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...]

Don’t find your passion—find your lover

Graduation is in the air, and David Brooks' excellent article about the wrong-headed speeches he's heard this graduation season is a great jumping-off point for a very important conversation.  Brooks makes the important observation that today's generation is entering a world of unemployment and an unprecedented convergence of challenges on several fronts.  But, as Brooks notes, "College students are raised in an environment that demands one set of navigational skills, and they are then cast out i … [Read more...]

Don’t find your passion—find your lover

Graduation is in the air, and David Brooks' excellent article about the wrong-headed speeches he's heard this graduation season is a great jumping-off point for a very important conversation.  Brooks makes the important observation that today's generation is entering a world of unemployment and an unprecedented convergence of challenges on several fronts.  But, as Brooks notes, "College students are raised in an environment that demands one set of navigational skills, and they are then cast out i … [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...]

Crazy Confidence in a Shaky World

It's available for all of us.  It's not contingent (thank God) on circumstances.  It's able to move us, faster than a glacier, but slower than jet, towards a quietness and confidence that enables us to be people of hope. Every.  Single.  Day.I'm talking about the new covenant, which is the topic of our present sermon series at the church where I teach.  Who'd have thought that, in the midst of career crises, housing crises, financial crises, global security crises on three continents, and pers … [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...]

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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