A better story…on what to do with the rest of your life, and saying yes

(I'm happy to introduce my youngest daughter, Holly Dahlstrom, to you.  Her joy, courage, and love of people inspire me.  Her capacity to hear God's voice and follow is a reminder to us all that "a better story" awaits, if we'll but listen for the voice of our Maker and follow.  You can follow all her Rwandan adventures throughout the summer here.)CEZ, OVC, ‘letter of invitation’, MOU, developing world, US Embassy, PEPFAR, cultural assimilation.These are words I never expected to use in a sin … [Read more...]

A better story…on what to do with the rest of your life, and saying yes

(I'm happy to introduce my youngest daughter, Holly Dahlstrom, to you.  Her joy, courage, and love of people inspire me.  Her capacity to hear God's voice and follow is a reminder to us all that "a better story" awaits, if we'll but listen for the voice of our Maker and follow.  You can follow all her Rwandan adventures throughout the summer here.)CEZ, OVC, ‘letter of invitation’, MOU, developing world, US Embassy, PEPFAR, cultural assimilation.These are words I never expected to use in a sin … [Read more...]

The world is wide…and cold: Advice to dads from one who loves being one

I don't know where the line originates.  Maybe it comes from one of my children, who spoke to another of my children because they miss each other as they live their lives in Seattle, Germany, and soon, Rwanda.  Wherever it comes from, it found its way into this little exchange between two of them, and is at the core of an element in their intertwined lives that brings me great joy."Why are you so far away?" writes one."Because the world is wide and cold," writes the other.  "Alas.""That is … [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...]

Don’t find your passion—find your lover

Graduation is in the air, and David Brooks' excellent article about the wrong-headed speeches he's heard this graduation season is a great jumping-off point for a very important conversation.  Brooks makes the important observation that today's generation is entering a world of unemployment and an unprecedented convergence of challenges on several fronts.  But, as Brooks notes, "College students are raised in an environment that demands one set of navigational skills, and they are then cast out i … [Read more...]

Don’t find your passion—find your lover

Graduation is in the air, and David Brooks' excellent article about the wrong-headed speeches he's heard this graduation season is a great jumping-off point for a very important conversation.  Brooks makes the important observation that today's generation is entering a world of unemployment and an unprecedented convergence of challenges on several fronts.  But, as Brooks notes, "College students are raised in an environment that demands one set of navigational skills, and they are then cast out i … [Read more...]

Messiah complex and conventional wisdom: a marriage made in hell

Two books found their way into my world this spring, and their convergence has helped me understand why so many pastors are suffering short tenures  (3-5 year average) and physical problems, and the battle each of us in professional ministry must face.  The books are The Time Bomb in the Church and Ignore Everybody.  The former is about pastors who have heart attacks because they're doing too much; the latter is about creativity, which is a big umbrella under which many subjects can find cover, i … [Read more...]


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