A New Tool for IF:Table

Many of our neighbors, co-workers, and people we come across on a daily basis want to explore what they believe. If we’re honest, starting those conversations is hard and awkward, and a lot of times we fail to engage. We truly believe lives can be changed through conversations women have around the table, which is…

Doing Life Together

Honest confession from the 246 dinner IF:Table girl … I haven’t met with my table group in several months. I know, it’s not a good look for someone who claims Acts 2:46 as one of her life verses. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. Acts 2:46 But in…

The Light of Life

  The magic of Christmas is calling my name – everything from the cookies to the parties to the Christmas lights, especially the lights. Honestly, things have been feeling pretty dark around here lately. Days are getting shorter and the dark is growing. Stuff in the church is heavy, marriage is hard, parenting is tough….

For Every Season

  My family and I live in San Diego where the weather is pretty nice all year long. It feels like spring and summer are always on repeat. We do have one problem and it’s this: We have more palm trees than leaf trees. Finding a fall leaf around here is as rare as finding…

Listen

  Fall is my favorite time of year to gather at the table. Magazines and storefronts display pumpkin-shaped tureens and dried bunches of wheat stalks. Our Facebook feeds fill with a million ways to serve turkey, and we wonder if Aunt Margaret is going to make her famed squash casserole again at Thanksgiving. I do…

A New Invitation

  It’s back-to-school time. The neighbor boy and his little brother zip down the street on their bikes every morning at seven-thirty. A cute little mama with her baby strapped tight to her chest walks her daughter to school right past my front window. I love the rhythm of September. It is a time for…

Front Yard People

This month, we are excited to introduce you to a friend of ours in Austin, Texas. She has taken the practice of gathering around the table to her front yard. Isn’t that refreshingly unusual? Read her story and use this month’s conversation cards to take steps towards expanding who you invite to the table.  …

Raise a Glass

Summer’s here – a time for lingering days and beach vacations, outdoor movie nights and the sound of crickets in the distance. Summer brings a shift in the calendar, and the families in my neighborhood trade school mornings for afternoons in the swimming pool. Sunlight is slow to hide behind the trees, and the heat…

Let Love Set the Table

I have a friend whose favorite word is “with”. I bet that’s one of God’s favorite words too, and I can see why. God wanted to be with us, so He sent Jesus. He even named him Immanuel, God with us, so that we would know He meant it. When Jesus left for heaven, He…

Sunsets and New Things

The Oasis on Lake Travis is a popular Austin restaurant, self-proclaimed as the “Sunset Capital of Texas” with its cliff views looking west over the water. For decades it has been one of those iconic places that attracts locals and visitors alike. I’ve sat on those wooden decks that jet over the bluff with my…