Just getting on with it…

This week I'm in the stunningly green English countryside with friends from around the globe who gather every four years general conference of Torchbearers.  It's difficult to accurately portray the power of what happens when 200 leaders from 27 Bible centers around the world gather in one room to pray, worship, study the scriptures together, and do business as they seek, each on their own unique setting, to make God's good reign visible through the power of the resurrected Jesus.Every day … [Read more...]

Why Caring for the Earth matters to Christ…and you

" And yet what is the burden of the Bible if not a sense of the mutuality of influence, rising out of the essential unity among soul and body and community and world?  These are all the works of God and it is therefore the work of virtue to make or restore harmony among them"   Wendell Barry"This is what God planned for the climax of all times: to bring all things together in Christ, the things in heaven along with the things on earth" - Paul the ApostleI'll never forget an experience I h … [Read more...]

What’s in Your Hands today? The Joy of Letting Go

I'm always intrigued by the stories of mountains in the Bible because so much that's transformative happens among them, or at their summits.  Encounters with God in the mountains are nearly always time of transition:  From this....to that.  We're between two mountains when Moses says that each one represents a choice that is yet ahead: life or death.  Then he shouts "choose life" to the whole nation before dying.  We're on a mountain, with Jesus, when we see him transformed into the essence of gl … [Read more...]

Ready, Set, Lent. Why it matters – more than ever.

"And early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there." Mark 1:35I'm ready for Lent.Because Lent is a time of "retreating into the wilderness with Jesus", I say bring it on.I'm embarrassed by what Christianity is becoming in the west:Individualism is touted, at the expense of deeply committed community, through rap and poetry about love for Jesus, but hatred for religion, failing to mention that … [Read more...]

Getting stuff done… 3 tools for a more productive/creative 2012

"Most of us have two lives.  The life we live, and the unlived life within us." Steven PressfieldThe words of Jesus percolate down into the soil of my heart:  "to whom much is given, much is required".  I take stock of my health, education, access to clean water, abundance of shelter, opportunities for travel and global worldview, healthy marriage, great children, and material wealth.  "Yes" I say to myself, "that's me".  I'm part of the group of which much will be required because I've been … [Read more...]

The flu… losing weight, losing stuff, finding peace

I had the flu last week.  By Friday, my day off, my plans for a short overnight backpack trip were scuttled because the week old virus clung (and still clings) to me, sapping my strength and leaving me with no weapons to fight back other than rest and water.  As I was walking up the stairs on Friday, there were stacks of books in need of my care, shouting "read me," "file me," "return me," "share me."  There were papers too, and pictures in need of frames, not to mention a backpacking headlamp, a … [Read more...]