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Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes

Over the last six weeks I have spent more time away than I have home. Being a youth minister means a busy summer and, in our ministry, one filled with mission trips. This summer featured four different trips: one to rural Guatemala to build stoves, one to northern Florida to help build a recovery and…

What Happens When You Jump Off a Cliff

What Happens When You Jump Off a Cliff

Upon approaching the cliff and working up the considerable amount of courage necessary, a moment of euphoria will come across your entire being. You’ll monetarily forget about your fear of heights. You’ll even think, “what better way to break that fear than jumping off this 40-foot Bahamian cliff?” This will seem like a perfectly rational…

Restoring Childhood

Restoring Childhood

It was late March in 2011. I had been married for about three-months and was living a very adult life. Then Wil Wheaton posted a link to the Primer on The Marvel Universe. This would change everything. I was very much a child of the 90’s. Besides slap bracelets, Trapper Keepers, and parachute pants, this…

Remembering My First Time

Remembering My First Time

I sat wearing nothing but my boxer-shorts and a heavy coat of anxiety. This date had been circled on my calendar for awhile and the anticipation was palpable. The morning of, I had called my dad to ease my nerves and quiet my fears. “It will all be fine.” While I knew everything would go…

Memories From My First Job

Memories From My First Job

There once was a time when I worked a less, how shall I say, rewarding job. Like many people, my first venture into the workforce was at a local grocery store. I was sixteen, a sophomore in high school, and looking for money. So, I turned to the “we hire everyone” mentality of the local…