On oldies

I've heard it from a number of my age peers. And the number of classic rock radio stations in the U.S. bears it out.Boomers love the music of their youth.Of course, there's nothing new about nostalgia. (Pun intended.) I remember my parents grooving on 1950's and pre-Beatles 1960's pop music, and my grandma enjoying Lawrence Welk interpretations of Sinatra and Crosby songs popular during her own salad days. Nostalgia is a filter made of cotton candy that strains out the awkwardness, mess and … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #4 – Noah

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture chronologically in order to explore the themes of exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, go to the “Blog Categories” pull-down menu in the right column of this screen and click on “Pilgrim’s Road Trip”.J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “Not all who wander are lost”. Pilgrims w … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #3 – Babel

I posted this creative take on the Babel account (below) from Genesis 11:1-9 last February, but it bears repeating here as I continue my chronological journey through Scripture exploring the themes of our identity and experience as exiles. My goal in this series is to offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our exile wanderings so we journey as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, go to the “Blog Categories” pull-down menu in the right column … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #2 – Cain

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture chronologically in the coming year, exploring the themes of our identity and experience as exiles. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, go to the "Blog Categories" pull-down menu in the right column of this screen and click on "Pilgrim's Road Trip".J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “Not all w … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #1 – Goodbye, Eden

We live as exiles. We're called to be pilgrims.I hope to journey through Scripture chronologically in the coming year, exploring the themes of our identity and experience as exiles. I'll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, "Not all who wander are lost". Pilgrims wander with a purpose, an internal homing device that pulls them Homeward. Every exile account in the Bible contains an … [Read more...]

Emptied himself of all but love

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Review: Booked

When I was a young parent building a library of kiddie lit for my children, it dawned on me that I'd heard bits and pieces of the Good News long before I first read the Gospel of John during high school. I learned about faith and redemption from Grimm's fairy tales like Little Briar Rose, Snow White and Rose Red, the Fisherman and His Wife, Cinderella and Rapunzel. I learned about the power of love to triumph over evil by reading Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time. I learned about … [Read more...]


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