The Problem of God – The Solution of Christ

I watched a movie recently entitled "God on Trial", which recounts a trial held in an Auschwitz bunkhouse by Jews who have accused God of breaking His covenant with His people.  The dialogue, questions, and accusations, are not for the faint of faith, for they bring questions about God's character to the surface.  God sanctions, and even commands genocides, inflicts plagues, makes David's son die for David's sin, and calls for children who disobey their parents to be executed.  We read these … [Read more...]

The whales and Isaiah: finding God’s vision for living (Part I)

Back in the '80s, I moved from Los Angeles to a small island, a jewel of green set amidst the glorious beauty of Puget Sound.  I moved there to lead a small congregation of evangelical Christians as we, together, tried to learn what it meant to be the presence of Jesus in that place.  At the time, Christian's ire was directed against a vague emerging spirituality that was labelled "the new age movement." Those railing against the movement taught that you could recognize this dark spiritual by … [Read more...]

The political problem: policy trumps people

I posted this picture on my Facebook account recently and oh my!  People do feel strongly about Wall Street, and the Wall Street occupiers, about personal responsibility, government incompetence, and who's to blame for the mess we're in.  My friends fall broadly into two camps: BLAME THE GOVERNMENT. We're in this mess because the banking system is greedy and corrupt, and the government is either: a) spending too much; b) beholden to special interest groups; c) in bed with a global economy … [Read more...]

People are hungry–is the church feeding them?

NOTE:  I'm going to be blogging over at Patheos, at least for a few months.  If you're a Patheos regular, welcome to my blog, I'm a pastor, teacher, author, writing about how Christ changes everything. "Today’s generation are demonstrably less content, and consequently less optimistic, than those that went before. They work longer hours, with less security, and less chance of leaving behind the social background into which they were born. They fear crime, social breakdown, … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Seeing: the father of endurance

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Mt. Lafayette is, by any Pacific Northwest standards, just a hill, topping off at a mere 5,249 feet.  It's beautiful in it's own right, but only a hill.  Still, the hike to to the summit is an exercise in endurance because most of the hike is shrouded in forest, save the few openings where one is able to see some remarkable granite walls (next time I'm bringing climbing gear).  The cocktail of steep sections, wet rocks, and warm air thick with humidity makes the journey a little boring. … [Read more...]

Seeing: the father of endurance

P1040291

Mt. Lafayette is, by any Pacific Northwest standards, just a hill, topping off at a mere 5,249 feet.  It's beautiful in it's own right, but only a hill.  Still, the hike to to the summit is an exercise in endurance because most of the hike is shrouded in forest, save the few openings where one is able to see some remarkable granite walls (next time I'm bringing climbing gear).  The cocktail of steep sections, wet rocks, and warm air thick with humidity makes the journey a little boring. … [Read more...]


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