No Longer Outside the Wall

No Longer Outside the Wall

a Holy Week devotional adapted from a homily I presented at my church on Maundy Thursday 2013... Each year of my childhood, my church would offer a Maundy Thursday service where they also held the traditional Jewish Seder meal in celebration of Passover.  Honestly I tried to concoct many clever excuses in my early years [...]

Sierra Leone – on story and song

Tayll Ahm Taynkee, Tayll Ahm. Tayll Papa Gohd Taynkee. What He Do Fah Me, I Go Tayll Ahm Taynkee. Only a few short weeks ago, I was sitting with my family in a dusty room with faded paint, which could not contain life and hope from radiating inside its walls. It was here, in this [...]

Japan – Nightingale floors, Steve Jobs, and singing as one

Japan – Nightingale floors, Steve Jobs, and singing as one

(my post on our team's blog from Wednesday, September 5th) As the hum of laughter and conversation (and sleep) fills the bus tonight on our way back to Kyoto from Osaka, my mind begins to dance through the moments of this full and rich day. The unique tune of the famous “Nightingale Floor” of Nijo [...]

Japan – listening for the rhythm

Often it occurs during the plane ride as my heart beats with wild expectancy for all that a trip will hold - you don't have to know me well to glean that one of my love languages is most certainly travel and experiencing the world - feeling the unique rhythm intrinsic to each land, pulsing [...]

Israel, continued…

It's been a while since I have braved these pages. Upon returning from Israel, I jumped right back into jobs and seminary and to-dos, and time has raced past without me realizing that it has been far too long since the last post! I am finishing processing the trip on these pages, but this particular day [...]

January 5, 2012 – Dead Sea, Masada, Bedouin Camp

What better way to start off the day than a little float in the Dead Sea??  Perfection! We arrived back in the land flowing with milk and honey late the night prior, not allowing us to experience the indescribable sensation of floating in this unique Sea until this morning - which was probably better.  We [...]

January 3, 2012 – Bet She’an, Mount Nebo

The morning brought with it abundant and life-giving sunshine as well as one of my favorite sites of ancient ruins thus far - Bet She'an. Our group somehow had a stolen hour to ourselves in this fascinating ancient city which lies at the junction of the Valley of Jezreel and the Jordan River Valley. And [...]

January 2, 2012 – Caesarea Philippi, Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Jordan River baptisms

Perhaps it's the fact that a decent night of sleep accompanied me last night for the first time in quite a while, or that coffee is finding its way into my daily life here more often than usual - but this morning brought with it an awakening for me, allowing me to be truly present [...]