Dis-what now?

Yikes. You know it's been too long since you've blogged when you can't remember your dadgum password. My profile does not remember me, either. The whole thing is moving slowly. For that matter, so am I.Discipline. What a gross word. Free association...go!  I'm betting the first words that come into your head are things like spanking, grounding, cleaning, dread, worry, fear, denial, deprivation. Punishment. Not fun, any of it. For the parent or the child, the kid or the grown-up.If you … [Read more...]

Out of the Dust

It's Katrina. It's September 11. It's the nightmare whose images fill our waking hours and make it impossible to turn off the t.v.  The world is glued to its news networks, waiting for a new word from the island ravaged by disaster.But wait. Is it a new word that we wait for? Or an old one? Are we waiting for a new story to come out of that broken place, or do we simply wait for the one we already know to unfold itself and rise out of the dust?Many would call it a sick f … [Read more...]

A Blank Page

Sometime around Christmas each year, I get a very exciting package in the mail. Its not a Christmas present from a far-away friend, its not baked goods from across town…Its my Annual Planning Guide and Calendar from the Christian Board of Publication. Now, I may not be the most organized person on the planet, and I’m not very attached to a routine; but every year when that package arrives, filled with beautiful, clean smooth blank calendar days, I am happy. I feel hopeful, uplifted, inspired, and … [Read more...]

The Old, Old Story

Every Christian preacher in the world right now faces the same challenge; race, gender, denomination and geographical location make no distinction, nor do the "liberal, conservative, mainline-progressive, evangelical" labels that usually divide us so. No, the week before Christmas, all the world's preachers do the same dance with the Holy Bible and address the same question to whatever image of God they hold dear-- how am I going to tell this story again?People of faith struggle in every seas … [Read more...]

An Air-Conditioned Arctic

Oh, the beauty of this valley in December!  Cold nights (but not freezing!) chilly mornings, mild afternoons, 50's and 60's, sunny with a crayon blue sky.  Hard to convince yourself its Christmas time, but we'll live with it.Tourists love Arizona this time of year, and its the easiest time of year to tell the locals from the visitors.  The visitors are wearing shorts and t-shirts, often even flip flops that they dug out of storage just for their trip to the desert. Residents have also been digg … [Read more...]

Shopping for Good News

Not even Thanksgiving yet, and I’ve sworn off the Arrowhead area until 2010. Which is a bummer, considering that I live there. Don’t know how I’m going to navigate the season, but I will at all cost avoid the mall and immediate vicinity. Traffic is crazy, the stores all look like Rudolph threw up in there, and people are not real plesant when you get between them and the last snowman dish towels.   Other neighborhoods all over the country have the same over-abundance of shopping centers, malls … [Read more...]

In the Twilight

If you need any more evidence that people crave something holy, eternal and life-giving, then go to your nearest movie theater and count the hoards of people in a mad rush to see the new "Twilight" movie. The intensity with which these books and movies gather followers can mean only one thing; eternity remains a deep and inescapable desire of the human soul and psyche, and if you don't find it in religion, your heart will surely seek it elsewhere. Eternity, after all, is the defining attribute … [Read more...]

New Fixtures

With the proceeds from a wedding, a funeral, and a couple of published articles, we purchased new light fixtures for our living room and kitchen.  This was not an impulse buy. Since I'm preaching abundance, simplicity, generosity, etc, in this holiday season, I'd like to qualify that I've wanted to replace these features since we moved into our home, nearly 3 years ago. So, we did not just go on a Home Depot spree on a whim. I took advantage of this extra income, (and the fact that Jeremy was … [Read more...]

Mutual Friends

Do you ever feel like some of the people you love know a different Jesus than you do?  The word "pluralistic" has taken on a whole new meaning when it comes to western religion, and it seems that, within Christianity, we are attached to a number of different Jesuses. (is that the proper plural for "Jesus?" Please advise...)I'm not going to elaborate a great deal because I know you know what I mean. You know people who share your faith--technically speaking--but when it comes to social, … [Read more...]


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