Life in Community

Life in Community

My family lives in a community that is considered exurban. Exurban has little of the “suburban” amenities of community. Most of the people live life in the city, and merely sleep at home—a bedroom community in the truest sense. Community is at a premium....
Character Matters

Character Matters

In light of recent events globally and regionally, I am realizing the utter importance of character development and accountability, particularly for Christian leaders. If the church is going to have a positive impact on the world, we must take our call seriously, not...
I’m Sorry

I’m Sorry

After a tragedy, like the death of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein, I am struck with grief. I grieve for his family, his church, and that another life was taken by the crippling power of depression and anxiety. I also grieve for the church. In the wake of tragedy, it is the...
Parenting Richly

Parenting Richly

Who hasn’t said at some point that they want “more” for their kids?! I hear many parents say that they want it better for their kids than they had it…and it’s a good sentiment! But is wanting “more” for your kids actually what is best for them? A friend, who is...
Slow Fashion

Slow Fashion

For many companies (peddlers of clothing, food, and supplies), “back to school” means moolah! In a decade of fast fashion—the movement of people wearing clothes for a few months before buying new ones—back to school means MORE, MORE, MORE. Those jeans with the faux...
The local church isn’t the hope of the world…

The local church isn’t the hope of the world…

The local church isn’t the hope of the world…Jesus is. In the wake of one of the largest church and organizational scandals in recent years, I find myself saddened, heartbroken, and yet strangely hopeful. I don’t go to Willow Creek, I don’t know the Hybels personally,...
On Life Together…

On Life Together…

When my daughter nurses, she holds out her little hand—outstretched toward me—until I stick out my finger. Then she grasps it tightly. Isn’t that all of us? Holding out our hands, waiting for safety, for nourishment, for comfort, for another person to be with us?...
On Joy…

On Joy…

Before my daughter Ana was born, I struggled to believe that she would ever come. I thought the struggle would end when she was born and I held her for the first time. But the anxiety had only just begun. One of my friends says that having kids is like having your...
30 Day Hunger Challenge

30 Day Hunger Challenge

The ten of us sat down, scattered about the cottage, enjoying a scrumptious smorgasbord of foods. Never had any of us enjoyed a meal of this sort…and perhaps never again. Some of our closest friends humoured us on our challenge, and we enjoyed quite the assortment of...
Facing Our Limits

Facing Our Limits

The real life revolution is all about being real, being authentic, being honest about who we are and where we are in life in ways that not only prevent us from living a double life, but help others live more authentically too. It is living into the good, the bad, and...