Explore: The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina. The very name makes me think of lighthouses and bird cries, the salty tang of sea air and the mysterious rhythm of murmuring surf. The Outer Banks is a regional term for a collection of barrier islands off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina famed for its dangerous ports…

Explore: Northern England and Scotland

In my opinion, one of the most beautiful and fascinating regions in all of the U.K. is the “Border Country,” a colloquial term for northern England and southern Scotland. I had the immense privilege of living for almost three years in this rugged, yet picture-postcard region. I find many foreigners labor under the conviction that…

Mexico: A colorful neighbor

I’ve traveled all over the world, but I’d never been to Mexico until a few weeks ago. Though most of the trip I saw the grittier side of the country due to my job filming a ministry to immigrants and trafficked persons, I still had a few opportunities to enjoy the beauty of this historic country. Plus, I…

When Life’s Up in the Air

Have you ever just felt like your life’s completely up in the air? This decision depends on this outcome which is dependent on this other unknown factor. So many uncertainties and unknowns and factors far outside of your control that you feel like you’re treading air and getting nowhere and yet falling at a tremendous…

Life on the Wild Side

I sit curled on a rock at the dimly-lit watering hole, the thick blackness of the African night settling over me. It’s silent except for the far-off cough of zebras and the quiet lapping of a pair of hyenas come for an evening drink. They pad away as silently as they appeared. A shadow flits,…

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…

A Wintry Walk in Carlisle

One of the benefits of life being a bit slower in winter is the opportunity to have a bit of a wander around Carlisle and discover its hidden jewels, including many hole-in-the wall local restaurants and cafes. This particular morning I woke up to snow blanketing the ground and turning Carlisle into a fairy-tale village….

Kayaking in the Desert

There are just some things in life that make no sense. Tuna in Mac ‘N Cheese. Ski slopes in the middle of a mall in Dubai. Kayaking in the Arabian desert. I live in that zone where I think my life has gotten as crazy as it can get, and then God racks up the…

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…

A stroll through Carlisle

Every Saturday morning I have a tradition. I walk down my street of brick row houses, their chimneys puffing smoke like lots of old, skinny men huddled together for warmth. I cross the stone bridge over a little river winding its quiet, dignified way through Carlisle, in northern England. Across the street the well-preserved walls of Carlisle…

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…