The Victor’s Crown

The cross was always Plan A.

What they meant for humiliation, was humility.
What they meant for murder, was my willingness to lay down my own life.
What they meant for an end, was just the beginning.
What was meant to be a crown of thorns, was a crown of victory. Read more →

The Amazing Race

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV)

There is a fire inside of me that I pray does not get extinguished any time soon. I see the urgency of the message of hope that is found in Christ. I must use the gifts and talents God has given me to reflect glory back to Him. I’ve sat around for too long trying to ensure that everything will be perfect; I wait for the perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the perfect timing. But through this series, Among Wolves, I’ve learned – as I hope that you have – that there will never be a perfect moment to follow your dreams and pursue your passions. Read more →

I Am Jonah: Obeying the Hard Call of God

In March 2014, the Lord asked me to do something drastic: fast from all forms of social media for an entire year. For some, a year without social media is a no-brainer. But for a fresh-out-of-high-school, image-obsessed, must-be-in-the-know-at-all-times girl like I was, keeping myself from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram seemed about as impossible as chopping down a tree with a plastic butter knife. Read more →

Identity: Loved

The Beloved Disciple

In the Gospel he wrote about the life of Jesus, the apostle John never mentions himself by name, but refers to himself often as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”  (John 13:2319:26-2720:2). Read more →

Genuine Faith: How Do I Know For Sure?

There are two kinds of people in the world. I know we hear that kind of stuff all the time, but really… there are two kinds of people in the world (if you categorize them the way I’m about to).  If you believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell (which is what the Bible teaches), then when all is said and done there are people who will end up in heaven and people who will end up in hell.  Christians have labeled these two categories of people– saved and not saved. Read more →

Be Rooted in Family

“that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

John 17:21-23

Jesus prayed that prayer for us. Let me say that again. Jesus prayed that prayer for us. He asked God to make us one in him. To unite us, so he could use us as a city on a hill, a light in the world of darkness, salt in a life of weak flavor, family in a species of broken relationships. Read more →

Off the Sidelines

It all started with a question. “What’s your burden?” and at first I didn’t have an answer and then it clicked. Men! If men could get it all together the world would change immediately. That’s what popped into my head then and what continues to sit in the corners of my mind now. Read more →

The Challenge of Cultural Christianity

A couple of years ago, my family and I moved to the Westside of Atlanta. Like most people, who look at our neighborhood from the outside looking in, we understood it to be a low income, primarily African American community that was also culturally and religiously diverse. So, we thought we were coming to reach the socially and economically depressed, under-resourced, unchurched people of our city.  As we began to engage our neighbors, we quickly realized that we would also be faced with the unique challenge of sharing Christ’s love with what could be classified as “Cultural Christians.”  Read more →

Not By Accident

As my wife and I made the decision to stay another two years and serve in Atlanta, we found ourselves in a sticky situation with the Decatur church plant happening. We live approximately .9 miles from downtown Decatur and approximately 4.3 miles from the Old Fourth Ward campus. The East Atlanta missional community that we were a part of was slowly shifting to Grant Park. People were buying homes in that area and moving out of the latter. Read more →