Category: Displacement

  • Fire and Smoke

    Fire and Smoke

    There is an icebreaker question used in small groups: “If your house was on fire, what three things would you rescue?“ The sunlight began creeping down our broken blinds, making  its way into the late Sunday afternoon.  I laid on the sofa exhausted, eyelids dragging.  There was a pile of dirty laundry upstairs in my room, waiting…

  • Counting the Cost Part 2 Pseudo Devotional

    There were some moments during dental school when I wanted to [insert extreme and irrational self-destructive or escapist behaviour here]. I would then reread my dental apps personal statement, wonder “HOW COULD I POSSIBLY BE THE SAME PERSON WHO WROTE THIS? WHAT AM I DOING HERE? AND WHY ARE THERE SO MANY OTHER THINGS I…

  • Which Is Easier?

    Which Is Easier?

    [Guest reflection on health and illness from Scott M., aspiring healthcare professional.] Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to…

  • An Exhortation from Pastor Fred

    The late Pastor Fred once counseled a younger pastor who was deeply frustrated with his people in our community who could never seem to “get it together”. “Why don’t you just love them like the father they never had?!” The love of the Father gives us an identity, a calling, and a reason not to…

  • Floss in 2014

    On my 0.3 mile walk to and from work each day, I pass by endless amounts of litter. It is disheartening to say the least. However, there have been two incidences when I noticed someone threw their mini flosser thingy on the ground and each time I was elated. Someone actually flossed around here! Hallelujah!…

  • What if I Left the City?

    [Deeply thoughtful post from Deborah M, following up her other pertinent question, “Is it safe?”.] This spring and summer, I dated a guy who I liked quite a bit, who also happened to have his heart set on leaving the city of Philadelphia for greener pastures.  This naturally led me to start asking questions about…