Jonathan Trotter

God Bless America! (and other dangerous prayers)

by Jonathan Trotter on July 1, 2017

I love America. I love her mountains and her National Parks. I love her North Atlantic coastline and her national anthem. I love her freedom of speech and her universities. As an attorney, I especially love her Constitution and her history of Law. God bless America! But that’s a dangerous prayer, because often, with the […]

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The One Question We Must Ask

by Jonathan Trotter on June 11, 2017

It’s a simple question, carrying with it the power to clarify purpose and extend longevity. It’s a question that buttresses against the nasty cousins of burnout and bitterness. It’s a question we need to ask more often. It’s simply this: “What is it that I really need?” We’ve got to start asking our cross-culturally-working-selves, “In […]

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It was an accident!

by Jonathan Trotter on May 3, 2017

I never wanted to be a writer. Ever. My first article for A Life Overseas was only the second article I’d ever written. Seriously. But God retains his sense of humor, and I retain my sense of gratitude. I’m grateful for the leaders of the site who gave me the bandwidth, and I’m grateful for you, […]

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Facebook Live with Jonathan & Elizabeth Trotter

by Jonathan Trotter on April 12, 2017

Hey there! Elizabeth and I “went live” yesterday on the A Life Overseas Facebook page, and it was so great to connect with so many of you! We wanted to share the video with you here, along with some topical time-markers so you don’t have to listen to the whole thing…  : ) For the […]

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Laughter as an Act of Rebellion

by Jonathan Trotter on April 2, 2017

“There are times when the most effective way to teach a certain truth is by laughing very hard.” G.K. Chesterton, as described in The Bookman (1912)   There are times when laughing very hard is brave defiance; a dare to the darkness impinging. Satan, the lying burglar, loves to steal joy. But Jesus, the rough-hewn […]

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Living Well Abroad: 4 Areas to Consider

by Jonathan Trotter on March 6, 2017

My day job here in Cambodia is serving as a pastoral counselor. In a typical week, I meet with clients from Asia, the Americas, Australia, Europe, and occasionally Africa. And whether these clients are missionaries, NGO workers, or international business people, they’re all trying to figure out how to live well here. In Cambodia. I […]

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The Gift of Grief and the Thing I Heard in Portland

by Jonathan Trotter on February 10, 2017

“If we honestly face the sadness of life in a fallen world, then only our hope in Christ can preserve us from insanity or suicide.” – Larry Crabb That’s an intense statement, and I sort of choked when I read it for the first time. But the more I chew on it, and the more I […]

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In 2017, Get to Know Some Dead People

by Jonathan Trotter on January 3, 2017

It’s a noisy, noisy, noisy world out there. If you’ve got an internet connection, you have access to a screaming torrent of opinions and crises and politics and yummy recipes for some no-bake-easy-prep-3-step-totally-awesome-cheesy-enchiladas. And that, my friends, is why we need dead people. Some time ago, I decided that I needed to balance my reading […]

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Your kids aren’t going to remember what you get them for Christmas. They’re just not. At least I don’t. My mother died when I was a teen, my dad when I was in my early twenties. And when I think of the holiday seasons with them, I remember them. I don’t remember their gifts. I […]

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It’s Not All About War: Balancing our Kingdom Rhetoric

by Jonathan Trotter on November 3, 2016

How we motivate people to care about cross-cultural missions matters. Should we try to motivate people to care about cross-cultural missions? Should we try to motivate people to do cross-cultural missions? Yeah, I think so. But when our talk of Kingdom and Mission skews too much to an emphasis on war and doing battle, people […]

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When God Won’t Give Me What I Want

by Jonathan Trotter on October 11, 2016

Is he really a “good, good Father”? We sing it often enough, and truth be told, I really like singing and talking about the good character that our Abba Father indeed has. But sometimes it sounds like we’re desperately trying to convince ourselves. Because sometimes we doubt. And no wonder. Because sometimes we ask for […]

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Go to the small places

by Jonathan Trotter on September 4, 2016

There are three places that make me feel very small. Standing at the edge of the sea, watching the never-ending motion as water is pulled by the unseen and unrelenting forces of gravity and wind and planetary motion. Standing at the foot of a mountain, pondering the historical shifting and breaking that pushed stone into […]

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