I Don’t Get Bruce Jenner

I wrote about transgender people a little while back. In recent months I’ve felt God leading me toward greater empathy of transgenders. I still don’t fully understand the transgender experience, but then I’ll never truly grasp the straight experience or blind experience or Braves fan experience either. The more stories I hear, though, the more puzzle pieces slide into place. The more I see the humanity in transgender people, the more I see the humanity in all of us. There’s hardly a bigger name right now, transgender or otherwise, than […]

The Girl Who Sings “Oceans” by Hillsong United

Ever since I posted a revamped Hillsong United countdown, some of the most popular Google searches leading to my blog go like this: who sings oceans hillsong what girl sings oceans hillsong united who is the lady singer oceans hillsong So, to answer the question that myriads have been asking the Internet: her name is Taya Smith. She is known around the world as the girl who sings the Hillsong United mega-hit, “Oceans.” The song recently made history by becoming […]

My OneWord365 for 2014: Hunger

If you go on The Twitter, you’ll find the nifty hashtag #OneWord365 that many twitterers across the globe have embraced in lieu of traditional, bulleted, often impossible-to-keep New Year’s resolutions. OneWord365 trains you to view your upcoming year through the lens of a single word and to simply live out each of your 365 days to the fullest extent of your OneWord365. Here’s how my OneWord365 for 2013, IDENTITY, shaped my year: I wrote a book that examined and exposed the […]

This Is Who I Am

Hey guys. I have a confession to make: It’s been a rough week. I’m not sure why, exactly; God’s been so good to me. I’ve been picking up considerably more hours at my new job (did I ever mention I got a new job??), and it’s honestly been fantastic. I love the atmosphere, I love the people. I love everything about this new job — rediscovering financial freedom included. And yet, I can’t help feeling I’m missing something. Isn’t life […]

SEEK WEEK in Review: God Isn’t Enough

Two weeks ago, my church commenced its annual autumn tradition. It’s called “Seek Week,” a week-long “festival” of fasting and, well, seeking God. Seeing ROCKHARBOR’s five Orange County campuses unite at one location for five consecutive nights was such fantastic foreshadowing for the future: people of all churches, all nations, all cultures, all ages and eras uniting in passion and purpose. I’m so glad I finally got to take part in this year’s Seek Week. I fasted and focused on God in ways […]

IDENTITY: My “One Word 365” Summer/Autumn Check-In

Seek Week is over — a phenomenal five days of fasting, prayer, solitude, community, worship, and sincere soul-searching. A week of identity. If I could sum up my first Seek Week in a single word, it would be just that: identity. It was clearly my theme for the week, and lest I forget, it’s also my “One Word 365” theme for the entire year. I think I had forgotten. The last time I checked in with a One Word 365 […]

IDENTITY: My “One Word 365” Spring Check-In

My “One Word 365” for 2013 is identity, and it’s time to check in for the spring. Though it’s technically not even spring yet, recent events beckon this post. My one word for the year makes perfect sense given my upcoming little-holds-barred book. Also, the Indian name I received at camp last summer has taken over my blog, my life. My identity. Traveling Golden Trout. Since camp ended in August, I’ve been wearing this blue bracelet etched with my new […]

One Word 365: Closing 2012 and Christening 2013

Happy 2013! I’m certain nobody — on the Internet especially — has wished you a happy new year yet. So let me be the first to wish such gleeful tidings upon you. Even though we’re now a week into this new year. Better late than never, right? For faithful followers of my blog, y’all know I’ve not been blogging with as much regularity in recent months as the many months prior. My writing apathy has paralleled some spiritual apathy, which […]