The Will of God in a Cup of Espresso

The Will of God in a Cup of Espresso

A first-year MBA student felt for years that God was calling him to "More." And to be honest, after years of schooling he wasn't even sure he wanted to be in the business world. During this time, to make ends meet, he was working at a local coffee shop making cappuccinos and americanos. One day, during a long shift, he took a break and ordered an espresso hoping it would give him the energy...

Your Dream Job

Your Dream Job

I found your perfect job. No, seriously. Hear me out. Netflix is hiring, and I'm not talking about a coding position. They're hiring what is called an "Editorial Analyst of Original Content." Which is a really professional sounding title for...

Jesus, The Resurrectionist

Jesus, The Resurrectionist

For the past year and a half, we’ve lived next to the graveyards in the Forest Hills/Woodbourne area. When your house is essentially in the graveyard district you can’t be scared of graveyards or you’d never leave.  So, I’ve had to work through some things. I’ve become more comfortable staring at death almost every day. Those gravestones are a constant reminder that I’m not promised tomorrow. They have pushed me to think about life a little differently… and do more research on weird things I see in the graveyard.

What Does Red Look Like To a Blind Person?

What Does Red Look Like To a Blind Person?

Have you ever fallen down a Youtube black hole? Yeah, you have... you know what I'm talking about. It draws you in and there is little that can break you away from its gravitational pull. Every once and a while this happens to me, and it's not always as bad as I made it sound. Sometimes I happen upon some a gem. One day while clicking through Youtube videos I found the fascinating "Tommy Edison Experience" channel.

More Scared Than I?

More Scared Than I?

Some of you may already know that before living in North Carolina, I was born and raised in Western New York. Think 2 hours southeast of Buffalo near the Pennsylvania border. I still have family in the area and so about every two years, we have been spending a week in the summer at Allegany state park for a camping trip where we stay in rustic cabins (meaning no plumbing) and just enjoy the great outdoors in between visits with family.

4 Ways a Good Meal Can Change Your Life

4 Ways a Good Meal Can Change Your Life

Our lives revolve around food. Literally, you don't eat, you die, but in the U.S. we've taken food quantity to a whole new level. Restaurants on every corner, full refrigerators, stocked pantries, supplied grocers, farmers markets on the weekends... I could keep going, but you get the point. Yet, quantity should never be mistaken for quality. Filling your belly is one thing, but eating a good meal can be life-changing. I present to you four ways a good meal can change your life.

What is a Human?

What is a Human?

There is an amazing Facebook page and Youtube channel called, "Special Books for Special Kids." The channel focuses on children with special needs. Each person is interviewed by Chris. Chris is a former teacher who wants to "use [his] platform to promote kindness and empathy." He interviews kids with Down syndrome, dissociative personality disorders, blindness, disfigurements, and more....

A Special Event This Sunday

A Special Event This Sunday

If you've visited us at Mosaic you've probably met someone from the Hopkins family. Beverly is usually near the front greeting guests as they come in, Ruthie is running around helping wherever she is most needed, and Bill is often meeting new guests and advocating for our community groups. Their story of faith is pretty incredible.

The Incredible Way God Picks a King

The Incredible Way God Picks a King

I get asked all the time, "Why are you named Ivey?" Seriously, every day of my life. It's a curse really. So, I'm going to tell you where my name comes from (and somehow connect it to King David). My official name is George E. Rhodes IV. Mostly, that name is only invoked when the role is called on the first day of class (Except, there is that one friend who calls me Gawhge in a very Boston accent, and...

Panic in Chemistry Class

Panic in Chemistry Class

Exams are never fun... even less so when you aren't expecting them. This quick story comes from my wife Allie.Allie and I got to know each other as I consoled her walking out of high school honors chemistry class. It was far from her favorite class, and I was totally ok being a shoulder to cry on. Finally, she passed chemistry...

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

I don’t know how many of you have ever seen the old A-team television series, but it was a thing when I was a teenager. Maybe you’ve seen the more recent movie based on the popular series. If you’ve seen either you probably figured out the story formula pretty quick, but if not they explain it in the open, “Ten years ago a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they did not commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade...