Loved Back To Life

Earth is a beautiful but broken place, and it’s hard to accept this fact and know what to do with it. It’s hard to see brokenness painted on an earth-sized canvas and detailed in the eyes of every man, woman, and child. Hope and sorrow are always mingled in this world, a tandem pairing in [...]

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A Little More Like Heaven: Children’s Ministry & Camp Good News

“But when adults speak up for the vulnerable and the weak, working and demanding that safety and respect prevail, God's little lambs are protected and nourished. They know they are not abandoned; they are loved. And the world becomes a little more like heaven as a result.” - Wess Stafford, Too Small to Ignore:Why Children Are [...]

My Life in Books: A Love Letter to Literature

This one's a little different...but I think you'll like it. It's a real page turner ;) I buy books when I’m sad. Not new ones, but thrift-store books that smell of old cigarette smoke and have someone else’s name scrawled in them. My copy of To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf was printed in 1965 [...]

Into His Marvelous Light (Redemption Part 2)

The beauty of redemption is that we get to walk out of the darkness that has bound us, chained us, blinded us…and step in to the marvelous light of Jesus Christ. Having faith in His death, burial, and resurrection as restitution for our sinful souls allows us to be reborn, restored, regenerated. His light is [...]

Racial Injustice & MLK 50

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, and I found myself profoundly moved. I wasn’t expecting to be on the verge of tears all day, or to be consumed by thoughts and prayers for justice to the point of being unable to process anything else. Maybe it’s because I was just [...]

Called Out of Darkness (Redemption Part 1)

“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it…” Prone to lostness. Prone to confusion. Prone to wrongdoing. Prone to delusion. Prone to sin. Lord, I feel it. My sin is a darkness and a heavy sleep that I don’t want to leave because it's comfortable. I hear Him calling me, asking me to come near, but [...]

Why 2018 is The Year for Spiritual Rebuilding

2017 was a year of undoing. It was a year of doubting everything I’d known, everything I’d been taught, everything I’d been told. The American political situation haunted the world stage, and I grappled with the whole thing, as so many of us did. I was brought to confusion and doubt as I listened to [...]

Making Peace With Yourself: Why Self-Acceptance is Important

I’m learning something about being a peacemaker. This lesson has been a long time in coming, and I’m sure I will continue to learn it for the rest of my life. It is the lesson of making peace with myself. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve wanted to change about myself. My hair, [...]

I Traded a Ring for Hope

Sometimes we need a little inspiration to kick us out of our comfort zones. Here is a story to do just that... I'm obsessed with street festivals. Buskers, art, street performers, live music, vendors...any strange and quirky street event (not involving drugs or sex) always makes my heart happy. I've been that way ever since [...]