Fastballs and Faith: The Cords That Tied Our Family Together

It could have been anything that wove our family together: hunting, fishing, hockey, the theater, fixing cars (thank God it wasn’t that!), or camping.  But for our family it was baseball.  Dad played when he was young, all the way through college.  Then he got married.  Then, after the war, something remarkable happened: baseball moved west.  Until that glorious final out Tuesday night, the last time the Giants won the World Series was in 1954, when they were the New York Giants, and there were n … [Read more...]

Fastballs and Faith: The Cords That Tied Our Family Together

It could have been anything that wove our family together: hunting, fishing, hockey, the theater, fixing cars (thank God it wasn’t that!), or camping.  But for our family it was baseball.  Dad played when he was young, all the way through college.  Then he got married.  Then, after the war, something remarkable happened: baseball moved west.  Until that glorious final out Tuesday night, the last time the Giants won the World Series was in 1954, when they were the New York Giants, and there were n … [Read more...]

Jesus Freak: Don’t Miss the Point

One of the books I'm reading right now is refreshingly pointed in reminding me that Jesus came to break down dividing walls.  Listen to some quotes:"...the laws of religion, then and now, thrive on our need for outcasts.  They codify who's in and who's out, what's a right day for healing and what's a wrong one, who's pure and who deserves to be struck down with a disease that makes the untouchable."In contrast to this, the author does a marvelous job of articulating how Jesus' life runs in e … [Read more...]

Welcome to College – here’s some advice

School's in, and for those of you who read this and are in college, I'd like to offer a word of welcome.  As the pastor of a church with lots of university students in it, one of my favorite Sundays of the year is the one when you arrive, back from your summer experiences, to jump into another formative year of education.  As a pastor, I feel incredibly privileged to share, in a small way, in that formation.  I know that these are some of the most significant years of your life, know that the de … [Read more...]

Welcome to College – here’s some advice

School's in, and for those of you who read this and are in college, I'd like to offer a word of welcome.  As the pastor of a church with lots of university students in it, one of my favorite Sundays of the year is the one when you arrive, back from your summer experiences, to jump into another formative year of education.  As a pastor, I feel incredibly privileged to share, in a small way, in that formation.  I know that these are some of the most significant years of your life, know that the de … [Read more...]

Taking no thought for tomorrow…

One of the tensions that comes with living and leadership (whether leading a classroom or a family, a church or a company) is that you need to be thinking about tomorrow.  "Where is this ship headed?" is one of the primary questions that leaders need to be asking, and it forces them to think about tomorrow, and even the day, or year, or decade, after that.Then along comes Jesus, and as he turns the gaze of the crowd towards the birds he says, "Look at these little creatures.  They're not w … [Read more...]

Dreams – impossible, improbable, important

It's been the week of dreams, as I spent my two free evenings seeing both the movie "Inception" and the musical, "Man of La Mancha".  Both were great; well crafted and executed, drawing the audience fully into the story.  Both had to do with with dreams and visions, with how we view reality.  Both play with the question of what becomes of our lives when the lines between reality and our dreams become blurred.Of all the nuanced considerations of dreams, reality, and the blurred lines between th … [Read more...]

Brian’s Song: confusing words on a slippery slope

I'll start by saying that many of Brian McLaren's books have been great reads.  I read "the church on the other side" years ago, which gave voice to some important cultural shifts as "post-modernity" was becoming a common phrase in theological circles.  Two things stood out in that book as important and true:1. Brian didn't challenge the notion of absolute truth.  Instead he challenged the human capacity to apprehend truth perfectly, and communicate it accurately, so that it might be perceived … [Read more...]


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