S.U.P.

Every year, around the time of my birthday, I try to make a point to do something on my bucket list.  For example, on my 21st birthday, I went sky diving and for my 25th, I went on a hot air ballon ride. I really don’t like talk without action. I don’t always want to…

Serve the City

There was a college student I once knew who was, for the most part, your typical 20-something. She had a full load of university classes, was working two part-time jobs, trying to balance homework and time with friends and keep up with her share of her chores at the apartment she shared with her roommate.…

Butterflies and Blackberries

I am currently in Bobbio Pellice for our annual all-european summer staff conference. Never heard of Bobbio Pellice? Well… “It’s where Jesus lost his shoes.” This is my first time to this corner of Italy and it is absolutely stunning here. The weather has been great, the time connecting with friends and colleagues refreshing. This…

Hesitation

Recently I hesitated… it’s one thing to hesitate when you are pulling out into traffic or in deciding whether or not to make a big purchase but this was different… It was lunchtime on a holiday and the small town I live in felt like a ghost town. I had gone for a walk and…

Church Buildings

I don’t know why but some of my greatest epiphanies come while I am in the shower. Today’s epiphany? Buildings were never meant to be called “church”… Sure, tens of thousands of buildings in the world are referred to as church buildings; they are dedicated places where people gather to encounter God and those who…

Stuff

I just returned from a trip to Portugal a few days ago. Three days ago, to be exact. It was a great trip on the whole. I really enjoyed those I met there for the first time while also reconnecting with colleagues who I’ve met at previous conferences. Alan and Deborah Hirsch were the keynote speakers and…

From The Kitchen Of: Felicita Fichera

The first time I tried my friend’s homemade Sicilian pesto was about a year ago and I have been wanting to share it with you here ever since. It’s super easy and incredibly delicious, just be sure to use fresh, good quality ingredients. Fresh ricotta cheese is a very common ingredient here. You can find…

Guilt and Grace

The following second-hand banana story was written by my mom, Monica Burney. As she says, this story is a great reminder of how much God loves to bless His children and for me, it is also a fresh reminder that: guilt and grace are like water and oil. They don’t mix.   Satan loves to…

Epiphany

epiphany ɪˈpɪf(ə)ni,ɛ-/ noun the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12). a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.   Today is a holiday in Italy. It is Epiphany or “Epifania,” the celebration of the wise men coming to worship the Christ-child. Sometimes I can be really slow…

A Team Effort

My recent trip to the States was a team effort to say the least. Two of the star players were my older sister and my very dear family-friend, Michelle Ule who wrote the blog post below. Between rides to the airports, taking me to see my grandparents, hosting an open house, orchestrating gatherings with friends…

How Santa Is Like Jesus

Years ago, while listening to some classic Christmas songs, the thought occurred to me that Santa and Jesus have a lot in common. I was listening to songs like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” I grew up learning about Santa from songs like these and from watching classics Christmastime…