Alone again, naturally.

"Alone" isn't really the right word, because I'm referring to the two of us, husband and wife.  We've been on a vacation this week, not the kind where I'm speaking every day, but the kind where there's been zero agenda, each day ripe with the opportunity for adventure or naps, or both, as our own choices dictate... Tuesday: Details Wednesday: A bike ride from somewhere below artist point, all the way to the top (each of starting at different places). Thursday: Bicycle adventures in … [Read more...]

Alone again, naturally.

"Alone" isn't really the right word, because I'm referring to the two of us, husband and wife.  We've been on a vacation this week, not the kind where I'm speaking every day, but the kind where there's been zero agenda, each day ripe with the opportunity for adventure or naps, or both, as our own choices dictate... Tuesday: Details Wednesday: A bike ride from somewhere below artist point, all the way to the top (each of starting at different places). Thursday: Bicycle adventures in … [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 … [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...]

“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...]

Capture!

It's been quite a week.  Having driven my oldest to the airport last week for her move to Europe to teach for "awhile" (she's ambiguous, just like Jesus), I drove my youngest to the airport this week.  She's visiting friends in Germany now, and will take a train to Austria on Sunday, where she'll begin the five week "Upward Bound" program.  The program is precious to my wife and I because we ran a sister program in the Cascades during our season living up there and loved it.  Blending … [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...]


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