Glory, tragedy, and lessons…from the final minute.

It's been the kind of spring that's made me grateful to be a sports fan.  My soccer team has come with a couple of outcome changing goals in the final minutes of what we insiders call "stoppage time." I've been waiting, since moving back to the Pacific Northwest in 1984, for Vancouver's Canucks to win their first-ever Stanley Cup (that's the big one, folks).  They too have scored last-second goals that moved them from the loss column to the win, most recently Wednesday night.  And then last nig … [Read more...]

Glory, tragedy, and lessons…from the final minute.

It's been the kind of spring that's made me grateful to be a sports fan.  My soccer team has come with a couple of outcome changing goals in the final minutes of what we insiders call "stoppage time." I've been waiting, since moving back to the Pacific Northwest in 1984, for Vancouver's Canucks to win their first-ever Stanley Cup (that's the big one, folks).  They too have scored last-second goals that moved them from the loss column to the win, most recently Wednesday night.  And then last nig … [Read more...]

In secret: the value of humility and anonymity

Many of you have these words of Jesus:  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Could it be that these words, like so many others of Jesus' are truer, much truer, than we realize?In my readings for the upcoming symposium of faith and science that I’m attending, I’ve discovered that the deeper one goes down the rabbit hole that is physics, the closer one gets to the mysteries of revelation called theology.  For example:After Einstein initially posited that the speed of light wa … [Read more...]

And if the world ends on May 21?

"There is no doubt that the Antichrist has already been born. Firmly established already in his early years, he will, after reaching maturity, achieve supreme power."  -Martin of Tours, 4th Century ADI've always had friends who are "into" Biblical prophecy and finding the dates of Christ's return.  In the '70s, I saw charts and graphs predicting the end of the world would happen in the '70s.  The same thing happened in the '80s and '90s.  And who among us could forget Y2K and the great apo … [Read more...]

Insanity antidote: simplicity

If you're reading these words, you're likely among the top 10% of wealthiest people in the world.  You're probably not spending much time thinking about how you'll get water to drink, or whether you'll have a place of shelter tonight.  Though it may come at steep price (depending on where you live) you have access to health care; and food; and more than one pair of shoes.  We are, in other words, blessed.This kind of wealth creates choices, and the wealthier you are, the more choices you have. … [Read more...]

Golden Calves come in many forms – What are today’s idols?

6:00 AM.  I’m listening to the rain, on the roof, thinking about “The Practice of the Wild” by Gary Snyder.  It’s not a book that most Christians are reading because Gary’s a Buddhist, but never mind.  I’m not interested in his Buddhism.  I’m interested in his ponderings over the intersection of old cultures and the maladies of the new because that subject touches on missions, globalism, and economics, subjects about which Christians should have Christian thoughts.  Gary, like the Christian farme … [Read more...]

Golden Calves come in many forms – What are today’s idols?

6:00 AM.  I’m listening to the rain, on the roof, thinking about “The Practice of the Wild” by Gary Snyder.  It’s not a book that most Christians are reading because Gary’s a Buddhist, but never mind.  I’m not interested in his Buddhism.  I’m interested in his ponderings over the intersection of old cultures and the maladies of the new because that subject touches on missions, globalism, and economics, subjects about which Christians should have Christian thoughts.  Gary, like the Christian farme … [Read more...]

Like snow melting…give it time

"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater" - Isaiah 55Sometimes it rains up here where I live in the Northwest corner of the USA.  Big wet clouds pour in off the pacific, emptying themselves in our lowland valleys with what, around this time of year, can feel like an incessant downpour.  It's why we're called the evergreen state.  It's why there's … [Read more...]


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