Gene Week

There was a gathering at the ranch in Baker City all the googly-eyed neighbors came out to gawk What in the heck was going on over THERE? Boyz were tossing washers & the girls were playing football – in their prettiest dresses There were prayers And laughter Plenty of that Because laughter comes easy in [Read More...]

How to Live a Great Love Story Vol. 3

Falling in love is a dangerous thing anytime. I suspect it’s even more terrifying when the public is watching, and about half of your fan base is single women who may be secretly hoping that God has saved you solely for them. And maybe a handful of fellows who feel the same, if statistics about [Read More...]

Holler of the Holies: The Hillbilly's Sanctuary

My buddy Gordon took this photo on April 16, 2007. I know the date because we had just crossed over the Holston River in his red truck when the DJ on the country radio station stopped the music for breaking news. “There’s been a shooting at Virginia Tech,” he said. 32 people were killed. Dozens [Read More...]

Recap from Homefront 911

I was at the Old Church in Portland for this event. Roger and the lovely Jean came out. Thank you. So great to see you both. Don’ t you just love it when we get to meet up in for real life?  (Still looking forward to that moment when I met the folks across the [Read More...]

Give more, worry less: A Christian perspective on the Stock Market

I was somewhere between The Dalles and Hood River when I first heard the awful news. It was shortly after 2 p.m. PST. My immediate thought was that I ought to turn the wheel a hard right and drive straight into the Columbia River.  (Okay. Just kidding about that. I wanted to make sure you [Read More...]

Hiking Eagle Cap

The first time I went hiking, I was 22 years-old and the mother of a one-year-old. Tim took me to the Eagle Cap. It rained the entire first day. My hair, which was braided, still wasn’t dry two days later. My father-in-law, bless his heart, had told me to beware the bears. Since I had [Read More...]

In Praise of Purple

Come see, she said. The lavender is in bloom. How many personal invitations do we receive each day to behold a thing of beauty, but overlook in our rush to do life better? Yes,  there’s work involved in creating such fragrant fields. It’s an experiment in creation, this planting and harvesting of purple. ‘ Oh, [Read More...]

What would Jesus do if..

The experts who keep track of these things say the church is losing its relevancy to today’s generation. Well, if that’s true, it’s no wonder. Why is it they never teach you in church how to deal with real life problems? You know, like how to calm a colicky babe? Or how to mix grout [Read More...]

What will our answer be?

Have you noticed a total absence of follow-up news about the shootings in Norway? Weird isn’t it? We have such a bi-polar media. It obsesses for months over the mom of a murdered child. (Notice I didn’t say it obsessed over the murdered child, because there is a difference, and I think the emphasis from the [Read More...]

Julia Roberts & Me

Did you see the news story about ads for L’Oreal’s make-up being banned in Great Britain because of complaints that the photos were “overly airbrushed”? Seems like it ought to beg the question of what’s “acceptable airbrushing”? The whole point being that the product advertised does not actually give anyone — not even the airbrushed [Read More...]

One of our own boys

The salts of the Pacific dried on their skin as they huddled together at the hospital, still clothed in their beach shorts and hoodies grabbed in a hurry.  They spanned the ages of 13 to 30. Inland children, every single one of them raised among rolling fields of wheat and low-lying acres of watermelon. The [Read More...]

Portland's Old Church: August 5th

You’ve heard how nearly 10 years of war is affecting the troops. Homefront 911 tells the stories of the families left behind. Drawn from actual accounts of how the war is coming home, these original monologues speak to – and from – the heart of the American Homefront.  Powerful, personal, and provocative, Homefront 911 is [Read More...]

A Marriage Turned Sour

The Husband: Stoic. Thinks everything through. Can’t make a decision. Avoids controversy. Walks away from a fight. Spends all his free time playing basketball, drinking beer, running with his homies. A bit of a Peter Pan, who refuses to grow up. Buys what he wants when he wants it, but complains they can’t afford it [Read More...]

In these tears

For Zane’s family… and friends… Because in the flood of grief, we need the reassurance. [Read more...]

Were demons involved?

I keep thinking about those kids, don’t you? They ran for the forests, and the water, screaming, clinging to each other, as they tried to find someplace, anyplace that would offer them safe shelter from a crazed gunman. Now that gunman — Anders Breivik — wants his day in court.  He wants to explain to [Read More...]


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