“Individual Morality” = Oxymoronic half-truth

A recent NY Times editorial exposes the reality that emerging generations have almost no sense of ethic and morality because, as they've been taught by our culture, "morality is a personal, individual matter."  It appears that, aside from the most obvious moral issues, such as the wrongness of rape and murder, 18- to 23-year-olds have no consensus on issues like cheating on a test, driving drunk, or cheating on one's partner.When asked about the rightness or wrongness of situations that, in … [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...]

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...]

Jesus is calling us cack to the present

(Good Wednesday to you - My wife Donna and I have just returned from three days of hiking in the Alps, blissfully internet free.  In my absence, my friend Ian has offered a guest post about the importance of living in the present - while you read, I'll go enjoy some Schnitzel, and plan on sharing about tomorrow about lessons learned in the Alps)The instant gratification that grew up out of consumerism was like a gateway drug, and it left many of us wanting more. So this culture turned its … [Read more...]

Jesus is calling us cack to the present

(Good Wednesday to you - My wife Donna and I have just returned from three days of hiking in the Alps, blissfully internet free.  In my absence, my friend Ian has offered a guest post about the importance of living in the present - while you read, I'll go enjoy some Schnitzel, and plan on sharing about tomorrow about lessons learned in the Alps)The instant gratification that grew up out of consumerism was like a gateway drug, and it left many of us wanting more. So this culture turned its … [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...]


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