Blind as (a) Karim

I'm sure you've heard the expression 'blind as a bat'. I decided to replace 'a bat' with my name. This topic of blindness has been in my line of sight (I know...great pun) all week. But, I'm different from a bat. Imagine you wake up in your room at night, you can probably make your…

7 weeks in. 7 steps in Mark 7.

February 2016 already. Can you believe it? Seriously, #1thingisneeded - never forget how quickly time passes. It feels like just yesterday, we were celebrating the new year. I didn't have like a big 2016 blog entry, but we bid 2015 farewell and paraded in 2016 with hopes, promises, and resolutions. But now, over a month has…

the little deacon that could

Preface: This is a topic dear to my heart...and I hope we can learn from it together. Growing up in a home with a pre-school teacher for a mom, children's books are all over the place. These stories are usually based around a single moral message, 1thing that the author wants the child (whatever the age - even…

Ready, BREAK!

First off - welcome to the new and improved, 1thingisneeded.com - we're now officially our own domain. Special thanks to a generous donation from my paycheck. Most importantly, its easy to tell others about...so spread the news! Happy Feast of the Transfiguration! Have you ever played football? Yes - American, hard-hitting, organized-chaos, pigskin-centered - football.…

a power(ful) mnemonic

Good weekend? Great weekend. What is greater than a weekend jam-packed with church, family, and food? Basically nothing. Christ is risen people! Enjoy the resurrection. Enjoy life. Enjoy Christ.  “I am the resurrection and the life." (NKJV John 11:25) Last week was a beautiful journey. While tempted to redefine verbosity, I told myself to put…

Welcome Mats

Well, you're back. Welcome. Either you are back to see another terrible attempt at blogging, or amidst the chaos of the last post you picked up on something that you liked. Either way, you're here now, so let's make the most of it. Coming home Tuesday I realized something peculiar as I approached my apartment…

13 in 13

It would be pretty appropriate for me to dive right in and write about Mary and Martha today. I love their Christ-centered message so very much - you already know that. But that'd be too cliché. I started the message, but something else caught my attention, so I put that 1 on hold for now.I've…