When You Don’t Want to Wait Any Longer

It's all so magical, the belly-warming glow of the lights juxtaposed with the sparkling winter chill, bells lingering in the air, chimed from towers and bell choirs, scheming up just the perfect gift for children and friends, imagining their faces a million times before they even open the gift: there is so much to love … Continue reading When You Don’t Want to Wait Any Longer

It’s Always Opposite Day In Hell

I've been meaning to tell you this for a while, but hell was beating me up. Just like it's been beating you up. I finally got ahead in the past several days, but I am tired. It is 2:00 in the morning as I write today, the first time I've been simultaneously awake, coherent and … Continue reading It’s Always Opposite Day In Hell

Sometimes I Don’t Believe In Redemption

It breaks my heart to say this, but sometimes I think people can't be saved. Our church's mission is Live the Restoration, to literally display what the Gospel story looks like in my life so others can imagine it in theirs. Sometimes I pray for people I meet out in real life, or at work … Continue reading Sometimes I Don’t Believe In Redemption

An Inconvenient God In The Pizza Shop

He was just a white kid in a Bronco's football jersey, maybe mid-20s. He looked like all the other white kids with shopping bags leaving the mall. He walked right past our window as we sat in the downtown pizza shop. The second I saw him the strange thought came to my mind with surprising … Continue reading An Inconvenient God In The Pizza Shop

People Who See The Past and Future You

I am one of those lucky people who seems to have friendships that never end. My bridesmaids were nearly all women I'd known and been close with for the better part of a decade, if not longer. And we are all still friends. L-R: Ingrid, Holly (my sister), Jen, Ica, Rachel and Jazzy. [Photo credit: … Continue reading People Who See The Past and Future You

These stories pump water

I love brand new ideas, really good ones I wish I thought of. Don't you? Well, here's one for you. Have you heard of CausePub yet? If you haven't, you're about to. I just wrote a story for CausePub, an organization creating books for a cause through group-publishing. [Click here to read the story and … Continue reading These stories pump water

The God of Self-Help

If you've been in church, or been around churchy people, you've heard people talk about God. Mostly he sounds like a philanthropic celebrity, but kind of religiousy. The hazy God-descriptions based on scriptural references don't help. "He's the God of the oppressed." "He's the Father to the fatherless." "He's a friend to those in need." … Continue reading The God of Self-Help

Unafraid

Yes. To all of the above. One of my big goals this year is fearlessness. I was afraid to commit to it. (LOL.) But seriously, I really was. Being unafraid means potential loss, pain and other things we religiously aim to avoid. So why put ourselves out there? Whenever I choose to risk, it's because … Continue reading Unafraid

When it’s all up to you: the value of legacy

{If you found me through my article on Catalyst, welcome. And if you're a regular or a visitor, please let me share my news: I had the privilege to be featured on Catalyst this week, talking about the church planting life and the value of raising up the legacy of the next generation of leaders. … Continue reading When it’s all up to you: the value of legacy