Imperfections…the soil for intimacy

When I was in high school, I went to a conference where I received a red notebook which contained important and life-changing information about self-image.  It was there I learned the powerful truth of Psalm 139, that I am "fearfully and wonderfully made" and that I could wake up and look at in the mirror every morning believing that God had made me "just the way I am."  I tried, but could never quite get there because in my most honest moments, I knew that there were things about me that I'd w … [Read more...]

Storms, foundations, rebuilding….

The Wise man Built His House upon the Rock... It’s the end of a bad day and I’m driving to the writing cabin.  Stresses, demands, uncertainties, broken appointments, and hurtful words followed by icy withdrawal – all of these were wrapped up in a single sunny day.  A word that might describe my reaction to these trials:  pathetic.  I withdrew into self-pity, and wallowed in my pain.Ironically, it was the day that I studying about how those who have a strong foundation in Christ can weather st … [Read more...]

Seasons…gratitude and presence, come what may

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As the plane descends and the lights of Seattle become welcome, familiar reference points, I take a few moments to look back on what can only be called, "the summer of life" because of all the life giving elements contained in it, including:1. A trip to Europe for my wife and I, courtesy of our generous and amazing church, so that we could visit our daughter who serves there, and hike the Alps.  Body - Soul - Spirit - every part of us was enlivened through the hiking, the beauty, the … [Read more...]

Seasons…gratitude and presence, come what may

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As the plane descends and the lights of Seattle become welcome, familiar reference points, I take a few moments to look back on what can only be called, "the summer of life" because of all the life giving elements contained in it, including:1. A trip to Europe for my wife and I, courtesy of our generous and amazing church, so that we could visit our daughter who serves there, and hike the Alps.  Body - Soul - Spirit - every part of us was enlivened through the hiking, the beauty, the … [Read more...]

Grace, generosity, gratitude, God – the real 4G network

There was no way it could happen.  Last Thursday afternoon, I was watching ESPN and happened to see that the "biggest series of the year" was about to happen for the Red Sox, as they met the Yankees at Fenway park in Boston.  Then it dawned on me that, with the red-eye flight out of Seattle Friday night, I'd be IN Boston on Saturday, which meant that, in theory at least, I could go to the Sox/Yankees, in August, with these two teams tied for first, at one of the few remaining ballparks in the c … [Read more...]

I’ve got mono! The challenges and beauty of monogamy

still crazy...in love..after all these years

The New Times published an article recently positing that infidelity was, for some marriages, just the right ingredient needed to keep a marriage strong.  The advocate for this lifestyle is none other than Seattle's own Dan Savage, of "Savage Love",  Stranger fame.  At first blush (pun intended), the article appears not to be worth the time to read.  Who cares about some guy's theory that married couples would be happier in some cases if infidelity was an accepted part of the marriage package?  B … [Read more...]

Home – wherever you are

My wife and I are standing on the rocks en route to the Guttenberg Haus, high in the Dachstein region of the Austrian Alps.  I’ve seen this hut from my room, down in the valley, where I stay when I teach in Austria, but I've never been here in the summer, when its open.As we pause for a sip of water I look down and see the ski jump facility in Ramsau, a small Alpine village that lives by farming and tourism.  I realize, as I look at this ski jump, that I’ve stood beside it often.  The first tim … [Read more...]

Home – wherever you are

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My wife and I are standing on the rocks en route to the Guttenberg Haus, high in the Dachstein region of the Austrian Alps.  I’ve seen this hut from my room, down in the valley, where I stay when I teach in Austria, but I've never been here in the summer, when its open.As we pause for a sip of water I look down and see the ski jump facility in Ramsau, a small Alpine village that lives by farming and tourism.  I realize, as I look at this ski jump, that I’ve stood beside it often.  The first tim … [Read more...]


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