Tea & Truth

Proclaim Liberty

July 3rd, 2017 Some people are loud. It’s a fact. God has blessed them with good lungs and the ability to project. My coworker is one of these people (you know who you are). I, however, typically fall on the opposite end of the spectrum. I frequently speak too quietly to be heard, and have…

Peculiar Treasure

June 26, 2017 As I read the Old Testament, I’m amazed by how many times the Israelites fell away from God. He rescued them from the Egyptians, but they worshiped other gods. He chose them as His “peculiar treasure” (Exodus 19:5), and they created idols. He delivered the Canaanites into their hands, but they chose…

Dad Knows Best

June 15, 2017 Fathers often take on a near legendary persona in the minds of their young children. After all, no kid ever yelled on the playground, “My mom can beat up your mom!” No, the misguided status of warrior hero is a mantle most fathers must unintentionally bear, and it’s not hard to see…

The Sharpest Weapon

June 12, 2017 When my mom and I adventured through Europe after I graduated college, our first destination was Amsterdam. We walked along the quaint streets, keeping watch for rogue trams and bicyclists. Elm trees shaded the bricked facades of Dutch Renaissance buildings overlooking quiet, houseboat-lined canals. It was hard to imagine that a mere…

Changing Times

June 5th, 2017 Smart phones. Drones that deliver packages. Cars that drive themselves. Family Radio’s new logo. Times, they are a-changing! And like all change, it gets met with mixed reviews. Some change is great, and let’s face it: who doesn’t like the idea of not having to parallel park for themselves? On the other…

Giving All

May 29, 2017 Freddie Stowers, an American corporal in the United States Army during World War I, gave his all to serve our country. On the morning of September 28, 1918, his company attacked Cote 188, a heavily-defended hill in Ardennes, France. The battle raged, but the Americans steadily gained ground. Soon, the Germans surrendered,…

May Flowers

May 22, 2017 Days of winter gloom blew away a long time ago. Dreary clouds have cried the last of their April showers. May flowers spread their petals to embrace the spring. These days, the sun beams warmly, pouring a healthy dose of Vitamin D over me. After months of winter lethargy, I finally have…

Life with Mom

May 15th, 2017 Mothers. Where would we be without them? As babies, we kept them awake all night and all day with our endless cycle of tears, feedings, and diaper changes. Then we smiled, and all was miraculously forgiven. As toddlers, we found our boundaries and pushed. Hard. Usually in the middle of the grocery…

Hiding in Haarlem

May 8, 2017 Seven years ago, my mom and I embarked on a grand European adventure. We hopscotched across the continent visiting lands we’d only ever pictured in our imaginations. Our first stop was the home of our ancestors: The Netherlands. The quaint town of Haarlem greeted us with fairy tale charm. Cobblestone streets strayed…

Persecution & Prayer

May 1, 2017 One morning on my way into work, I followed a car with an ichthus decal on it. You’ve seen them – that fish symbol that Christians drew in the sand during the Roman Empire to show that they were believers during a time of heightened persecution. Now it’s a popular adornment on…