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Pathway

Scripture, Service, and CelebrationFrom a summer ministry to my daily life as a pastor, I began to see a pattern. As I began my doctoral work, I came to recognize my life’s work is shaped by a simple rhythm of scripture, service, and…

Words & Action

By the time you get to the end of a semester, or dissertation, you've read and written a lot of words. The final ninety words of my dissertation (35,062 in total...who's counting, right?) struck me as a simple reminder for all who seek to lead…

Do Something: Three Ways to Respond to the Ebola Outbreak

The first time I had the privilege of being on the continent of Africa, I spent time with the people of South Africa. During one of our last days in Johannesburg, we spent time with a Methodist Bishop.I was having a hard time preparing to…

Day 1: Names & God Stories

First, a personal note...as if a blog isn't one big personal note.Thanks for joining me on this adventure. When I earn my Doctor of Ministry degree it will be because of you sharing your stories and your faith. Thanks for being a part of the…

Perspective from Liberia

From the US Embassy to the coastal town of Westpoint, today was, once again, a day of contrast.The picture below is taken from the third floor of a new school in Westpoint, a costal community where homes are simple structures. You are looking…

Blessings and Burdens from the children of Liberia

Contrast the best school in the country with one serving children who are orphans and you enter into the contrast of our day.Children speak truths and ask questions in ways that break my heart for God and bringing me joy all at the same time.The…

Thursday from Liberia

Today we made the long trip (130 miles in about 5 hours) from Ganta back to Monrovia.Before we did, we participated for the second morning in the chapel service at the hospital. The spirit was moving in chapel. On the chalkboard was the morning…

It's wednesday

For all the times I've served on mission experiences beyond my home city, Wednesday seems to be the day that tilts the whole week in a particular direction.Today was no exception. As we unpacked the eight large suitcases of medical supplies…

Quite a day!

Blowing bubbles, playing Mario Cart-Liberia edition (live) and visiting the hospital in Ganta; just a couple highlights from the day. Only one of those sound like someone who just had a "0" birthday. It's been quite a day.Our ride from Monrovia…

A box, a light, and a birthday wish

I thought I could escape to Africa and not have anyone notice today is my birthday. Well, my parents and the staff at church had a different idea. This is a birthday ending in "0." Yes, you guessed it I am turning 20 (again).Last Wednesday…