In July 2022, on a Tuesday evening, an eclectic group of seven gathered in the Philadelphia airport to fly to the Worship God conference in Louisville, Kentucky. We ranged in age from teens to 60s, and though we all knew each other from church, most of us hadn’t interacted much, beyond a passing conversation once or twice.January 30, 2023
“If ye saw Him who is standing on the shore, holding out His arms to welcome you to land, ye would wade, not only through a sea of wrongs, but through hell itself to be with Him.” – Samuel Rutherford
Picture John 21 with me: seven men in a boat, weary after a fruitless night of fishing. Dawn just breaking over the Sea of Tiberias, gray light reflected on the water. A voice from a figure on the shore that nobody recognizes—until suddenly their nets are bursting with fish, so many that they can’t even haul them into the boat. Who else could it be?October 4, 2021
“Hey, how’s it going?”
If you’re like me, that simple question is complicated to answer right now. Personal stress is one thing, but it also feels like every time I read the news, I find out that the world just got a little more chaotic: Explosive politics in our country threatening to divide friends and family. A prolonged pandemic without an end in sight. Wildfires. Flooding. Even the spotted lanternflies in my backyard feel like a harbinger of doom!December 7, 2020
In my last year of college, a combination of circumstances—friends graduating, a shrinking campus ministry, increased involvement in other communities—resulted in my shifting from having mostly Christian friends to a place where I was spending almost all my time with nonbelievers.
On one hand, the change was wonderful! I’d been praying for years for more opportunities to build relationships with nonbelievers that would allow me to share the gospel through friendship, and there’s no doubt that this was an answer to that prayer.December 2, 2019