Beauty Is A Beast

It's not a typo. I mean "beast" in the way the cool kids do. My wife and I had a conversation recently about beauty. It was awesome. After 12 years of marriage and nearly 15 ministering to young adult women and teenage girls, the following is what we discovered. Beauty is a beast to figure out.... Continue Reading →

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Feeling Linky, Punk? 5.12.14

Feeling linky, punk? Here's some dope links for those who are: Think you don't need sleep? Think again. 50 Good Reasons To Sleep Longer. Omsignal Smart Shirt.  - Finally! If we aren't already connected enough here's a "smart shirt" for only $199 that acts as a "dashboard" for your life. It measures how your body responds to, well,... Continue Reading →

Missions Monday – The 10/40 Window

Where is the gospel needed most? Well, everywhere, by everyone, always. However, there is a strategic way of looking at the places in the world where the gospel has yet to be shared or that has very few believers altogether. This is the 10/40 Window. The Joshua Project is an very helpful site for the pulse... Continue Reading →

A Brave Boy Named Bill

Check out this awesome story of Bill, a young man who has impacted my life in a huge way in the short time I’ve been at Willowbrook. So cool.

Dreaming With Your Feet

Me and Bill in January Me and Bill in January

Last week, I mentioned a student who would miss our recital because he would be having surgery to remove a suspicious mass. The final diagnosis came today … that student, Bill, does have cancer but the doctors are sure they caught it early, say he only needs two rounds of chemo and are confident of a complete cure.

Hearing this news takes a little of the sting away … at least it will just be two treatments, at least he will recover completely. Thank you to all of you who reached out to me after the last post, expressing your support of our organization, our students, our volunteers and the families who have suffered tremendous losses this year.

I’ve been working on two other posts for this week – a recap of our gloriously amazing recital on Saturday afternoon and another on our “Next Step”…

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When Spinning Chaos Comes

When spinning chaos comes we hide, sigh A wake of folded, crumpled memories left behind In piles of mangled metal, wood, brick and mortar Mud stained clothes and toys Strewn photographs, trees and tears litter Where structure stood.   When spinning chaos comes we have relief As Grace tracks it away from our street Sparing some of loss... Continue Reading →

Jesus the Bassmaster…sort of

And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of... Continue Reading →

My Soundtrack For Missions

We've all had music in our head. We walk to the beat. We pretend the rhythm is the commentary on whatever we're doing or thinking. Swelling chord progressions and shredding solos can send us to millions of places in our minds. Feelings of worship, excitement, drama or lamentations can overcome us when we "hear" the... Continue Reading →

Shrugging At Brilliance

How can we shrug at the creative brilliance of God? Or say "meh" to magnificence? His handiwork in the things He has made demands a response: our pause, meditation and thankfulness for grace. Our worship. Those of us awestruck by creation see an artistry beyond comprehension. From the intricate detail of the tiny, fuzzy, creeping... Continue Reading →

The Costa Rica Effect

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. The towering mountains and lush, vibrant vegetation make it's landscape simply breath-taking. But aside from the aesthetics, the people are beautiful. Through their hospitality they have shown me what it truly looks like to serve others. Many of the believers here have already... Continue Reading →

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