I’m a skeptic of this whole “Christian” thing. I’m not doubting my faith… but… I look around and feel as though people are acting the part. Yesterday morning I sat in church with 2,000 or so people around me… I can easily label it a typical church service. The music was performed in a beautiful … Continue reading Confessions of a Skeptical Christian
Growing up a preacher’s kid, I knew how to fake the whole Christian thing. I knew the ins and outs of the well-known scriptures and how to discuss them in a seemingly righteous manner… I went on all the church trips and threw my hands up at the more popular parts of the worship songs. … Continue reading Where the heck is God?
This is a follow-up post from Rachel Barnette’s last post, ‘Scriptures About Healing – Blah Blah Blah!’ ‘So am I safe to fly?’ ‘We need to do some tests first.’ There I stand. In yet another hospital in Thailand, with two Thai nurses sticking stuff all over my chest and around my heart. Speaking … Continue reading By His Stripes, We Are Healed. Except, I’m (still) not.
I live in a culture that preaches high grace. We give each other feedback. We forgive. We move on. For the record, I feel extremely blessed (among other things) to live in this community. My leadership gives an unprecedented amount of grace, allowing me to make mistakes, to actively exercise my gifts while freely acknowledging … Continue reading When to Build a Wall.
Images stay clear of a time I danced on the banks of a man-made lake in Phuket, Thailand under the same stars and God as King David danced and I jumped and spun like a free man. The night was too warm to be fully clothed. There was darkness and it’s only opposition my body … Continue reading Does Jesus Desire Freedom or Holiness?
This is a guest post from Leah Malone, who (along with her friend Meagan LaFoy) lives and works with street kids in the Philippines. To read more from Leah, or to donate to her ministry, check out her blog. When people ask why Meagan and I decided to pack up our lives and move across … Continue reading You Can Start By Saying Yes.
Sometimes I think about wealth and time and luck. And standards of living. And just the idea of sheer comfort. It’s pretty crazy, when you think about it, how different people have completely different ideas about what’s good or what’s comfortable. I could dish out a bunch of statistics about people who live on a dollar a day or … Continue reading The Seemingly Craziness of Christ
I spent the majority of that day, the one ending in a Tanzanian prison, traveling by van. There were nine seats in the van and it was said by locals that vans arrived every half hour but most often the vans would drive by me full of Africans and no room for white Muzungus. I … Continue reading The Prayers I Prayed In A Tanzanian Prison
Not too long ago, a young man from the Middle East hated Christians, like many in his community. He persecuted the church violently to advance his religion. He arranged brutal murders and approved of horrific executions. He went house to house arresting Christian men and women. He did this to end the Christian church. His … Continue reading Some Good Ol’ Fashioned American Hate
Walking the block from the bus stop to my front door seemed like miles and miles as I saw both my parents cars in the driveway. They had planned for weeks to be out of town that day…I knew that it had to be something big for them to be home. They met me at … Continue reading What If Today Was Your Last?