white as snow

They are white as snow. I wish I could say I was talking about my friends in the red light district. My Thai friends recently knit beautiful white scarves for me and my friends as a present. I wish I could say my Thai friends were also white as snow – they are workers in…

twin grievings

Ten years ago I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand, just like I am tonight. I was 14 on September 11, 2001. Now, I’m 24 (I’m great at math, can’t you tell?) and I am back in the Land of Smiles on September 11, 2011. I was getting ready for bed when the planes hit the…

Kickboxing with Bonhoeffer

It’s easier to fight visible enemies. Actually, fighting enemies in general is easier. I’m not talking about Muay Thai kickboxing. Many times it is easier to try to fight the woes that ail us, thinking that our struggle will result in victory and sage-ness. With every Jackie Chan-like kick, we think we’re taking one giant…

washed in the waterfall

“I’m so happy,” John* said, smiling and shivering a little from the waterfall’s cold water. Angie* emerged from the water with a smile I won’t easily forget. I’m still recovering from a recurring case of glorious goosebumps. Today, my two dear friends from the red light district followed Jesus in believer’s baptism. We went to…

Yes, Virginia, there is a God

“Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.” As I sat on my balcony this morning, sipping my gingerbread coffee and sampling my scrambled eggs, I realized I couldn’t see the mountain…

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,…

assuming asaph, living like levi

I am a 21st century Levite. Is that OK to say?
Home, for me, is a word that has no boundaries, no nestled yard or cement walls that stay constant for too long.

Who told you

Anyone who sat near me today on the airplane probably wondered why I was giggling.

I didn’t have an opportunity to share the reason for my literal “lol.” It certainly wasn’t the instant coffee that I asked for two refills on to alleviate my caffeine headache.

Immanuel’s Veins

Ted Dekker’s newest book, “Immanuel’s Veins” is a dark and riveting tale of redemption. Dekker paints a beautiful tale of sacrificial love that points to Christ’s love. The book is set in the 1700s, in what used to be Moldavia but is now present day Moldova and Romania. (I wikipedia-ed it)
This is the first book of Dekker’s I’ve read. I read the 367-page novel in one evening. Though slightly melodramatic at times, “Immanuel’s Veins” kept me going.

Searching for God Knows What

Humanity is searching for the relationship it lost in the Garden of Eden.

Today, I read Donald’s Miller’s book, “Searching for God Knows What.” In his usual conversational yet poignant writing, Miller talks about his journey to discover who God and Jesus is and his discover of the essence of our faith.

Miller takes a hard look at what Christianity has become. Many times, it’s a cut and dry set of beliefs that will grant you access to heaven. But is that what humanity is really searching for? A bullet-point list?

“Maybe the gospel of Jesus, in other words, is all about our relationship with Jesus rather than about ideas,” Miller writes. “And perhaps our lists and formulas and bullet points are nice in the sense that they help us memorize different truths, but harmful in the sens that they blind us to the necessary relationship that must begin between ourselves and God for us to become His followers.”

Boiled eggs and blind turtles

Long ago, Buddha’s disciples asked them when their sins and bad karma would be gone. Buddha told them they’d be free of karma if they placed an egg into a river and after three years they put a blind turtle in the same river and when the blind turtle finds the egg, that’s when they’d be free of their sin.