Summer in Virginia

Summer in Virginia makes anybody who’s not from Virginia tell you stories about a “dry heat”. “It’s a dry heat,” they explain with a wave of their hand as they regale you with tales of Colorado, or Arizona, or that one time in Nevada. “It doesn’t feel hot like it does here.” After his first… Read more »

Prophecies & Parables: Clarity in Confusion

Deep truths in Christian faith often come packaged in the form of paradox. We serve a God who is omnipotent yet personal, a God as perfect in love as He is in wrath. Giving does not deplete us, rather fills us so that we have more to give. Our slavery to righteousness sets us free. We are to… Read more »

North Africa Testimonies: Samuel

We spent a week in North Africa. The two days when we hosted art gallery receptions went by in a blur. We framed pieces, put up walls, printed flyers and statements, arranged furniture, and prepared to speak with hundreds of people. The real beauty of preparing for the gallery, though, was not anything we accomplished…. Read more »

North Africa Testimonies: Fiona

The two days of our art gallery in North Africa went by in a blur. We framed pieces, put up walls, printed flyers and statements, arranged furniture, and prepared to speak with hundreds of people. The real beauty of preparing for the gallery, though, was not anything we accomplished. The real beauty was accomplishing it… Read more »

A Different Jesus

Cameron and I just got back from our honeymoon a couple days ago. It was an amazing trip to Barcelona, Rome, and Paris. We were both in awe of these places we had heard of and never been, these cities that are full of history, culture, great food, and legendary art. Throughout the three cities,… Read more »

Your Clothing Is Not Armor & Modesty Will Not Keep You Safe

As a result of #MeToo hashtags, big names resigning, allegations flying, and brave individuals coming forward, we have had to scrutinize who we glorify, what they’re allowed to get away with, and what our standard for behavior really is in America. In the midst of change, discussion, and reflection, I’ve seen a particular argument pop… Read more »

The Woman Who Killed A Would-Be King

I’ve read through 1 and 2 Samuel my fair share of times. Apart from reading it on my own, really who has been to church and not heard about the ascension of Saul, his downward spiral, and King David’s rise to power? Those stories are important and, if you go to church in America, inescapable…. Read more »

Michal And Her Grief

I’ve read through 1 and 2 Samuel my fair share of times. Apart from reading it on my own, really who has been to church and not heard about the ascension of Saul, his downward spiral, and King David’s rise to power? Those stories are important and, if you go to church in America, inescapable…. Read more »

The Hydroelectric Plant

Today’s post continues my meandering series digging through old photos and sharing some that have good memories, or interesting subjects. These photos, all at the bottom of the post, are from the hydroelectric plant at Belle Isle. Seven years ago, I saw this building for the first time. It’s mostly obscured by trees, a little… Read more »

The Casual & The Omnipotent

  This post starts with a good chunk of text from the bible and everything I have to say relates to that excerpt, so please do read it through. This takes place after Jesus’ death and resurrection. A handful of disciples had gone fishing together and Jesus appeared to them. They ate breakfast together by… Read more »

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    Wives, Submit to Your Husbands

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    A lot of things change when you get married and a lot of things change when you’re getting ready to get married. Suddenly you have a new home, new furniture, a new routine, a new person whose feelings you must consider in all of your decisions. But, when you’re getting married, how does the power… Read more »

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    What it is to be Ageless

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    I would like to blog about politics, but it feels a little futile. Millions of people are raging against our president, new refugee policies, and the latest atrocity that is the proposed healthcare bill. I enjoy blogging about theology, but that usually requires a level of scholarship and research that I haven’t quite felt up… Read more »

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    North Africa- The Food

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    Last month I went to North Africa. We spent nine days setting up an art gallery, meeting new friends, talking with gallery visitors, eating at new restaurants, and praying for the city we were in. The country we were visiting is 99% Muslim. The city we were in had a handful of indigenous believers. We… Read more »

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    North Africa- The People

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    Last month I went to North Africa. We spent nine days setting up an art gallery, meeting new friends, talking with gallery visitors, eating at new restaurants, and praying for the city we were in. The country we were visiting is 99% Muslim. The city we were in had a handful of indigenous believers. We… Read more »

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    North Africa- The Gallery

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    Last month I went to North Africa. We spent nine days setting up an art gallery, meeting new friends, talking with gallery visitors, eating at new restaurants, and praying for the city we were in. The country we were visiting is 99% Muslim. The city we were in had a handful of indigenous believers. We… Read more »

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    North Africa- The Language School

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    Last month I went to North Africa. We spent nine days setting up an art gallery, meeting new friends, talking with gallery visitors, eating at new restaurants, and praying for the city we were in. The country we were visiting is 99% Muslim. The city we were in had a handful of indigenous believers. We… Read more »

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    Things We Should Tell Our Daughters: On Letting Boys Touch You

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    This is a series of separate short sections. Here is one entry. More to follow. The skills and stories passed from father to son are foundational to every society. So is the wisdom passed from mother to daughter. How to make pancakes, how to get blood out of underwear or sheets, how to catch a… Read more »

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    Songs I Have Stuck in My Head- Winter 2016/2017

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    Since discovering Spotify (shamefully less than two years ago), I have created far too many playlists. There’s one for each month, each season, each couple of weeks when I have a set list of songs playing over and over in my head. Here are five out of the many songs that are currently stuck in my… Read more »

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    Why I Need the Affordable Care Act

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    For the past few days (well, weeks and months really) I’ve woken up to news stories about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I have a habit of scrolling through social media and reading a couple articles when I wake up just so I can start my day with the right mixture of fomo… Read more »

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    Make Space

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    Donald Trump is president of the United States. You know this, I know this, probably almost everyone in the world knows this. Donald Trump is president. Some are celebrating, some are angry, some have moved quickly from disappointment to apathy. If you have already moved on from your disappointment, if you never really felt strongly… Read more »