability to make small increases in literally thousands of categories.

While Advil may have a 47% success rate helping people suffering from a headache, aplacebo has only 27%. Sounds dim, right? Not exactly. Because advil does nothing for acne, while aplacebo has a 15% positive affect. Aplacebo has also…

Finding Contentment – Thoughts on the Downsized Life
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

Last year I moved out of my really nice condo into a really nice apartment. But it was too nice. It had a view of Mt. Hood, access to the river, and all the stuff you’d find in a Bed Bath & Beyond catalog. I noticed something, though. None of it made me happy. I thought I’d downsized my life but I hadn’t really downsized enough. The rent was still uncomfortably high and stuff was just too nice.

When it came time to do some work across the country, I decided to really go for it.

I moved everything I owned into a…

People Aren’t Thinking About You, They’re Thinking About Themselves
Justin Zoradi
By Justin Zoradi

There is a funny cartoon of a group of people mingling at a party. Above each of their heads is a thought bubble that reads, “I wonder what they are thinking of me?”

This silly cartoon sheds light on the fact that, for the most part, people aren’t thinking about you. They are thinking about themselves.

This is frustrating, but it should also be liberating.

We all know humans can be quite…

Inauguration and the Need for a King
By Donald Miller
“Sunday Morning Music – Gotye” by Katie Herzig
By Katie Herzig
Saturday Morning Cereal: The Best Viral Videos We Found This Week
By Tim Schurrer
Finding Your Keystone Habit: The First Step to Sustainable Change
By John Sowers