An Ordinary Cardboard Box

An Ordinary Cardboard Box

A cardboard box is as ordinary as it gets, about as ordinary as a manger, some water, and dirt. There is ordinary all around us. Casual conversations, jobs, and even relationships can seem as plain as white bread and a piece of unwrapped American cheese. That’s why...
How to respond when someone shares a burden with you.

How to respond when someone shares a burden with you.

Tell someone. On Sunday, Jonathan shared the wrenching story of how a young prostitute in Thailand shared a story of abuse with him. He encouraged us that we need to be there to hear the stories of others in this dark world. But first, there may be burdens that we...
Welcome to Hell

Welcome to Hell

This isn’t a story that begins with once upon a time…but it does happen in a land far, far away. 18 hours by jet plane in fact with a 13-hour time difference. “Welcome to Hell.” Those were the words out of his mouth (our Exodus Road guide) as...
The Forever Table of Peace

The Forever Table of Peace

Yesterday my morning joy at seeing God work in our church was smashed by my afternoon horror at seeing evil work at a church in Texas. My despair at seeing us hit over 300 mass shootings in 2017 overwhelms me. Though it should not matter where wickedness does its...
My Actual Table

My Actual Table

I’ve been drawn to my physical dining room table recently. This is a new and unusual spot as you can most often find me in comfy chairs with blankets and warmth. To be honest, the habit has formed without me really knowing. And surprisingly, the table has become a...
Worth Celebrating: The Journey of My Soul

Worth Celebrating: The Journey of My Soul

Most of my spiritual life, I have interacted with God as Creator. I saw Him as Good – all knowing, all powerful, a part of every bit of creation. I could trust Him to hold all things together. God took me a step deeper to walking with Jesus as friend and dear...