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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    Things I Think Are Rad

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    Just thought I’d share a few things from my day so far that I really appreciate: -the smell of lavender -bread toasted in butter -getting to meet new missionaries over Skype -very strong coffee -remembering my dreams in the morning (I had a funny dream about musicians having a weird piano competition) -the sound of… Read more »

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    Being a Christian with a Chronic Illness

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      In case any of you didn’t know, I have Crohn’s disease. I was diagnosed three years ago. With the help of a good doctor and good medications, it’s pretty much under control. Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness and I’ve been pretty lucky with it so far. Basically, this disease is genetic (probably, the… Read more »

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    God Appoints Suffering

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    “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and… Read more »

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    Five Ways to Make Monday Better

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    Ugh, Mondays. The word evokes almost universal feelings of disgust. Lucky for all of you, I have come up with a foolproof guide to improving your Monday based solely on my morning. Five ways to make Monday better: 1). Eat pizza 2). Wear wool socks 3). Borrow sugar from friends 4). Race down the stairs… Read more »

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    Wonderful, Great, Amazing News!

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    I have some amazing, wonderful news for all of you: My internship is 45% funded!!! I can buy 45% of my groceries and pay 45% of my rent and drive 45% to places I need to go for the next seven months! Thank you so much to everyone supporting me financially, emotionally, and through prayer…. Read more »

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    Horse Races and a Favorite Verse

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    Jeremiah 12:5 “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” This is one of my favorite bible verses. Just to give you some context, this is the… Read more »

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    I’m Losing It

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    I’m losing it. Not my sanity. Just everything I own. (Annnnd relax) I feel like I usually remember things. However, occasionally, my brain decides to let go of little things that I really should have remembered. Today, for your amusement, entertainment, and delight, I present three examples of things that I have forgotten recently: First:… Read more »

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    Waiting to Hear

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    Is it a Church?

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    Last week we had a church planting class with a World Horizons missionary who had lived and worked for a while in northern Africa. He taught us church planting techniques that would be especially helpful in Muslim communities or areas where a large, corporate church would not be sustainable. Basically, it was a formula for… Read more »

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    Things I Can Cook

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    In order to fundraise for my internship (all staff and interns at Hillside fundraise their salaries, it’s basically the posterchild for nonprofit), one thing that I’m doing is offering to cook for people who donate. If you donate 30 dollars or more a month, I will cook a dinner for you. If you donate more… Read more »