Archive - 2017

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A THANKSGIVING I NO LONGER MISS
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THOSE ANNUAL IRRELEVANT AWARDS
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THE LAST WORD
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God’s Elusive Ways
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THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME ALONE
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Second, They Came for Those Holding to Faith
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THE NEXT TIME YOU USE A WORD
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WHAT PAIN EXPOSES
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GETTING LOST IN OUR TRUE NORTH
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A JOURNEY TO THE OTHER SIDE OF PAIN

A THANKSGIVING I NO LONGER MISS

Saturday I spent some time along the shore of Plymouth Harbor visiting a 17th century English village. It is a re-creation of the small maritime community built by the first pilgrims. Pretty cool to hear the stories and imagine what sixty-six days crossing the ocean must have been like. In some of these small houses I[…]

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THOSE ANNUAL IRRELEVANT AWARDS

Every year in the Fall, evangelical theologians gather from around the world to present instructive and challenging papers on a variety of important topics. This week, it was fitting to meet in Providence, Rhode Island on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Here, Roger Williams (not to be confused with the sentimental songwriter) planted a[…]

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THE LAST WORD

Last summer, I watched the movie, “The Last Word.” Shirley MacLaine plays the character, Harriet Lauler. She lives in comfortable isolation, friendless and alone. She is aware that death is closing in on her, so she commissions a local obituary writer to do her story. She does not want to leave it to chance. Summing[…]

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God’s Elusive Ways

Wednesday, on the way home from seminary, I stopped to see one of my mentors, Pastor Don Jensen (a.k.a. PJ). He was my predecessor at Village, a much beloved pastor. We had just visited a couple of weeks ago at a gathering, and we reflected on ministry. His eyesight is nearly gone, but he is[…]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME ALONE

Some words for this new day– Jesus says, ‘Go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place” (Matt 6:6). Henri Nouwen, the Catholic priest, professor, and writer, has some centering words for us who claim to be followers of Jesus–but get so[…]

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Second, They Came for Those Holding to Faith

Earlier this month, I came across a disturbing article in the Wall Street Journal, “First, They Came for the Biologists.” Dr. Heather Heying, a biology professor who taught at Evergreen State College for fifteen years, is the author. It is an account of the revolution happening on many college campuses—aimed at eradicating ideas that are[…]

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THE NEXT TIME YOU USE A WORD

The other night we were dining with friends up here at the cabin. I suddenly noticed a mouse crawling along a ledge near our table. It was the fourth sighting since escaping to the wilderness. It’s getting down into the 30’s, and they must be sorting out which of the places along the Pend Oreille[…]

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WHAT PAIN EXPOSES

It is September 30, and I must say I am grateful this month is over in three hours and six minutes. It has been a long—l-o-n-g—month. Like much of day-to-day life, my postings have been scattered. Life at times has been a fog, thanks to the medications I have had a love-hate relationship with. It began[…]

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GETTING LOST IN OUR TRUE NORTH

Writing  a book on global leadership, I have been especially attune in these days to books on the subject. Of course, there are no end to books on leadership. In an age so lacking of sound leaders, it is ironic that books on the theme are published practically every day—Start with the Why, Rise, The[…]

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A JOURNEY TO THE OTHER SIDE OF PAIN

I have often viewed myself as one having a high tolerance to pain.  I have prided myself on enduring discomfort rather than giving in to drugs like Tylenol or Aleve. Like one taking a Nazarite Vow, I have attempted to keep my body pure of all drugs. When I tore my Achilles tendon on a[…]

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