Not enough – and more than enough

Genealogies are supposed to be the boring part of the Bible, but this morning, in my coffee with God, I've been pondering Matthew's genealogy of Jesus. It's clearly more than just a list of names; it's telling us some important things that I can apply to my life right here, right now.The geneaology is divided into sections: Adam to David - David to Babylon - Babylon to Christ. Since Matthew's book is written to Jews, who knew their Old Testament, some of the points that he's introducing by … [Read more...]

As if…a tiny anniversary meditation.

I don't know famous people, but this summer I was able to become friends with one of the actors on "The Middle" because his dad and I were in architecture school together.  We were all together at a conference where I spoke, and I learned about the challenges and opportunities that come to Christ followers who are professional actors.  He told me Patricia Heaton, who plays the mom in "The Middle" is a committed Christ follower.  So it was with great interest, two weekends ago, that I listened to … [Read more...]

As if…a tiny anniversary meditation.

I don't know famous people, but this summer I was able to become friends with one of the actors on "The Middle" because his dad and I were in architecture school together.  We were all together at a conference where I spoke, and I learned about the challenges and opportunities that come to Christ followers who are professional actors.  He told me Patricia Heaton, who plays the mom in "The Middle" is a committed Christ follower.  So it was with great interest, two weekends ago, that I listened to … [Read more...]

“Dungface”

My morning "coffee with God" continues to consist of reading through Matthew in "The Message" and this morning's read shook me awake yet again:"A student doesn't get a better desk than her teacher.  A laborer doesn't make more money than his boss.  Be content - pleased even - when you, my students, my harvest hands, get the same treatment I get.  If they call me, the Master, 'Dungface', what can workers expect?" (Matthew 10:24,25)Dungface.  The word is a reminder that the life to which Jesus … [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 the lo … [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 the lo … [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 with … [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 with … [Read more...]


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