A few days before Christmas in 1993, my dad passed away of stomach cancer and every Christmas since has not been the same. As a result, I became a Christmas Grinch. My "grinchness" had nothing to do with presents, consumerism, or fighting for the "soul of Christmas". For me, it was purely a deep sense … Continue reading Advent: Mockingjays and ICU’s
I appreciate old churches, particularly old Catholic churches with stained glassed windows and sacred art. My senior year in college I spent a lot of time at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, first because it's free, second, because it's inspiring. My favorite part of the museum is their massive collection of Byzantium and the … Continue reading An Hour with Karl Barth: Off the Stained Glass Windows
Day 1 on Sabbatical: Today my family and I drove to Lake Tahoe where a friend was kind enough to let us use his cabin. After much personal debate, I decided that it was going to be too cold for me to ride my road bike up here knowing full well, that by the time … Continue reading Realizing I’m the Crazy Cat Lady.
Our church spent the past couple days at a retreat center shaping and reworking our values in hopes of discovering our vision and our mission. Given the reality that people need to earn the right to be heard by cultivating genuine relationships and hearing stories, the discussion turned to, "how do we help people tell … Continue reading Walking Parables, Pt. 1
A few weeks ago I left to spend Christmas serving at a children's home in India. In the middle of a village outside of Chennai we had limited cell phone service. I received an urgent e-mail from my wife to call home. One of our students had committed suicide the morning after we left for … Continue reading In Life and Death
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Eugene Peterson writes, "life is the country that Christians live in, frequently named in the Psalms as 'land of the living.'" Pastoral ministry happens in real life. Pastoral ministry is subject to the highs and the lows of life. In life's splendor and grit, pastoral moments are present in them all. "Pastoral ministry is rooted … Continue reading "The Land of the Living"