Go and Do Likewise

“Where are the homeless in Collin County sleeping tonight?” A community-minded church member asked me this one day as we prepared for a winter night below freezing. She sat on the Homeless Coalition of the county and was often leading and participating in efforts of justice and transformation. The question changed me. It changed me because I didn’t know the answer. I didn’t even know where to start. It changed me because it forced me to think outside myself and frankly, outside the walls of the church. The question stopped me in my tracks and opened my heart and sense of compassion for all of God’s people.

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My Own Strength or God's Grace?

I was eighteen. The word was tough. My dad was having a heart attack. This word interrupted my Senior Year abruptly. We soon learned he would recover physically, but my world was broken. I remember going to worship the Sunday after and melting like a puddle at the communion rail. Something had dramatically changed in my life. I couldn’t fix my dad. I had a choice. Would I continue to find my identity in my own strength and power or lean into the faith I knew by heart?

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