Surprised by joy? No…it’s just like God to give it!

I walked out of the forest into perfection

We'd been hiking for a little while.  Up 1000 meters, and then down 1000.  Up another 1000, and then down again.  Then up one more time, and down half way to our final night at a hut.  The huts are the Alpine alternative to backpacking.  Instead of carrying everything with you, all you need is fresh underwear, a little soap and toothpaste, and a sheet.  The hut provides you with a bed, pillow, blanket, your beverage of choice, and a meal, all for around 50 Euro for the two of us.  Of course, the … [Read more...]

Jesus is calling us cack to the present

(Good Wednesday to you - My wife Donna and I have just returned from three days of hiking in the Alps, blissfully internet free.  In my absence, my friend Ian has offered a guest post about the importance of living in the present - while you read, I'll go enjoy some Schnitzel, and plan on sharing about tomorrow about lessons learned in the Alps)The instant gratification that grew up out of consumerism was like a gateway drug, and it left many of us wanting more. So this culture turned its … [Read more...]

Jesus is calling us cack to the present

(Good Wednesday to you - My wife Donna and I have just returned from three days of hiking in the Alps, blissfully internet free.  In my absence, my friend Ian has offered a guest post about the importance of living in the present - while you read, I'll go enjoy some Schnitzel, and plan on sharing about tomorrow about lessons learned in the Alps)The instant gratification that grew up out of consumerism was like a gateway drug, and it left many of us wanting more. So this culture turned its … [Read more...]

The slippery slope is slick with cheap oil

At 1.51 Euro per liter, gas is $8.63 a gallon over here in Europe.  Somehow, in spite of this, and in spite of the challenges presented by the Euro due to the crisis in Greece and other countries, the German economy is doing well.  Economic growth, it appears, isn't always tied to cheap oil.How has this happened?  In part it's happened because the German government has seen the writing on the wall, the reality that black gold won't pour from the ground forever, that reduced supply means a hi … [Read more...]

Sensuality and beauty—and why they matter

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"Love of beauty is taste.  The creation of beauty is art." —Emerson"One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple." —Psalm 27:4My oldest daughter lives in the Shire.  Kandern, in the Germany Black Forest, and the surrounding villages, are populated by people tending small farms, artists, and retirees.  Today we hiked up to a small castle ruins, and last … [Read more...]

Single? What are you waiting for?

Today's guest post is from someone who's living into her singleness.  She's moved to Europe, where she teaches English Literature during the school year, and guides young people through the Alps in the summer.  Her contentment and joy, right where she's at, challenge all of us to drop the "as soon as" language, and begin living today.  Kristi Dahlstrom is my oldest daughter.  Our love of mountains and words, coffee and wine, conversation and travel, keep the two of us, both left handed, woven clo … [Read more...]

A better story…on what to do with the rest of your life, and saying yes

(I'm happy to introduce my youngest daughter, Holly Dahlstrom, to you.  Her joy, courage, and love of people inspire me.  Her capacity to hear God's voice and follow is a reminder to us all that "a better story" awaits, if we'll but listen for the voice of our Maker and follow.  You can follow all her Rwandan adventures throughout the summer here.)CEZ, OVC, ‘letter of invitation’, MOU, developing world, US Embassy, PEPFAR, cultural assimilation.These are words I never expected to use in a sin … [Read more...]

A better story…on what to do with the rest of your life, and saying yes

(I'm happy to introduce my youngest daughter, Holly Dahlstrom, to you.  Her joy, courage, and love of people inspire me.  Her capacity to hear God's voice and follow is a reminder to us all that "a better story" awaits, if we'll but listen for the voice of our Maker and follow.  You can follow all her Rwandan adventures throughout the summer here.)CEZ, OVC, ‘letter of invitation’, MOU, developing world, US Embassy, PEPFAR, cultural assimilation.These are words I never expected to use in a sin … [Read more...]


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