Look Up

People have said I’m creative for as long as I can remember. Until I actually studied it, people also generally rolled there eyes when they said. Nowadays, I cut them off with book recommendations before they can. Then I mention I took classes on creativity in...

Look Down

The guiding question for ⏬ is, “Where am I?” A couple times a year, usually around New Year and then at the end of Summer, I do an inventory of the five capitals. Over several days. I ask “Where am I spiritual, relational, physical, mental, and financial?” While it’s...

Press Pause

Lent is where I learned to fast. Fasting made me crash, without sugar and caffeine, I couldn’t avoid it. Crashing, as well as crossing paths with the right people, at the right time, who gave me the right tools and set me up to think differently about rhythms....

Look Out

I’ve flip-flopped between calling this “look out” and “look forward” at least a dozen times. It’s hard to find the right phrase sometimes. I’d love to hear your thoughts, which do you prefer? (please comment below). In the end, what I called it didn’t seem as...

Memento Mori

I crashed on a couch at church when touring with a band called Captive Free. That's how I crossed paths with a guy named Jonathan in Eugene, Oregon. The next year, I’d move to Chicago and find that he and his wife had done the same. That year he took his music career...

Re:Mission c/o mission

I love playing with words.  Although I've never been good at punctuation, I love playing with it too. Remission: a diminution of the seriousness or intensity of disease or pain; a temporary recovery. Let's face it, any mission worth it's weight will have pain.  That's...

It’s called an ampersand

"I want that little 'and' symbol.  The one you get when you hold shift and press 7." "ampersand" the man on the other end of the phone replied. This was back in 1997 when you still ordered things over the phone.  I didn't want to get this part wrong.  I was dealing...

So are we…but, we don’t have to be.

To talk about "discipleship" and "education" interchangeable problematic.  While there are similarities, there are also some huge differences.  Having earned two masters degrees (a MA in Communication and a Mdiv) and teaching at a university, I've "bought in" to...

You are what you eat.

You are what you eat. We’ve all heard it.  It’s one of those true and not true statements.  As a kid, my thoughts were based on Saturday morning cartoons I imagined walking bananas and talking tomatoes.  I became a teenager and dismissed those childish thoughts.  Taco...

> #Blessed

I’ve been thinking about cliche things lately. I’ve used that word for decades, and it always leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I looked it up and realized why I hate this word. It is “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” I...

not what you do

Since 2004, I’ve been cultivating a Sabbath. I don’t recall when it became a family thing, nor have I documented it’s evolution. I really wish I would have; but somehow it happened. A couple years ago, Tricia said "no" to something. This was one of the hardest lessons...

Brokeness

It’s easy to think that brokenness comes from God. God is in control, right? Well, there is a huge difference between being in control and controlling everything. But that is a whole other blog. In church we’ve sung songs with words like “Brokeness, brokenness is what...

truth v. candor

I love stories. Lately, I’ve started loving listening to the same story told by different people.  I’m amazed by what parts seem important to one and what parts are totally left out by other.  When he tells the story, he is heroic - until she is in the room, then he...

Stuck in the Circle

“The time has come, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, repent and believe the good news.” -Mark 1.14 Let's break down what those bold words mean. repent (metanoia) - This is the word we translate as repent.  It really just means to “think different after.”  To think...

Identity & Authority

A 10 year old boy, sat on his porch watching as a mother demeaned and struck her 3 year old son.  This wasn’t discipline, it was abuse.   As he stared, frozen by concern and empathy, the mother turned her aggression toward him, “What are you looking at you little...

You can’t have resurrection with out death.

Death and resurrection are some key components of Christianity, nobody argues that one.  Still, it's tough to remember that you can't have resurrection without death.  There's the promise of resurrection, then there's resurrection.  Nothing needs to die for the...

My chair is a journal.

Time and place matter. I'm convinced Judas knew where Jesus was because of this.  Jesus had a physical place where he went to pray.  I wonder what it was about that place that Jesus liked.  I'll be at the Mount of Olives in a few weeks and maybe I'll find figure it...

Is it raining?

I got to participate in a workshop by a Disney !magineer and he told this story about Walt: It was a rainy day when Walt's car drove by one of the young, new illustrator.  It wasn't intentional but he almost splashed him.  Since he was new, he had to park on the far...

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