Big ears and a small mouth…a verse to live by

There are lots of things in the Bible that elicit debate.  Some people see economic justice as a primary theme while others see personal renewal.  Some see a young geophysical earth while others integrate evolutionary theory with the Genesis narrative.  We argue over sexual ethics, and whether yoga is an acceptable form of recreation.  We argue over just how far Christ's claims reach into our lives, as Christians turn up their noses at each other because they're drinking fair trade or are "too ha … [Read more...]

The roots of peace: Eternal Perspective

Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field; when the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.This is one of the most liberating verses in the Bible.  When I began college, right after my dad had died, I was intent on "making my mark" on the world.  I didn't want to die and be forgotten, so I pursued architecture, believing that by designing space for others I'd be remembered in this world.  Of course, I couldn't tell you the name of the pe … [Read more...]

The roots of peace: Eternal Perspective

Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field; when the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.This is one of the most liberating verses in the Bible.  When I began college, right after my dad had died, I was intent on "making my mark" on the world.  I didn't want to die and be forgotten, so I pursued architecture, believing that by designing space for others I'd be remembered in this world.  Of course, I couldn't tell you the name of the pe … [Read more...]

Hitting the wall and breaking through it

I love the Old Testament, mostly because it provides me with an amazing picture of what it means to walk with God. Israel's journey out of slavery, through the wilderness, and into the land of promise is filled with lessons and examples for us as we move from the slavery of our shame, failures, addictions, and fears, into the heart space of rest, peace, joy, and hope.  One of the things we learn from Israel's journey is that everyone faces barriers, and that getting from the "here" of bondage to … [Read more...]

Change for a five?

Big changes are hard to come by in our lives because all of us live in ditches that we've created.  Our habits of consuming, relating, working, eating, praying (or not praying) becoming increasingly entrenched with each passing day.  As a result real change, it seems, is hard to come by.  People join gyms and don't go to them, sign up for diet plans and don't follow them, declare their intention to overhaul their spiritual life and yet remain stuck in the ditch.  This is discouraging for lots of … [Read more...]

The gift of rhythm

I'm not talking about whether or not you can play drums (though I 'gotta tell you - they're really fun).  I'm talking about God's gift to all of us, which is the various rhythms built into the cosmos, and into our bodies.  There are many:1. The rhythm of the seasons. The days are palpably shorter.  Pre-season football has started, and the blueberries are ripe on the lower reaches of the high country.  The land is ripe, and this ripeness will soon give way to the harvest of autumn, and then the … [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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