Archives for 2010

Chasing the Moon

Recently, I’ve developed a silly and almost disturbing new hobby. I came into it completely by accident. Recently, I’ve had a deep, urgent, and almost primal need to take photos of the moon. Can’t you just see me? I go out to walk the dog—usually in an old t-shirt and some funky capri-type pajama bottoms—and […]

Collard Greens and Grits

Today, I’m going a direction I’ve never been on this blog and the direction is inspired by my friend Cari (aka @mahjerle) from Twitter. I got to meet her live and in person when I was visiting the Pacific Northwest back in October. We spent a Saturday evening having fried pie and laughs with our […]

The Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Welcome to Wednesday and to our discussion of Richard Stearns’ book, The Hole in Our Gospel! My co-facilitator, Jason Stasyszen and I thoroughly enjoy our discussions about this book and we welcome you to stay and discuss the topics each week, whether you’ve read the chapter or not. Each week, we provide a link widget. […]

One Word Blog Carnival: Gratitude

All month, I’ve been watching friends on social media share, each day, what they’re thankful for. They’re thankful for hot cocoa, macaroni and cheese, a good babysitter for date night with their husband (for whom they are also thankful). I’ve enjoyed watching these little thankfulness laundry lists. They remind me to be thankful, as well, […]

Building Bridges

It was about four years ago that my friend, Jim Gillikin, invited me to his church to present some awards from my department to a few of the boys’ ministries leaders at their church. I had just left a church where I’d been wounded and wasn’t actually looking for a church. But when I walked […]

Caught in the Web

Welcome to another Wednesday and another chapter of the continuing discussion about The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns. Even if you haven’t read the book, please still feel free to hang out, read today’s post, and join the discussion. If you’ve written a post about this chapter, please link it up at the […]


When we moved to New Bern just before my sophomore year of high school, coming from a school of around 500 kids where I knew everybody, to a school of about 1600 kids where I knew nobody, I wasn’t under any illusion that I had the slightest hope of being popular. But I was more […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

It had been a grueling week in Kinshasa. Heat pressed down on each of us, taking our breaths away and causing sweat to drip off the end of my nose and onto the pill counting tray in front of me. The prescriptions stacked up next to me and there was no way that I could […]

An Open Hand

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” – from Winnie the Pooh I have a problem. I think it’s a good problem to have, if you’re going to have a problem. But as with all problems, it’s still a problem. And that makes it problematic. I love too much. It’s funny… the […]

Let Me Be Frank

Warning- I may ramble a bit today. There’s a lot of things rolling around in my head and I just need to express some of them. Feel free to stay and read and comment. Over the past several years, it seems like I’ve heard more and more people talking about Christianity like it’s Burger King: […]