Seeing: the father of endurance

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Mt. Lafayette is, by any Pacific Northwest standards, just a hill, topping off at a mere 5,249 feet.  It's beautiful in it's own right, but only a hill.  Still, the hike to to the summit is an exercise in endurance because most of the hike is shrouded in forest, save the few openings where one is able to see some remarkable granite walls (next time I'm bringing climbing gear).  The cocktail of steep sections, wet rocks, and warm air thick with humidity makes the journey a little boring.  Without … [Read more...]

Seeing: the father of endurance

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Mt. Lafayette is, by any Pacific Northwest standards, just a hill, topping off at a mere 5,249 feet.  It's beautiful in it's own right, but only a hill.  Still, the hike to to the summit is an exercise in endurance because most of the hike is shrouded in forest, save the few openings where one is able to see some remarkable granite walls (next time I'm bringing climbing gear).  The cocktail of steep sections, wet rocks, and warm air thick with humidity makes the journey a little boring.  Without … [Read more...]

What are you looking for?

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"where you treasure is, there your heart will be also..." Matthew 6:19Our holiday in Austria this past June, courtesy of the marvelous church I pastor, allowed my wife and I several days to hike in the Alps.  And hike we did: up, up, up, until we were high above any trees, leaving us hiking on something that was, at times, akin to the desolation of the moon.  Up there, "trail" means something entirely different than down lower, where a swath is cut through trees, and a clear path beaten down s … [Read more...]

Disengage from the culture and don’t change the world – change yourself

Casey Anthony.  Who is she?  Why is her case important?  Or, is her case important, or before that Anthony Weiner's case, or before that some other politician or movie star, or both - why is anyone at all paying attention to this string of social pablam?  And we Christians have our own diversions:  "Good bye-Rob Bell"?  "Eugene Peterson is the devil because he wrote the Message".  Are these conversations  more important than our national fiscal crisis, or the torture of citizens in Syria by their … [Read more...]

Ethics: A system, a sound byte, or a person?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer had a lot to say about Ethics, and with good reason.  A pastor/theologian by heart, he was committed to the way of Jesus which, by all his understanding, meant a way of non-violence.  In spite of this, he ultimately became part of a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.  The reasons behind his decision are far beyond the scope of this post, but central to this post is Bonhoeffer's belief that ethics flow from a person, not a system.The questions that have come out of this past S … [Read more...]

Skinny Church – the wrong fast for a hungry world

If nutrition is a hobby of yours, then you know that something as simple and straightforward as eating food has dozens of conflicting schools of thought. Macrobiotic people swear by rice and seaweed. Paleolithic people think rice, and most agriculture for that matter, is from the devil himself. Vegetarians think meat eaters are cruelly killing animals, and, by eating meat, their own bodies. Vegetarian Myth (a favorite book of mine) takes pretty much the opposite approach. Back in the day, low f … [Read more...]

Skinny Church – the wrong fast for a hungry world

If nutrition is a hobby of yours, then you know that something as simple and straightforward as eating food has dozens of conflicting schools of thought. Macrobiotic people swear by rice and seaweed. Paleolithic people think rice, and most agriculture for that matter, is from the devil himself. Vegetarians think meat eaters are cruelly killing animals, and, by eating meat, their own bodies. Vegetarian Myth (a favorite book of mine) takes pretty much the opposite approach. Back in the day, low f … [Read more...]


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