Married and…Foster Parents

rMarried and...Foster Parents

Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in our “Married and...” series where we will interview couples from all walks of life. It is our hope that you are encouraged by the stories of people who have similar journeys as you, who share the same dreams you have, who face the same obstacles you do, and who can remind you that your marriage isn’t the first one to experience the … [Read more...]

The Power of My Husband’s Encouragement


So, so many things compete for our attention daily—work, home, church, children, laundry, and even Facebook. For women, motherhood alone can become so consuming that it can be easy to ignore, or inadvertently overlook, the things that God is calling us to do because there’s just so much on our plates already. If anyone knows the power of a husband’s encouragement towards … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Young Pastor

Confessions of a Young Pastor

I am a young pastor, 34-years-old, first church (though I would love to stay here a lifetime). Seven years have passed as pastor, and I have been loved well by my faith family. Sometimes—actually, almost every time—the acts of love most meaningful to my wife, Cole, and I were those which people most underestimated. Here are three acts of love which we’ve observed and from which … [Read more...]

When Obedience Means Walking Away from a Steady Paycheck

My Jonah Experience

Three Christmases ago I was in a Cracker Barrel, fist-pumping near the roaring fireplace as I read a long-expected email on my phone. The email was from a job prospect which promised an exit from my role in a large Fortune 50 technology company and back into more ministry-related work. I would be able to keep a corporate-world salary, but I would be interacting with some of the … [Read more...]