the danger of saying: “I just do what the Bible says…”

"I just follow the Bible" is a potentially ridiculous and dangerous thing to say.  If you've heard of the crusades, the travesties of colonization and land theft, the unholy wedding of violence and the name of Christ, you'll know why.Take, for example, Ezra 7:26 where King Artaxerxes says: "Whoever will not observe the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed upon him strictly, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of goods or for … [Read more...]

The empire has no clothes. The King has colors of hope

In my last post I wrote: Until I’m willing to see both the idolatry and insufficiency of the present “McWorld” system, I’ll also fail to see the radically hopeful nature of the gospel, which provides an exit strategy from these false hopes as it invites us into so much more than a ticket to heaven.Assuming that I do see the insufficiency of the present worldview (no matter who's in power), only clears the deck of false hopes.  It deconstructs.  It exposes.  And, if left alone, creates a g … [Read more...]

The Empire Has No Clothes – raw truth precedes real hope – Part One

The losses and damages characteristic of our present economy cannot be stopped, let alone restored, by “liberal” or “conservative” tweakings of corporate industrialism, against which the ancient imperatives of good care, homemaking, and frugality can have no standing. - Wendell BerryNow that Mitt Romney has effectively vanquished all other contenders, the real election posturing can begin, and we all know it won't be pretty.  More importantly though, we also know it won't be true, or at th … [Read more...]

The Challenges of Wealth and the Call of Christ

David Brooks recent NY Times article entitled "The Great Divorce" speaks of what is becoming on of the largest issues of our day, not just because it's an election year, but because it's a real issue.  Brooks reveals the dramatic shifts in American culture between 1963 and the present, noting that, while there's always been a gap between wealth and poverty, in previous eras that gap wasn't accompanied by a behavior gap.  Brooks writes, "income gaps did not lead to big behavior gaps. Roughly 98 p … [Read more...]

When you don’t like your job

It's common theme these days, a point of conversation among people in every age group, from 'just out of college' to those near retirement.  "I hate my job", or "I can't wait to do something different", or "I'm counting the days..."  It's a subject worthy of book, because the reality is that there's a time to stay, and a time to leave, and that the real challenge is knowing what time it is.  Leave prematurely, and you'll fan the flames of discontent that should instead be quenched, creating a ra … [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...]

Seeing: the father of endurance

P1040291

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...]


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