If Jesus Is the Bread of Life, Why Am I So Hungry?

I have spent my twenties hungry.  And I have spent my twenties disappointed.  I have lived the past decade with knowing I have hope for the future so wild I can’t conceptualize it.  But I have lived the same decade with a heart that says, “only a man can take away the ache.”  Twenty-nine, IContinue reading “If Jesus Is the Bread of Life, Why Am I So Hungry?”

Illogical Grace

I broke last week. I broke under a burden of my own creation, a weighty mass of human striving and accusations against God’s character, made even heavier by self-contempt for believing the lies instead of what I knew was true.  But in the life of the Christ-follower, brokenness isn’t the end, but the beginning. ItContinue reading “Illogical Grace”

Sharing Faith and Losing Face

Last year, I gave a number of professional writing workshops to non-native English speakers in New York City. During a break at a workshop in Manhattan, one woman said something that threw me off a bit.  “You have an inner smile when you teach. Is this your teaching style, or is it just your personality?”  An innerContinue reading “Sharing Faith and Losing Face”

Saying “Yes, And” To a Life I Didn’t Expect

In improv comedy, there’s a lovely little principle called “yes, and.” When you’re in the middle of a skit, you never question what your co-actor does. If he says, “I hate this Georgia heat,” you don’t say “Seriously, honey? It’s winter and we’re in Maine.” As an actor, you know that the best way to create anContinue reading “Saying “Yes, And” To a Life I Didn’t Expect”

What If Your Fears Come to Pass?

Hope, what if your deepest fears come to pass? Your deepest fears, the ones that prickle just beneath your skin, the ones that no matter how hard you try to quiet, still pound in time with your heartbeat?  If your fears come to pass, does it mean that your life will turn from one ofContinue reading “What If Your Fears Come to Pass?”