Minute by Minute: My plan to get through 2014

I was recently asked to define self-care. The first thoughts that came to me were the typical answers: a massage, a day totally off work, exercise, sleep. All good examples of self-care. However, as I went deeper, I realized that every time I am intentional about something, about ANYTHING, I am … [Read More...]

How to Christmas #3: Be the adult in the room

Family situations can put us right back into our childhood roles. We walk into the house or pick up the phone hoping that those on the other end will have grown¬–they will have stopped the passive aggression or the guilt-trips or the emotional abandonment. But likely, they haven’t.One thing tha … [Read More...]

How to Christmas #2: say thank you

The older I get, the more Grinch-y I am at the beginning of the holiday season. The decorations just seem to be more chaos in the midst of my unfolded laundry. The cards and gifts are names on a list that I’m trying to get done before it’s too late. The extra church services take energy away from acc … [Read More...]

How To Christmas #1: Listening to Christmas Music

I'm talking about transcendent Christmas music, not Last Christmas by Wham, which seems to come around on my car radio every two songs these days.Songs like For Unto Us from Handel's Messiah or Born on a New Day by the King's Singers or Bach's Magnificat or just about anyone's version of Lo, How … [Read More...]

What San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala and Bend, Oregon have in common.

On the shuttle at the San Francisco airport today, I sat next to a woman headed home to Oregon. In the few moments we shared, we chatted about where we'd been and where we were going, sharing a moment of connection in our day of travel.I would never have done that three years ago.I grew up … [Read More...]

with gratitude to Dallas Willard (1935-2013)

The sermon discussion group got all riled up about the word “saved” in Acts 2:47 this morning when they read, “And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” There is so much baggage to the word “saved” that many of us associate with certain versions of Christianity: those … [Read More...]

What San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala and Bend, Oregon have in common.

On the shuttle at the San Francisco airport today, I sat next to a woman headed home to Oregon. In the few moments we shared, we chatted about where we'd been and where we were going, sharing a moment of connection in our day of travel.I would never have done that three years ago.I grew up … [Read More...]

with gratitude to Dallas Willard (1935-2013)

The sermon discussion group got all riled up about the word “saved” in Acts 2:47 this morning when they read, “And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” There is so much baggage to the word “saved” that many of us associate with certain versions of Christianity: those … [Read More...]

Curating Transformation

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another. Seth GodinI have had the privilege of quite a bit of reflection time this month on the cusp of a few months while our head of staff goes on sabbatical.I have been pondering the heart of my role as … [Read More...]

Post-sermon Anxiety

When I lay my head on the pillow after a Sunday of preaching, my most common worries are these: Did I make it too easy? Did I wrap up the message too tight? Was there someone there whose life is falling apart that felt excluded from the good news?Yesterday my sermon was full of good news. I … [Read More...]


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