RealmMakers 2016: Steampunk Princesses and Creative Space

I sat around a table with three steampunked Disney princesses, a Zelda princess and Kylo Ren (complete with lightsaber), watching a room of geeky introverts turn into extreme extroverts. In the buffet line, Capt. Jack Sparrow mingled with Molly Weasley, River Song, Agent Carter and an Amish zombie. This is the creative craziness that is…

When your story hurts

On Friday morning, four days ago,  my beloved aunt tried to take her own life. She shot herself in the stomach after a months-long struggle with anxiety and depression. At 11:00 a.m. my phone rang and Lauren, at 22 the oldest of their seven children and more my little sister than cousin, came on the…

The Inconvenience of Opportunity

We left the massive ship sleeping along the quayside in Sri Lanka at 11 p.m., driving 45 minutes through Southeast Asian traffic to get to the Colombo airport for our 3 a.m. flight. It took a four to five hour eternity to fly from Colombo to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. An hour and a…

Tricycle Taxis and the Land of Pagodas

The heat could have peeled paint off a house. Fried a quail egg on a rubbish-covered sidewalk. Boiled whole chicken feet in a pot of oil. Sweat snakes down the curve of my back and dampens my palms as I switch a tripod case as tall as I am to my other shoulder. The clamor of…

Streams in the Desert

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:19 I fell to my knees, legs and lungs burning from slogging uphill through sliding sand. Looking up, I realized I wasn’t even half-way up…

Carlisle Vineyard – Bringing Hope to the City

If you’ve been following my journey for awhile, you’ll have heard bits and snippets about my church home-away-from-home, Carlisle Vineyard. I came to the first CV small group about three months into the life of this church plant (our leaders, Andy and Rho, came the same time I did in 2013), and the growth I’ve…

Haiti – Light in the Darkness

Haiti is a Caribbean island nation with some of the most beautiful tropical beaches in the world. It’s also one of the poorest nations in the world, its people living for generations under the control of voodoo and spirit worship. That’s starting to change as the power of the name of Jesus sets Haitians free…

Every journey has its bumps

You’ve never seen potholes until you’ve been to a Third World country. These roads aren’t fooling around. They have potholes that eat four-wheel-drive trucks for breakfast. But that’s the thing. Those trucks are made to take it. In my most recent trip to rural Haiti I personally witnessed a little Ford Ranger pick-up weighed down with…

Why do we rest (and what does that look like?)

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Sometimes I think the dirtiest word in Christian circles is a four-letter word you might not expect: rest. Do you feel that way sometimes? Because we have a purpose and calling, and there’s always at least one more good…

Transforming the Mediterranean

After a fast two weeks in Carlisle getting settled, I hopped on a plane with part of the OMNIvision team heading to the Transform conference in Rome. You may remember that Transform was my first OM experience in 2012 and God did some amazing things. So it has a special place in my heart. People…

The Broken in our Story

Have you ever wondered why people walk into old houses and say, “Oh, the stories it could tell?” Why a scuffed and worn patina makes an antique so much more valuable? Why you walk past the long scratch on your living room doorframe and remember falling and knocking out a tooth and your frantic mother…

Spring Always Comes

It’s one of my favorite times of year. Everywhere you look trees and bushes are budding out, ready to burst forth in celebration of spring. A grey, monotone winter begins to give way to green and new shoots pop through last autumn’s blanket of leaves. But my favorite part about spring in Kansas is the…