Fight Club

Fight Club

Right. Left. Right. Left. Hook! We were in the church basement, practicing our punches with a North London boxing trainer. We were surrounded by painted nativity scenes, old sound systems, and random Sunday School craft supplies. And we were surrounded by a vision. It’s the vision of a city pastor who is committed to reaching […]

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Losing Home Field Advantage

For the past five years, Bec and I have had the advantage of being on our own turf. We’ve been able to establish a culture, a set of norms, and young people have come to us to learn and be trained. But now we find ourselves in a different environment, where we don’t get to […]

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To the “Green and Pleasant Land”

I blame Monty Python. I was introduced to this craziness in high school, with the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and first learned the basic vocabulary and humour of our allies across the Atlantic. My love for history and legend would draw me further in, to learn everything from King Arthur and his […]

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The Courage to Continue

This post is part of a series on my family’s next adventure. If you want to see where it all began, start with my last post, Why I Love Spain… and Why I Have to Leave. And now, the “What.” I’ve written before about Global Adventure, a charity we’ve created to provide an initiation experience […]

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Why I Love Spain… and Why I Have to Leave

We moved here in 2009, and since then, we’ve trained and led over 120 young adults who were looking to launch into new lives on the mission field, in the business realm, in creative media, and across a wide range of fields.

Virile Agitur - The Manly Thing Is Being Done

Virile Agitur

Every three months, I lead a hike to the top of a nearby mountain with the men in my community. This month, I thought the routine was getting a little stale, so we picked a new route: Off trail, straight up a rock slide.

Finding the mini-battles

Finding the Mini-Battles

What is it about men that makes them seek out ways to do difficult things together? I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a Tough Mudder. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, the Tough Mudder is an obstacle course/race/mud run/half marathon/pain machine. It is seriously intense and […]

What's in YOUR Go Bag?

What is in Your Go Bag?

The CG shows up at my door, there’s an urgent need right now somewhere in the world, I am the only one that could do it, et cetera… So yeah, it’s corny, but blame my sub-conscious, not me.

Sorry, but there is a church in the Wild.

CHURCH IN THE WILD. New Church, Part 2.

Sorry Jay-Z, your song has a dope beat, but I know there’s a church in the Wild. Admission: I’ve become an Easter and Christmas church-goer. ¡Gasp! I know. As someone basically raised in the church, attending every meeting and helping my parents before and after every service, this is a huge confession. But “the church […]