Why Are Your Friends Important For Your Soul?

Not too long ago, I was struggling with making good friends. Let me rephrase that. I was struggling with making friends, and in turn, settled for not-so-good friendships. At the time, I had no idea just how much these so-called “friendships” were affecting my own actions and the state of my soul. The New Kid […]

Offer It Up

Hello and welcome to Beyond the Pew! Today we are talking about the phrase “offer it up.” Many of us, when we were kids, heard that phrase when we stubbed our toe or scraped our knee and our parents would say, “Offer it up!” But what does that phrase actually mean? What are we offering? […]

The Greatest Adventure

We are humans. We are people of adventure. Just about all of us can look back to our childhood, when our imagination was endless. We were able to turn monkey bars into vine ropes that swing over lava. The pit of colorful balls we had to swim through became a pool of piranhas, just a […]

Serving Up Some Love

This past week was very stressful for a good friend of mine, who we’ll call Bob. Bob became homeless, despite working tirelessly day and night.  Unfortunately for Bob, he spent almost half of his life in prison, which means that few people want to hire him, and few people want him living in their apartment complexes.

When Everything Is Awful

No matter how many good days you have, how many wonderful friends are in your life, how great your relationship with God is going, how perfect your job is, there will be days when it feels as if everything is crashing in around you and you just don’t want this particular life.

Ça Va Aller (It Will Be Fine)

From June to November 2013 I lived in Burkina Faso, a small West African country nestled between Mali, Niger, Ivory Coast, and Ghana. It’s a very tiny country, the size of Colorado. It’s landlocked and as a result of that, very poor. It’s considered to be the third poorest country in the world, and the […]