This year for Lent I am giving up my phone on Fridays. I’ve felt distracted recently and thought taking my phone away would provide a great opportunity to cut myself off from the larger world and focus on the people and things right in front of me. This past Friday was my first attempt at ditching my phone, creating 24 hours of cellular silence. No easing into it, I just went cold […]

First of all, yes I watch the bachelor. No, I do not watch it by myself. My wife and I watch it as a comedy. I’m not sure if that’s what it’s supposed to be or not, but I’m not entirely sure how you can take the show seriously, especially if you do a little research about how few of the couples actually end up happily married for any length […]

My nearly two year old son, Samuel, calls my parents Bibi and Babu, which means grandma and grandpa in Swahili. Having them home on furlough for the past few months has been an indescribable joy.  That is why when my dad left for Africa a little over a week ago for a 3-week stint abroad I began the mourning process for when both Bibi and Babu will leave for 3 […]

I was doing an activity with my Confirmation students recently that has stuck with me. In the activity I spread a bunch of pictures of Jesus around the room and told students to pick one image they connected with and one image they did not connect with. Then as a group we went around the circle and began to share about the pictures we’d chosen. One of the boys held […]

We put up a cheap plastic nativity this year for Christmas. I have no idea where it came from or how it made its way into the massive Christmas box up in the attic that survived the trip from Pittsburgh to our new house, but by some Christmas miracle it did. Shortly after the nativity scene made its appearance my nearly two year old son, Samuel, decided that baby Jesus […]

The Art of Spiritual Conversation: We do ourselves a great disservice in the church when we do not teach the art of spiritual conversation. Talking about spiritual things cannot be something that is relegated to pastors. The language of Christianity cannot be something that is merely sung in worship songs and uttered in ancient liturgical sayings. When people’s primary experience in the church is that of being passive recipients, then […]