As if…a tiny anniversary meditation.

I don't know famous people, but this summer I was able to become friends with one of the actors on "The Middle" because his dad and I were in architecture school together.  We were all together at a conference where I spoke, and I learned about the challenges and opportunities that come to Christ followers who are professional actors.  He told me Patricia Heaton, who plays the mom in "The Middle" is a committed Christ follower.  So it was with great interest, two weekends ago, that I listened to … [Read more...]

Soul Geyser…

Maybe you've been to Yellowstone and seen Old Faithful?  That's the one that gushes on schedule, the heat of the earth bursting out every 70 minutes or so.  Other geysers are less predictable.  We were walking past one in the frigid mountain air of November '95 when one busted up, baptizing my oldest daughter in sulfur.  You just never know when the depths will come pouring out.This past weekend was a soul geyser.  My sister, my only sibling, died in 1995, just a week before we moved to Seat … [Read more...]

Surf’s Up…NOW!

"Let's go surfing" I said to my wife and daughter (more pics here), as we pondered what to do with the few hours we wouldn't be involved with family for my niece's wedding.  The girls were all "yes," and so after calling a friend from a summer conference at which I spoke, we found ourselves on the beach this past Friday morning with surf boards, under the tutelage of a man who grew up in the waves, and taught us with the patience of Job!I grew up in Central California, closer to mountains than … [Read more...]

Taking no thought for tomorrow…

One of the tensions that comes with living and leadership (whether leading a classroom or a family, a church or a company) is that you need to be thinking about tomorrow.  "Where is this ship headed?" is one of the primary questions that leaders need to be asking, and it forces them to think about tomorrow, and even the day, or year, or decade, after that.Then along comes Jesus, and as he turns the gaze of the crowd towards the birds he says, "Look at these little creatures.  They're not w … [Read more...]

You’ve spoken regarding the mosque – my turn

On a drive north today I saw a sign, similar to this picture, that was intended (I think) to hearken us back to the 'good ol' days' of the Bush era.  It was a big billboard of the US Constitution, with the words, "Miss Me Yet?" plastered across it.  I know the political right likes to call all of us to the "intent of the framers" which means that the courts should make decisions by seeking to understand the mind of those who wrote the laws.  The Tea Party favors limited government because the or … [Read more...]

The gift of rhythm

I'm not talking about whether or not you can play drums (though I 'gotta tell you - they're really fun).  I'm talking about God's gift to all of us, which is the various rhythms built into the cosmos, and into our bodies.  There are many:1. The rhythm of the seasons. The days are palpably shorter.  Pre-season football has started, and the blueberries are ripe on the lower reaches of the high country.  The land is ripe, and this ripeness will soon give way to the harvest of autumn, and then the … [Read more...]

If you build it, they will….?

So a mosque is planned near ground zero. What do I think? I'm glad you asked. My answer depends on who's asking.If a Muslim asked, I'd say, "Why are you planning on doing this near the site where America's greatest mainland catastrophe occurred at the hands of your religion's worst fanaticism? If you're trying to build bridges with the American people, this is an absurd strategy. It feels a bit, 'in your face', like running up the score when you're already winning. Bad form."If a … [Read more...]

If you build it, they will….?

So a mosque is planned near ground zero. What do I think? I'm glad you asked. My answer depends on who's asking.If a Muslim asked, I'd say, "Why are you planning on doing this near the site where America's greatest mainland catastrophe occurred at the hands of your religion's worst fanaticism? If you're trying to build bridges with the American people, this is an absurd strategy. It feels a bit, 'in your face', like running up the score when you're already winning. Bad form."If a … [Read more...]


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