2014: The Year We Move to India

Emily and I have been on the down-low for a while. This year, the holidays were more significant than ever. As we sat around the Amberg dinner table at Thanksgiving, I realized this could be the last time in quite a while that I taste my mom’s savory hash-brown casserole. As we were leaving the…

Year in Review

For those of you who missed our 2013 Year in review, here it is!

Adventus Four

In the time since I wrote my last advent poem, the news has once again erupted in a new skirmish in the culture wars. I keep finding myself sucked into these articles about Phil from Duck Dynasty being homophobic and A&E being intolerant. I tell myself I’m not going to read them but them I…

Adventus Three

I was surprised an honored this week to learn that a friend of mine read my last advent poem as a worship piece during a time of communion she had with her church group. It’s an unexpected joy to just to know that someone out there is reading, but even moreso an honor to know…

Adventus Two

After reading my Advent Poem last week, my mother-in-law sent me a message pointing out how rich this season is. One of the things she mentioned was that, even though most people assume the old Carol “Joy to the World” is about the birth of Jesus, it’s actually about his second coming. Read the lyrics…

Adventus One

I don’t normally post poetry (or creative writing of any sort, really) online, but I’ve decided to make an exception. You see, I love Christmas, but I love more than just the day; I love the Christmas season. I love how everything just seems lighter in the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. People become kinder. It’s…

On Persecution…

You may have seen a certain graphic floating around the internet. It’s a flow chart entitled “Are you being persecuted?” and it pokes fun at the tendency we in the evangelical camp tend to have to claim persecution when someone does something as simple as wish us “Happy Holidays.” I saw it myself recently, chuckled…

Your No is Her Hope

Let’s talk about porn. Let’s talk about it because politicians, pastors, and parents don’t talk about it. They don’t talk about it because they don’t know it’s an issue. The internet wasn’t around when the Baby Boomers were young, so pornography was that dirty little secret that only a few people had. But for Millennials,…

My Last First Date

I’m interviewing for a pretty fun-sounding writing job on a dating ideas and advice blog. I wrote a sample article for them and, well, I liked it so much I wanted to put it up on the blog! Here it is…   First dates can be a nail-biter for anyone but I’ve luckily found myself…

Heroes: The McPhersons

I was never particularly close to Jon and Ashley McPherson. I volunteered at children’s church with them on Sundays, but what I didn’t know was that they would do something that would alter the course of my life forever. Back in 2009, I was looking into what I could do after college. I had been…

Heroes: My Mom

If you’re like me, you salivate every time a superhero movie comes out. Maybe you even read the comics because, hey, it’s cool to be a nerd now-a-days. I love superhero stories because I can see so many pieces of God’s story– our story– in them. I love watching Iron Man overcome his personal demons…

Changing What Mission Means

When I first began to follow Jesus as a high school student, I was dying to lead someone else into a relationship with Him. The way I saw it, I had been given a precious gift so I had to pay it forward. It wasn’t anything I had to do in order to win favor…