Welcome to Olives & Coffee!
Welcome to Olives & Coffee. We hope that the resources on this site are an encouragement for your spiritual journey as together we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who comforts our weary hearts, frees us from the stranglehold of sin and strengthens us to run the race with joy (Hebrews 12:1-3).
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This article on hymns and worship appeared as the first chapter in the new book Hymns and Hymnody: Historical and Theological Introductions, Volume 1. Blessings,
Why Olives & Coffee?
Several years ago, we were sitting on a beach for a delightful few days. After a season of serving in more separate ministry areas we felt the Lord was calling us to more joint ministry. Among the many options we felt compelled to pursue was the creation of a website that would be a central location for the many ministry resources we have developed over the years. We wanted to make the resources easily accessible for our Calvary Church family, but also the wider Christian community.
Doing something together is beautiful, but we also didn’t want to mask our individual gifts and perspectives. As we catalogued our similarities and our differences from our beach chairs (and discovered some new ones along the way), we stumbled upon a crazy name for this joint venture.
Olives & Coffee. Each of us loves one and doesn’t care for the other.
Lisa I love coffee. It’s a newer passion for me as I was in my 30s before I regularly consumed coffee (having four kids close together was a likely catalyst). I find it a small grace to wake each morning to a fresh pot of coffee.
Jim Surprisingly, I have a long history with coffee. I grew up bringing coffee to my parents in bed each morning as they worked on the newspaper crossword puzzle. I never even took a sip because I found the smell repulsive. Even as an adult, I’ve only tasted coffee on a few rare occasions where it would have been culturally insensitive to turn it down.
Lisa There are very few things in the world that I avoid eating and olives are one of them. Olive trees, olive branches and olive oil are all beautiful and useful. But the actual olive is not for me.
Jim There are few greater pleasures in life than a good, briny Kalamata olive. One my most favorite meals is to visit a bakery and get a loaf of bread and a selection of olives. It is economical. It is delicious. It is fast. It is a brilliant meal.
Olives & Coffee. Join us.
Whether you like olives, prefer a hot cup of coffee, or don’t care for either one, we are glad you found this site. We hope you pour your favorite beverage, grab a tasty snack and stay awhile as we explore issues of faith