Our Stories

Somebody shared this quote with me recently: “God, give me patience and compassion for people who sin differently from me.” I appreciate that take on viewing other people’s messes. Instead of being like that Pharisee in the Bible, “I thank you, God, that I’m not like other people” (Luke 18:11), it acknowledges...
Recently, one of my fellow chaplains shared a discussion she had in a Bible study at the jail. The ladies were all wondering about the expression upon Jesus’ face, and it got me thinking — just what did people see when they looked at Jesus?   For instance, what did Peter see when he stared into the face of Jesus walking...
Natasha was a young woman I met in the psychiatric wing of the hospital. She was born in Russia and when she was a little girl her father died, her mother was sent off to prison and she ended up in an orphanage. Thankfully, a Christian family from America adopted her soon after. Whether or not it was from all the trauma she experienced as a little...
When I first met Jason in October of last year, he was just a few weeks away from his 28th birthday. According to Jason, between juvie (juvenile detention), county jail and state prisons, he had spent nearly half of his life incarcerated in one institution or another. His entire life seemed to be going in the wrong direction.   More...
“I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms …whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle …These were all commended for their faith …God had planned something better for us so that only together with...
Holding up his Bible, Billy blurted out, “None of this makes any sense! I just can’t understand any of it! I don’t understand what I’m supposed to be getting out of this! I don’t even understand what love is!” As Billy continued pouring out his heart in our Bible class, giving voice to years and years of...