Being a Disciple of Jesus

“You must be Youssef and Afaf’s son.” Growing up, I heard this all the time. It definitely was not because of our similar appearances, as I looked very different from the rest of my family; I might as well have been adopted. Maybe it was certain mannerisms, figures of speech, or behaviors I had picked …

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The Joy of Bearing Fruit

Growing up in the Sorial family, there are two things I came to expect from my father: Church was a Priority: Rain or shine, blizzard (Michigan), tornado (Texas), or earthquake (California), we would be going to Church, standing as a family, and worshipping God. A Family Garden was Not Optional: Coming from a small village …

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When Tragedy Strikes

It seems like literally every time I look at the news these days, it is covered with horrific images from tragic events, such as France, Egypt, Brussels, Orlando, Dallas, France (again), and so many more.  Unfortunately horrific acts of violence and hate have become so commonplace that the news stories seem to almost blend together, …

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Rethinking “Sham el-Nessim”

I wanted to wish all Egyptians a Happy Sham el-Nessim. For those who celebrate it, here are some things to keep in mind:   1. EGYPTIAN NATIONAL HOLIDAY: This is an Egyptian national holiday that always falls on the day after the Coptic Orthodox Christian Easter. The festival was originally celebrated by ancient Egyptians (Pharaohs) more than …

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Sweaty Sprinkles

After getting home a few days ago from playing basketball, I was dripping in sweat but still wanted to make sure I kissed my kids goodnight before they fell asleep.  When I went in and found them snug in bed, I tried to hug and kiss my 6-year old son when he responded “Dad, you’re …

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