Sisterhood is in Story

I met her for the first time when I was 17 years old. She didn’t know me. I was only one of hundreds sitting in the seats of a beautiful musical theater while she was dressed in costume on stage. It was the world-class legend, Les Miserables, performed as one of London’s longest continuously running musicals—a […]

Love Ordains

I preached a sermon on discovery, dreams, and love. Then I pronounced them man and wife in the lush green grounds of Belle Villa Resort, Thailand, beneath the warm setting sun, before they made their grand surprise exit atop an elephant, whose tail swished against the bride’s flowing train. I’m not an ordained minister, but […]

Am I Siding with the Vulnerable?

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” —Arundhati Roy I have come to believe that nice Christians are the greatest enemies of faithfulness. I recall a conversation I had at the predominantly white evangelical college I attended. He was an Asian American brother recounting […]

The Audacious Practice of Feasting

As a non-American married to an American, I find the North American holiday season quite incomprehensible. You mean to tell me that we must prepare a plentiful feast filled with turkey and cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes and green bean casseroles and dinner rolls to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then THREE WEEKS LATER, do exactly the same […]

One Ordinary Day At A Time

I used to think I needed to be superman for Jesus. I devoured missionary biographies as a young reader, awed and inspired by the feats of missionary heroes like Amy Carmichael, Hudson Taylor, and Jim Elliott. The things they did, giving up every creaturely comfort, laying down their very lives for the sake of the […]