Happy New Year! 2017 By The Numbers

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018

Happy New Year!  2017 By The Numbers

“It’s been awesome – people are saying yes to JESUS out here!” I was on the phone, talking excitedly to one of my closest friends back home in Iowa – I had been traveling through Los Angeles with the band, breathing in the humid sea air, braving brutal interstate traffic with a trailer in tow, and watching God impact lives as we moved from one small venue to the...

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When Shepherds Saw the Christmas Star from Nashville

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017

When Shepherds Saw the Christmas Star from Nashville

For a split-second, it felt as if an entire parking lot full of people had stopped breathing. Like maybe the several hundred men, women, and children who had converged on this patch of frozen inner-city blacktop had spontaneously chosen this exact moment to perform a mannequin challenge. They hadn’t of course, but it was the one moment of every event that almost always felt this way to me....

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Overwhelmed in India, a Party in Iowa, and a Stalking Santa…

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017

Overwhelmed in India, a Party in Iowa, and a Stalking Santa…

I standing in front of a makeshift stage in India in front of a crowd of people outfitted in a dizzying array of colors and fabrics, and I was truly overwhelmed. And not in a positive, “Wow, this is great” kind of way, but more of a, “How on earth can we possibly help meet all of these needs?” kind of way…     I had left Greece the day before, flown overnight through Bahrain, and then...

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Happy Thanksgiving! From Heartache to Healing

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!  From Heartache to Healing

“I didn’t understand what he was saying…” my new Afghani friend shook his head,” I couldn’t understand why he kept asking me if I was okay…” We were leaning against a dusty wrought iron railing on the second-story roof of a building on the island of Lesvos, Greece, soaking in five minutes of sun between discipleship training sessions at a Youth With a Mission refugee base.  There were several...

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How to Change the World… Really

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017

How to Change the World… Really

Something was wrong with our waitress. Sitting under the shade of a canopy in Cotê d’Ivoire, Africa, I could already feel myself beginning to sweat in the humid morning heat. Our team had been eating breakfast at this same outdoor table every day for the past week – with many of us leaving at different times to minister throughout the city, it had been easiest for us to meet at this hotel...

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