Giving fear the boot…

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - GandalfYes, but to decide wisely, I'll need to give an eviction notice to that squatter who takes up residence in my soul again and again.  He comes in uninvited, and his presence casts a shadow over everything, but especially over tomorrow.  Staring into the darkness that is the future, or even pondering what's happening in the present, out there in the shadows, he paralyzes us.  He settles in and then slowly, silently, be … [Read more...]

The Sabbath

Everything about this time of year points to the simple reminder that we're called to rest.  The deciduous trees shed their colors, going out in a blaze of glory before resting.  The "raised beds" which provide for families so marvelously all summer are covered over, and the soil rests.  The alarm goes off in the morning and, if we've the liberty to do so, we open ours and see the dark, turn over, and catch more zzz's.I come home from days of meetings in the summer, and often want to go do a li … [Read more...]

Yoga…The Christian Om’s dilemma

Here's the article that got the ball rolling.  Pastors are chiming in all over the web, so there's a sense in which I'm not sure I could add anything to the discussion.  On the other hand, it appears to me that some critical pieces are missing from the discussion, so here are what I consider to be some critical observations:1. The Christian life is about Jesus Christ.  It begins with Him, invites us to live in Him, and will move history towards a time when His full reign will saturate the un … [Read more...]

Yoga…The Christian Om’s dilemma

Here's the article that got the ball rolling.  Pastors are chiming in all over the web, so there's a sense in which I'm not sure I could add anything to the discussion.  On the other hand, it appears to me that some critical pieces are missing from the discussion, so here are what I consider to be some critical observations:1. The Christian life is about Jesus Christ.  It begins with Him, invites us to live in Him, and will move history towards a time when His full reign will saturate the un … [Read more...]

Jesus Freak: Don’t Miss the Point

One of the books I'm reading right now is refreshingly pointed in reminding me that Jesus came to break down dividing walls.  Listen to some quotes:"...the laws of religion, then and now, thrive on our need for outcasts.  They codify who's in and who's out, what's a right day for healing and what's a wrong one, who's pure and who deserves to be struck down with a disease that makes the untouchable."In contrast to this, the author does a marvelous job of articulating how Jesus' life runs in e … [Read more...]

Belayed for life…

4:30 AM. I'm awake, packed, and walk into the guest room where I nudge my son Noah.  "Wake up.  Climbing time!"  Once conscious, he too is up and packed, so that we're on the road, by 5AM, cruising northward for an hour before stopping for breakfast at Denny's.7:00 AM.  We leave the Denny's parking lot just as the sky behind the Cascades to the east is brightening, as we drive together up a road we've driven hundreds of time, only this time is a time unlike any other.  In the past, we were on t … [Read more...]

Hitting the wall and breaking through it

I love the Old Testament, mostly because it provides me with an amazing picture of what it means to walk with God. Israel's journey out of slavery, through the wilderness, and into the land of promise is filled with lessons and examples for us as we move from the slavery of our shame, failures, addictions, and fears, into the heart space of rest, peace, joy, and hope.  One of the things we learn from Israel's journey is that everyone faces barriers, and that getting from the "here" of bondage to … [Read more...]


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