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Five Observations from a Cruise Ship

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I never thought I would go on a cruise.

But, in a twist of God’s kind providence, my parents and I just got home from a five-day cruise to the Bahamas and, along with a sweet sun-poisoning rash, I brought back a few observations from our time sailing the Atlantic (as well as a few hundred photos).

Warning: I love palm trees. I may or may not have photographic evidence of pretty much every single one we saw. You’ve been warned.

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Beholding the Lamb and Interviewing Andrew Peterson

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“No man, when he comes to die, will ever say, ‘I spoke too much of the grace of God.’ Let Satan accuse me of that. I welcome it.” -Andrew Peterson, foreword, Behold the Lamb of God

I’m just so thankful for Andrew Peterson’s life and ministry.

It was February when we set down with Andrew Peterson in Franklin, Tenn., to interview him for the cover story of the current RTM Magazine. My vocabulary is too weak to string together a sentence that would fully convey how much I learned from him that day.

We laughed, we (I) cried, we talked about how much we love the Gospel.

It was my favorite interview.

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Seven Quotes from Blind Spots


Have you ever sat through a sermon and thought, “Wow, I wish so-and-so were here so they could hear this. This is speaking directly to their sin, struggles, and circumstances”?

Asking for a friend.

Because you’ve never had those thoughts, right? Oh, of course, me either. What am I talking about? We would never think such arrogant and pompous things.

Okay, but really. I was barely into the introduction of Blind Spots when I had that exact stream of consciousness roll through my brain. And then I realized that was the exact purpose of the book.

Blind Spots directly addresses the seed (and possibly full-grown tree) of pride smack in the middle of the thought that others could benefit from this or that before you could.

Here’s what I believe is the heart of the book:

“Abiding in Christ is the best defense against the blind spots that destroy our joy in following Jesus and set us against other believers with different gifts and callings.” (p. 111)

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Equipping the Church to Lead


Y’all, check out the new RTM Magazine!

I’m so excited about the contents of this issue! It includes stories from two of my best friends (check out their personal blogs here: H and M [not the store]) as well as articles on defining pastoral leadership and leading in an anti-authority age, and I share five things I want to tell my mission trip leaders. I love this edition and we hope it encourages and strengthens you!

I love that this is my job and I would love to hear what you think about this mag, so check it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts!

(And did I mention it’s interactive and free? It is.)


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Things I’ve Learned from Working in a Restaurant

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I’m a waitress on Friday nights.

I work at an adorable little restaurant in a tiny town in Western Kentucky that serves fried fish on Fridays and treats people like family (and looks nothing like the above stock photo). I’m pretty sure I got the job because I’m in there every Tuesday morning for Bible study with one of my small group babies and then also on the weekends and, you know, whenever else. What can I say? The food is good. Regardless, I love it and the people with whom I get the privilege of working.

While I hate running the cash register (it’s a terrifyingly pressurized responsibility to push the right buttons and handle people’s money [which is probably why God never let me experience my childhood dream of being a cashier at Kroger]), I love being a waitress. I love getting to talk to people and learn their names and tastes and I especially love to joke around and laugh with them.

In the short time I’ve worked there, I’ve learned more than which shoes to wear for a night of work (hello, blisters) and how to write a (somewhat) proper ticket; I’ve learned a lot about myself, the Gospel, and community.

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A Letter from the International Terminal


We have an eight hour layover.

This isn’t the first time. Sometimes it feels like the hours between flights take forever and other times it seems like just a few minutes. Today it’s a weird mixture of loving the time to write in a new environment while also being impatient to load onto a plane and get to the people we love in Romania as quickly as possible.

When people ask where my favorite places are in the world, I tend to forget the international terminal of the Chicago O’Hare airport. Call me crazy (it wouldn’t be the first time), but I love it here. I love watching people and there’s no better place to do it than an airport.

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Francis Chan: A Challenge to the Church

Warning: the following video may produce conviction by the Holy Spirit Himself. 

“We are turning away our children in droves because our lives are not the adventure they see in Scripture.”
-Francis Chan

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What does it mean to “live on mission”?

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It’s common jargon in Christian circles right now but what does it really mean to “live on mission”?

In the March/April RTM Magazine, readers will have access to articles and resources that discuss discipleship, define life on mission, and detail the believer’s purpose in this world.

Please consider reading the new issue. I fully believe in this magazine and what God can do with it—it is a free resource packed with Gospel-saturated articles, reviews/recommendations, profile stories and wisdom. Just assembling this issue and praying over each article has been such a help to my heart and a refocusing on the real mission we’ve been assigned.

Soli Deo Gloria.



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Monday Morning Munch No. 134 – Too long for Twitter, Part Two


Read part one here.

Here are a handful of quotes exceeding 140 characters that have filled my drafts on Twitter for months.

Annie Proulx: You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.

Justin Holcomb: The cross is the great equalizer: at the foot of the cross, we are all humbled as we grasp the magnitude of our sin and guilt; yet at the cross, the offer of forgiveness is made without bias or favoritism. Because Jesus is Lord of all, His Gospel is available to all.

Yesterday at the True Beauty retreat, a 14 year old taught her peers on the hypostatic union, another taught on Jesus and the people of His day, saying, “He was the Messiah they needed but not the One they wanted.” My heart could burst with joy—these girls get theology. May they get the transformative, grace-induced application as well.

Jonny Ox:
It wasn’t
in the Bible
but I like
to imagine
that when God
created Eve
He whispered
into Adam’s ear
and said,
“Let there
be love.”

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What if we treated life like a mission trip?



Something happens to me on mission trips.

My normal “let’s make lists and plan everything down to the second” and “because it’s planned it better go that way” mentality flies out the window (pun intended) and is replaced with (what must be supernatural) flexibility and new thinking that says, “Things are going to work out exactly like God wants them to so there’s no need to get bent out of shape. Just savor all the seconds and go with whatever happens.”

When you’re on a mission trip you look at people differently, don’t you? Maybe you’re in a foreign country and a national cuts you off in the checkout line. You smile and wave, “It’s okay.” You give grace. You silently pray for them that they might come to know the real Grace Giver. Maybe you even initiate conversation and ask about their life.

Life looks different on a mission trip. But should it?


Read the full post here (thanks, IMB, for allowing me to spill some ink [and my heart] on the IMB Women’s blog this week).

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