“Missional & Evangelism”

I'm reading this morning, during "coffee with God", out of Matthew 9.  I'm reading through the gospels in Eugene Peterson's "The Message" because I've read them lots of time in the more traditional, literal translations, and am finding great joy in being shaken awake by some of his phrases and wording. Listen to how Peterson articulates our calling: "Don't begin by traveling to some far oof place to convert unbelievers.  And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy.  God to … [Read more...]

“Missional & Evangelism”

I'm reading this morning, during "coffee with God", out of Matthew 9.  I'm reading through the gospels in Eugene Peterson's "The Message" because I've read them lots of time in the more traditional, literal translations, and am finding great joy in being shaken awake by some of his phrases and wording. Listen to how Peterson articulates our calling: "Don't begin by traveling to some far oof place to convert unbelievers.  And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy.  God to … [Read more...]

Memorable Meals… and the others

Last night my wife and I were home alone for the first time in quite some time.  We ate in our backyard, which has grown to be a forest over the 15 years we've been in Seattle.  With steaks, mushrooms, green beans, grilled onions, and a bottle of wine, we ate together.  We spoke of the past weeks; graduations, kids moving home, kids moving out.  We spoke of the future, of our marriage, of growing older.  The sun sets through the leaves of vine maples, while birds herald the close of the day … [Read more...]

Memorable Meals… and the others

Last night my wife and I were home alone for the first time in quite some time.  We ate in our backyard, which has grown to be a forest over the 15 years we've been in Seattle.  With steaks, mushrooms, green beans, grilled onions, and a bottle of wine, we ate together.  We spoke of the past weeks; graduations, kids moving home, kids moving out.  We spoke of the future, of our marriage, of growing older.  The sun sets through the leaves of vine maples, while birds herald the close of the day … [Read more...]

A step towards Abounding in Hope

When we ran a wilderness thing in the mountains, we had a fun little game we'd play on our ropes course.  These adventure courses and team building are, to be blunt, a little cliche these days. As a result, very few people were interested in just climbing rope ladders, jumping off poles, and falling backwards into some outstretched arms. To make things more exciting, we had our over-confident participants do the ropes course blindfolded.  They'd climb the rope ladder and the put on a blind … [Read more...]

Next Tree…Next Church

It's intriguing to me that these two days I'm spending in vision development and long range planning should come at just the time when a miracle happened in my backyard. This tree (that's right, it's all one tree) you're looking at is probably 60' tall, though when things get above about 25' I lose all sense of perspective.  What's fun, though, is that the tree is a gift from my mother in law, who got it at a school carnival near San Francisco.  It was in a dixie cup when she became the owner, … [Read more...]

Slow Church: Community, Continuity and Interdependency

There's a delightful little passage that I came across yesterday morning during my coffee with God.  I'd read it before, but one of the things I love about reading the Bible is that the same passage, read at a different time and place, brings to light different truths.  It's like a gem, held up to the light, and refracting differently depending on the angle and the light; the living word indeed! Anyway, the story is in I Samuel 30, where David slaughters some Amalekites.  Don't, for the … [Read more...]

Stray Dogs and Thanksgiving Invitations…

I wake this morning intending to skip rope in the backyard forest, but as I sip my morning coffee, the sunrise is too inviting for such confinement.  I'll run the stairs at the Aqua Theater while the sky gives me a light show to ease the pain.  As I'm jogging down to the lake, the husky pup is wandering around on the grass by the 358 bus stop and as I jog past, he attaches himself to me like I'm some sort of long lost friend.  I try to shake him off, but it's no use; he won't leave. As we … [Read more...]