The Anywhere Gospel

There were about 40 of them, seated on the grass or on benches, their shukas wrapped around their shoulders, their sticks and clubs near at hand. Men of the Maasai tribe listened as men from my tribe, the Joshua’s Men of 12Stone Church, spoke with them about American culture and customs. They shared their customs… Continue reading The Anywhere Gospel

Labels Out

Who labels you? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately. I’ve struggled with labels most of my life, and now, as my daughter gets nearer to middle school, I’ve been thinking a lot about the labels we wear as people. In the opening section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus uses some interesting… Continue reading Labels Out

We Are People, Not Issues

I’ve been rattling this idea around in my head for a while, and the events of this week have sort of brought it to the forefront. It seems like a common sense thing to me, but maybe my common sense is defective. Anyway, here it goes: I am a person, not an issue. And so… Continue reading We Are People, Not Issues

How to Be Thankful

I struggle with being thankful, which sucks because, as a Christian, thankfulness is supposed to be a crucial piece of my life. I am grateful for the good things in my life — Rachel, Ella, Jon, an awesome job, great friends, a fantastic church — but thankfulness extends beyond just what we enjoy. It also… Continue reading How to Be Thankful