There’s Something About Small Yeses

The other day I got a text a little before 7am. I was still in bed, reading and trying to swim up to the surface of consciousness. My first response was to ignore it. Then I was curious and the adult part of my brain remembered that sometimes people text early in the morning because […]

Reaching Out Across the Age Gap

I was in my early 30’s, a stay-at-home mom with school-aged kids, actively involved as a lay leader in our church, with more time and energy than I had enjoyed since the babies started coming. A woman who was a mentor to me called one day with an idea: “My sister and I would really […]

When Your Saviour Complex is Shattered by Sticky Rice

Had I hiked the trail before, I would have looked ahead. I desperately wanted a landmark to tell me I was close. But the whole country was foreign to me, let alone this dusty path. So I kept my eyes on my tired Asics, trying not to trip while still keeping up my methodical pace. […]

If Your Church Disappeared, Would Anyone Notice?

“If your church was suddenly gone from your city—would anybody notice? Would anybody care?” This question was posed to my husband and I at a conference and it confronted us deeply. We had been pastors in our city for a many years. We were sure our church family would miss us greatly, but we couldn’t […]

Christmas is an Invitation

Christmas, at its heart, is an invitation. It marks the moment when God set a plan in motion to give us a way back to him. Extending an invitation is transformative, redemptive work. It changes everything. One of the best invitations I ever received, happened on Christmas Eve in a small church in a tiny […]