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…

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…

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…

Embracing Tension

Here is the definition of “paradox” according to the Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary: paradox /ˈparədɒks/ noun  : something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible : someone who does two things that seem to be opposite to each other or who has qualities…