Incarnational…

As we move into the advent season, I'm looking out the window of my room, located in southern Germany, across the Bodensee lake to the shores of Switzerland, only a few short miles away.  I'm reading, "The Shame and the Sacrifice" while here in Germany, which is the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life, the German pastor who had the chance to remain in America as WWII was beginning, but elected instead to return to his homeland in order to walk with his own people through what he anticipated … [Read more...]

Defining our faith by the gear…

As I travelled from Munich to Friedrichschaffen on the train yesterday, I felt a little out of place because the truth of the matter is that I wear my outdoor recreation clothes for everything, including traveling on trains in Europe.  But Europeans don't do this.  I don't think I saw any clothing on any of my fellow train travelers labelled "North Face", or "Patagonia", or "Mountain Hardwear", other than the American (who, it turns out, was at Cal Poly the same year as me, but I digress).  It's … [Read more...]

Stray Dogs and Thanksgiving Invitations…

I wake this morning intending to skip rope in the backyard forest, but as I sip my morning coffee, the sunrise is too inviting for such confinement.  I'll run the stairs at the Aqua Theater while the sky gives me a light show to ease the pain.  As I'm jogging down to the lake, the husky pup is wandering around on the grass by the 358 bus stop and as I jog past, he attaches himself to me like I'm some sort of long lost friend.  I try to shake him off, but it's no use; he won't leave.As we get to … [Read more...]

Blind Side… good for the mind and soul

I don't know why.  Maybe it's because I like sports movies.  Maybe it's because I'm adopted.  Maybe it's because the subject of class and racial divides is increasingly on my radar these days for many reasons.  Whatever the cause, I knew that, before I left for my teaching trip overseas, I needed to see this movie.  So tonight I did.  Here's why it's high on my list:1. I like that Hollywood portrait a southern Christian Republican family in a positive light.  I've grown accustomed to the mocker … [Read more...]

Children’s Rights… everywhere except here

Remember that I'm musing here, not preaching. The purpose of this blog, at least some of the time, is simply to incite discussion. That's surely the case this time....I'm driving up the writing cabin to work on my book project, listening to NPR as I park on the interstate during the end of rush hour. It's here, about 30 miles north of Seattle, that I learn that November 19 is the 20th anniversary of "Convention on the Rights of the Child", which is a UN declaration that seeks to hold … [Read more...]

Harvesters of Light

I'm in the midst of bringing my studies in Acts to a completion, and this last section, when Paul's life shines so brightly, seems especially appropriate this time of year.  It's the time of year when, especially up north, the light drops lower into the sky and the shadows are long.  Leaves have blown away and naked branches shake.  And here in raincity  we've the added beauty of clouds creating interplays of light and shadow in an infinite array of patterns.  It's a remarkable time of year, a ti … [Read more...]

When walls fall down… lessons from Berlin

We had a German student staying at our house twenty years ago this week and together watched the stunning news out of Berlin, as people armed with nothing more than hammers and picks dismantled the wall between east and west.  We were stunned then and, as the subsequent weeks unfolded, even more so as nation after nation in Eastern Europe declared their freedom from the totalitarianism of the Soviet machine.  I was privileged to travel through east Germany shortly after the wall had fallen and t … [Read more...]

Strange Juxtapositions

The room from which I'm writing right now in Canada looks south.  The beauty out the bay window is more than stunning; the beauty almost makes me ache.  Crisp golden leaves dancing in the wind as clouds envelope Vancouver island to the east, and waves whitecap the sound, while the other sound is rain hitting the window.Then I open my computer to post, and right after I'm finished posting about his beauty, and the good God behind it, I read the news of the shootings at Fort Hood.  I don't know d … [Read more...]


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