The Red Couch: Once We Were Strangers Discussion

I once had a friend from Brazil who became my unexpected house guest. We first met as student missionary teachers in Puerto Rico when I was 19 years old. Once the school year ended, she moved with me to my house in California where we also planned to work as camp counselors together. Because she […]

The Red Couch: The Next Worship introduction

My 5-year old daughter, whose ears are always itching to hear my childhood stories, recently asked me, “What was your favorite thing about growing up?” I couldn’t think of much at the moment, but after some reflection, I now know what I would’ve told her. My happiest times as a kid were going on Band […]

The Red Couch: The Power of Proximity Introduction

I cried so hard…believing that somehow the tears brought me closer to the children I was reading about. I vowed to never forget the indignation I felt after reading Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol about the devastating reality of children living in the South Bronx who lacked vital resources. I wanted to translate those feelings into […]