Eighth Letter…A new TULIP for 2010

There's a national project underway that's inviting bloggers to write a letter to the church in North America. Many of these letters can be found here.  It's called the Eighth Letter and the link will explain why.  Here's my offering to the project...To the North American Church:I know you're struggling.  The symptoms of your problems are easy to see.  The obvious ones have to do with numerical decline and leadership scandals.  Less obvious, but just as problematic, is the explosion in chur … [Read more...]

Eighth Letter…A new TULIP for 2010

There's a national project underway that's inviting bloggers to write a letter to the church in North America. Many of these letters can be found here.  It's called the Eighth Letter and the link will explain why.  Here's my offering to the project...To the North American Church:I know you're struggling.  The symptoms of your problems are easy to see.  The obvious ones have to do with numerical decline and leadership scandals.  Less obvious, but just as problematic, is the explosion in chur … [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...]

Not enough – and more than enough

Genealogies are supposed to be the boring part of the Bible, but this morning, in my coffee with God, I've been pondering Matthew's genealogy of Jesus. It's clearly more than just a list of names; it's telling us some important things that I can apply to my life right here, right now.The geneaology is divided into sections: Adam to David - David to Babylon - Babylon to Christ. Since Matthew's book is written to Jews, who knew their Old Testament, some of the points that he's introducing by … [Read more...]

The Healer speaks through the stars…

If there's a time for everything, then there's a time for grenades of darkness to pummel our souls, battering the illusions we've built and exposing the raw pain of evil in this world.  Some weeks, some days, pastors are right in the thick of the battle, absorbing the explosion.  This has been a week of grenades: infidelity, abandonment, unspeakable pain, the idiocy of a pastor in Florida (whose church, in the height of irony, is named "Dove Outreach Center"), and smaller shrapnel as well, in t … [Read more...]

The Healer speaks through the stars…

If there's a time for everything, then there's a time for grenades of darkness to pummel our souls, battering the illusions we've built and exposing the raw pain of evil in this world.  Some weeks, some days, pastors are right in the thick of the battle, absorbing the explosion.  This has been a week of grenades: infidelity, abandonment, unspeakable pain, the idiocy of a pastor in Florida (whose church, in the height of irony, is named "Dove Outreach Center"), and smaller shrapnel as well, in t … [Read more...]

Adaptive Leadership –

You might remember the book "Into Thin Air" from over a decade ago?  It catalogs some teams climbing Everest and attempting to summit on May 10, 1996, a day which became the deadliest day, in the deadliest year, of Everest mountaineering history.  One of the heroic stories of that day was the actions of Ed Viesturs and his climbing team, who were on the mountain to make an IMAX film.  Though they would summit later, their encounter of the storm created an entire reshuffling of their expedition's … [Read more...]

As if…a tiny anniversary meditation.

I don't know famous people, but this summer I was able to become friends with one of the actors on "The Middle" because his dad and I were in architecture school together.  We were all together at a conference where I spoke, and I learned about the challenges and opportunities that come to Christ followers who are professional actors.  He told me Patricia Heaton, who plays the mom in "The Middle" is a committed Christ follower.  So it was with great interest, two weekends ago, that I listened to … [Read more...]


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