• Encountering Jesus

    There’s something about encountering Jesus. When we’ve seen Jesus for who He really is, we can’t help but be changed. Some worship and others riot, but no one walks away from an encounter with Jesus unchanged! It’s all over the New Testament: *The crowds hear Him teach, and they’re astonished. *They see Him perform miracles, and… Continue Reading

  • On Suffering

    Now that we’ve got four (!) little ones, I’m knee deep in children’s books. When you’ve got multiple kids you end up reading the same books over-and-over again for years (just when one kid outgrows a book, the next one wants to start reading it).  One of those books that I’ve read hundreds of times… Continue Reading

  • A Story from Lavrio

    I challenge you to read Jihan’s story and put yourself in her shoes.  She is a Syrian refugee in Greece’s Lavrio Camp – a refugee camp outside of Athens. LAVRION CAMP, Greece — Jihan is one of millions who have fled the violence in Syria. A mother of two, forced into exile. Like many, she… Continue Reading

  • Beyond Karma

    There’s something about the idea of karma that we just eat up. We love these kinds of stories (jerks getting hit in the head with hockey pucks, criminals getting caught in the act, etc.). But I’ve noticed something: I go too far with it. Soon enough I don’t just want the promise of some future… Continue Reading

  • New Testament Context

    I’ve been up to my neck in ancient texts and commentaries over the past few months. It’s been tough work, but so rewarding. Since March I’ve been reading in preparation for a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program that I’m beginning at Northern Seminary this summer. Although it will mean a lot of hard work, I’m excited to start this new adventure.… Continue Reading

  • Ellie Grace

    With great joy we introduce Eleftheria (Ellie) Grace Sanner!  She was born on Wednesday (7/2) at 11:33 am: 7 lbs., 13 oz.; 20.5 inches. Kristin and Ellie are both home now and doing great. Thanks for your love, support, and prayers!

  • Shaped by Grace

    I spoke recently at LifePoint from 1 Peter 1:10-21 (see text here).  You can listen below, or download the Mp3 here (right click – or control click – to save).

  • A Day in the Life

    A day in the life of Lisa, one of our former teammates back in Athens.  We continue to love and pray for the ministry in Athens!   Could you spare a moment now and pray for the staff and ministry of Helping Hands, the countless refugees who pass through the ministry center, and for more… Continue Reading

  • Give Him Your Normal

    “In 2001, Gary and Peggy Ifft lived in Bloomington, IL. They had normal jobs, a normal home, a normal life. Then God called them out of the normal and into His mission.” [See Moving Works, Lifesong for Orphans, and Misgana Ministries for more info.]   What might God do with your normal?  Maybe God is… Continue Reading

  • Hotspot: South Sudan || Ceasefire

    Please continue to pray for the conflict in South Sudan (see previous updates from December and January).   Here’s an update from friends serving with Impact South Sudan (or find them on Facebook), as well as portions of a report from the BBC. As of this morning the news is that the Government and the Rebel leader have… Continue Reading

  • What’s Your Dream

    I love Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  I have the luxury of being forgetful… and without a regular reminder, I would easily forget just how profound was the life of Dr. King. No, he was not perfect; but his life and message are challenging and his courage is inspiring.  Below is a re-post from 2009, a selection… Continue Reading

  • The Refugee Project

    I stumbled upon this somewhere in the Twittersphere (note: probably my first and last time using that word).  Very interesting data, representing countless stories of heartbreak and courage.  Do check out “The Refugee Project.”  Every day, all over the world, ordinary people must flee their homes for fear of death or persecution. Many leave without… Continue Reading

  • In Their Shoes

    Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes can change everything.  Here are two great media resources to help put yourself in the shoes of a refugee.   1 – A friend connected me with this powerful, interactive “refugee experience” from The Guardian newspaper (UK): go ahead, put yourself in their shoes.  What would you do in… Continue Reading

  • Hotspot: South Sudan (Update)

    Join me in praying for South Sudan (backstory)!   Peace talks between rebel and government leaders are underway (in a nightclub – yes, that’s true). Here’s an update and synopsis from friends working with International Teams:   Dec. 15, 2013 Uprising begins in Juba the capital of South Sudan. Dec. 16, 2013 – Jan. 4, 2014… Continue Reading

  • Putting Our Treasure on Display

    “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we… Continue Reading

  • A Great Light

    For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  – 2 Corinthians 4.6 Today we celebrate Epiphany (more here).  While the Eastern and Western churches celebrate and articulate this holy day a bit differently, here’s… Continue Reading

  • One Day At a Time

    Welcome to 2014!  I’ve already failed at being a better person this year (I’m the worst of sinners – especially before my first cup of coffee)… so my only resolution this year is to be thankful for Jesus!   As 2014 gets rolling, I’m reading through the Bible this year.  It’s been a few years… Continue Reading

  • Christmas Pics

    It’s so fun to create family memories together over the Christmas season.  Here are a few snapshots from this past week.  What Christmas memories did you make this year?

  • Advent: A Great Reversal

    I spoke recently at LifePoint from Luke 1:46-55; 2:17 (see text here).  You can listen below – or download the mp3 HERE (right click – or ctrl click – to save).