Memorable Meals… and the others

Last night my wife and I were home alone for the first time in quite some time.  We ate in our backyard, which has grown to be a forest over the 15 years we've been in Seattle.  With steaks, mushrooms, green beans, grilled onions, and a bottle of wine, we ate together.  We spoke of the past weeks; graduations, kids moving home, kids moving out.  We spoke of the future, of our marriage, of growing older.  The sun sets through the leaves of vine maples, while birds herald the close of the day with … [Read more...]

Memorable Meals… and the others

Last night my wife and I were home alone for the first time in quite some time.  We ate in our backyard, which has grown to be a forest over the 15 years we've been in Seattle.  With steaks, mushrooms, green beans, grilled onions, and a bottle of wine, we ate together.  We spoke of the past weeks; graduations, kids moving home, kids moving out.  We spoke of the future, of our marriage, of growing older.  The sun sets through the leaves of vine maples, while birds herald the close of the day with … [Read more...]

The Liberating Power of One

As I'm reading along in the II Kings 17, I come to this little phrase, "The Songs of Israel did things secretly which were not right, against the Lord their God".  I put the Bible down, feeling like there's something important in the air, something that needs digesting.  I've had countless conversations over the years about the disillusionment and bitterness that grow inside people because it is eventually discovered that there's a Grand Canyon of distance between the leader's private life they l … [Read more...]

B-L-E-S-S: one way to do a rule of life

I have a friend who runs a camp outside of Toronto.  It's one of the largest camps in North America.  I spoke for the staff there a few summers ago, and just the staff numbered over 300.  Their vision is to simply be the presence of Jesus by serving the campers.  It's more of an Emmaus Road experience (where people end up walking along the road with Jesus for a while before they recognize him) than a Damascus Road experience (where Paul is confronted by God's truth and revelation).When I spoke … [Read more...]

“Perhaps” – the paralysis of fear, and power of risk

If you're climbing a rock face, the thing that spares you from death in the event of a fall is your protection (which is some sort of anchor you put in the rock that will put an end to your falling).  Of course, the higher you climb beyond your last piece of protection, the farther you'll fall if you fail.  This can have the effect of unnerving the climber, which ultimately negates the climber's skills, causing him/her to freeze with fear and eventually fall.It's terrible irony that the very t … [Read more...]

A cup of cold water…or cola?

After Asa Chandler purchased the coca-cola formula from a pharmacist in 1887, he cast a vision to his sales team, declaring that this product should be, "a thirst quenching, heaven-sent drink; a blessing to this sun-parched earth."  Chandler was a Methodist who began his sales meetings with prayer and ended his training weeks with the whole team singing stirring renditions of "Onward Christian Soldiers."The marketing strategies of coke, globally, were actually tied to Christian mission work … [Read more...]

Of Goalies and Sermons: the mystery and challenge of presence…

This weekend was filled with events that have left me pondering that "being fully present" is actually a lot harder than it appears. I've heard it said that "showing up" is 80% of the battle with any endeavor, but soccer, hockey, and preaching, have all shown me that showing up requires more than just showing up.Our local Sounders played soccer on Saturday, but "played" would be too polite of a term.  They were physically present, but their performance was stunk the stadium up so bad that the … [Read more...]

Of Goalies and Sermons: the mystery and challenge of presence…

This weekend was filled with events that have left me pondering that "being fully present" is actually a lot harder than it appears. I've heard it said that "showing up" is 80% of the battle with any endeavor, but soccer, hockey, and preaching, have all shown me that showing up requires more than just showing up.Our local Sounders played soccer on Saturday, but "played" would be too polite of a term.  They were physically present, but their performance was stunk the stadium up so bad that the … [Read more...]


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