In elementary school, my teachers taught extensively and candidly on the tragedy and evils of slavery. We learned how European settlers committed genocide against Native American tribes. History was never glossed over. My education also cultivated in me a delight for many cultures. We had guest speakers who had immigrated from countries all over the … Continue reading Reflecting On The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award–And The Humanity Of Memories
God, help us to see where You infuse darkness with righteousness, and where You fill the mundane with purpose. Help us to recognize Your movement through process, and to recognize that in unfinished things, You're not finished creating.
As science continues to uncover the mysteries of aging, we draw closer to a radical extension of the human lifespan. Our children's and grandchildren's generations may see the average age of death extend to over a hundred. But what if we could go farther? If you could live forever, would you want to? Or is … Continue reading Should Humans Be Immortal?
Joy Beth Smith is a woman who GETS being single in the evangelical community. And she GETS the struggles of twenty-something and thirty-something life in general. She's a bridge-builder, and she writes with an apt poignancy. If you haven't read her book yet, I recommend it: Part Of One: Truth, Longing, and the Subtle Art of … Continue reading Article Share: “So God Hasn’t Given You The Desires Of Your Heart”
I think almost every expat I know--military, ministry, or otherwise--is struggling with burnout right now. So many people in my circles are contemplating a change of pace, whether that means a career shift, an extended visit home, or a relocation in the field. I know there are a lot of you on my friend list, … Continue reading Let Yourself Rest — A Note Especially To My Friends Serving Overseas
The incredible story of Keyera Williams: How My Childhood Led Me To Stripping I found this riveting and powerful--and it resonates with the real. Stories are so powerful. It's important to have deeply felt, honest windows into people's experiences. It lets you see people--and yourself--more fully. How often do we make assumptions about a person without looking … Continue reading Do you see a face, or do you see a story?
It’s hard to love someone deeply, when the way they love you is strong, but not gentle, not melodic, not full. It’s hard to want them to be the soft place—the shoulder you can lay your head upon--not someone else. Not someone on the fringes of yourself. It’s hard to be in a place where … Continue reading Your Softness Is Not Shame