Storms, foundations, rebuilding….

The Wise man Built His House upon the Rock... It’s the end of a bad day and I’m driving to the writing cabin.  Stresses, demands, uncertainties, broken appointments, and hurtful words followed by icy withdrawal – all of these were wrapped up in a single sunny day.  A word that might describe my reaction to these trials:  pathetic.  I withdrew into self-pity, and wallowed in my pain.Ironically, it was the day that I studying about how those who have a strong foundation in Christ can weather st … [Read more...]

Seeing: the father of endurance

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Mt. Lafayette is, by any Pacific Northwest standards, just a hill, topping off at a mere 5,249 feet.  It's beautiful in it's own right, but only a hill.  Still, the hike to to the summit is an exercise in endurance because most of the hike is shrouded in forest, save the few openings where one is able to see some remarkable granite walls (next time I'm bringing climbing gear).  The cocktail of steep sections, wet rocks, and warm air thick with humidity makes the journey a little boring.  Without … [Read more...]

Seeing: the father of endurance

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Mt. Lafayette is, by any Pacific Northwest standards, just a hill, topping off at a mere 5,249 feet.  It's beautiful in it's own right, but only a hill.  Still, the hike to to the summit is an exercise in endurance because most of the hike is shrouded in forest, save the few openings where one is able to see some remarkable granite walls (next time I'm bringing climbing gear).  The cocktail of steep sections, wet rocks, and warm air thick with humidity makes the journey a little boring.  Without … [Read more...]

Fall line – why the hard path is actually life-giving

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Enter through the narrow gate...for the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.  - Matthew 7:13-14"The steep way down is easier - but only if you're committed."  - Ski advice given by someone better than me.One of the mysteries in Jesus' teaching is the seeming contradiction between his command that we need to seek the narrow road, which is hard and requires discipline, and His other teaching that His "yoke is easy" and his "burden is light."  On … [Read more...]

Seasons…gratitude and presence, come what may

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As the plane descends and the lights of Seattle become welcome, familiar reference points, I take a few moments to look back on what can only be called, "the summer of life" because of all the life giving elements contained in it, including:1. A trip to Europe for my wife and I, courtesy of our generous and amazing church, so that we could visit our daughter who serves there, and hike the Alps.  Body - Soul - Spirit - every part of us was enlivened through the hiking, the beauty, the … [Read more...]

Seasons…gratitude and presence, come what may

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As the plane descends and the lights of Seattle become welcome, familiar reference points, I take a few moments to look back on what can only be called, "the summer of life" because of all the life giving elements contained in it, including:1. A trip to Europe for my wife and I, courtesy of our generous and amazing church, so that we could visit our daughter who serves there, and hike the Alps.  Body - Soul - Spirit - every part of us was enlivened through the hiking, the beauty, the … [Read more...]

Smoke…and the aroma of grace

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After leaving my wife at the bus station today in Concord, NH, the drive back to the camp where I'm speaking has me thinking about change.  My youngest daughter will soon be arriving home from a summer in Rwanda, changed utterly.  In a few short months both she and my wife will graduate from Seattle Pacific University, and this will mark the end of college careers (at the very least, for the time being) for our whole family.  Change.  The church I lead is moving into a new season in a few short w … [Read more...]

Smoke…and the aroma of grace

After leaving my wife at the bus station today in Concord, NH, the drive back to the camp where I'm speaking has me thinking about change.  My youngest daughter will soon be arriving home from a summer in Rwanda, changed utterly.  In a few short months both she and my wife will graduate from Seattle Pacific University, and this will mark the end of college careers (at the very least, for the time being) for our whole family.  Change.  The church I lead is moving into a new season in a few short w … [Read more...]


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