Words for Advent: Anticipation

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It's Wednesday night.  I'll be teaching this evening, and then again tomorrow for several sessions.  Then there's graduation on Friday night, where I'll be privileged to share for a few minutes before the students celebrate the completion of their time here at Tauernhoff.It's always around this point in my "two weeks and change" trip to Europe that I begin to long for home.  This trip will be extended for a few wonderful days of fun with my daughter who teaches in Germany, as she visits me he … [Read more...]

Following the Light

conversations about the future, as the shelter becomes clear

The latitude here in southern Germany is nearly identical to Seattle, which means that the number of daylight hours this time of year is very short.  Add a layer of fog to the shortness, and the daylight becomes so muted as to barely qualify as light.  The fog hides the sun, mutes the shadows, and makes forward progress challenging because one isn't looking at vistas - one is simply looking for next steps.This was the situation when I, along with my daughters and some friends, set out on a h … [Read more...]

Easter: making all things new

"Behold, I make all things new." -Jesus the ChristDo you remember (either the book or the movie) in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, the part where the thaw begins?  Do you remember later, when new life sweeps through the corrupted castle, bringing to warming that which was frozen?  Do you remember that none of this is possible unless Aslan, the Christ figure, is risen from the dead? … [Read more...]

Crossings…

"How is it that you, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?"  (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans) - John 4:9One of the things that offended the religious establishment in Jesus' day was the fact that Jesus crossed social barriers.  He did it all the time:  touching lepers, partying with "sinners" (a hysterical categorization that reveals the self righteousness of the religious crowd), and then of course there's the case of the Samaritan woman.  She's thrice an out … [Read more...]

The Divine Invitation: Higher, More Beautiful…

At end of his life, Paul declares that he's not done growing spiritually when he says, "Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what Lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians … [Read more...]

Eighth Letter…A new TULIP for 2010

There's a national project underway that's inviting bloggers to write a letter to the church in North America. Many of these letters can be found here.  It's called the Eighth Letter and the link will explain why.  Here's my offering to the project...To the North American Church:I know you're struggling.  The symptoms of your problems are easy to see.  The obvious ones have to do with numerical decline and leadership scandals.  Less obvious, but just as problematic, is the explosion in chur … [Read more...]

Eighth Letter…A new TULIP for 2010

There's a national project underway that's inviting bloggers to write a letter to the church in North America. Many of these letters can be found here.  It's called the Eighth Letter and the link will explain why.  Here's my offering to the project...To the North American Church:I know you're struggling.  The symptoms of your problems are easy to see.  The obvious ones have to do with numerical decline and leadership scandals.  Less obvious, but just as problematic, is the explosion in chur … [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 of m … [Read more...]


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