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Somewhere at the Intersection of Art and Faith

One the things I was most reminded of is the privilege I have to create and share art with our community.

Fresh Fruits Abound

I am a bookworm. I read everything in front of me.

Prepare Him Room at Easter, Too

Just as in Advent, Lent is a time of preparation, an invitation to mark the life of Jesus with intention and purposefulness. We’re again invited to prepare Him room in our hearts.

Let Go of the Past to Hold on to the Present

Apple juice. Dead roses. Paradise sky. What do these three things have in common?

You Have One Voice Message

The caller ID shows God is calling. Do you pick up?

The Cost of Breakthrough

I think of the story of the Rich Young Ruler often. He is a man looking for breakthrough.

The Beauty in the Broken

There is a Japanese art form called kintsugi which involves repairing broken pottery with gold-dusted lacquer.

Caution: Student Driver

Without fail, every time I come near a car with the sticker “Caution: Student Driver,” I’m transported back in time...

How to Be Content

“In the torment of the insufficiency of everything attainable we come to understand that here, in this life, all symphonies remain unfinished.”

Jeremiah 29:7

To all but the faithful and die-hard, it was unexpected.

A Prayer for the New Year

So many of us have been looking forward to making the end of 2020 and a fresh start in 2021.

A Worthy Dwelling Place

I don’t underestimate God’s intelligence, but if it were me, I’d question if our world was a safe place for my son, knowing what I know from both the media and experience, and even more so if I were God.

A Wholehearted Christmas

When I was a kid we lived with my great-aunt. She was great at many things but one thing that stands out in particular is that every year before Christmas she would set up an epic nativity scene.

Making Room For The Other

Of all the characters featured in the nativity story, the one I feel is the most misunderstood is the innkeeper.

Top 20 Apps for Christians of All Ages

While it can feel like our cell phones have us constantly connected with no space for our souls, they can also provide us with some pretty amazing opportunities for spiritual growth as well.

Upload a Grateful Thought

We were a couple months into the pandemic when the questions from my six year old started pouring in...daily.

How to Save a Dying Houseplant

My gardening skills leave a lot to be desired. Usually I have killed someone’s thoughtful begonia...

The Long Road to Resilience

My son Hosea’s first ever pre-school end-of-year concert did not go as planned.

Don’t Let Fear Drive

So, when it was my turn behind the wheel, I immediately started feeling a sense of fear and dread.

God-Breathed

“You’re not breathing.” “What?! Yes, I am! I’m alive, am I not?”

A Different View of Brokenness

I had never thought of "befriending brokenness” or repositioning it as a blessing in process.

3 Encouragements for a Time of Change

With San Francisco starting to move forward in safe reopening phases, we have a new opportunity ahead of us to re-engage intentionally.

What Do Pigeons Eat?

Sometimes the words of Jesus are hard to swallow.

Resting In His Will

The reality is that many of us are struggling. Even as believers the uncertainty we’re living through can take a toll.

Be Present

I was cleaning out my email inbox last week (there’s nothing quite like an inbox with 0 unread messages, amiright?)

A Simple Cup of Coffee

Have you ever stared at your morning coffee and considered just how much had to happen in order for it to exist?

Soar Like Eagles

I am 17 years old, and I can’t walk.

When Surviving Is Thriving

Sometimes surviving is all we can do.

Overcoming Through Trust

The more time I spend getting to know the Lord and His Word, the more I realize that we need adversity to grow in our faith...

Transformation is a Journey

Although there is much to be said of the value of a long life lived with God, I think it’s a mistake to say that potential is determined by time.

UP and OVER

Strange thing what I’m about to share, because it’s just a recap of what you already know. 

Once in a Super Bloom

There’s a thing in California called a “super bloom” which happens about once every decade.

In the stillness, You are there

Reflecting on these past few months of sheltering-in-place, it feels as if time has moved quickly and slowly at the same time.

Soak in the SON This Summer

Summer looks very different this year. Shelter-in-place means less travel, fewer events to attend (if any), camps closed, not even summer blockbusters to avoid spoilers for until we can go to the movies.

A Contemplation on Hope:

We can’t go back to the way things were. So how do we move forward in hope?

Engaging Gratitude

One day, one week, one month at a time. But what sustains in times of prolonged endurance? I have found gratitude to be one of those key things.

Thrilled to Be

What comes to your mind when you think of the word “thrill”?

The Impermanence Of The Now

What is the grace for today?

Engage Your Core

In light of our current Shelter in Place, I have not been able to go to the gym...

When We Can’t Stop Wanting

What toll has this past month taken on you?

Peace in the Valley

Isn’t it so shockingly human to have all your plans stripped from you in the blink of an eye?

The Importance of the Resurrection

The death and resurrection of Jesus form the cornerstone of the Christian faith. The fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead proved his ability to give us new life in God.

Surrender In Place

You know that thing where you have a word for the year or a season...

Exhale Fear to Inhale Peace

High school exams used to give me headaches.

Shelter in Hope

It is amazing how much can change in a week, a day, an instant.

What Does the Bible Say About Work?

For many of us living in the Bay Area, it's not uncommon to clock in 60+ hours at work. While being hardworking is a great characteristic to add to your list of personal attributes, what's the right way to go about it?

Inhale. Exhale. Release.

During this time of sheltering in place, each of us has an opportunity...

How to Make My Vocation Central to My Faith

Vocations are an important piece of people's identities. This is true for all of us, including Christians. For Christians, our vocations should fit within the broader context of our faith, and our faith should inform our work.

Exhale: Pause

Inhale… Exhale… Breathing is amazing.

