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...]

Good News…Great Joy…All People

Over the past two years, the church I pastor in Seattle has invested well over 300 thousand dollars in providing clean water for villages in Africa.  We do this through the excellent work of "Living Water International" because they don't just provide water, they provide it "in Jesus name."I hope you'll pause now and celebrate with me, as you look at this brief video that offers thanks to Spilling Hope  (look, especially, at the 2nd half, with specific messages to Bethany Community Church), w … [Read more...]

Christmas Vacation: filling hospitality with joy instead of tension

Looking for a better way of being together than "Christmas Vacation"?  read on:"Dwelling" is a great word. It can mean the space in which we occupy our lives: "My dwelling was built in 1928, and leans a little bit downhill" (true statement). Or, it can mean something we do: "we'll all be dwelling together this Christmas, 8 of us, a full house!" (also true).There's also a third way to use the word, and it's tucked away in a prayer of Paul's where he asks that "Christ would dwell in (our) … [Read more...]

What to do with your extra Tunics

Blogging has allowed me to meet people from all over the world, and I'm happy to introduce one of them to you in todays guest post.  Joshua Becker is a blogger who is deeply involved in his church on the east coast, and writes a marvelous blog called, "Becoming Minimalist", filled with challenging and encouraging thoughts about living simply.  I hope you'll check it out.   Here's his advent contribution to Fibonacci Faith.  Thanks Joshua! John the Baptist had an incredibly unique ministry. As was … [Read more...]

What to do with your extra Tunics

Blogging has allowed me to meet people from all over the world, and I'm happy to introduce one of them to you in todays guest post.  Joshua Becker is a blogger who is deeply involved in his church on the east coast, and writes a marvelous blog called, "Becoming Minimalist", filled with challenging and encouraging thoughts about living simply.  I hope you'll check it out.   Here's his advent contribution to Fibonacci Faith.  Thanks Joshua! John the Baptist had an incredibly unique ministry. As was … [Read more...]

The Perfect Storm: Finding Liberty in Simplicity

I went running this morning in my shoeless shoes, pondering the fresh health I'm enjoying in my running because I've been liberated from the belief that the foot needs something other than itself to run well.  It's not the point of this post, but if you're interested, you can read about it here.The morning offered a bed of leaves through which to run because last night there was a wind storm, the kind that makes a howling sound in our attic bedroom, the kind that strips trees of leaves, … [Read more...]

Looking for “more” or “less”?

There's a rock and a hard place unfolding in the global economy.  The rock: We need to buy lots of stuff to keep the economic machinery going, so that there will be enough jobs, because when there are lots of jobs, people will buy stuff,which will create more jobs, blah blah blah.  The market's down about 240 (a big number if you follow it) as I write, because of worries people aren't going to buy stuff.The hard place: The most popular article in the NY Times this morning questions the premise … [Read more...]

“humanity”…or the person next to me?

"The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular." - Fyoder DostoevskyI'm reading some Russian classics this summer, and was recently reminded of this quote, one of my favorites.  Our friend Fyoder has put his finger on a great deception.  Many of us have romantic notions about our love for humanity.  We grieve over what we see in the world - Palestinians and Israelis in conflict, earthquake victims remaining homeless in Haiti, families suffering great loss because of an … [Read more...]


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