The Symphony of Creation, or debates about the manuscript?

I've been approached for two weeks in the past three after speaking in my church, with specific questions from people about the age of the earth.  They want to pin me down on whether the earth is 6000 years old, or six billion years old, and the ones doing the pinning are convinced they know the right answer.  I've studied young and old earth theories, and the gap theory, and have come to the conclusion that God wasn't trying to tell us how old the earth is in Genesis one and two.  Because God is … [Read more...]

Memorable Meals… and the others

Last night my wife and I were home alone for the first time in quite some time.  We ate in our backyard, which has grown to be a forest over the 15 years we've been in Seattle.  With steaks, mushrooms, green beans, grilled onions, and a bottle of wine, we ate together.  We spoke of the past weeks; graduations, kids moving home, kids moving out.  We spoke of the future, of our marriage, of growing older.  The sun sets through the leaves of vine maples, while birds herald the close of the day with … [Read more...]

Memorable Meals… and the others

Last night my wife and I were home alone for the first time in quite some time.  We ate in our backyard, which has grown to be a forest over the 15 years we've been in Seattle.  With steaks, mushrooms, green beans, grilled onions, and a bottle of wine, we ate together.  We spoke of the past weeks; graduations, kids moving home, kids moving out.  We spoke of the future, of our marriage, of growing older.  The sun sets through the leaves of vine maples, while birds herald the close of the day with … [Read more...]

Bad Calls and Hell: Soccer teaches theology

If you're an American and you care about the World Cup at all, you know about the third goal in our game last Friday; the non-goal; the disallowed goal.  The blown call has the whole soccer world up in arms because it was such an obvious breach of justice.  The ref's  Wiki page was defaced within minutes of the blown call, and there has even been a revival of discussions about the use of video replay in soccer, because it's obvious to everyone that it's a better game if officials get the call ri … [Read more...]

Guest post: Leaving as Following

This coming Sunday, as we begin a new series at my church, I'll be sharing about the tension between being sojourners and settling down. Adopted, itinerant, and always looking beyond the horizon, I feel as if it's taken my whole life to learn the value staying, and continuity, and place.  Now, just as I'm starting to get it, my oldest daughter is leaving, moving to Europe for "awhile", in response to God's call on her life.  Ironic isn't it?  I'm learning to settle as she's picking up her tent an … [Read more...]

The Liberating Power of One

As I'm reading along in the II Kings 17, I come to this little phrase, "The Songs of Israel did things secretly which were not right, against the Lord their God".  I put the Bible down, feeling like there's something important in the air, something that needs digesting.  I've had countless conversations over the years about the disillusionment and bitterness that grow inside people because it is eventually discovered that there's a Grand Canyon of distance between the leader's private life they l … [Read more...]

A favor please?

Many thanks to those of who took a moment to answer the survey!  I've gathered enough feedback (or all I can at the "free" level of survey monkey) so it's now closed.I've finished a new book about hope, and I'm presently working with the publisher on finalizing a title.  It would help me a great deal if you'd take a moment to fill out a survey it would help my publisher and I make a decision.  I'll tell you more about the book later, but for now, we're trying to discover what title is most in … [Read more...]

Fries and Fast Cars…the problem with oil

As the oil spill in the Gulf approaches its two month anniversary, we who read widely find ourselves swimming in an ocean of commentary on the tragedy.  There's enough blame to go around, it seems, as suddenly the tea party is begging for big government to step and solve the problem, and Obama is looking for someone to kick because, of course, it's the corporation that's to blame.  It's what's missing in the blame game, however, that's most tragic of all:  a sense of personal re … [Read more...]


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