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Impressions After the MLK March and Rally

by Rob

This was the second time I have attended the MLK rally and march here in Spokane. My daughter and I marched with other members of Immanuel. The decision to participate was sort of a no-brainer. We are a part of Immanuel, Immanuel values racial reconciliation and we were able to attend, so we joined in. […]

Caring for Growing Families

by Rob

As a doula, my number one goal is to empower women. In the birthing room, I do not speak for them, I do not make decisions for them. If I’ve done my job well, both mother and partner are educated and prepared beforehand to ask questions, to know what could happen and to make decisions […]

Do You Want to Get Well?

by Rob

The other day my small group and I were reading John 5, which includes the story of a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. Day-in, day-out he sits near a pool that many believed had healing powers, hoping that someday he might be first into the pool, which he hoped could heal […]

A Reflection on the Book, “Just Mercy”

by Rob

I recently read the book “Just Mercy- A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. It is a book that opened my eyes. It is too easy to sit in my own comfort zone. This zone often includes my home, my family, my friends, my city, my church, my community, and the list could […]

Patience in the Midst of “Failures”

by Rob

Patience, patience, patience. When it comes to pursuing goals, it is hard for me to be patient especially when I have this notion that running into any obstacles means that I have become a “failure” and that it will be harder to accomplish my goals. In the past two and a half years repeatedly I […]

Reflections on an Old Carol

by Rob

“The angel Gabriel from Heaven came His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame ‘All hail,’ said he, ‘Thou lowly maiden Mary, Most highly favored lady, Gloria!’” For a lot of people, the subject of Christmas music is a pretty sticky one. Everybody has their own rules about when the consumption of Christmas music […]

Called to the Present

by Rob

I have always been someone who questions my purpose. Most of the time, whether it was a volunteer position or a job, I would start to question what I was doing and start looking for something new and what I thought was “better” a little before I had been there 2 years. I felt that […]

Counter-Cultural Hospitality

by Rob

One person has stated that hospitality is resistance.  In a world that caters to the rich, uber-gifted and best looking, true Biblical hospitality is a prophetic voice.  When the larger empire disregards and dishonors certain persons, small acts of respect and welcome are powerful gestures of a greater Kingdom!  The apostle Paul commanded the Christian […]

Whom Shall We Fear?

by Rob

Several years ago, I spent a summer working as an intern for a children’s ministry, helping with a summer Vacation Bible School program. During a daily session, one of the leaders was giving a message about fear, and asked kids to shout out some things that frightened them. Amidst the greatest hits being shared by […]

Walk Humbly and Speak Love

by Rob

Every year on Thanksgiving I sit at a table with family and close friends and we declare things we are thankful for. I think this is a terrific exercise and we should incorporate more of this into our daily lives! I am thankful for my family, for my home, for my education, that I have […]