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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    We Get What We Do Not Deserve

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    This is a series of separate short sections I’ve been writing for fun. Here is one entry. You can read the previous post here.  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… Read more »

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    We Feed Our Daughters Pain

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    This is a series of separate short sections I’ve been writing for fun. 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… Read more »

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    7 Things Not To Do When You Are Sick

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    These are all things that I’ve done while being sick for the past week. Please learn from my mistakes. Or, at the very least, laugh with me. 1). Do not over-ambitiously schedule meetings. I’ve had to cancel 5 meetings this week. Some of which I scheduled earlier this week. While I was sick, assuming I… Read more »

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    23

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    Because my birthday was less than a month ago, I feel like it’s not too late to write an introspective blog post recapping this past year. 23 was a good year. Over the past year I: -Got to know more of Turkey, the Turkish language, and some great people who live there -Designed a series… Read more »

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    The World Isn’t Getting Worse

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    The world is awful. There’s war, addiction, rape, hatred, terror attacks, famine, oppression, pollution, crime. It feels like a new scandal surfaces every day, exposing the dark side of a trusted celebrity or public figure. Children join gangs or drink alcohol or get pregnant or sell drugs. Each new headline announcing a bombing, a shooting,… Read more »

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    Social Media Etiquette for Election Season

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    Social media is great. It’s also brutal sometimes, especially when politics, religion, or anything more controversial than irritating minion memes get involved. So here’s some advice. I hope it’s helpful and doesn’t come across as too self-righteous. 1) Fact-check articles before you post them.  Make sure that whatever you’re posting is true, and that it’s… Read more »

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    Summer So Far

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    Summer so far has involved lots of travel, lots of food, and lots of work. I’ve visited friends and family, edited websites, drafted reports, written lot, taken a lot of pictures, posted on 10 different social media accounts for work, driven over 30 hours for trips, attended weddings, and eaten so much good food. Since… Read more »

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    My Favorite Things About Summer

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    Summer in Richmond is by far the best season in Richmond. Even though this is my first summer as a working adult in the city, everything still feels more relaxed and a little slower paced. Burger week exists, restaurants put tables outside, you can swim in oceans and rivers and lakes, it’s great. Below are… Read more »

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    Do you want to work with me?

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    I’m the Communications Director for World Horizons USA and Hillside Missions Organization. During my internship, I wrote a post about why I love where I work. That list was only 8 items, so here are a few more: -This office is a community. We’re friends. We support each other. We work to help each other succeed…. Read more »

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    What Does It Feel Like To Be An Adult?

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    I’m 23. Legally, I’ve been an adult for a few years. However, now that I’m almost 2 years out of college with some job experience under my belt, it feels a little more real. In a lot of situations, I’m very much a fake-it-till-you-make-it kind of person. Often when I’m in situations with people who… Read more »