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"where you treasure is, there your heart will be also..." Matthew 6:19Our holiday in Austria this past June, courtesy of the marvelous church I pastor, allowed my wife and I several days to hike in the Alps.  And hike we did: up, up, up, until we were high above any trees, leaving us hiking on something that was, at times, akin to the desolation of the moon.  Up there, "trail" means something entirely different than down lower, where a swath is cut through trees, and a clear path beaten down s … [Read more...]

Disengage from the culture and don’t change the world – change yourself

Casey Anthony.  Who is she?  Why is her case important?  Or, is her case important, or before that Anthony Weiner's case, or before that some other politician or movie star, or both - why is anyone at all paying attention to this string of social pablam?  And we Christians have our own diversions:  "Good bye-Rob Bell"?  "Eugene Peterson is the devil because he wrote the Message".  Are these conversations  more important than our national fiscal crisis, or the torture of citizens in Syria by their … [Read more...]

Enough: the power of rest, rhythm, and “no”

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My recent vacation was a gift in every way.  Seeing our oldest daughter in her world was a gift.  Being in the places I travel for work, without working (and without snow), was a gift.  Receiving the vacation as a gift from the church I lead was deeply encouraging.  Enjoying fellowship with close friends who live in Europe was a gift.  And, significantly, there was the gift of a lesson learned....We live in a world of objectives where success is defined, often, by "how much":  How much work ca … [Read more...]

Ethics: A system, a sound byte, or a person?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer had a lot to say about Ethics, and with good reason.  A pastor/theologian by heart, he was committed to the way of Jesus which, by all his understanding, meant a way of non-violence.  In spite of this, he ultimately became part of a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.  The reasons behind his decision are far beyond the scope of this post, but central to this post is Bonhoeffer's belief that ethics flow from a person, not a system.The questions that have come out of this past S … [Read more...]

I’ve got mono! The challenges and beauty of monogamy

still crazy...in love..after all these years

The New Times published an article recently positing that infidelity was, for some marriages, just the right ingredient needed to keep a marriage strong.  The advocate for this lifestyle is none other than Seattle's own Dan Savage, of "Savage Love",  Stranger fame.  At first blush (pun intended), the article appears not to be worth the time to read.  Who cares about some guy's theory that married couples would be happier in some cases if infidelity was an accepted part of the marriage package?  B … [Read more...]

Home – wherever you are

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My wife and I are standing on the rocks en route to the Guttenberg Haus, high in the Dachstein region of the Austrian Alps.  I’ve seen this hut from my room, down in the valley, where I stay when I teach in Austria, but I've never been here in the summer, when its open.As we pause for a sip of water I look down and see the ski jump facility in Ramsau, a small Alpine village that lives by farming and tourism.  I realize, as I look at this ski jump, that I’ve stood beside it often.  The first tim … [Read more...]

Home – wherever you are

My wife and I are standing on the rocks en route to the Guttenberg Haus, high in the Dachstein region of the Austrian Alps.  I’ve seen this hut from my room, down in the valley, where I stay when I teach in Austria, but I've never been here in the summer, when its open.As we pause for a sip of water I look down and see the ski jump facility in Ramsau, a small Alpine village that lives by farming and tourism.  I realize, as I look at this ski jump, that I’ve stood beside it often.  The first tim … [Read more...]

The transforming power of art

(On this 4th of July, I'm happy to share the talents of author and artist, Christy Tennant.  She's just moved to Seattle, offers a review of my new book on her great blog here, and is the Director of Global Community for the International Arts Movement).  Enjoy!It was a sweltering July day. I was on a crosstown bus in Harlem, heading from my apartment on E. 112th Street to the Department of Motor Vehicles to register my Jeep in New York City. Having waited for what seemed like an eternity in t … [Read more...]


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