Walking on Water

For as long as I can remember, I have been terrified of water. Sometimes I blame my fear on nearly drowning as a child, other times, I claim it stems from my inability to tread water. Regardless, I can’t stand the idea of being in water over my head, and my fear only seems to...
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It Takes a Village

Life is hard, busy, and fill in the blank with whatever word you feel best describes it for you right now. Along with whatever it is, we as students are told to, “Go make the world a better place” and “Be successful” and “Make a name for yourself.” Lately, I have been questioning the possibility...
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Spring Break Travels 2018

One of the gifts of the academic calendar is the opportunity to be stewards of the “big breaks” for missional and academic experiences. I pray students will “tithe” the eleven breaks that come with a four-year degree, investing one of those breaks in a cross-cultural service/missions adventure. And many do so! Thanks be to God!...
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A Broken & Humbled Heart

When I visited UMHB for the first time in 2012, college was not even on my mind. My older sister was moving into Remschel Hall and was beginning to study to become a nurse. Bawcom Student Union and Crusader Stadium were only sparkles in UMHB’s eye (UMHB football played in Belton High School’s football stadium),...
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Go and Sin No More

The Gospels detail Jesus’ encounters with hundreds of different people. He instructs tremendous crowds, debates with scholarly religious leaders, and is even presented before powerful political rulers. He heals the sick, forgives the sinner, and calms the storm. However, of all the tales of Jesus’ interactions, none has struck me as powerfully as that of...
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Fireproof Faith

October 26, 2017. My mother’s home, which she shares with my stepdad and two brothers, went up in flames. One of my dogs made it out, but my 11-year-old mutt Killey died in the fire. The insurance company claimed it 100% loss, and with our assets grossly underinsured, the local community rallied together to donate...
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Fret Not

I appreciate people caring to know about my life, yet I find it difficult to answer, “How are you?” It seems like such a big question. How do I know what someone is really asking? Is the question really an extended form of a greeting? Is it their go-to question when talking with others, and...
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Joy and Sorrow

Death is Not Distant In recent days, the state of Texas and the nation have come together to grieve the tragic death of Harrison Brown. Harrison was the victim of a random stabbing on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. As the news spread quickly, and an outpouring of love and support...
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