December 17th, 2015

“Beautiful, Beautiful” Reflections on Sacrifice

It was an honor last Sunday to sing for my church. I wrote this song (“Beautiful, Beautiful,” in case you missed it) in response to what God has been teaching me over the last few years – namely, to love freely and openly, even if that love is not reciprocated. Love and I have always […]

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December 10th, 2015

The End of the Year

The end of the year. Even in Los Angeles, winter reminds us of our mortality, or at least our frailty. We’re thankful we don’t live in iceboxes like Chicago or Minneapolis, but our pace of life is its own kind of icy wasteland. We stumble along, burdened by waist-deep snow made of unrelenting social and […]

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December 4th, 2015

A Story from the Winter Refuge

On November 12 of this year, actress Pauley Perette was attacked by a homeless man in Hollywood. After the assault, she said he “headed towards Hollywood Blvd with murder in his eyes.” Rolling back the calendar 10 months to January, I helped serve dinner to a group of homeless people as part of the Winter […]

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November 27th, 2015

Advent Series: Christmas Belles

For most of us, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree to decorate. Whatever your preference, a wide tree or a tall tree, tinsel or ornaments, colored lights or white ones, the Christmas tree holds a special place in each home. In Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Matthew, we discover a colorful Christmas tree […]

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November 22nd, 2015

Adoption and Foster Care

Sunday we celebrated Part II of Family Sunday with another round of Child dedications and the announcement of two more births.  On Adoption Sunday, we invited two new friends to share with us at Ecclesia, Sergey Pokrovskiy and Rodrigo de la Sotta. Sergey lives with his wife and daughter in Ryazan, Russia where he serves as a […]

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November 11th, 2015

CINEMUSINGS: Room with a Worldview

The Plot A young woman named Joy and her 5-year-old son Jack live trapped in Room – a shed in Old Nick’s backyard. When Joy and Jack finally find a way to escape, they have a whole new trial ahead of them – learning how to live in World. The Thought Room, World, Space, Heaven […]

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October 31st, 2015

It’s Time to Tell a New Story

A year into my ministry in Brussels, I had a revelation that was both liberating and terrifying at the same time. After spending hours listening to secular university students, career-minded young adults and parents, I came to this realization: Jesus Christ, as I was accustomed to sharing Him, had nothing to offer these people. The […]

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