Advent: I’m Not Who I Was

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I have to be honest, the first Sunday of Advent snuck up on me. There are a number of reasons: 1. I’m launching a new book on Tuesday called Jesus Shoes. Here are the details. 2. My family celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, and three birthdays all in 36-hours this week. 3. I’ll be featured on Pastor on […]

It’s Not Good to Be Alone


In the end of January, our first month of the Race, Pastor Peter gave us each a calendar to document our journey around the world. It was one of his many thoughtful gifts bestowed onto us newbie travelers. Every day on this calendar had a Bible verse to encourage us missionaries. Naturally, I flipped straight […]

Wacky Wednesday–October 2015

Paul: How do you know you don’t like tomatoes like that? Carol: Anyone have a John? Parah: I have lots of Johns. Parah: Anyone have any James? Carol: Go fish. Nico: Stop calling me a Nazi! They massacred your people! Matthias: But they did it efficiently! Randy: I don’t usually eat white meat but this […]

When You’re With Someone

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The plate of food in front of me sat mostly untouched. I was so into the conversation—both talking and listening intently—that my food went forgotten. If you know me well, you know that says a lot about the kind of conversation we had. Both of us put our hearts on the table for the other […]

You Don’t Have to Go It Alone


I hear it all the time. From the pastor who doesn’t want to be honest with members of his congregation and let them know he’s struggling. From the pregnant young couple who try to hide that they’re expecting because the baby’s prognosis isn’t good. They don’t know if they’ll get to keep her on this […]

When God Invites


Coming off the World Race, I wasn’t sure I’d ever want to go on another mission trip again. As we wrapped up our time in Latin America, my teammates were already looking for ways to come back. I was looking for ways to retire my passport. As soon as I got home, new invitations started […]

Wacky Wednesday–September 2015


Every month we celebrate the wacky things people actually say and the words that challenge us to live differently. Laughter is a powerful thing. I hope you find some here today.

When You Pass-by Something Good for Something Great

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I almost missed my flight. I don’t really know how it happened. It could have been that the boarding door was misleadingly far away from the counter. It could have been that the sign said “Indianapolis” instead of “Minneapolis.” It could have been that I just wasn’t paying attention. It wasn’t until the “Last and […]

The Power of Creating a Routine of Rest


There were a list of things I wanted to get done. I had unrealistic goals and needed to start cranking through them to get as much accomplished as I could. Except I couldn’t. Things kept getting in my way. The internet was down. The roommates talkative. The battery dead. The project wasn’t doing itself. Instagram […]

What If I Go Unnoticed?

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As soon as I walked into the church sanctuary I felt sad. I don’t know why. Maybe it was that I was going to worship alone. Again. Maybe it was that I had to work all afternoon. Again. Maybe it was that I was thinking about other churches struggling. Maybe it was that I was […]