The best question to ask when you are overwhelmed and stressed

Standing at the base of something as big as Mt. Rainier can seem overwhelming and impossible, but lessons learned there can help us navigate the realities of life and leadership because you don't climb a mountain with a leap; you climb it step by step.  Here's what I mean:Taxes.  Job stress.  Family dysfunctions.  Broken appliances.  Big decisions.  Illness.  Car problems.  Commuting stress.  World news.  The sum of all this is stress, and unless it's dealt with the stress itself will become … [Read more...]

On pins and needles: faith and acupuncture

If you visit this blog regularly, you know that I believe in the authority of the Bible as the final voice regarding what God has to say about our world, where it came from, what's wrong with it, where history is headed, and how humankind can be restored to God.  You know, too, that I believe in the uniqueness and centrality of Christ, and preach that He is indeed, the door, the way, the truth, and the life - the single door through which all must walk for eternal life.  I agree with my most c … [Read more...]

Disengage from the culture and don’t change the world – change yourself

Casey Anthony.  Who is she?  Why is her case important?  Or, is her case important, or before that Anthony Weiner's case, or before that some other politician or movie star, or both - why is anyone at all paying attention to this string of social pablam?  And we Christians have our own diversions:  "Good bye-Rob Bell"?  "Eugene Peterson is the devil because he wrote the Message".  Are these conversations  more important than our national fiscal crisis, or the torture of citizens in Syria by their … [Read more...]

Skinny Church – the wrong fast for a hungry world

If nutrition is a hobby of yours, then you know that something as simple and straightforward as eating food has dozens of conflicting schools of thought. Macrobiotic people swear by rice and seaweed. Paleolithic people think rice, and most agriculture for that matter, is from the devil himself. Vegetarians think meat eaters are cruelly killing animals, and, by eating meat, their own bodies. Vegetarian Myth (a favorite book of mine) takes pretty much the opposite approach. Back in the day, low f … [Read more...]

Skinny Church – the wrong fast for a hungry world

If nutrition is a hobby of yours, then you know that something as simple and straightforward as eating food has dozens of conflicting schools of thought. Macrobiotic people swear by rice and seaweed. Paleolithic people think rice, and most agriculture for that matter, is from the devil himself. Vegetarians think meat eaters are cruelly killing animals, and, by eating meat, their own bodies. Vegetarian Myth (a favorite book of mine) takes pretty much the opposite approach. Back in the day, low f … [Read more...]

Weekend: Lessons from backyard and bible

This past week has included what, on the surface, appear to be two radically divergent investments of my time.   It included some passionate visioning conversations at the church I lead, and important reading in preparation for my upcoming week at conference addressing the intersection of science and faith.While on the surface, they appear to be two wildly different worlds, they came together this morning in my quiet moments in the backyard.  Everything's becoming new these days in the b … [Read more...]

Quiet…an endangered species

I don't eat margarine anymore because somewhere along the way chemists (who invented the stuff in the first place) discovered that the hydrogenated oils in it are horrible for your body.  I try to ride my bike to work more than my car because we've also learned that the big behemoth of a convenience that we call an automobile contributes to a form of atrophy.  First the car, then the elevator--who needs legs?  Turns out my pump called a heart needs legs, and if I don't use them the whole ecology … [Read more...]

Quiet…an endangered species

I don't eat margarine anymore because somewhere along the way chemists (who invented the stuff in the first place) discovered that the hydrogenated oils in it are horrible for your body.  I try to ride my bike to work more than my car because we've also learned that the big behemoth of a convenience that we call an automobile contributes to a form of atrophy.  First the car, then the elevator--who needs legs?  Turns out my pump called a heart needs legs, and if I don't use them the whole ecology … [Read more...]


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