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 »

Wives, Submit to Your Husbands

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 »

What it is to be Ageless

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 »

North Africa- The Food

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 »

North Africa- The People

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 »

North Africa- The Gallery

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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    Two Weeks

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    I have two weeks left in Ankara. Two weeks from today, I’ll head to Istanbul for a few days before getting on a plane to America. The realization that I have so little time left hit me earlier this week. I discovered that my time in Turkey can no longer be measured in months, rather… Read more »

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    How To Say No In Turkish

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    There are a lot of ways to say no, verbally and with gestures, in Turkish. Check it!

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    10% to Missouri

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    In late December 16,000 people will get together in St. Louis, Missouri. Most of these people will be college students or recent grads. All of them will be there because they know or they think they might want to devote their lives to helping people know Jesus somewhere in the world. 250 organizations, mine included,… Read more »

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    My Job in Ankara

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    Over the summer when I was in Bishkek, I wrote a blog post about what exactly my job as an intern looked like there. Some things were expected, and some were kind of weird (ex: collecting rocks). Now, I want to make a non-comprehensive list of some things that my job in Ankara entails. In… Read more »

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    Do you wanna understand Turkish?

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    Hahaha so do I…. Just kidding (kind of). While I’m in Turkey, I’m obviously learning some Turkish. Before I came to Turkey, I had only heard the language a handful of times in German movies and I had absolutely no idea how the language functioned or what different sounds there were or what the grammar… Read more »

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    Some Quirky Things About Turkey

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    Here’s a little list of some very mundane things that are a little different in Turkey. Yogurt is amazing. Turkish yogurt is a cultured dairy product, same as American yogurt, but aside from that they have very little in common. Turkish yogust is thicker, it tastes better, and I’m pretty sure it has a higher… Read more »

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    The Maternal Love of God

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    Recently I read “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri J.M. Nouwen. The book offers great insights into the parable of the prodigal son and Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son (pictured above). Many things stuck out to me in this book, but one idea in particular made me pause. The author, in examining… Read more »

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    6 Ways You Can Pray For Turkey

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    Saturday morning two bombs exploded at a rally for peace outside of one of Ankara’s main train stations. The attack killed almost 100 people and injured over 250 more. This is the deadliest attack of this sort that has ever occurred in Turkey. It’s a big deal. So I’m asking you to please pray for… Read more »

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    5 Songs That I Have Stuck In My Head

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    Today I have a very, very short blog post for you. Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head? What a silly question, of course you have. Have you ever gotten multiple songs stuck in your head? Probably. Right now I have lots and lots of songs stuck in my head, and most… Read more »

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    Current Projects & Computer Crises

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    Last week I mentioned that my computer was having some serious problems. Unfortunately, the logic board (mother board/ main board) in my computer went bad. The computer was almost six years old and I use heavy programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) on it frequently, so it’s not surprising that something major has gone wrong. Unfortunately, the… Read more »