When I was a junior in college, my church announced a need for small group leaders. I thought I might be a good fit, so I volunteered. A few Sundays later, all of the new leaders and the people who wanted to join a small group gathered after … [Read more...] about Rejection: The Biblical Response
I joined my church’s worship team in July. I've enjoyed my experience as a keys player, which has consisted of learning how to decipher lead sheets, navigate a futuristic keyboard and laptop setup, and play with in-ears and electric guitarists. At … [Read more...] about A Holy Preoccupation: Worship
I've prayed for something for a decade that hasn’t yet come to pass. There are months where the sting of waiting wanes. But there are those where it doesn’t, where the seeming interminability of the situation - and God's silence - threatens to … [Read more...] about When God Seems Silent
Sometimes as I read the Bible, a long-familiar verse will jump out at me, brimming with sudden relevance to my life. A few years ago, this happened to me with John 18:38, where Pontius Pilate asks, “What is truth?” I had never really … [Read more...] about What is Truth?
For the past six years of my life, I was enveloped in what I've dubbed the "Career Crisis." Over the course of this timeframe, what began as a struggle to find my calling morphed into a struggle to believe that God had a calling on my life. As I … [Read more...] about The Obedience Experiment; Also, why I Decided Not to Go to Graduate School
Two years ago, I was finishing up my undergraduate thesis. My advisor was a suave Ivy League production, and his affirmation meant more to me than…almost everything. When he treated me as though I were his equal and took my ideas seriously, it made … [Read more...] about A Wound of Contrition
This week, I found myself more cognizant of my dependence on the grace of God than I have been in a long time. I was fearful and anxious instead of remembering that God knows me. I fell into familiar strongholds of my flesh, which shouts at … [Read more...] about Victory, Already Achieved
I got an email this morning, the first results of my graduate applications, and I was denied. I didn’t help that it wasn’t even among the most prestigious schools I’d applied for. Fear immediately set in: I’m not going to get into any of the others, … [Read more...] about On Calling