Toby Kurth is the head pastor at a church in San Francisco called Christ Church SF. I randomly came across one of his sermons via podcast and discovered his thoughtful, comprehensive, and straightforward style of preaching. He also reminds me a bit of Senator Marco Rubio in his communication style. Anyway, one of the recurring themes […]
There are some woods near my office that I occasionally go trail running in. Despite the muddy conditions, I really enjoy being immersed in a mostly unadulterated natural environment. During a recent run, I caught a glimpse of a large woodpecker flying from tree to tree as I passed by. It’s bright red crest was […]
We love people that seem to “have it all together.” We often gravitate towards people that exude beauty, success, and independence. We follow them on social media, quote them, buy their products, and try to emulate them. We try to project the attributes we admire in these people to others in our lives.
Sudan, The Congo, Syria, Iraq, and Myanmar are just a few the dozens of countries that the world’s refugees identify as their homeland. Displaced by war, famine, and persecution, these people have fled hundreds of miles searching for some semblance of stability. Staying in their homelands means certain death. Leaving presents risk and uncertainty. They […]
A lot of people who fast do so for religious reasons. In fact, the official definition of fasting describes an abstinence from food or drink often done as a religious observance. Fasting allows these people to increase their focus on the spiritual matters of their lives. Other people may fast so for health reasons so as to […]
I started skateboarding at 12 or 13 years old, which was 4 or 5 years before suburban America’s skatepark boom. While my town didn’t have a skatepark at the time, there was a public outdoor park about 45 minutes from my house. There was an indoor skatepark about the same distance away. While my dad […]
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, yet it’s only a 90 minute flight from one of the wealthiest areas in the world, South Florida. If you travel to the capital city of Port-Au-Prince, you won’t see the same massive divide between rich and poor that you see in other large cities in […]
A few years ago, while I was still in college, I was down in Houston, TX doing hurricane clean-up on spring break. During the previous fall, hurricanes Ike and Gustav tore through the gulf and did an incredible amount of damage to the Texas coastline. I will always remember touring the small bayou community of […]