Island of Joy

Comparing ourselves to others is not a new phenomenon, but it seems especially rampant as we navigate life during a pandemic. Some people are baking, others are cleaning, some are reading all the books, some are watching lots of TV. I hope that whatever it is that brings you JOY right now does not get spoiled by comparing it to what is working for others.

GOD’S GOODNESS IN NEW LAND

After 27 years of pastoral ministry, I had to leave my country. I fled persecution and sought protection in the United States. In the U.S, it was not my intent to work again as a pastor but God revealed that He had not yet released me from the call to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Shut Up and Listen

It pains me to say it, but I think in the past, I was fast sleep regarding racism. When another person of color would die and protests would break out, I’d wake up for a few groggy moments only to press “snooze” and go right back to sleep. Well, I can’t go back to sleep now.

Makers and Dreamers

I mean, I knew there were people who liked to craft or had hobbies, but I didn’t know about the ‘maker culture’. this maker culture is WAY beyond Pinterest and WAY beyond Etsy.

No-maintenance Fish Tank

Keeping a fish tank is not a passive activity. It requires a lot of careful action and attention to things that easily go unseen, but are right under the surface. You’ve probably figured out that I’m not talking about fish tanks anymore. 

Have You Lamented Lately?

Did you know that nearly one half of the Book of Psalms are of lament and complaint? It seems that in the voicing of lament, we are not just complaining to God, but that we somehow meet God, and are transformed by it.

Summer Reading – #OwnVoices

#OwnVoices is a movement that began in children’s literature and has expanded to all literature. I know that many people are currently reading non-fiction about racism in America. I am as well, but I always come back to fiction to get a fuller picture of the lived experiences of people.

What Does It Matter?

“We use to make cars, but now we are making ventilators!” When these ads started running, I wasn’t sure what I thought about them.

Jesus Nut

“God doesn’t call those who are equipped, God equips those who are called.” I guess it was only just now that I realized he was referencing 1 Corinthians 27-29.