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...]

Giving fear the boot…

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - GandalfYes, but to decide wisely, I'll need to give an eviction notice to that squatter who takes up residence in my soul again and again.  He comes in uninvited, and his presence casts a shadow over everything, but especially over tomorrow.  Staring into the darkness that is the future, or even pondering what's happening in the present, out there in the shadows, he paralyzes us.  He settles in and then slowly, silently, be … [Read more...]

The Sabbath

Everything about this time of year points to the simple reminder that we're called to rest.  The deciduous trees shed their colors, going out in a blaze of glory before resting.  The "raised beds" which provide for families so marvelously all summer are covered over, and the soil rests.  The alarm goes off in the morning and, if we've the liberty to do so, we open ours and see the dark, turn over, and catch more zzz's.I come home from days of meetings in the summer, and often want to go do a li … [Read more...]

Yoga…The Christian Om’s dilemma

Here's the article that got the ball rolling.  Pastors are chiming in all over the web, so there's a sense in which I'm not sure I could add anything to the discussion.  On the other hand, it appears to me that some critical pieces are missing from the discussion, so here are what I consider to be some critical observations:1. The Christian life is about Jesus Christ.  It begins with Him, invites us to live in Him, and will move history towards a time when His full reign will saturate the un … [Read more...]

Yoga…The Christian Om’s dilemma

Here's the article that got the ball rolling.  Pastors are chiming in all over the web, so there's a sense in which I'm not sure I could add anything to the discussion.  On the other hand, it appears to me that some critical pieces are missing from the discussion, so here are what I consider to be some critical observations:1. The Christian life is about Jesus Christ.  It begins with Him, invites us to live in Him, and will move history towards a time when His full reign will saturate the un … [Read more...]

Jesus Freak: Don’t Miss the Point

One of the books I'm reading right now is refreshingly pointed in reminding me that Jesus came to break down dividing walls.  Listen to some quotes:"...the laws of religion, then and now, thrive on our need for outcasts.  They codify who's in and who's out, what's a right day for healing and what's a wrong one, who's pure and who deserves to be struck down with a disease that makes the untouchable."In contrast to this, the author does a marvelous job of articulating how Jesus' life runs in e … [Read more...]


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