Daring Greatly

Filipe and I are currently on sabbatical. If all is going according to plan then by the time you are reading this we are somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea near the country of Montenegro sailing toward the Greek Islands. In addition to enjoying each other and two weeks sans kids, we are studying early church history and the journeys the Apostle Paul made. Of course Paul didn’t have the luxury of sailing on Princess Cruise Line, but we’re in the same waters. ūüėČ In these waters Paul endured hardships, shipwrecks, and heartache, a man who…

Home of the Brave?

Tomorrow is America’s birthday. For some it’s a day to wear red, white, and blue, a day to gather on the picnic blankets and watch the fireworks. It’s a day to celebrate freedom. For others it’s none of those things. Their country has disappointed them. They feel let down.¬†It’s hard to celebrate freedom when you don’t feel free to live. As a kid I remember watching the fireworks. I gazed at the sky as my eight year old eyes filled with hope and wonder. I believed I really did live in the greatest country in…

Remarkable Courage: Joan of Arc

I can’t think of¬†any human story that has impacted me as much as the story of Joan of Arc. I stumbled across Mark Twain’s account of her life¬†last fall while wandering a local thrift store. In that moment I forgot all about the home¬†decor I was in search of and thrilled to have gotten my hands on that book (and for $2 no less!). But even then I had no clue what the story would do to me. Over the last six months I’ve studied her story, read multiple accounts of her life, and tried…