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  • A Letter to the North American Church: Because it is Time

    On Thursday, June 20 th, 2013

    Dear North American Church, After a Sunday morning in Africa, you don’t look the same to me. You look hungry. Hungrier than anything I’ve seen in Africa. Because after I watched that Ugandan woman? That one woman with no shoes and no husband and 7 kids, walk up to the front of the church and put this bag of beans into the basket as her love offering to God – my heart ...

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  • Why You Are Where You Are: For Such a Time as Now

    On Tuesday, June 18 th, 2013

    It’s like the skin of this place is red. Everywhere, red soil sheathes things, like hardly under the surface of Africa’s dirt is her heart. Like you could scratch your toe here and feel the pulse of what’s alive. Everywhere here is a thin place. We drive red roads to meet Anna. We pass bicycles grunting under water jugs, bags stretched taut with cassava. I lean out a...

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  • So God Made a Mother:
    When the Giving Tree is Really The Giving Mother *Updated

    On Monday, May 06 th, 2013

    So, sure, there was this talk of The Giving Tree – but there wasn’t one of us who didn’t know all along it was you, The Giving Mother. You who leaned over a stove and stirred and let spices fall like leaves and you ladled and we slurped and it would be remembered when we were old, the meatballs that you shaped and the noodles on Sunday nights with the Mag...

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  • The 1 Thing Radical Really Definitely Has to Look Like — Right Where We Are

    On Friday, March 15 th, 2013

    No one just straight up tells you that the things you’ve seen — become what you see. That you’ll close your eyes a thousand nights from now and it will all be real again — where you were and what they wore, that one look, that one moment, that one frame. That you’ll see the world through what you’ve seen of the world and there’s no goi...

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  • What Does a bit of Radical Christianity Really Look Like —- Right Where You Are? {Pt 2}

    On Wednesday, January 23 rd, 2013

    When I first read her story on the screen, I want to drive a for sale sign into the front lawn and sell all the pigs. Mainly because I don’t think I can shoe horn a few hundred hogs into a suitcase — and there’s now way around it: my heart’s already left on a jet plane for Africa. Because here I am with the clean and the climbing in North America, and  Kati...

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  • Because We’re Women in a Long Line of Women {*UPDATED at bottom of post}

    On Tuesday, December 11 th, 2012

    It wasn’t planned or anything, no more than you can get all your ducks lined up in a row — no more than you can stop love from breaking free. I just bent a bit on a December 11th, bent and swayed and prayed, and I had two babies on the same day, December 11th — two years apart. One early in the morning, 6:27 am, in the middle of a Canadian blizzard, and the o...

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  • Baby Steps: Just. Do. Something.

    On Thursday, September 13 th, 2012

         

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  • 10 Real Ways You Could Really Be the Change in the World

    On Thursday, July 19 th, 2012

    In the days after, my throat about seals off. On the edge of the bed in the dark before morning, all I can do is is sit at the edge of the world and close my eyes, wince through every hard searing. It hurts and it doesn’t matter because there’s no getting around it — you do have to figure a way out to swallow the world down. They had said this would happen ...

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  • The 1 Thing You Really have to Know About Your Family

    On Tuesday, July 17 th, 2012

    Iam not going to lie. When your kin comes knocking on your own back door — come to ask how that trip to Haiti went — how can you look them in the eye and lie? How can you lie still when babies are drowning in a sea of poverty? How can you not scream? I tell Mama that I think I’m angry. Mama sits down. And I pace, this hunting for words for the indescribable. ...

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  • weekends are for the best worship

    On Saturday, July 14 th, 2012

    Coming to you live from our drive through Port Au Prince this morning…. {Please consider clicking off music slider just below top nav bar to hear the best kind of worship — right in the midst. RSS readers can view video here… } and what song’s on repeat in my heart Caleb and sweet Kechnaider who needs a sponsor {b: June 25, 2008)… Cale hanging...

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  • What You Really Need to Know Before You Step Out into the World

    On Tuesday, July 10 th, 2012

    What have you got to make sure you really know before you step out into the whole wide world? Maybe you just keep stepping into the gloriously messy world and God makes it clearer than you’d ever hoped? I fly to Haiti with Compassion, with you, our oldest son on the brink of stepping out from under his mother’s wing and I stand beside you. I stand beside those shoulders of...

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  • What Your Address Really Is

    On Monday, July 09 th, 2012

    The bus that we boarded at the airport, it drove right through an earthquake. It turned out of the airport like we did this afternoon, with a Canadian Compassion team on board just like ours, and somewhere on its way through the streets toward the Hotel Montana, something grabbed hold of the earth and shook it hard and the ground imploded, like a lung sunken  in. Two years la...

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