Tanner Kalina

Tanner Kalina served as a campus missionary with FOCUS for two years at CU in Boulder, Colorado. He loves Jesus, and he loves writing words, and he particularly loves writing words about Jesus. He currently serves with the Avodah Collective, helping survivors of sex trafficking to heal, while studying to get his Masters in Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Becoming a FOCUS Missionary: Was It Worth It?

I want to begin with a disclaimer: this isn’t my “You need to be a FOCUS missionary!” advertisement. I’m not getting paid to write this. I have 700,000 other...

What Are the Things That Make a Man?

Daniel Craig’s smooth-talking bravado. Brett Favre’s Levi-wearing athleticism. Ryan Gosling’s hair-flipping charm. These are the things that make a man. Right? C’mon. St. Peter’s power-preaching authority. JPII’s communism-defeating courage. Pier Georgio...

Living Out Your Catholic Faith After Graduation

Graduation is an exciting time. The parties, the job hunts, the liberation from lectures. Oh! And the sleep! Praise God for the extra sleep. But then. The big bad real world...

A Call to Artists Pt. 2

Dear Artist, Praise God for your skill. Praise God for your passion. Praise God for you, Dear Artist. Praise God for your redemption. In a world strife with tension and confusion,...

A Prenatal Guide for Jesus’ Birth

Can you imagine the baby shower Mother Mary threw for Jesus? What a jammer! Auntie Elizabeth, pregnant herself, would have brought the creamiest triple chocolate cake. Joseph would have...

Your Social Media Is Not Your Identity

Before joining FOCUS, I was an actor in Los Angeles. As an actor in LA, your Instagram isn’t just your Instagram. It’s your headshot, your resume, and your credibility,...