Friendship knows no homelessness

BY:JENNA DEWITT Gavin Rogers, a San Antonio youth minister, shared in our New Year 2013 issue about his journey giving up home for Lent in 2012. During his time homeless on the streets, he met a man named William who would show him that friendship doesn’t recognize economic brackets. Gavin describes his friend as “the closest thing you could get to the stereotypical homeless guy.” William, now … Continue reading Friendship knows no homelessness

This Isn’t the Protestant Reformation (But an Enlightenment Would be Nice)

  One of my favorite writers for the Washington Post is actually their humorist and opinion columnist, Alexandra Petri. I first discovered her witty and poignant commentary during the Republican presidential debates earlier this year. I appreciate her blend of millennial culture and clever comedy to reflect the truth of a situation, sometimes more accurately and more effectively than the historic paper’s news section (and … Continue reading This Isn’t the Protestant Reformation (But an Enlightenment Would be Nice)

Why You Really Should Go and Love Yourself

Diving back into Brene Brown’s work has me thinking a lot about self-compassion lately, and (as is so often the case for Brene) what that means for us in the church. Perhaps in the Gospels when Jesus says the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself” instead of that meaning we need to be less selfish, it means that as we go … Continue reading Why You Really Should Go and Love Yourself

Night Driving – Addie Zierman

(Read this from Addie first.) There are three things you need – “school supplies” if you will – for reading Addie Zierman’s “Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark” The Elizabethtown soundtrack.  I didn’t think of it until I got to the part where she drives through E-town and mentions it, but I should have put it on from the start. After all, … Continue reading Night Driving – Addie Zierman

The Waiting Room: Applications, Acceptance, Approval and Anxiety

I’ve done a lot of anxious waiting in my day. You know how it goes: waiting to see if you’ve made the team waiting for test scores to be posted waiting for an acceptance letter waiting for approval on the apartment waiting after a job interview waiting for lab results and a diagnosis Increasingly, that news is conveyed through the convenient form of email. Unfortunately, … Continue reading The Waiting Room: Applications, Acceptance, Approval and Anxiety

How a Dying Man Lived Second

So grateful I got to interview Tim Adriany before his death. What a privilege to write his story for I Am Second. Read about how God works through a faithful life and a supportive community. Tim Adriany lived in the eastern North Carolina town of Parkton. He couldn’t drive any more. The cancer spreading throughout his body made sure of that. That didn’t change his … Continue reading How a Dying Man Lived Second