The Sacredness of Skipping Church

There’s something different about Sunday morning. Monday through Friday, my neighbors and I are frantically getting ready for the day, walking from front doors to cars doors and nesting coffee tumblers in cupholders for the rush hour drives ahead. We’ll have meetings and classes and tasks and assignments—emails to answer, calls to make—all adding to […]

Newest Team Member: Cowbell

When I was six years old, my sister developed a chronic infection in her lungs that led to a prolonged hospitalization. During her year in the hospital, one of the brightest moments was when we smuggled our family’s cocker spaniel (aptly named “Angel”) into her room. Holding her dog, even if just for a little […]

Why Didn’t You Just Give Up?

It was our usual Wednesday morning bible study, which consists mostly of homeless people and community volunteers talking and learning together. While these studies are usually a great time of shared humanity, there’s always the chance of clashing theologies generating an argument, and this one was especially bad. In fact, it may have been more […]

Book Recommendation: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

I just finished Mark Manson‘s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, and despite its playful title, I found it a surprisingly thought-provoking read. It’s not a very heavy or dense book, but the author’s conversational tone and profound observations make it well worth reading. Contrary to the title, the book doesn’t actually advocate not caring; rather, it […]

On Change and Engagement Rings

Purchasing Jessi’s engagement ring may well be the most nerve-wracking decision I’ve faced. The wild part is, looking back, I’ve faced decisions that were way more consequential than white or yellow gold, crown or princess cut, tiffany or bezel setting, etc. I’ve changed careers without a backup plan; I’ve moved across the country with only […]