Life & Health

New Advent Sermon: Finding Peace When Holidays are Hard

Advent Sermon Last Sunday I had the opportunity to preach about something that I’m very passionate about: How do we find peace when the holiday season is hard because of grief, loss, pain, or missed expectations? You can watch the sermon below:   And,…

December 12, 2017
Life & Health

A Feast that Swallows Up Death

  I find it fitting that today is both Thanksgiving and my sister’s birthday. It is a day of feasting and celebration, a time spent with family and friends, a time remembering what we have to be thankful for. Yet at the same time,…

November 23, 2017
Travel

Losing the Trail: The Story of Summiting My Second Munro

Storytime: I bagged my second Munro a few weeks ago, called Tom a’ Choinich. [A Munro is a Scottish mountain that’s over 3,000 feet high.] The photo above is the view I had from about halfway up the Munro, which was absolutely stunning. Also:…

November 6, 2017
Life & Health

Life Update: Scotland Ministry Internship

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here, but I wanted to share an update on my health/life here along with an exciting new opportunity that I’ve been given. As you know if you’ve been following along, this last year has certainly…

August 2, 2017
Life & Health

Has Death Really Lost Its Sting?

  Has death really lost its sting? Theologically I want to say, “yes” – but then I have to ask: “what do I call this pain I feel because of death?” What do I call this pain I feel when someone asks me how many…

June 22, 2017
Theology

Sermon: Knowing (or Being Known by) God

I was #blessed to be able to preach at my church yesterday morning and wanted to share the video/audio here. Because it was Trinity Sunday, I tried to add some Scripture reading/liturgy to the service, and then we did communion afterward – so the actual…

June 12, 2017
Stories

[Very] Short Story: “The Wolf”

Here is another [very] short story I wrote for my writing class. Again, I’d love any feedback or constructive (or destructive) criticism. I also want to keep designing more, so I’ve decided to design an image to go with each short story I post.…

May 17, 2017
Life & Health Theology

Joy and Sadness Mixed on Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! For some, it really is a happy day – a day of remembering the selfless love of someone who gave them life, or gave life to those they love. But this year, for probably the first time in my life, I…

May 14, 2017
Stories

Writing Stories & My Literary Crush

So in some ways this post scares me more than writing about death or cancer or chemo. At the same time, it is way more exciting than death or cancer or chemo. I’m going to try to start something new on my blog, and…

April 26, 2017
Books

Reading Review – 2016

I’m a little late on my reading review from 2016. I blame the chemo. Unfortunately, also due to the chemo, I wasn’t able to read as much as I normally do. So I should caveat here that I typically only put books here that…

February 23, 2017