Sailing Home

Eight months. Eight months since I’ve seen the United States. Eight months since I’ve been physically present with my family, and eight months since I’ve seen most of my friends from before this year. It’s funny how time works. This has been both the longest and shortest eight months of my life. It’s Been a […]

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Good Friday

We all have an inner circle of friends, an elect few with whom we share everything in our lives; all the good, and all the bad. Think about a couple of your closest friends, and with them in mind, imagine for a moment that you’re faced with an incredible challenge. Something physically or emotionally painful. […]

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Biblical Favorites: New Testament

Biblical Favorites: New Testament Thus far, we have discussed favorite YA books and favorite fictional series. A week ago we looked at my personal favorite books of the Old Testament. Today, I’ll discuss my favorite books from the New Testament. Again, it’s very difficult to pick only a few to discuss; as with the Old, […]

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Biblical Favorites: Old Testament

Thus far, we have discussed favorite YA books and favorite fictional series. Today, I want to talk about my personal favorite books of the Bible. This week I’ll discuss Old Testament books, and next week we’ll look at books from the New Testament. I confess I haven’t read the Bible cover-to-cover yet; I’m currently working […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! Whether it’s morning, noon, or night where you are in the world, I’m pretty sure that by this point we have all welcomed 2018 to our respective geographical locations around the globe. And as always, somehow the arbitrary and manmade construct of a “new year” brings about a time of reflection […]

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Meaningless

“Everything is meaningless, A chasing after the wind.” But when the wind chases After you, when you lose Your status quo To a raging inferno What do you do?   Through the smoke and the haze God still extends grace Though in the choking clouds Of fear and doubt It may feel as though He […]

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Diary Excerpt, 25 July 2015

During church service today, the message reminded me of a diary entry I wrote two years ago and shared on Facebook. I dug through my old posts until I found it, and I want to share it now. *     *     * I glance back at the rest of my cabinmates for a second […]

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Rudder

Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. -James 3:4   The Ship’s Anchor snapped, and he had nothing to tie him to the earth anymore.   The Sail and the Oar […]

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Prayer

“Let’s bow our heads together,” the man at the pulpit says and I bow my head and fold my hands but before I close my eyes I see that she is reaching out to hold my hand. And so I reach out and clasp hands with her, not interlacing our fingers, just holding hands; I […]

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