The Trouble with Comfortable Christianity

Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer. - Romans 12:12 Rejoice. Endure. Persist. This section in its entirety is full of what feels like unattainable standards... “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another [...]

Because of Christ

It was really special to celebrate the resurrection here while doing ministry, keeping at the forefront of my mind the beauty of the redemption and transformation we have in Christ. The hope and life we have in Christ is unmatched and unattainable through any other outlet or option we might find in this life. This [...]

For All Nations

It was an act that was not just for you and I but for ALL NATIONS. Christ’s death and resurrection so that we could know him, live for him, and as is at the forefront of our minds today in Sri Lanka, even die for him, and bring as many people as possible to him [...]

Slowing Down: Learning to be a little more French

S-L-O-W-I-N-G D-O-W-N As an American living in France, I’ve been challenged in my on-the-go nature. From my fast-paced life in the states to having no car, no ease of communication, and no sense of independence, there has been quite a learning curve! I’ve missed my car more times than I like to admit and the [...]

The First 30 Days

I CAN'T BELIEVE I'VE BEEN HERE FOR A MONTH! Here's a recap of what's been going on: One month ago, I arrived in France! I jumped right in upon arrival in Angers, taking the placement exam for French classes, which I promptly handed in blank...nowhere to go but up! On my first weekend here, I [...]

Hold on…GIANTS?!

When the Bible comes to life in a whole new way Over the past 2.5 years I have been working for a non-profit that provides support and a safe home for survivors of domestic sex trafficking. For the last few months, about twice a month I would go to the home and lead our participants [...]

Rest & Responsibility | Three Steps to Self-Care

In a world consumed by accomplishment, the topic of self-care is rarely discussed.  When, according to the American Psychological Association, “the nation is on the verge of a stress-induced public health crisis”, self-care is not a topic that can be afforded the luxury of mindless neglect. We feel the need to over-perform as a means [...]

The Wonders Yet to Come

For many, this weekend is a time of reflection and remembrance, and appropriately so. Good Friday was yesterday, the day when we remember Jesus going to the cross in a sacrificial act of unconditional love. What we oftentimes forget about is the waiting period between the death and the resurrection. It is natural that we all have [...]

The Hard Questions: A God Who is Present in Pain, Loss, and Unanswered Prayer

Maybe it's not that our prayers are unanswered. Maybe it's that our God, our Deliverer, is making us more like His son. Maybe we can't fully minister to a broken world unless we have been broken, maybe we can't heal the wounded until we have needed healing, and maybe we can't point the lost to a Deliverer if we have not yet needed deliverance.