Surprised by joy? No…it’s just like God to give it!

I walked out of the forest into perfection

We'd been hiking for a little while.  Up 1000 meters, and then down 1000.  Up another 1000, and then down again.  Then up one more time, and down half way to our final night at a hut.  The huts are the Alpine alternative to backpacking.  Instead of carrying everything with you, all you need is fresh underwear, a little soap and toothpaste, and a sheet.  The hut provides you with a bed, pillow, blanket, your beverage of choice, and a meal, all for around 50 Euro for the two of us.  Of course, the … [Read more...]

Single? What are you waiting for?

Today's guest post is from someone who's living into her singleness.  She's moved to Europe, where she teaches English Literature during the school year, and guides young people through the Alps in the summer.  Her contentment and joy, right where she's at, challenge all of us to drop the "as soon as" language, and begin living today.  Kristi Dahlstrom is my oldest daughter.  Our love of mountains and words, coffee and wine, conversation and travel, keep the two of us, both left handed, woven clo … [Read more...]

A better story…on what to do with the rest of your life, and saying yes

(I'm happy to introduce my youngest daughter, Holly Dahlstrom, to you.  Her joy, courage, and love of people inspire me.  Her capacity to hear God's voice and follow is a reminder to us all that "a better story" awaits, if we'll but listen for the voice of our Maker and follow.  You can follow all her Rwandan adventures throughout the summer here.)CEZ, OVC, ‘letter of invitation’, MOU, developing world, US Embassy, PEPFAR, cultural assimilation.These are words I never expected to use in a sin … [Read more...]

A better story…on what to do with the rest of your life, and saying yes

(I'm happy to introduce my youngest daughter, Holly Dahlstrom, to you.  Her joy, courage, and love of people inspire me.  Her capacity to hear God's voice and follow is a reminder to us all that "a better story" awaits, if we'll but listen for the voice of our Maker and follow.  You can follow all her Rwandan adventures throughout the summer here.)CEZ, OVC, ‘letter of invitation’, MOU, developing world, US Embassy, PEPFAR, cultural assimilation.These are words I never expected to use in a sin … [Read more...]

The world is wide…and cold: Advice to dads from one who loves being one

I don't know where the line originates.  Maybe it comes from one of my children, who spoke to another of my children because they miss each other as they live their lives in Seattle, Germany, and soon, Rwanda.  Wherever it comes from, it found its way into this little exchange between two of them, and is at the core of an element in their intertwined lives that brings me great joy."Why are you so far away?" writes one."Because the world is wide and cold," writes the other.  "Alas.""That is … [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...]

Don’t find your passion—find your lover

Graduation is in the air, and David Brooks' excellent article about the wrong-headed speeches he's heard this graduation season is a great jumping-off point for a very important conversation.  Brooks makes the important observation that today's generation is entering a world of unemployment and an unprecedented convergence of challenges on several fronts.  But, as Brooks notes, "College students are raised in an environment that demands one set of navigational skills, and they are then cast out i … [Read more...]


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