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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    A Fearsome & Marvelous Purpose

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    I became a Christian when I was four years old. I don’t remember the precise day and I don’t remember with clarity the prayer that I prayed, but I do know that my relationship with God began then. I was recently thinking over this decision I made as a child. Was it real? I didn’t… Read more »

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    A Fierce and Painful City

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    “Animal…. No world of quiet, eroding stones,of meekly rotting cabbages, But one of groaning births and screaming deaths, a savage, coinherent tissue where, in no mutual courtesy, the lion’s whelp is fattened by the lamb.  Red in tooth and claw, we come at last to a fierce and painful city, to the bloody, unobliging reciprocity in… Read more »

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    Rabbit Wrasslin

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    Wondering how my morning went? Probably not, but I’ll graciously enlighten you nonetheless. One of my roommates has a flemish giant rabbit, his name is Dobbie. He lives in a large dog crate because of his massive size. The giant bunny is sick and my roommate is out of town, so my second roommate and… Read more »

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    Authentic Dollar Tacos

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    Every Wednesday, Taqueria Panchito has dollar tacos. Some dollar tacos, like those at Baja (oh yeah, I’m naming names), are mostly tortilla with a little meat added as an afterthought and salsa that’s really just glorified V-8. These dollar tacos though? Incredible. Also, definitely authentic, according to Lupita, our intern from Guadalajara. Still don’t believe… Read more »

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    Making Choices

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    This morning, I woke up with a headache. Around lunchtime I was nauseous. Later, I may or may not have been brooding on a list of things that frustrate me. The office smells funny and we have the doors open to air it out, so I was cold. I was going to do something stupid… Read more »

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    Saltines and Darkness

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      Today I bring to you a stirring tale of tragedy, perseverance, and transcendence. It will shock, inspire, and perhaps bring tears to your eyes. Nah, just kidding. I was sick last week. That’s it. From Thursday to Sunday afternoon I spent the majority of my time eating saltines and sitting in near-darkness grumbling to… Read more »

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    Sand and Seashells and Prayer

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    Sorry, no pictures today, only words. Actually, I’m not sorry. I feel like I owe you, dear reader, some more substantial thoughts than what I’ve been putting out. Today we had our third class on prayer. Part of what we’ve been learning is to make listening a regular part of our prayer life. This is… Read more »

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    Happy Monday- Everybody is Sick

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    In honor of all the other interns in the office being sick, I made what looks like a real bad album cover. Whaddup. For real, though, I need to get a lot of vitamin C and a lot of sleep ASAP. Otherwise, today was very good. We learned about working in multi-cultural teams and integrating… Read more »

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    Two Weeks In

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    I’m two weeks into my internship and I love it! Here you can see the back door of our building. It was painted by the most recent artist to be featured in the gallery at the front of our office, Seth Remsnyder. His pieces are still up and it’s great to work in an environment… Read more »

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    My Feelings on Donuts

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          A lovely guest brought donuts to our devotion this morning. Some people see God’s beauty in a sunset or a mountain. For me, it’s donuts. They really get me. I’m only kidding a little bit. Donuts make me 100% more excited about everything, including devotions. Praise da Lawd for donuts. We also… Read more »