What time is it, Lord?

(This is part of a larger article, to which I made a contribution, in Relevant.  You can read the contributions from some friends of mine, here)  As the 10th anniversary approaches, I'm saddened by the debates about how to remember 9-11, and pray that we'll use this marker to simply align our priorities with God's priorities of justice, mercy, and intimacy. Here's my offering of remembrance, with a prayer offered at the end that isn't in the original article.)Sept. 11, 2001, was our scheduled a … [Read more...]

What Time is it Lord?

(this is part of a larger article, to which I made a contribution, in Relevant Magazine.  You can read the contributions from some friends of mine, here)  As the 10th anniversary approaches, I'm saddened by the debates about how to remember 9-11, and pray that we'll use this marker to simply align our priorities with God's priorities of justice, mercy, and intimacy. Here's my offering of remembrance, with a prayer offered at the end that isn't in the original article:Sept. 11, 2001, was our s … [Read more...]

Be Still: Reflect Glory

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It’s been the theme of the summer as I’ve been privileged to travel and teach:  “Turn and Behold”, derived from a favorite passage from II Corinthians 3:16-18, where we’re promised that transformation isn’t our responsibility, but rather a byproduct of our falling in love with Jesus, of learning to continually turn and behold the glory of the Lord.  He’ll be changing us, we’re told, “from glory to glory”.    This realization that God will be changing me simply because I’m in relationship with Him … [Read more...]

Be Still: Reflect Glory

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It’s been the theme of the summer as I’ve been privileged to travel and teach:  “Turn and Behold”, derived from a favorite passage from II Corinthians 3:16-18, where we’re promised that transformation isn’t our responsibility, but rather a byproduct of our falling in love with Jesus, of learning to continually turn and behold the glory of the Lord.  He’ll be changing us, we’re told, “from glory to glory”.    This realization that God will be changing me simply because I’m in relationship with Him … [Read more...]

What dreams may come – living with fulfillment and delay

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Yes, there was that little 32-year delay – but eventually it happened, or will happen very soon.  My wife was up until after 2AM last night writing a paper and preparing a presentation for her last day of class, which is today.  She’s been involved in a two-week intensive class, studying the holocaust.  Each night she’s been reading history and writing about it.  Sometimes we’ve had conversations about it, and at times her content has intersected my world as I’ve been bringing a teaching series o … [Read more...]

Cultivating enjoyment…

As we enter September, and schedules change, I offer a few words about being intentional in our cultivation of that which will nourish.  Enjoy. It happened between graduating from high school and starting college.  I was working at a camp and the staff went out one night for pizza.  It was one of the those places that hide all the ingredients under the cheese.  When the pizza came, I took a big, unexamined bite."Wow!  That's tremendous!  What's on this pizza?""Pepperoni, Sausage, and mushro … [Read more...]


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