Looking for “more” or “less”?

There's a rock and a hard place unfolding in the global economy.  The rock: We need to buy lots of stuff to keep the economic machinery going, so that there will be enough jobs, because when there are lots of jobs, people will buy stuff,which will create more jobs, blah blah blah.  The market's down about 240 (a big number if you follow it) as I write, because of worries people aren't going to buy stuff. The hard place: The most popular article in the NY Times this morning questions the … [Read more...]

What’s a Pastor to do???

I'm spending the last day of my vacation thinking through the coming year, and getting my "to do" list ready.  The time includes taking stock of my goals and priorities, both personally and vocationally.  Imagine my surprise, then, to see that #2 on the list of most e-mailed articles in the NY Times this morning is called: "Congregations Gone Wild", an op-ed piece about pastoral burnout.  The article couldn't have come at a better time than the end of my vacation. It catalogs the demands … [Read more...]

Alone again, naturally.

"Alone" isn't really the right word, because I'm referring to the two of us, husband and wife.  We've been on a vacation this week, not the kind where I'm speaking every day, but the kind where there's been zero agenda, each day ripe with the opportunity for adventure or naps, or both, as our own choices dictate... Tuesday: Details Wednesday: A bike ride from somewhere below artist point, all the way to the top (each of starting at different places). Thursday: Bicycle adventures in … [Read more...]

Alone again, naturally.

"Alone" isn't really the right word, because I'm referring to the two of us, husband and wife.  We've been on a vacation this week, not the kind where I'm speaking every day, but the kind where there's been zero agenda, each day ripe with the opportunity for adventure or naps, or both, as our own choices dictate... Tuesday: Details Wednesday: A bike ride from somewhere below artist point, all the way to the top (each of starting at different places). Thursday: Bicycle adventures in … [Read more...]

How Cooking is Like Evangelism

When we packed for vacation, we didn't have a menu.  Instead we bought some stuff: string beans, apples, bluberries, spinach, mushrooms, onions, garlic, a little animal protein, some milk and cheese, some eggs.  We brought some stuff from home too: butter, olive oil, coffee, coconut oil, nuts. Now that we're here, it's just a matter of mixing things up the right way for the right moment.  This is last night's creation, which has no name, and will never be replicated.  It has some beef, lots … [Read more...]

How Cooking is Like Evangelism

When we packed for vacation, we didn't have a menu.  Instead we bought some stuff: string beans, apples, bluberries, spinach, mushrooms, onions, garlic, a little animal protein, some milk and cheese, some eggs.  We brought some stuff from home too: butter, olive oil, coffee, coconut oil, nuts. Now that we're here, it's just a matter of mixing things up the right way for the right moment.  This is last night's creation, which has no name, and will never be replicated.  It has some beef, lots … [Read more...]

Getting there from here…

I'm on vacation this week, so there are no promises.  I might post some photo essays of the North Cascades (vacation in the mountains...surprise!), or some thoughts on reading this week (Tolstoy, Rob Bell, Richard Austin, St. Matthew), but who knows. Last night though, as Donna and I pulled into our resting spot for the week, there was some music playing that had me thinking about the past 31 years of adventure my bride and I have shared together: 1. youth ministry in Los Angeles with all the … [Read more...]

Dreams – impossible, improbable, important

It's been the week of dreams, as I spent my two free evenings seeing both the movie "Inception" and the musical, "Man of La Mancha".  Both were great; well crafted and executed, drawing the audience fully into the story.  Both had to do with with dreams and visions, with how we view reality.  Both play with the question of what becomes of our lives when the lines between reality and our dreams become blurred. Of all the nuanced considerations of dreams, reality, and the blurred lines between … [Read more...]


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