Whose Church Is It, Anyway?

My Wacky Little Church Fantasy: Jesus Church This nutty idea is running through my head. It started in the fellowship hall at Trabuco Canyon Community Church*. Last Sunday, after service, I stood, sipping coffee from a paper cup and nibbling on a miniature lemon and poppyseed scone, chatting with Grace and Cheryl, two sisters in Christ. The topic […]

Compassion Conundrum

Ayden and Carly Riding a Pony. July, 2010. Privilege and Pinterest It’s Blog Month at Compassion International, the awesome organization for the kids of this world who don’t get pony rides. Or regular meals. Or health care. Or education. I committed to help spread the word, to lend my little corner of the interwebs to […]

Dear God: Why?

Our Sponsored Child, Samuel. He’s Almost Twelve Years Old. Rwanda.  Dear God,Please help me to understand about hungry children. Yes, I know this world You created for us is broken. We broke it. I get that. And I know that You are the God of justice as surely as You are the God of mercy.  But it’s […]

Good Tool? Bad Tool?

1988 Portrait, Damaged in 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Restored by Dad, 2012. Never Forget Your (Grass)roots “I’ve been using Photoshop,” my dad told me last year, “to restore damaged photos.” “Oh?” I commented blandly, expecting him to tell me that something had leaked onto a box of photos in his garage. “Yes,” he said. “It’s a […]

Do You Have Compassion?

Girl Selling an Apple to a Marine on a Train. Seoul. 1954. Photo by Rod Seiler. Why I became a Compassion Blogger[Compassion International is one of many worthwhile organizations dedicated to releasing children from poverty. Their programs provide access to clean water, medical care, and educational opportunities. But for me, it’s all about the food. […]