“Dungface”

My morning "coffee with God" continues to consist of reading through Matthew in "The Message" and this morning's read shook me awake yet again:"A student doesn't get a better desk than her teacher.  A laborer doesn't make more money than his boss.  Be content - pleased even - when you, my students, my harvest hands, get the same treatment I get.  If they call me, the Master, 'Dungface', what can workers expect?" (Matthew 10:24,25)Dungface.  The word is a reminder that the life to which Jesus … [Read more...]

“Missional & Evangelism”

I'm reading this morning, during "coffee with God", out of Matthew 9.  I'm reading through the gospels in Eugene Peterson's "The Message" because I've read them lots of time in the more traditional, literal translations, and am finding great joy in being shaken awake by some of his phrases and wording.Listen to how Peterson articulates our calling:"Don't begin by traveling to some far oof place to convert unbelievers.  And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy.  God to the lo … [Read more...]

“Missional & Evangelism”

I'm reading this morning, during "coffee with God", out of Matthew 9.  I'm reading through the gospels in Eugene Peterson's "The Message" because I've read them lots of time in the more traditional, literal translations, and am finding great joy in being shaken awake by some of his phrases and wording.Listen to how Peterson articulates our calling:"Don't begin by traveling to some far oof place to convert unbelievers.  And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy.  God to the lo … [Read more...]

Hot Times aren’t ahead – they’re here.

Did you know that in 1940, our food system produced 2.3 calories of food energy for every calorie of fossil fuel it consumed?  Now it takes ten calories of fossil energy to produce a single calorie of modern supermarket food.  We need to change the way we do things.   Ah...but I'm getting ahead of myself.Two weeks ago my wife and I visited a friend in DC who knows the area.  She'd recommended a burger place near Capitol Hill and we met her there for one of the best burgers, and surely the best … [Read more...]

Resisting Groupthink: Christian and Otherwise

The Holocaust Museum stands in DC as our nation's tribute to the over six million Jews who were killed in the WWII genocide.  There were lots of factors leading up to separation, objectification, deportation, and eventually, annihilation, of the Jews.  One of them was the burning of books.  Hitler understood that ideas are the soil in which attitudes take root, and that attitudes are always the precursor to action.  Change ideas, and you’ll change action.  The Bible agrees with him.All “other i … [Read more...]

the power of words…

This past Friday my wife and I rented bicycles in DC and rode around, from monument to monument during the evening hours.  Though both the design and craftsmanship of these monuments are stunning, I was struck most by the power of the words.  At the Lincoln Memorial there was an endless stream of visitors having their picture taken in front of his the president's feet.  Off to the sides though, are two of Lincoln's speeches.  To his right is the Gettysburg address, offered in the wake of that blo … [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...]

Showing up for each other…year after year

I just finished a week of ministry at Forest Home, a marvelous ministry in Southern California that shares Christ with thousands of families each year.  I love these weeks of itinerant teaching; , sharing meals, and talking about family life, church life, and ministry with people from all over Southern California and Arizona.  This is the kind of ministry that I did for years before settling in to life in Seattle as the pastor of Bethany Community Church.There was a group of people at family c … [Read more...]


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