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Accommodate Desire

Accommodate Desire

June was a hectic month for me. I spent more time away than home. I spent a week in the Dominican Republic, a week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and a week in North Florida. On Wednesday I got a text reminding me I was preaching tonight. “Cool,” I thought. The truth is…

Out of the Trash Pile

Out of the Trash Pile

I spent last week with our 7th & 8th grade mission team in North Carolina. We were assigned to a trailer home on the Black Mountain, near Asheville. The house sat on a hill, overlooking the mountains. It was beautiful. If you ignored the dwelling. Mounds of trash, discarded clothes, toys, and everything else imaginable…

Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

The Writing Cooperative is an online writing community with over 100,000 followers on Medium and 2,200 members on Slack. Despite its massive size, The Writing Cooperative started with just two people who never met. The Early Days In late 2012, Ev Williams launched a new writing platform, Medium. A year later, with the platform fully available…

Get Off The Internet

Get Off The Internet

“Card games, now that’s a good way to pass the time.” An older woman observes my group of fifteen high school students huddled in circles playing games. We’ve just spent a week in the Dominican Republic and are enjoying a layover in the Miami airport before our final flight home. Throughout the week, card games…

Let’s Draw Creation

Let’s Draw Creation

Throughout the summer we’ll be looking at the entire Bible, condensed into 12-major themes. Tonight’s theme is Creation. But here’s the really fun part, the story of creation is really the theme of the entire Bible, so tonight we’re going to summarize all 66 books of the Bible. Sound daunting? Don’t worry, it’s going to…

Work Like a Dog

Work Like a Dog

Sometimes we get busy, like really busy. So busy that it’s difficult to think, let alone be productive. But fear not because there is a lot we can learn from our four-legged friends. While working from home recently, I’ve exhaustively studied my pooch, Mac. He taught me to be more productive and I want to…

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

A note to the class of 2018 Baccalaureate service Good afternoon, graduates! I’m happy to be here and celebrate with you all today. I’m excited that you’re all here to celebrate your graduation through worship. For years you have studied, spent countless hours on homework and projects. You’ve been tested, and tested, and tested some…

Repeating Yourself is Redundant

Repeating Yourself is Redundant

Have you ever read a sentence that makes you cringe? For me, when words repeat for no reason my skin crawls. Take this sentence from a book I’m currently reading: My bright, rainbow-dyed hair whips across my face. This sentence makes me shiver in my bones. Can you spot the issue? It’s repetitive and redundant….

The Hamburger Method Evolved

The Hamburger Method Evolved

I wrote my first persuasive essay while staring at a cartoon hamburger. While gesturing to the individual ingredients that made up a neon hamburger on the overhead projector, my elementary school teacher explained the “Hamburger Method” of writing a persuasive essay. The Hamburger Method starts with the top bun: the introductory paragraph and main point….