When the Only Choice is Vulnerability

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She shared from a place in her heart that you could tell had been rejected before. In her hesitancy, you could tell she was curious how we would respond. With every word she was testing the waters. And we must have passed the test because it all came out. Her fears. Her concerns. Her life. Her dreams. […]

Wacky Wednesday: June 2015

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Author’s Note: On the first Wednesday of each month we celebrate the ridiculous and ridiculously profound things heard in everyday conversation. Sorry I’ve been a slacker collecting quotes. – Katie Kathryn: Following Jesus is usually the easier choice. Katie: I beg to differ: the World Race. Pete Wilson: The worst failure is not to sink […]

Making a Whirlpool of Community

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It was only a matter of minutes before the entire kitchen was covered in powered sugar, Oreo crumbs, and melted chocolate. It was an attempt to solve a common problem in the modern American church. It was a step in the right direction. A girls’ night, a baking spree, a laugh and good conversation. Community. […]

#TruthBehindTheGram

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We like to post the very best versions of ourselves on social media. We like to present our world as perfect, flawless, and Pinterest-worthy. Just admit it. But also admit it’s not reality. To combat that, my friend Diana Palka has started a revolution known as #TruthBehindTheGram. Post a beautiful photo on Instagram and use […]

In God We Trust

In church yesterday a military chaplain told us a story about cradling veterans as they breathed their final breaths. It was a hard story to hear. Especially in church. After the World Race I can honestly say there is no country I’d rather live in than the United States of America. But I didn’t travel […]

When God’s People Speak Out

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“I have to write my testimony,” she said giving me a gag face. I get it. I really do. Like me, she comes from a typical family with happily married parents who thought it was important to raise their children in church. Like me, Jesus was just as integral to her childhood as peanut butter […]

Wacky Wednesday–April 2015

Allison: The song’s “Rocketman” by Elton Somebody. Marty: I’ve dated two Jewish girls. Does that make me half Jewish? Eli: Name big cities in Wisconsin. Katie: Milwaukee? Eli: Yeah, that one! Karen: There’s a lot of romantic 80s rap. Taylor: What kind of nerd are you? Kayla: I just said “See you Sinday.” Awkward. Amber: […]

Having the Faith to Imagine

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I first noticed it when Dad and I were putting up the Christmas lights, a few short days after I’d been back in the country. It’s an activity we do together every season and that year was no different. Like every year previous, I could imagine our house completely covered in the colors of the […]

A New Special Someone in My Life

Every day was hard. It was in Bolivia (Month Three) when I stared to feel like an American slave scrubbing blood off cement walls, battling the altitude to walk, and investing in boys who didn’t know how to receive love. Every day we invested in them whether they’d receive it or not. Futbol. Dance parties. […]

I’m a Fraud

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I’m pretty sure any second now you guys are going to figure out I’m a fraud. Here’s what happened: I—a toe-dipper—cannonballed into a charismatic pool and have spent the last two years trying to get used to the temperature of the water while frantically searching for the ladder out.