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March On, My Soul

by Rob

As I review my journal of the past year and a half it could only be described as bleak. Since my husband died last May, I’ve taken to processing thoughts in a diary. Well thoughts might not be the right word. It’s more like passing emotional kidney stones or violent hairballs. Help me, I write. […]

Stop Holding Your Breath

by Rob

If you are involved in ministry in any capacity, you have certainly heard about burnout.  We work or serve others because God calls us to and many of us have a desire to serve and build significant relationships for the sake of the kingdom of God. I have seen people who had an ardent desire […]

We Are The Beloved (Inspired by Nouwen)

by Rob

For most of my young adult life, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I wandered around from opportunity to opportunity knowing it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I’ve always believed in the idea of a vocation. Maybe that has to do with my Whitworth education or my passion for ministry. But no […]

Foundationally Humble?

by Rob

Let me just start by confessing that I’ve written this blog three different times. Why? Because I’m a closet perfectionist and arrogance is a champion at masquerading itself. On the upside, I’ve been learning a lot about irony, as I’ve had to screen my blog(s) about arrogance for the very kind of arrogance I intend […]

Under The “Big Tent”

by Rob

This summer Immanuel officially became an active affiliate of the Evangelical Covenant Church. It was a really big deal for us. The process was sometimes straightforward and easy, but other times fragile and halting. If it were a dance, sometimes it was wonderfully rhythmic, but sometimes it was clumsy with a generous portion of stepping […]

Why Do We Worship?

by Rob

Psalm 95: 6-7 “Come, let us worship Him. Everyone bow down; kneel before the Eternal who made us. 7 For He is our God and we are His people, the flock of His pasture, His sheep protected and nurtured by His hand. Today, if He speaks, hear His voice.” How and why do you worship? […]

A Prophetic Response to the Freeman School Shooting

by Rob

This post is in response to the recent shooting at Freeman High School just south of Spokane: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/sep/13/shooting-reported-at-freeman-high-school/#/0 School shootings are painful reminders that things are not how they should be. And when our sense of equilibrium is challenged by such an event, our responses reveal the brokenness of our world and of our own […]

LOOKING IN THE DIRECTION OF OTHERS

by Rob

On Saturday I went to lunch with my family for about two hours and I didn’t have my phone. You know what happened? Nothing. The world kept spinning; I was actually able to speak to my family without the lingering feeling in the back of my mind that I should pull up Facebook or check […]

ARE YOU HELPING JESUS?

by Rob

A little bit about me if you don’t know: my mother is white (Russian parents) and my dad is Mexican. My dad came to this country illegally after his mother passed while giving birth to his brother. My dad, as the oldest, was tasked with helping his dad with the other 9 kids and my […]

FEAR BREEDS HATE

by Rob

I’ve been struggling this past week with what happened in Charlottesville for many reasons. To start, I am a privileged white person – someone who grew up in a wealthy and primarily white conservative community. I have not be persecuted, abused, demeaned, shot at or killed for the color of my skin. I don’t know […]