The Ashes of our Journey || Lenten Wanderings

Today, across the globe, many Christ followers will line up at altars to be marked on the forehead or the hand with ashes. It is Ash Wednesday. It is the first day of Lent - this plodding and sometimes painful wandering towards the brokenness of the cross that culminates in the miracle of the resurrection. [...]

Those Magical Probably Persian Wise Men

Those Magical Probably Persian Wise Men

Foreign men from the east make a journey that was traced into the sky by God's hand and deciphered through the lens of a star-gazing, pagan religious mix of science, astronomy, and astrology.

That Innkeeper | Advent Thoughts

That Innkeeper | Advent Thoughts

Unfortunately, the story of the advent of Christ into planet Earth is a problematic script in these days of fearing the stranger.

Pregnant Mary | Advent Thoughts

Pregnant Mary | Advent Thoughts

This advent thought is based upon Luke 1:26-38 We belly laugh as we wind through the cobbled streets of Budapest and settle into a little Cajun spot called Soul Food. My colleague who is also an ordained woman has just come from a Christian meeting where she identified as a minister. A man from the [...]

#GIVE

As a couple, we have a global Nazarene calling to the Central Europe countries and a personal call to live cross culturally for Jesus. Our call is tied to your call so that as a church and as individuals, we need each other to fully fulfill this beautiful mission. We are called to go. You [...]

Voices on this Refugee Sunday

It was a muddy and miserable Saturday night. Cold. Rainy. The kind of rain that caresses the earth all through the day and leaves your bones shivering at night. We were in a field that somehow had become the unmarked space between two European countries. They were two countries that two decades earlier had known [...]

Five Ordinary Ways that Might Put Us On the Path to Peace

Five Ordinary Ways that Might Put Us On the Path to Peace

If I read our cumulative cultural geo-tracker correctly, we are in need of a little rescue. While most of us are unsure how we got here, it seems that we are living in an era of heightened fear and it encompasses an astonishingly broad spectrum of issues. While it is true that fear flows freely, [...]

culture+hospitality || justice+mission || women+ministry it's awkward here, isn't it? you have come to figure out who i am and what i post and why i post it - as if a few words and photos chosen for aesthetic could somehow be fully authentic. let's be honest: you want a peek into my world and i want [...]

hogmanay and halal

hogmanay and halal

The church - a sanctuary where the ones who are not like us find not only welcome but belonging with us.

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

The rythmic pump of oxygen is there. It's faint, but it comes on the 5 or 6 count - unexpectedly and quietly. It's a gentle breeze puffed into the century-old body. 100 years of life that began in 1916. Imagine that. And I steal a few moments to sit with him and draw out the [...]