8 Days a Week

I met a homeless lady outside the Newberg Fred Meyer the other day. After talking for a while, I asked her, “Do you mind telling me how you became homeless?” She replied, “Of course not because I’d rather be homeless than return to my previous life.” At first, I thought her statement was odd, but…

The Special Tree

Nate was an only child who grew up without a father. He lived with his mother who worked two jobs in order to keep food on the table. From the time Nate was in Kindergarten all the way through middle school, he would always get picked on by older boys. Every day when he got…

Treadmills & Dumbbells

Yesterday, Chunky Chandy placed her used treadmill for sale on LetGo. Shortly after, her neighbor Flabby Frank placed his used dumbbells for sale on Craigslist.   The following morning, an overweight woman showed up at Chunky Chandy’s house. After asking Chunky Chandy a few questions, the woman bought the treadmill. At the same time, a…

Pudgy Patrons

I recently heard about a gym owner who wore a tight shirt that read, I’m a Fitty! and he would hand out fliers to pudgy patrons at the local pastry shop.  He told these pudgies if they were to come to his gym, their bodies would change, and they would receive a free shirt like…

ASSume

For months, I’ve seen an elderly man at my Starbucks. For months, I assumed he was homeless. For months, I assumed he was a little slow. Today, I learned how wrong I was. Today, I had the opportunity to listen to him. Today, I learned he was a POW for three years in 1967. He…

Why Question

I’m occasionally asked the age-old question, “Why did God allow _________? First, I don’t believe anyone has a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. I know I don’t. Last week I was talking with a guy in jail who is staring down the barrel of 25 years in prison. As he was pouring out his heart,…

Extract

In the movie The Book of Eli, the story revolves around Eli, a nomad in a post-apocalyptic world, who is told by a voice to deliver his copy of a mysterious book to a safe location on the West Coast of the United States. Later in the movie, while Eli and Solara are captured, Carnegie…

JCA

During the summer of 2016, I wrote a book which was inspired by a str-angel (stranger angel) I met at Starbucks. He told me, “I believe the reason why the church today doesn’t look like the church in the Bible is because His followers today don’t know what He said.” (If someone were to ask…

Simply Visit

Why is it so difficult to embrace simplicity? What if it really is that simple? What if the things we’re hoping to see aren’t happening because we’re making them so difficult? If someone is hungry __________. If someone is thirsty __________. If someone is a stranger __________. If someone is naked __________. If someone is…