sound of cemeteries

The Lord knows what we need, when we need it. He knew I needed to visit a cemetery on a hill on a brisk New Zealand spring to find closure, grieve and celebrate a life well lived. *note, this post was written in October 2014 I’m in Akaroa today. It was a French colony and…

On faith and fairy stories, part 3

This is the third installment in a series on faith, myth and allegory. If you’re just landing here, read post No. 1 here. The Chronicles of Narnia contains strong biblical allegories, “woven into their very fiber.”[1] The theme, Montgomery states, is the redemption of mankind through Christ. “To Tolkien and to Lewis, tales such as…

Life of Luther

“Blood alone moves the wheels of history,” Martin Luther said. It’s true, too. In the Old Testament, blood was required for the remission of sins. Jesus had to spill His blood to atone for our sins once and for all. Barnas Sears, D.D.’s book, “Life of Luther,” is a biography of Martin Luther, the influential…

Radical

I’m an adventure seeker by nature. Some may say it’s because I grew up overseas. Some may attribute it to personality. Some may say it depends on the company you keep. I’d agree with all of the above, but more importantly, I think my sense of adventure stems from Christ. In David Platt’s book, “Radical,”…

Run to Overcome

It’s an American Tale. One of my favorite movies growing up was "An American Tail." I called it "Fievel" and didn't know its true title until adulthood. "An American Tail" is about the Mousekewitz family–they are mice–that immigrate to the U.S. from Russia in the 1800s–painting a picture of the fabric America is built on….

just the way you are

It’ll be nice to look back on this moment and know that it is over, that this culmination of emotion moved me toward and forward and I am going to be stronger for it and because of it. Right now, it was enough to stand up and leave the bridge. I found myself in tears,…

Playboy=Pansy, Fashion and Foibles

In Thailand, Playboy is a brand name for clothes, hats, jewelry and license plates. True story. It’s not necessarily a magazine here. The playboy bunny is plastered everywhere. I’m not sure if all who don said bunny rabbit know what it means. Maybe it’s best that way.

For the record, all of the cars with Playboy license plates drive like pansies. Playboy=pansy.

If you are going to flash the bunny, at least drive like a playboy.

birthday psalm

Something my mom started with me is having a birthday psalm. Whatever age you are that year, the psalm that corresponds to your age is your ‘theme psalm’ for the year. This year I am 23. What a good psalm huh? What I’m going to do in subsequent posts, is insert personal experiences in the…

treasures in jars of clay

If life isn’t abundant, what is it? Life abundant is the life found and treasured in Christ. Life abundant is stored in jars of clay. Scary is the day when life is separated from Christ and void of abundance and derelict in treasure. We are hard-pressed, but our abundant life in Christ will not be…

In their footsteps

Running in flip-flops is something new for me. But it’s not a novelty for the countless Burmese who’ve had to flee from their own countrymen.

Security guards and doctors without municipal borders

One of our security guards is so sweet, so earnest. He spoke to my roommate and I our first day asking if we could write our names down. He wants to practice English. He capitalizes on every opportunity to speak with us. “It was a pleasure to talk with you,” he’ll say, beaming. He also…