The Impact of Technology on My Life, Relationships, and Faith

For many of us, our day begins and ends with our eyes glued to our smartphones. Technology has some amazing benefits, but it can also create some challenges for our lives, relationships, and faith.

My Struggles with Sabbath

A few months ago, I came *this close* to calling it quits on everything in my life...

Relational Expansion

As I have gotten older, I’ve seen my group of friends shrink...

Finding Your God-Given Purpose in Life

What if you're feeling lost and unsure of what you're meant to do with your life? In this guide, we'll discuss some practical ways you can discover your God-given purpose and start living in that.

Worship Expansion

Pause for a moment and imagine that someone has just asked you why God deserves your devotion...

Place Faith in the Bible, Not People

In an age of social media influencers, it can be easy to misplace your faith in Christian influencers and other Christian leaders in your life rather than placing it in the Bible.

Faith Expansion

I never thought I’d quit my dream job. But...

How to Encourage Unity in the Church

Unity. It's a word we often through around in church, but what exactly does it mean to be unified with the people in your church, and how can you foster this sense of unity?

“Yes AND…” 3 Ways To Expand Our Creativity

The first rule of improv is you don’t talk about improv. No, wait. That’s Fight Club.

12 Places to Do Devotions in San Francisco

Quiet time with God's word and in prayer is crucial to restoring our souls and growing as Christians. But where to go? As crowded as San Francisco feels, the good news is that SF has some beautiful places where you can get away from it all to reflect and come away restored.

How to Find Your New Church Home

When you find the right church, it becomes a second home — a place of warmth, encouragement, and love and where you're accepted.

How to Live a Christian Life

Whether you're learning about Christianity for the first time, or you came to the faith decades ago, you may wonder what it means to live a Christian life.

How to Become a Christian

If you're interested in taking your first steps to Christianity, keep reading to see what the Bible says about what Christians believe, and what you need to do to accept God into your life.

Jesse Tree Woes

I tried to start a new Christmas tradition with my son this year. It went down in flames...

Set the Stage

This Christmas, we decided to get a real tree for our home. As a child, I remember...

The Choice of Christmas

I smile as I remember being sent to Home Depot to pick up our first Christmas tree as a married couple...

Looking for Gratitude

Life isn’t always a bed of roses, so the old saying goes...

Should We Say Thank You?

My son, Blue, jumped up to show me his finished homework after a long day...

T2BT4

Every night before I go to bed, I write down three things I am thankful for that day...

Cultivating Gratitude and Generosity

I was standing in line at Safeway. This particular Safeway usually only has one or two lanes open...

Worthy of Trust

I had the good fortune of having memorable childhood vacations with my family.

Your Journey With Scripture

Take a moment to think about the relationship you’ve had with scripture in different seasons of your life...

Scriptural Superpowers

As a child I remember my mom putting a verse of scripture on our fridge...

New Translation, Who Dis?

I know it’s a little early to be talking about Christmas but....

Unchanging Words

Scripture plays a central role in our faith. This ancient library of 66 books has been the source of many a Christian’s faith journey. I thought it would be worth spending this month exploring the different ways we can be impacted by these unchanging words in an ever-changing world.

Top 20 Christian Apps We Recommend

While it can feel like our cellphones have us constantly connected with no space for our souls, they can also provide us with some pretty amazing opportunities for spiritual growth as well.

Breaking Through the Blocks

It’s been one year since my family and I moved from Alabama to SF...

Thanks For The Feedback...

My relationship with feedback is long and complicated. I’m an artist and a perfectionist so I'm doubly sensitive...

Teachability

Not long ago, I overhead two people talking. Don’t worry, I don’t eavesdrop on everyone; these two were pretty loud, so I just paid attention.

To-Do: Be Present

As an Enneagram Type 1, my life is basically just one long To Do list...

Developing a Worship Culture for Kids

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2 If you are anything like me, you just re-read that line of scripture a few times...

Influence: Carry it Well

The skill of carrying our influence is what I’d like to explore this month...

Be a Bridge Builder

Have you ever been in a waiting room too long? I’m sure you have. You’re sitting at the doctor’s office...

Blessed Are Those Who Binge Watch?

I was hesitant to write this blog. Mostly because I don’t have any answers for you. When I think about how we are to live as Christ-followers in the culture at large, but not be part of it...

Heaven Sent

Friday is my day with my daughter Adeline. We’re in a phase right now where...

Cultivating Humility

One of the lessons I had to learn (and often relearn) is that self-consciousness interferes with my ability to give to others. This is especially true when it comes to public speaking.

Humility Makes Us Real

As we take this month to rise into humility, we want to go beyond the words on a page into the depths of our soul.

Power of Humility

Humility is often seen as weakness in our culture and it makes sense to me; so often, it feels like a betrayal of our own ego. However, as followers of Christ, we are invited to discover the counterintuitive, elevating force humility carries.

Strengthen Yourself in the Lord

Resilience is one of those qualities in life I’ve always admired. I remember growing up watching the 49ers play football...

Entice, Ignite, Strengthen

One of the privileges of leading The Journey is hearing people’s stories...

Source of Encouragement

This weekend, we are going to celebrate mothers. While they deserve far more than a day of celebration, this upcoming Mother’s Day has me thinking of the many different ways that moms bless our lives.

Start Living

My father attended his first Cornerstone Easter play in 1998. Up ‘til that point, he was a self-professed Darwinian.

Overcoming Death

The ancient Greeks had a strong sense of death, knowing its impartial shadow eventually covers everyone. Any desire on their part for immortality was best realized by living a life worth remembering...