redefining ‘on mission’

When I came back to the States after a year-long, nation-hopping mission trip in 2011, I had a problem. In a nutshell, I was back in the States. As a disciple of Jesus who was now aware of the rest of the world, home was suddenly a place I didn’t feel like I belonged in anymore. I…

the next chapter

  Over the past two months, I’ve consciously known I was living in the middle of a major life-testimony. Most of the time, I was extremely grateful and appreciative for this. Witnessing such incredible support and love from my wife, family and community has been humbling and I’ve been so honored to know and be reminded…

could radical Islam somehow help the American Church?

  These are interesting times. The world around us seems to be caving in on itself. Maybe every generation has said that. Maybe we only believe it now because the media brings every crisis, conspiracy and disaster from around the world into our living rooms. Whatever the case, there’s plenty of wood available to stoke the fire of…

i gave my wife away

A surprising number of cliché phrases about marriage suddenly make great sense to me, and it’s only been a few weeks. After six years of friendship, my bride and I are officially doing life together as best friends and partners in crime, and I can already attest to the sageful truth behind the joke, happy wife, happy life. Our adventure…

your view of heaven matters

This article is a continuation of a different article I wrote this week, called The Purpose of Our Salvation. While it can easily stand alone, reading the first one might make my comments below about heaven and salvation make a little more sense. Since heaven represents the fruition of salvation, how we imagine heaven is a crucial indicator of how well we understand…

church misconception

Church is not a group of people who take refuge in each other. The purpose is not to always be there for each other and never let each other down. You’ll quickly be disappointed if you walk in with the expectation of receiving never-ending friendship and intimacy from the people you meet. In no time at all, you’ll be “church…