Articles by Alida Thomas
By Alida Thomas
February 3, 2020
Alida Thomas looks at how John Mark Comer’s The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry can help our hurried, frenzied, burnt out culture, one that greatly affected her own life.
So, when I first heard a podcast of John Mark Comer talking about “Hurry Sickness”—what he articulates as one of the most pressing social, emotional, and spiritual issues of our modern world—and when I picked up a copy of his recent book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World, I found language that echoed the learning, unlearning, and re-learning that has, and continues, to save my life, rooting me in what actually matters In search of that different, better, intentional, more deeply human, and rejoicing in God’s life of faith, hope, and love, Comer outlines four practices (or “counter-habits” to hurry, overload, and distraction) that characterize a life without (or with less) hurry, chapters that could each be reviewed or highlighted on their own merits: In telling some of his own story, specifically as he reflects on his own pursuit of an unhurried life after he had “stalled out in my spiritual journey toward becoming a person of love,” Comer writes a poignant summary of the growth he has seen in his own heart, mind, and life, “I honestly value who I’m becoming over where I end up
October 29, 2019
In Jeremy Courtney's Love Anyway, Alida Thomas finds stories of loving with resilience in the midst of war, disaster and betrayal, as well as important lessons of peace for a polarized world.
What Courtney does throughout Love Anyway, a standalone continuation of his first book, Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time, is give not only an honest and raw look into his own story and the growth and evolution of Preemptive Love Coalition (with a refreshing amount of humility, adm...
June 14, 2019
Last night’s improbable NBA championship for the Toronto Raptors was one professional sports team’s triumph. Even more, Alida Thomas writes, it’s a historic moment of shared belonging when Canadians discovered who they want to keep becoming.
Euphoria over the Toronto Raptors historic NBA championship victory wafted north from Oakland at the final buzzer of Game 6 last night and is spreading from across Canada today It’s also about the record number of Canadians playing in the NBA and WNBA, such as Andrew Wiggins and Kia Nurse, many of w...
June 11, 2018
It takes faith not only to grab hold of things, but to let things go, reflects Alida Oegema. As she prepares to leave Canada's West coast for a new city and a new beginning, she writes on the ways she sees God leading, sustaining, and surrounding her and her husband-to-be.
It's the place where I saw a gathering of a group of friends passionate about worship (in all of life) grow into a movement and where we stood back with humbling gratitude for what God was doing in our midst ...