“…and they brought to him all who were sick and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.” –Matthew 14:34-35 “For the sake of your tradition, you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites.” –Matthew 15:6 When … Continue reading Who Am I Really?
Last year was absolutely the best, most painful, most wonderful, most gut-wrenching year of my life to date. Naturally, it’s been a cakewalk to talk about the beauty, but I’ve shied away from the ugly. Out of this season, I have learned that in order to make pain meaningful, I have to be willing to … Continue reading It’s Not All About Me.
William Wilberforce, a man who believed in equality of all men and lived it. He is most well-known for dedicating his life to see the Trans-Atlantic slave trade abolished. Against all odds, he persevered for 20 years at great personal cost to see human beings treated with dignity. He lived out his convictions and in … Continue reading What I Learned From the Man Who Abolished the Slave Trade.
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 came face to face with a shocking injustice on Month four of the Race. Is there female circumcision in America? Nearly every day I get asked this question at schools in Kenya, and it always takes me off guard. A large part of ministry here in Isebania, Kenya is going to local high schools … Continue reading Female Genital Mutilation: It happens today.
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.