Eat the watermelon, spit out the seeds. Cherry pick the good stuff. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Buy the trail mix, only eat the chocolate (or maybe that’s just Matthew). Regardless of how it’s said, we human folk have an understanding of the word discernment – take what is good and FILTER… Read More FILTER | SPONGE | FUNNEL
Though standing in the foyer of the middle school where our church-plant meets, we found ourselves in a familiar situation we haven’t encountered for awhile. It came during a conversation with a lady we had struck up a conversation with while getting coffee. It progressed though all of the usual “nice to meet you” questions… Read More Just Like Riding a Bicycle
Learning organizational culture or community standards is a core element of moving into a new apartment building, accepting a new job, or meeting your significant other’s family. We do it all the time. So it is special when something from this acclamation process stands out. When we were preparing to move to Slovakia – our… Read More Put Down the Carving Knife
I (Amber) had a conversation with one of my interns a few weeks ago that really helped me understand a few things about obedience to God, what following him requires, and what that looks like. My intern asked me if I thought that Matthew was being obedient to “the call” on his life by coming… Read More Knowing and Obedience
With her Maternity Leave concluded one month early, Amber is back at work today after almost a year at home with the little humans. It’s going to be an adjustment for all of us. Today is the first day of this adjustment. So far, so good. When Amber accepted this job, one she identified as… Read More Call me Mr.Mom – I Dare You!
With “Sochi problems” trending around the world, the conversation about Russia (and by extension the Slavic world as there seems to be a misconception that all Slavic cultures are Russian-esque) hasn’t moved much beyond stereotypes. Admittedly, the number of athletes that have flown off alpine courses is alarming and the Ring of Steel is imposing,… Read More Why You Don’t Get Sochi
Basements are odd places. Often a peculiar mix of livable and functional space, they house play rooms, odds and ends, that thing from Grandma we’re not ready to part with yet but don’t want to display, VHS players, and our Christmas tree (unless of course it’s Christmas and the tree is out and about). This… Read More The Basement Matters