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

In Review: War Room

The Power of a Praying Wife Priscilla Shirer and Karen Abercrombie shine in War Room, the latest inspirational flick from the Kendrick Brothers. It hardly seems possible that this is the same studio that brought us “Facing the Giants” (bless). Don’t be deceived by the title, however. This is nowhere near a macho battle-soaked action movie. At least, not in the physical realm. Instead, War … Continue reading In Review: War Room

From My Experience: Tennis Lessons

I was pretty obsessed with tennis for a phase in my mid-teen years. In middle school, I took summer group lessons with an enthusiastic coach and eventually tried out for the high school JV tennis team. I was almost always next-to-last in the team rankings, but that didn’t stop me from loving the sport overall. I continued playing for fun with my friends and family, … Continue reading From My Experience: Tennis Lessons

From My Experience: Texas Tourism and the Best of Barbecue

I’m headed to the Mother Land (Texas) this weekend so I thought I would share some of my favorite Texas tourism stops, including barbecue recommendations. Here are five: 1. “Texas” the musical. It explains a lot about my love of this state and my self-identification as a Texan to know that I was raised crossing the border from New Mexico nearly every summer to attend … Continue reading From My Experience: Texas Tourism and the Best of Barbecue

Even the Symphony’s Bigger in Texas

The Houston Symphony Orchestra played host to thousands of music lovers at the third annual Houston Symphony Day of Music. Young and old alike turned out for this free multi-stage event last Sunday in downtown Houston. Concerts included a special visit from the Colombian Youth Philharmonic, an internationally lauded social project that has proven wildly successful if judging by the musicianship clearly exemplified by Sunday afternoon‘s … Continue reading Even the Symphony’s Bigger in Texas

From My Experience: 3 More Ways to Explore Your City

In continuation with our summer series, here are three more ways to get to know your community. Historical sites – It took two years of living in Birmingham for me to finally visit the Civil Rights Institute and three to visit 16th Street Baptist Church. Once I did, I understood the city on a much deeper level. I had two separate Birminghams in my mind: … Continue reading From My Experience: 3 More Ways to Explore Your City

From My Experience: The Power of the Simple Sentence

It’s amazing how the important moments of life can be described in the smallest of sentences. They contain such ordinary decision making that leads to an entirely new trajectory or outlook. I threw away the moving boxes. We bought the bigger bag of dog food. She crossed the state line. He ignored the call. The letter came back undeliverable. They decided on a house with … Continue reading From My Experience: The Power of the Simple Sentence

From My Experience: 3 Best Places for Creative Inspiration

So you’re sick of Starbucks and sitting on the sofa only leads to more Netflix. It’s time to jump start those creative juices with a change of location! Parks and rec – “Grab your ideas notebook and head outside.” It’s the start of every book, article and listicle on creativity because it’s true. But you don’t have to stick to a bench at your local … Continue reading From My Experience: 3 Best Places for Creative Inspiration