Our New Normal

I had every intention of regaling you all with our Christmas exploits. The decorations were just the beginning.

Our city holds a Christmas festival every year, Christmasville, and I wanted to share how much fun it was, especially for our four year old.

I wanted to talk about Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God Christmas concert that has become a tradition for our family.

I even wanted to talk about how awesome the new Star Wars movie is.

But all of those things got trumped the past few weeks by this:

Marshall Foxes


I wrote, back in October, about how God is telling a bigger story. It’s not just our story that is being written but also that of the team and the ministry at MTSU (and, ultimately, it’s God’s story). It seems that the story has ended, or at least the chapter has. The team that was working there and those of us who were still working towards that goal are now being redirected elsewhere.

For us that means our goal is no longer the city but now the mountains of West Virginia.

Marshall University is our new assignment. We have mixed feelings about the change, but they’re mostly positive at this point.

Marshall is, in many ways, very different than MTSU. It’s a smaller school, both in size and student body. The student demographic is different as well. Most of them are from in state and many of them are first generation college students. While MTSU had a lot of music majors, Marshall has a great forensic science degree.

But there are similarities too. The main one being that they, just like every college student ever, wrestle with questions of identity. Who they are. Why they are here. What they are going to do for the rest of their lives. And what does God have to do with any of this?

And that is why we’re growing more excited about this change every day. For some people, God gives them a heart for a specific place. But for Brandi and I, God gave us a heart for college students. It doesn’t really matter where, just as long as we can come along side them and help them figure out the answers to those questions.

So, that’s what’s new for us.

Christmas lasts until Jan 6, so you still may see some of our activities chronicled but until then;

Merry Christmas!


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