Family Life

A Glorious Reunion: Why We Keep Coming Back

We first met in a Beijing hotel—every one of us jet-lagged, but thrilled nonetheless to be making this long-anticipated trip. I remember our first meeting as if it were yesterday. On that morning in March of 2012, Peter and I took our seats in a circle with a dozen-or-so other couples and a few of… Read More A Glorious Reunion: Why We Keep Coming Back

Family Life

Why I Roar: In Support of the Three Lions

Guest Post by Peter Worrall Last Saturday at 9:45 a.m., I was reeling in agony on Gary’s sofa.  My stomach seized, and I felt nausea grow. I grabbed a throw pillow and squeezed it to my chest. I still had an hour to go of watching England in the World Cup quarterfinals. England’s Maguire had… Read More Why I Roar: In Support of the Three Lions

Writing & Communication

5 Reasons to Join Us on This Journey

Wow! The This Odd House blog turns 5 this month! Can you believe it? I sure can’t. But here we are—celebrating what-feels-to-me-to-be a significant milestone.   Anniversaries are a perfect time to reflect. So if you’ll indulge me, I’ll do a bit of that… I created this space in July 2013, at the beginning of… Read More 5 Reasons to Join Us on This Journey

Family Life

When We’re Torn Between Two Places

Guest post by Peter Worrall I am being pulled through green hedgerows backwards. I have a rear-facing seat on the 14:42 from Exeter St. David’s to Plymouth. The Devonshire hills, the trees, the shrubbery and the grass are well watered and verdant. Life flourishes here. I once flourished here. I’m a Devon boy come home for… Read More When We’re Torn Between Two Places

Family Life

How to Have a Happy Holiday

In America, we call it a “vacation”—those few weeks each year when we leave work and home behind. We “vacate” our regular routine and take up temporary residence in another locale. We sometimes escape to a peaceful place for rest and refreshment. We sometimes hurry off to an amusement park or a cruise ship, seeking… Read More How to Have a Happy Holiday

Spiritual Formation

#HumanJustice and the Healing that Jesus Brings

Early last month I had the privilege of speaking at Moody Bible Institute’s annual Founder’s Week conference. The theme for the afternoon sessions was “Human Justice,” but the conference organizers also wanted to make available copies my book Pierced & Embraced: 7 Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ. As I thought about the connection between… Read More #HumanJustice and the Healing that Jesus Brings

Spiritual Formation

Hope in the Midst of Difficulty: Part 2

Guest Post by Peter Worrall This is the second half of the Day One chapel message that Peter and I shared with the Moody Bible Institute student body last month.  Before you read it, I encourage you to pull out your Bible and read Lamentations chapter 3.    I (Peter) first turned to Lamentations 3… Read More Hope in the Midst of Difficulty: Part 2

Spiritual Formation

Hope in the Midst of Difficulty: Part I

On Friday, January 19, Peter and I had the opportunity to address the Moody Bible Institute community during our “Day One” chapel. “Day One” is a special day when prospective students and their families visit Moody to help determine whether or not God is calling them to come and study with us. Peter and I… Read More Hope in the Midst of Difficulty: Part I

Writing & Communication

A War of Words: What the Current MBI Crisis Can Teach Us All

For our most recent date night, Peter and I went to see Darkest Hour, a movie that retells (and reinterprets) the story of the early days of Winston Churchill’s time as the British Prime Minister. (Spoiler alert.) Hitler’s army has defeated Belgium. It has almost brought France to her knees. And Hitler has his sights set on… Read More A War of Words: What the Current MBI Crisis Can Teach Us All

Spiritual Formation

We’re Reading Romans!

The crazy start of the school year and the exciting book launch for Pierced and Embraced have prevented me from doing much personal writing here at This Odd House.  However, over the summer God led me to start another sort of writing ministry over on Facebook. Back in June, I felt Him nudging me to share… Read More We’re Reading Romans!