It’s still Christmas

Dec 29, 2015 by

Now that Christmas Day is over, many of us feel let down because the day we have been anticipating for so long is over. The malls strip their elaborate decorations and junk their remaining Christmas stocks...

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Where does spiritual formation really happen?

Jul 9, 2015 by

Spiritual formation is defined as an intentional Christian practice with the goal to develop a spiritual maturity that leads to Christ-likeness. The term brings to mind Christian spiritual practices like...

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Tomato theology

Jun 4, 2015 by

Over the last few weeks I have planted 30 tomato plants in the garden — another important rite of spring, and an increasingly important part of the rhythm of my life. Here in Seattle, we rarely have...

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United by love, not doctrine

Mar 25, 2015 by

A couple of days ago, with the help of some friends, I planted the early vegetable garden with cauliflowers, cabbages, broccoli, lettuce, Chinese greens and carrots. I use the square foot method — lots of...

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Reflection: A river runs through

Mar 10, 2015 by

If any of you is thirsty, come to Me and drink. If you believe in Me, the Hebrew Scriptures say that rivers of living water will flow from within you. Jesus was referring to the realities of life in the Spirit...

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Never be afraid of what is right

Jan 19, 2015 by

Martin Luther King Day, which commemorates King’s birthday, is one of those days that I think should be celebrated throughout the world. It is a day used to promote equal rights for all Americans, though I...

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A Thanksgiving liturgy for 2014

Nov 25, 2014 by

American Thanksgiving is this week. People are zipping across the country to spend the day together with family and friends. This is the holiday that I have most relished adopting since I have lived in the...

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Leadership as spiritual direction

Sep 23, 2014 by

A couple of years ago I was interviewed by a master of divinity student for her class on leadership. I told her that for me leadership was not a position of privilege or of prestige but rather one of...

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Living into the love of God

Aug 20, 2014 by

I have been thinking a lot about the love of God. I am getting ready to do a spiritual retreat with a group of doctors this morning and then tomorrow head down to Portland to speak at the Word Made Flesh...

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Redeeming the curse — count your blessings

Jul 8, 2014 by

I’ve been thinking (and blogging) about how even the brambles and pests in our gardens can be unexpected blessings from God. I have found myself reflecting a lot about the aspects of my personality that...

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Walking is for noticing

May 22, 2014 by

Walking is the fastest pace for noticing. Go out and have a good walk today, notice your neighborhood, enjoy its sounds and smells and sights. Anchor yourself and find where you belong. Refresh your spirit and...

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If you want to be subversive follow Jesus through Holy Week

Apr 15, 2014 by

It’s Holy week and Jesus’ journey towards the cross has begun. Many of us have already processed around the church on Palm Sunday, and bought our Easter eggs and hot crossed buns, diverting our...

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