Archive - 2017

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LOOKING BACK AT THE BEST READS OF 2017
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Help! Christmas is Coming
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WHAT THE NEWS DOES NOT REPORT
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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

LOOKING BACK AT THE BEST READS OF 2017

I set an audacious goal to read fifty books in 2017. It was too ambitious. Too many distractions. Too many excuses–travel, surgery recovery, writing a book, Longmire, grandkids (wait, I don’t have grandchildren). Still, I did find time enough to read some amazing books, beginning with Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.[…]

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Help! Christmas is Coming

Christmas weekend is coming, and I am guessing most pastors are sweating by now. I know they are. For thirty two years, I came into Christmas Eve and morning services with fear and trepidation. What do you say that hasn’t been said? And should anything be said that hasn’t been said? There are things you[…]

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WHAT THE NEWS DOES NOT REPORT

Open the newspaper today, turn to news about the Middle East, and you will read about unrest in Israel, clashes between police and protestors in front of the American embassy in Beirut, and Palestinian rage over Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Throw in the day to day rage between Sunni and Shi’ite[…]

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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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