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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 […]

What Do You See?

by Rob

I spent some time with a dear friend, an old professor of mine, a couple weeks ago. This person has seen me through a lot of the darker parts of the last few years, as well as some of the most joyful. Consistently, though, I have witnessed him see the absolute best in people. Not […]

Christ’s Ambassador (And Plumber)

by Rob

I spent two hours unclogging a toilet this week. When Monday rolled around I had an idea in my head of how the next few days would go. I had tasks to accomplish, and deadlines to meet, but then all of the sudden, the plan that I had set for the week, was thwarted by […]

Community (In Real Life)

by Rob

Community is one of those words that when you hear it you think of something dreamy – like a group of people eating a meal and drinking wine together, where everyone is such good friends and is vulnerable but also funny and everyone is happy about their community all the time. But the truth of […]

Changing the World with the Unexpected

by Rob

In early 2012 I met with someone I greatly admired, she was a school counselor at a local middle school and from what I knew of her, she was a world changer. I had just moved up to Spokane to follow my dream of attending a Spokane University in order to obtain my Masters in […]

Purpose and Productivity

by Rob

If you don’t read any further than this first paragraph, that is completely fine, because I believe it holds an important axiom on which we are to base our entire lives as believers. It is an all encapsulating, unshakeable truth, often wrapped in cliches and Christian platitudes, and mostly diluted to the point of seeming […]