This blog post is about my friend Scott, but it’s really more about the exquisite nuances of life that we have shared. I use the word “shared” but it was mostly Scott doing the sharing with me. He’s that kid in the sandbox who finds a cool toy buried somewhere and let’s you play with […]
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I have an announcement: I’m headed into “a new frontier”. I’m taking my blogging elsewhere. That sounds mean but that’s not what I mean. I’ve narrowed my audience to blog only for people in education. So, I am sad to move on from a2zhope but this decision comes from signs of growth in a particular […]
This Sunday I went to church for the first time in my new hometown, Washington DC. I am seeking a church that is small, bible-based, socially progressive, strong community outreach, and close to home. While in the past I have retaliated against the idea of “shopping” for a church, I had to start somewhere. So […]
- Rob MattoxIn the book of Esther there was no menti
When I consider the title of this post, I think of some pivotal moment in time that changes the very future of events. The “chance meeting”, the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, etc. And I think, in a small way, I experienced a “For Such a Time as This” event in Thailand recently. The story goes something like […]
We finally opened up Pilgrim House in July 2014. Hurray! At times I’ve felt overwhelmed thinking that now that we’re open we’ll be actually caring for the pilgrims that come to Pilgrim House. This has been the goal all along, of course, but these days the burden of caring for other people – hearing their […]
- Rob MattoxFaith- it seems like you just opened the
What do you hope for your kid? My wife Elizabeth and I are adopting a 16 year old boy on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. His name is Calvin Giles-Stewart. I want to write out his story sometime soon but this blog post is about a father’s hopes for his son. (in no particular order) I […]
- JoelHaving two sons myself, I thought a lot
Sometimes I get questions about “a day in the life of a missionary”. What do you do all day? I figure the forum of A2Z Hope is a great place to write a little about that. The short answer is… everything. At least for this stage of the game (and probably for much of the […]
Individually Sourced Beauty – this idea that God made me beautiful and all I need is an attitude of contentment in God’s gift to capitalize on it – it finally CLICKED for me. After months and months and months of trying to peel back layers of the broken self-esteem machine of the fashion and beauty […]
What is my role to play in the horrific scenario staged by Boko Haram in kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria? . We are all familiar now with the story, which has in recent weeks begun to fade from US headlines. On the night of April 14, militant members of a terrorist extreme Islam […]
- JoelLily - Awesome post, I love it! It's so
“My momma said a lady ain’t what she wears but what she knows…” – India.Arie, Video “Individually Sourced Beauty” has become my mantra. When I walk through Target to get duct tape and I pass the beauty aisles, I chant, “ISB, ISB,” to myself. If I have friends who are talking about getting pedicures this […]