new look

January 30, 2005 | 7 Comments

I changed to a sleeker template tonight. Those who read the blog through an RSS feeder, please drop by and tell me what you think. I’ll probably be doing some work on the bloated right column as well in the next few weeks.


January 29, 2005 | Leave a comment

I have heard a few teachings I have heard from Ron Martoia, enjoyed his book, and have regularly visited his website. I know he left his church last summer, and apparently is making a go of it as a leadership consultant as far as I can tell. His new website, Vortex appears to be some […]

U2 tour

January 29, 2005 | Leave a comment

U2 have announced their US tour dates. April 24 in Seattle…who’s in?

what is spiritual maturity?

January 29, 2005 | 5 Comments

Spiritual maturity isn’t always easy to define. This past week, we were in San Diego at church planting training. While there, I became aware of the variety of definitions that seem to exist for spiritual maturity. I also realized that I think many of them fall short. Too often, we spiritual maturty simply as someone […]


January 22, 2005 | 5 Comments

Being in an extended season of rest, this quote from Heaven is Not My Home seemed particularly relevant. I post it here for your benefit, and hoping that I won’t forget it when this season ends. Rest means letting the world pass us by for a time. Genuine rest requires acknowledging that God and our […]

the family blog

January 22, 2005 | Leave a comment

Since our family is on the move, we’ve started a new blog to help friends in family keep in touch with what is going on with us:

the creative class

January 21, 2005 | 6 Comments

Though I haven’t found much discussion about this elsewhere, I think there is a pretty clear link between the so-called Creative Class and those who are thinking about new ways of being the church. For those of you interested in exploring this more, Richard Florida, who wrote The Rise of the Creative Class, has a […]

missional church

January 20, 2005 | 1 Comment

I read Missional Church by Darrell Guder this past week. Lots of great thinking going on in this book. It’s mildly disjointed to read, because it has six different authors, but actually flows pretty well in light of that. Below are a few highlights from the book in italics, along with some of my own […]

gifts for all

January 20, 2005 | 3 Comments

We are back from the cruise and happy to be on solid ground. That ship was a rockin’ and not just when we were celebrating ten years of marriage! 😉 Since I’m unemployed, I decided not to buy gifts for all of you. However, I do offer up the Rob Bell MP3s available here for […]

do not disturb…

January 14, 2005 | Leave a comment

I’ve set all comments to be approved while we are away so the spammers don’t get the best of us. You can leave a comment, but it won’t appear until I return and approve it.

wright on christian books

January 11, 2005 | 2 Comments

From the Gower Street interview with NT Wright: (part 7 of 6…figure that out!) Lots of the stuff is just a Christian version of the self-help section. I remember somebody sending me a bookstore catalog, I won’t say which publisher it was in America, a year or two ago, and after having flipped through it, […]


January 11, 2005 | Leave a comment

Not much time to think, read, or post entries right now. This weekend, we finished moving out of our house into temporary quarters with a friend for the next few months. Tomorrow, we leave for a few weeks. The first week will be on a cruise celebrating our 10th anniversary (which was last summer), and […]

January 6, 2005 | 1 Comment

These pictures leave me speechless.


January 5, 2005 | 3 Comments

If you watch my reading list at all, you saw this one up there for quite a while. I just finished it tonight. It’s a fascinating book about the origins and the make-up of the cosmos itself. It’s very well written and translated into laymen’s terms. Even so, I don’t recommend it unless you are […]

i got your macchiato right here

January 5, 2005 | 3 Comments

Moving to Seattle means a lot of hot drinks, and no money to buy them because rent is a gazillion dollars up there. So, I splurged on a $5.50 espresso maker on ebay, and got advice from many of my Starbuck’s friends on how to make my favorite drink — Caramel Macchiato! It’s not too […]

the los angeles {breath} angels of an{breath}aheim

January 3, 2005 | 3 Comments

I grew up rooting for the California Anaheim Angels. (Yeah…I know they were the Los Angeles Angels once too, but not in my lifetime.) I even chose to go to college in Southern California because I knew that I’d be able to catch a lot of games at Anaheim Stadium Edison Field. They still have […]

the year of the parables

January 3, 2005 | 6 Comments

I’ve had an ongoing interest of late in the parables of Jesus. I find many books about the parables catching my attention. I’ve also been wondering how much the parables related to the specific political situation in Jesus’ time, whether they were meant for practical application for us, or perhaps both. So, I’m going to […]

tsunami perspectives

January 2, 2005 | 7 Comments

NT Wright wrote a commentary a few days ago on the tsunamis, and the perspective, or perhaps lack of, that the Bible seems to offer on such things. I find his response to be much warmer, empathetic and reasonable than the cold and calloused response that John Piper wrote a few days ago. We can […]

i got your salvation right here

January 1, 2005 | 3 Comments

I’ve been teaching my daughter the song “Zacchaeus was a wee little man.” Because of this catchy little tune, and because he was short, this seems to be the story about Jesus that most children really seem to grab a hold of. (I was hoping to find a flannelboard picture of Zacchaeus, but no luck. […]

xp powertoys

January 1, 2005 | Leave a comment

Those of you using XP need to check out the Windows XP PowerToys. Some of these are good, some are worthless. I definitely recommend, however, the Alt-Tab replacement. It’s very handy.