Keeping on…because life is like snow; and rain

it was there, but I haven't seen it since November

You're in a relationship with a particularly annoying family member or coworker.  You're doing your job at work, but nobody seems to appreciate or notice, even when you go the extra mile.  You're trying to feast on Christ (like I speak of here), as you seeking to develop some habits of Bible reading or prayer, but most of these meetings your mind is elsewhere, because the Bible is, let's face it, hard to understand.   You're exercising and eating right, and have been at it now for, let's say, tw … [Read more...]

Turn off the TV, come to my senses

The days recently have been fuller than they ought to be.  Obligations, activities, teachings, preparations, all good things in themselves, have been stacked, like smooth bricks, so tightly that you can't fit a piece of paper between them.  When this happens life becomes reactionary.  When this happens margins disappear and life begins to feel like a video game, where stuff is just coming at me and I'm reacting.The worst part of this is the toll it takes on the end of the day.  When I come ho … [Read more...]

Creation Care: A Modest Manifesto –

fall tree and sky

I'm in the mist of preparing to a preach a sermon this weekend about God's lavish love as revealed in His provision through creations beautiful and abundant gifts.  I'm privileged to see these gifts often because of where I live.  Just today, on a bike ride to and from the grocery store, there was a light show in the sky, painting the already vibrant trees in ever changing of hues of light.  Nearly everywhere I looked, people were taking pictures of the sky and trees. Just a few snowflakes fell, … [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...]

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 rest of the story—and a way to share it

Yes.  Of course.  Westboro Baptist church is planning a protest for President Obama's visit to Joplin, Mo., to inflict a little hate and misery, in Jesus' name.  That the rapture didn't happen this past Saturday was in the news as much as if it had happened.  And people are still debating whether Rob Bell is saved.This is the stuff that generates tweets, blogs, Facebook fodder, debates, ill-will, and the general opinion that people of faith are more interested in their own internal squabbles th … [Read more...]

Hope has primary colors…

...and those colors aren't personal peace and prosperity ("give me my stuff and leave me alone"), individualism, and "heaven when I die." Or perhaps I should say, those aren't God's primary colors.  I love how God has taken all the complexity of religion, and boiled it down to the essence, down to three imperatives, three colors:Do justice - like my friends at International Justice Mission who are working to end human slavery, or my friend Walter who's saving women out of slavery in Ghana, or … [Read more...]

Climbing Kilimanjaro step by step – Lessons for America from Africa

In about 11 hours our team from Seattle will board a flight that will take us (eventually, by the 5th airport) to Seattle, and we'll be home, our exploratory trip of this region completed.  We came here in order to meet some people who are doing marvelous development work and to visit the sites of wells our church has funded, some of them completed already, and one just getting started on the day we arrived in Uganda.We encountered so much in the previous 8 days that it seems like a lifetime … [Read more...]


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