#ERLC2014 and what it means for Today’s Church

If you didn’t know, the Southern Baptist Convention hosted their annual Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission conference in Nashville over the past week, and good Lord… where do I start to react to this? The main theme of this conference was “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage.” You can imagine why I was fearful to watch any part of this conference. The conservative (and by conservative, I really mean fearful) rhetoric that ‘the gays’ were dirty, sinful, out to destroy the family and devalue traditional marriage is what I have grown up with and is also the voice that is speaking the loudest in our culture. That is what I expected to hear, however there were moments when…


S’Avery: #cheesin4areason

Tonight, I had a conversation with my friend @Avery_Harris about her new start up, S'Avery! A non profit food truck she is wanting to start. You can become a part of her story. She has raised just under $7000 in 13 days, and the goal? $100,000. WE CAN DO IT! Please consider partnering with her. Check out her indie-go-go project HERE.


we’re the diamonds

I hit shuffle on my iPod (yes, I still rock an iPod suckas!) and let me tell you what, I am having a blast discovering what kind of music has cropped up in my library as of late. Things I didn't know that I had, things I had not heard in forever, and things that I cannot believe I stopped listening to. I got surprised by a new artist: JohnnySwim. Holy smokes, guys. Seriously, you need to have this in your life. The opening track is upbeat, fun, driving, and uplifting. And it uses one of my favorite words: Diamonds. ... When I was a missionary, I spent a month in Serbia, and it proved to be a turning point…


featured on Bedlam| The Dangers of Emotional Intimacy

Whether or not we will admit it to your face, men are just as emotional as women. Okay, maybe not all men… Maybe it’s just me. I am emotional, and I’m good at expressing myself. And if you are like me, you are almost too good at expressing your emotions. (And you also might admit to crying on a weekly basis because you thought about social injustice or something triggered thoughts of your ex or you watched Love Actually by yourself…again.) I’ve gotten better though. I used to vomit my emotions, and effectively over-share my story with anyone who cared to hear. I thought being vulnerable with everyone would add depth to my relationships, and what I found was that…


what is worth fighting for?

Part of my first project with 1st World Possibilities was giving away guest blog posts for donating a certain amount. So! My friend, and world race squadmate, Laura Quam is going to be sharing with you what her passion in life is. ________________________________ What is worth fighting for? For you it may be a marriage, a relationship, a calling, your child, your passions, your life battling a deadly disease, an adoption process. For me in my life I know that I'm called to fight for orphans specifically because if I don't fight for orphans then who will? If I don't fight for orphans right now, then when? An orphan is worth fighting for. Not only because they are abandoned  by…


how to be fireproof

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have: Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials -gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgement day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.” 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 I’m not much to begin a piece with quoting scripture, but this has been so heavily ringing…


Living with the Accountability We Hate

“OMG You’re like my bff!” No, you’re not, you silly drunk girl I ran into last night at karaoke night. I am not your bff, and you are certainly not mine. That role has been filled since 2010 since when I sat down in Panera Bread for breakfast with the man who would become my best friend, Joey. He has seen me through my ups and downs, great days and bad days, through my insanely stupid drunken nights and my struggle to sobriety. He knows me, inside and out. He mourns my losses with me and celebrates each victory, usually right up at the front lines with me. He is the Jonathan to my David, the Ruth to my Naomi…