I don’t remember the children but I remember the homes. I don’t remember how we served but I remember being told the truth. The smell of rotting hills have long since faded but the shock of knowing that the people I was meeting lived in the city’s garbage dump will probably never leave. No one … More The Aftermath of those Christian Events
Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, many people have switched to a word. You’ve probably seen it — the people who decide on a word to be their focus for the new year. Words like love, inspire, trust, create, and focus are just a few of many, many words that people choose. Some people branch out … More What a Wonderful Word: Kairos
In a social media world, it can be difficult to feel proud of oneself. I know people look proud and happy but statics are showing an alarming rise in the opposite direction. Comparison, self-doubt, and insecurity run rampant through many and I totally understand why. We live in curated and picture perfect world. Even though … More Positive Self-Reflection
Several years ago, I heard a speaker talking about an incident that happened on his blog. He had written a post that was a little less than friendly toward a public figure. The post was not meant to be hurtful or mean — it was just a funny jab at someone else’s expense. Soon, comments … More What’s in a Word?
Halloween is just a few days away. There are cobwebs, skeletons, and other creepy things loaded up on shelves. Costumes hang just a few rows away from the Christmas decorations. Halloween is an odd holiday for church people. The opinions are varying and sometimes very strong. Inevitably, many Christian bloggers write about why a Christian … More What Halloween taught me about Convictions
Like a fancy but very sporadic zoom feature, my brain can channel in on something at the strangest times. It’s not so bad when I run across something in my personal Bible reading time because that pondering becomes meditation. However, it’s really disconcerting when that zooming happens in a class of 3 to 5 year … More Zacchaeus and the Offendables
You’ve probably heard the word “discern” at some point in your life. Like many words in Scripture, it has a regular, run-of-the-mill meaning and then it has a deeper, more specific meaning. The root meaning doesn’t really change but because God is always considering both the physical and the spiritual realms, the word is richer … More Five Steps for Growing in Discernment