Archives for November 2011

Obama, God, and Wrong Conversations

Obama failed to give thanks to God in his online Thanksgiving address.  He thanked God in his written address.  He thanked God last year.  He closes speeches, as every president ever has, with "May God bless the United States of America".  None of this matters though to Fox News, who obsessed over his Bush like omission (Bush also failed to mention God in his final Thanksgiving address).  The failure was offensive enough that one paper wrote  his comments are "just what we would expect from a Mar … [Read more...]

Advent – It’s about the Gap, and paying attention

For we who follow Christ, the season of Advent is about looking squarely into the thick of our lives and our world, paying attention, and seeing what's really there.  Like good artists, we need to pay attention to the details, because its in the details that we see the distance between what's actually there, and what we know, deep in our hearts, could be there if all was well. In our image saturated world, we don't pay enough attention.  Our eye catches an image of this or that, but because it f … [Read more...]

Gratitude: The ‘on ramp’ to a better story & better world

God knows there are plenty of problems and challenges, both around us in our own homes.  It's easy focus there, fighting our battles, or looking on in despair, anger, or cynicism as others, who are supposed to be fighting battles for us, don't.  The super committee isn't so super after all.  A nuclear Iran and a sluggish economy threaten;  An Arab spring appears to be settling in for a long Arab winter of discontent; A Euro whose future is uncertain creates anxiety.  And all the while, back in ou … [Read more...]

Creation Care: A Modest Manifesto –

I'm in the mist of preparing to a preach a sermon this weekend about God's lavish love as revealed in His provision through creations beautiful and abundant gifts.  I'm privileged to see these gifts often because of where I live.  Just today, on a bike ride to and from the grocery store, there was a light show in the sky, painting the already vibrant trees in ever changing of hues of light.  Nearly everywhere I looked, people were taking pictures of the sky and trees. Just a few snowflakes fell, … [Read more...]

While you were protesting…

Luke 19:10 offers an interesting perspective on the word "occupy" because this is where Jesus tells the parable of the talents.  A master hands over some money to various servants and tells them to "occupy" (King James) until he returns.  Then, of course, some do that well, and bring the master a return on his investment, and others, not so much."Occupy": to fill or take up space.  The word can mean many things I suppose, and there's a sense to which the occupy movement is giving us a li … [Read more...]

Chronos Peace University….

By now, many of us have heard of Dave Ramsey, and Financial Peace University.  It's a great program, as I share in this video.  The essence of Ramsey's plan, though, is ridiculously simple: don't spend what you don't have.  It all makes sense, of course, and yet there's something in us that makes us believe, sometimes, that life will better if we buy this or that - and suddenly we find ourselves harried and stressed because we've over-reached.Fine.  Meanwhile, there's another problem many of … [Read more...]

The Covert Gnostics among us…and how to repent

People who read blogs like this one are often people like me.  I like to live inside my head, so much so that there are days, (especially when I'm writing a book), that I never leave my chair.  On such days, when my imagination is running wild, and I'm using the building blocks of letters, words, phrases, to create something, I don't even notice my inactivity.  "It's good to think!" I tell myself, as I move from desk to kitchen, back to desk, back to kitchen, before finally, late at night, ma … [Read more...]

What’s more damaging than “No Faith”? Mindless Faith

Listen to these words by St. Augustine, which have the contemporary ring of today's science vs. faith debate to them:Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and …this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience.  Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing s … [Read more...]