Wild Wild Country

Netflix has a new documentary series called “Wild Wild Country” about a cult that created/ took over a small town in rural Oregon in the 1980’s. It’s a crazy story, the cinematography is beautiful (except for the animations they add in) and the sound track is pretty on point. If you don’t want any spoilers, you… Read more »

We Are Becoming: Adulting in Your Twenties

We are aging like whiskey, Slow and steady, Ancient and sweet. Right now we’re Crude and sharp, Biting and bitter. We are nothing close To what we should be. We can please nobody’s palette, we are worthy of no accolades. After decades of loss and joy And celebration and pain, We will be ready To… Read more »

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 »

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    We Need to Learn About Islam

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    If you have a Facebook, or access to the internet, you may have heard about the situation in Augusta County, Virginia last week. In short, a number of parents are deeply concerned that their 9th graders were asked to mimic Arabic calligraphy on a worksheet in order to understand the complexity, beauty, and significance of… Read more »

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    Yes, You Could Move To Another Country

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    Today I’m continuing my series on Things Turkey Has Taught Me. Turkey has taught me that there are so many good places to be in the world, and that they are all magnificently varied. Before my time in Turkey, I received a wide variety of reactions to the news that I would be living in… Read more »

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    70% to Missouri

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    What’s the deal with Missouri? A few people have asked and I invite you to read my whole post about it! Right now I’m on staff with World Horizons USA and Hillside Missions Organization doing design and promotion. Part of my job is creating brochures, flyers, and banners for conferences that we attend. When we’re… Read more »

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    Things Turkey Has Taught Me: Loving People Who Are Different From Me

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    I’ve officially been back in America for a week. Am I over jet-lag? Yeah, but I’m still tired because that’s just who I am as a person. Has it been hard? Not really, not yet. Thanksgiving at my parents’ felt like a vacation. Real life just started yesterday. Is my apartment in order? Ha. Let’s… Read more »

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    My Last Blog Post in Turkey

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    Today is my last day in Turkey. I’ll spend it going to church and exploring Istanbul some more. So far, I haven’t written a serious post about things Turkey has taught me. I’ve written about a couple posts about surface-level cultural differences, but I’ve put off writing a post like this, because it’s difficult to… Read more »

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    50% to Missouri

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    In three days I get on a plane to return to America. I’m sad to leave Turkey, but I’m also really excited to be back in America and to get to work with the U.S. office again! I left an intern, but I’m coming back a staff member (or at least, I’ll come back a… Read more »

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    Why Should We Care About Refugees?

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    Tomorrow is an exciting day. For the past 6 months, people from my church here have been providing aid to Syrian and Iraqi refugees. It started with developing a registration system, handing out flyers, and distributing food to five families. Fast-forward a few months and we have registered over 3,500 families and are distributing hundreds… 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 »