California, meet Rwanda – and learn about justice, reconciliation, and prisons

In a culture characterized by high unemployment, isolation, mind-numbing addictive drugs, and ready access to weapons, it's no surprise that prison populations are swelling.  But our response to the inevitable overcrowding is, just possibly, a moment when we can take pause and learn from others.  The lessons we'll discover are important, not just for prisoners and governments, but for ever person who's ever wronged another and looked for a way forward in the relationship.  Interested in le … [Read more...]

California, meet Rwanda – and learn about justice, reconciliation, and prisons

In a culture characterized by high unemployment, isolation, mind-numbing addictive drugs, and ready access to weapons, it's no surprise that prison populations are swelling.  But our response to the inevitable overcrowding is, just possibly, a moment when we can take pause and learn from others.  The lessons we'll discover are important, not just for prisoners and governments, but for ever person who's ever wronged another and looked for a way forward in the relationship.  Interested in le … [Read more...]

Why now? Why hope? Why colors? Why art?

I just returned from an inspiring afternoon with a few hundred people, interacting around the topics of the gospel and social justice, and I wanted to take a moment and share why I'm so passionate about this topic, and hence the book I've just written.  My hope and prayer is that this new book finds its way into many hands because I believe that millions are floundering in their faith, or on the sidelines, or simply having the wrong conversations because they've not yet truly grasped the … [Read more...]

Why now? Why hope? Why colors? Why art?

I just returned from an inspiring afternoon with a few hundred people, interacting around the topics of the gospel and social justice, and I wanted to take a moment and share why I'm so passionate about this topic, and hence the book I've just written.  My hope and prayer is that this new book finds its way into many hands because I believe that millions are floundering in their faith, or on the sidelines, or simply having the wrong conversations because they've not yet truly grasped the … [Read more...]

Weekend links: Bin Laden de-brief and book news

Bin Laden and discernment: I don't know if you heard anything about this, but Bin Laden was killed this past week.  Yep... some Navy SEALs snuck into the Pakistan and shot him dead.  The rest of the week offered a flood of news stories, though the word "new" isn't accurate, because the flood that rushed in wasn't "news;" it was opinion.One blogger writes:  Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated killing carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us. Are we l … [Read more...]

Weekend links: Bin Laden de-brief and book news

Bin Laden and discernment: I don't know if you heard anything about this, but Bin Laden was killed this past week.  Yep... some Navy SEALs snuck into the Pakistan and shot him dead.  The rest of the week offered a flood of news stories, though the word "new" isn't accurate, because the flood that rushed in wasn't "news;" it was opinion.One blogger writes:  Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated killing carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us. Are we l … [Read more...]

Thanks Dietrich…words for the ages

Last night I was privileged to participate in a panel discussion about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer because Taproot Theatre here in Seattle is running a play about his life right now.  Four of us came prepared to share with the audience some of the ways Bonhoeffer has influenced our lives, along with favorite quotes.  This was followed by a Q&A and discussion.  I hope it was a good evening for others.  I know it was rich for me.Bonhoeffer is a mentor of sorts, but unlike flesh and blood … [Read more...]

The King’s Speech on D-day eve: A reference point for departure

While our nation's "brightest and best" continue to engaging in embarrassing political posturing, I was privileged last night to enjoy a cup of tea with a dignified British woman who's at the end of her ninth decade, whose husband fought bravely in WWII, and then worked to help Germany rebuild, both physically and spiritually.  I'm talking about Joan Thomas, wife of the late Major Ian Thomas, who founded the Torchbearer Missionary Fellowship, of which I'm privileged to be a part.  Tea with her i … [Read more...]


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