Colors… and “The Colors of Hope”

We could ponder beauty together, asking why these colors inspire, or sooth.  We could talk about God's faithfulness and the beauty of season changes.  We could talk about light, and how the same tree looks so very different in the morning than the evening.  But we won't.  Instead I'll just note that because all of these were shot within walking distance of my house, I consider myself one of the most blessed and fortunate people on the planet!  Enjoy!Oh - and there's one more... do you … [Read more...]

Colors… and “The Colors of Hope”

We could ponder beauty together, asking why these colors inspire, or sooth.  We could talk about God's faithfulness and the beauty of season changes.  We could talk about light, and how the same tree looks so very different in the morning than the evening.  But we won't.  Instead I'll just note that because all of these were shot within walking distance of my house, I consider myself one of the most blessed and fortunate people on the planet!  Enjoy!Oh - and there's one more... do you … [Read more...]

Holistic: The Relationship of Spirit and Body

Most expressions of American Christianity have roots in Pietism, which means that we're good at expressing the importance of being made right with God, good at explaining the need to born again. This is our strength, and I'm glad because it's step one, foundational for all eternity, and for all transformation. "We must be born again," is how Jesus put it, which means that we must be born of the spirit.  The problem with Pietism, though, is that it often stopped right there, failing to address … [Read more...]

Holistic: The Relationship of Spirit and Body

Most expressions of American Christianity have roots in Pietism, which means that we're good at expressing the importance of being made right with God, good at explaining the need to born again. This is our strength, and I'm glad because it's step one, foundational for all eternity, and for all transformation. "We must be born again," is how Jesus put it, which means that we must be born of the spirit.  The problem with Pietism, though, is that it often stopped right there, failing to address … [Read more...]

Cup of Tea Party – or Cup of Water in Jesus’ Name?

I was listening to the news this morning on the radio and heard some snippets of Michelle Obama's appearance yesterday in Olympia, WA, stumping for Patty Murray's re-election to the Senate for another six years.  I thought about the Patty Murray ads I've watched over the past two months, as well as those from her opponent, and realized that in both the cases, the plea for my vote is based on one declaration: "I'm not as rotten as the other candidate." The Elephants and Donkeys are paralyzed to … [Read more...]

Big ears and a small mouth…a verse to live by

There are lots of things in the Bible that elicit debate.  Some people see economic justice as a primary theme while others see personal renewal.  Some see a young geophysical earth while others integrate evolutionary theory with the Genesis narrative.  We argue over sexual ethics, and whether yoga is an acceptable form of recreation.  We argue over just how far Christ's claims reach into our lives, as Christians turn up their noses at each other because they're drinking fair trade or are "too ha … [Read more...]

The roots of peace: Eternal Perspective

Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field; when the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.This is one of the most liberating verses in the Bible.  When I began college, right after my dad had died, I was intent on "making my mark" on the world.  I didn't want to die and be forgotten, so I pursued architecture, believing that by designing space for others I'd be remembered in this world.  Of course, I couldn't tell you the name of the pe … [Read more...]

The roots of peace: Eternal Perspective

Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field; when the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.This is one of the most liberating verses in the Bible.  When I began college, right after my dad had died, I was intent on "making my mark" on the world.  I didn't want to die and be forgotten, so I pursued architecture, believing that by designing space for others I'd be remembered in this world.  Of course, I couldn't tell you the name of the pe … [Read more...]


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