It’s been over week now since World Vision acted, the Evangelical world reacted, and hundreds of us wrote about it. This morning, I’m enjoying some coffee and reading John 9, which is a story about a blind guy Jesus heals with spit and mud on some random Saturday. This leads to some intense questioning and … Continue reading Killing the Power Play – Lessons from World Vision and Church History
I wake up this morning in Colorado and, as is typical, make my coffee and then go to my ipad where I catch up on the news before reading my Bible. It’s just getting light as I scan the news, the craziness that is Ukraine. Last night on the newshour, a professor of Russian studies … Continue reading When “Here” is better than “There”
(in light of some conversations I’ve been having lately, here are some formative, not definitive, thoughts, about the words we use and how they affect our testimony) When you talk to people and the subject of spirituality or faith comes up, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to use the word Christian in any meaningful way. … Continue reading “Christian” – a tired word. May it rest in peace.
The answer to the question “Where do you want to go today?” would never have been Los Angeles for my wife and I. The reasons don’t matter. What matters is that when we married we lived in California and had hopes of returning to Washington state someday, where clouds, rain, snow, and water and glorious … Continue reading “Where do you want to go today?” Wrong question!
Reza Aslan has written “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”. I’ve read much of it and will have finished it by Monday night so that I can chat intelligently about it at The Kindlings Muse (Seattle folk: Hale’s Brewery, 7-8:30, register here). I don’t want to spoil the upcoming event, so the … Continue reading Faith, Sight, and Cairnes on trails: Examining the “historical” Jesus in the bestseller: “Zealot”
We Christians, especially in America, are terrible at having healthy conversations about sexuality and sexual ethics. The landscape of these conversations are ripe with charges, counter-charges, fear, and sweeping judgements, so much so that when I write about sexuality, I need to read all the comments carefully so as to remove the hateful words that … Continue reading Sexual Ethics – time for healthy conversations
Bin Laden and discernment: I don’t know if you heard anything about this, but Bin Laden was killed this past week. Yep… some Navy SEALs snuck into the Pakistan and shot him dead. The rest of the week offered a flood of news stories, though the word “new” isn’t accurate, because the flood that rushed … Continue reading Weekend links: Bin Laden de-brief and book news
Last night I was privileged to participate in a panel discussion about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer because Taproot Theatre here in Seattle is running a play about his life right now. Four of us came prepared to share with the audience some of the ways Bonhoeffer has influenced our lives, along with favorite quotes. … Continue reading Thanks Dietrich…words for the ages
It’s available for all of us. It’s not contingent (thank God) on circumstances. It’s able to move us, faster than a glacier, but slower than jet, towards a quietness and confidence that enables us to be people of hope. Every. Single. Day. I’m talking about the new covenant, which is the topic of our present … Continue reading Crazy Confidence in a Shaky World
I’m convinced, more than ever, that our lives are shaped by two things: 1. Revelation 2. Our response to revelation A lot of revelation in our lives is pre-determined. We don’t choose our families, the nation in which we live (usually), and all the cultural taboos and mores that go with those inheritances. But it’s … Continue reading Reading matters: What’s on your list?