Reading matters: What’s on your list?

I'm convinced, more than ever, that our lives are shaped by two things:1. Revelation2. Our response to revelationA lot of revelation in our lives is pre-determined.  We don't choose our families,  the nation in which we live (usually), and all the cultural taboos and mores that go with those inheritances.But it's also true that, as we grow older, a great deal of the revelation in our lives is the product of our choices.  We choose our friends, the media we digest, and what we do with our … [Read more...]

Reading matters: What’s on your list?

I'm convinced, more than ever, that our lives are shaped by two things:1. Revelation2. Our response to revelationA lot of revelation in our lives is pre-determined.  We don't choose our families,  the nation in which we live (usually), and all the cultural taboos and mores that go with those inheritances.But it's also true that, as we grow older, a great deal of the revelation in our lives is the product of our choices.  We choose our friends, the media we digest, and what we do with our … [Read more...]

First Resolution: five options for five minutes of prayer

Life, it seems, is coming at us faster than ever.  Longer hours at work, more stress, commutes, repairs, exercise, relationships, and endless social connections that encourage us to remain linked in, with updated status reports and timeless tweets - add it all up and life can feel like a video game.  It's coming at you and you're reacting.  Reacting, though, is much different than living.  When I'm reacting, I end up preaching because I'm expected to say something, rather than because I've som … [Read more...]

Good News…Great Joy…All People

Over the past two years, the church I pastor in Seattle has invested well over 300 thousand dollars in providing clean water for villages in Africa.  We do this through the excellent work of "Living Water International" because they don't just provide water, they provide it "in Jesus name."I hope you'll pause now and celebrate with me, as you look at this brief video that offers thanks to Spilling Hope  (look, especially, at the 2nd half, with specific messages to Bethany Community Church), w … [Read more...]

Christmas Vacation: filling hospitality with joy instead of tension

Looking for a better way of being together than "Christmas Vacation"?  read on:"Dwelling" is a great word. It can mean the space in which we occupy our lives: "My dwelling was built in 1928, and leans a little bit downhill" (true statement). Or, it can mean something we do: "we'll all be dwelling together this Christmas, 8 of us, a full house!" (also true).There's also a third way to use the word, and it's tucked away in a prayer of Paul's where he asks that "Christ would dwell in (our) … [Read more...]

Truth Sandwich: The bun matters

This Sunday I'll be teaching from the timeless story of the shepherd's encounter with angels, and their visit to Jesus.  Having been a pastor for 26 years now, there's a special challenge to preaching during this season.  I've done everything: Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, Elizabeth's pregnancy, Herod's jealous genocidal slaughter of children, along with all the classic texts.  But really, after 26 years, is there anything new to discover?Always.  This week I've been pondering how tru … [Read more...]

3 Snapshots reveal: “The Value of Showing Up”

In the past three weeks, I've been reminded often that one of the greatest things we can do to make our lives meaningful and significant is to just keep showing up.  I was privileged to be in Germany when a good friend, Peter Reid, was celebrating his 50th birthday party.  About 10 of us gathered around a big table, beginning at 4:30 in the afternoon, with conversation continuing until well after midnight  (I love European parties, which consist, so often, of just food, drink, and excellent wide … [Read more...]

What to do with your extra Tunics

Blogging has allowed me to meet people from all over the world, and I'm happy to introduce one of them to you in todays guest post.  Joshua Becker is a blogger who is deeply involved in his church on the east coast, and writes a marvelous blog called, "Becoming Minimalist", filled with challenging and encouraging thoughts about living simply.  I hope you'll check it out.   Here's his advent contribution to Fibonacci Faith.  Thanks Joshua! John the Baptist had an incredibly unique ministry. As was … [Read more...]


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