Be Still: Reflect Glory

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It’s been the theme of the summer as I’ve been privileged to travel and teach:  “Turn and Behold”, derived from a favorite passage from II Corinthians 3:16-18, where we’re promised that transformation isn’t our responsibility, but rather a byproduct of our falling in love with Jesus, of learning to continually turn and behold the glory of the Lord.  He’ll be changing us, we’re told, “from glory to glory”.    This realization that God will be changing me simply because I’m in relationship with Him … [Read more...]

Be Still: Reflect Glory

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It’s been the theme of the summer as I’ve been privileged to travel and teach:  “Turn and Behold”, derived from a favorite passage from II Corinthians 3:16-18, where we’re promised that transformation isn’t our responsibility, but rather a byproduct of our falling in love with Jesus, of learning to continually turn and behold the glory of the Lord.  He’ll be changing us, we’re told, “from glory to glory”.    This realization that God will be changing me simply because I’m in relationship with Him … [Read more...]

Seasons…gratitude and presence, come what may

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As the plane descends and the lights of Seattle become welcome, familiar reference points, I take a few moments to look back on what can only be called, "the summer of life" because of all the life giving elements contained in it, including:1. A trip to Europe for my wife and I, courtesy of our generous and amazing church, so that we could visit our daughter who serves there, and hike the Alps.  Body - Soul - Spirit - every part of us was enlivened through the hiking, the beauty, the … [Read more...]

Seasons…gratitude and presence, come what may

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As the plane descends and the lights of Seattle become welcome, familiar reference points, I take a few moments to look back on what can only be called, "the summer of life" because of all the life giving elements contained in it, including:1. A trip to Europe for my wife and I, courtesy of our generous and amazing church, so that we could visit our daughter who serves there, and hike the Alps.  Body - Soul - Spirit - every part of us was enlivened through the hiking, the beauty, the … [Read more...]

Enough: the power of rest, rhythm, and “no”

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My recent vacation was a gift in every way.  Seeing our oldest daughter in her world was a gift.  Being in the places I travel for work, without working (and without snow), was a gift.  Receiving the vacation as a gift from the church I lead was deeply encouraging.  Enjoying fellowship with close friends who live in Europe was a gift.  And, significantly, there was the gift of a lesson learned....We live in a world of objectives where success is defined, often, by "how much":  How much work ca … [Read more...]

I’ve got mono! The challenges and beauty of monogamy

still crazy...in love..after all these years

The New Times published an article recently positing that infidelity was, for some marriages, just the right ingredient needed to keep a marriage strong.  The advocate for this lifestyle is none other than Seattle's own Dan Savage, of "Savage Love",  Stranger fame.  At first blush (pun intended), the article appears not to be worth the time to read.  Who cares about some guy's theory that married couples would be happier in some cases if infidelity was an accepted part of the marriage package?  B … [Read more...]

Surprised by joy? No…it’s just like God to give it!

I walked out of the forest into perfection

We'd been hiking for a little while.  Up 1000 meters, and then down 1000.  Up another 1000, and then down again.  Then up one more time, and down half way to our final night at a hut.  The huts are the Alpine alternative to backpacking.  Instead of carrying everything with you, all you need is fresh underwear, a little soap and toothpaste, and a sheet.  The hut provides you with a bed, pillow, blanket, your beverage of choice, and a meal, all for around 50 Euro for the two of us.  Of course, the … [Read more...]

Single? What are you waiting for?

Today's guest post is from someone who's living into her singleness.  She's moved to Europe, where she teaches English Literature during the school year, and guides young people through the Alps in the summer.  Her contentment and joy, right where she's at, challenge all of us to drop the "as soon as" language, and begin living today.  Kristi Dahlstrom is my oldest daughter.  Our love of mountains and words, coffee and wine, conversation and travel, keep the two of us, both left handed, woven clo … [Read more...]


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