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Aug 3

Watch Your Words Diligently

Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 in Relational

JesusCallingA few years ago my wife introduced me to Sarah Young’s writing. In 2004 Thomas Nelson published Jesus Calling.

Jesus Calling is a book of daily inspiration written from the perspective of Jesus Christ speaking to the reader. My wife likes it so much she has given away several copies.

Eventually her enthusiasm led me to download a copy.

I’m not a daily Jesus Calling reader, but I’m almost never disappointed when I take the time to read Sarah’s writing. Today in particular her words challenged me and my sense of humor.

Watch Your Words Diligently

Jan 30

Lessons from Lachers – Eric

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Amy, Jill, Eric and I were driving back toward San Jose when Eric pulled the car into a parking lot facing the ocean.

Eric knew that we would love to watch the sun set over the ocean.

While we we admiring the setting, Eric got up without a word and walked over to a pile of sticks. At least that’s what I saw. Jill saw a wood pile that had been gathered and positioned for the evening fire. Eric saw something else.

Dec 24

What’s Your Story Gonna Be?

Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 in Relational, Spiritual, Values

Today and tomorrow millions of people will gather to celebrate Christmas.

Share your lives.
Share your gifts.
Share your time.
Share your stories.

Someone might ask about Jesus from Nazareth.  Please tell Jesus’ story too.

Here’s how writers began his story:

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

Dec 16

Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

A Theography?

“First,” the authors wrote, “this isn’t a biography. It’s a theography. Even if you argue that a biography of Jesus is possible, which is hotly debated among scholars today, we are telling the story of God’s interactions, intersections, and interventions with humanity through the life of Jesus.”

Following the lead of N.T. Wright, Sweet and Viola declare that “if we don’t interpret the available evidence correctly, ‘we shall simply squash Jesus into the little boxes of our own imaginations rather than seeing him as he was.’”

The authors explain that the Scriptures, and in particular John’s gospel, portrays Jesus as meeting all human need:

Dec 11

Our Journey Our Fear

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Jesus Christ’s journey meant that he spent time at parties, dinners, friends’ houses, and enemies’ houses. 

He learned.
He listened.

He told jokes.
He gave hugs.
He laughed.

Jesus explained to the the people, “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.

The Pharisees objected, ‘All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.‘” 1

I couldn’t agree more.
Not with Jesus.
With the Pharisees.

Nov 24

Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo

Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo wrote this book as a dialogue. Their hope is their conversation provides us with insight as we seek to live the teachings of Jesus.

Introduction: Why This Book?

“Whenever the word evangelical is used these days, a stereotype comes to mind…Trying to escape that definition, a group of us gathered together to adopt a new name for ourselves: Red Letter Christians.

Starting in 1899, Bibles have been published that highlight the words of Jesus in red. We adopted the name Red Letter Christians not only to differentiate ourselves from the social values generally associated with evangelicals but also to emphasize that we are Christians who take the radical teachings of Jesus seriously and who are committed to living them out in our everyday lives.”

Oct 10

She’ll Be Right

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Values

“She’ll be right” is an Australian phrase meaning, “Everything will be OK.”

It’s what I’m trying to say to myself this week and then next couple months as we miss my daughter Shannon. 

Shannon is going to a “set apart place” to seek Jesus Christ on a deeper level in a place that is specifically designed for it.

“I am going to spend more time in the Word of God; in God’s presence, growing in boldness, grace and love.”

Where?

Jul 29

Simply Jesus And You by Joseph M. Stowell

Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual

“Hands down, Jesus has drawn more attention and interest than anyone who has ever breathed the air of this planet.”

The author invites us into a deeper examination of what “Simply Jesus And You” might mean, “what does it really mean to enter into a relationship with God’s Son? What does it mean to invite Him into our lives?”

Answering his own question he expands, “A relationship with Jesus is not about us. It’s about Him. He didn’t die for us to advance His cause or hawk His wares. He died for you because He loves you, and seeks to welcome us into a growing and satisfying fellowship with Him. And it is in the confines of that fellowship that He graciously and generously bestows the blessings and benefits that only He can provide.”

Jun 12

The Vows We Keep

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

On our 10th Anniversary we renewed our wedding vows.

In 1997 we renewed our wedding vows — not that we were a mess and needed a restart, but — because ten years into our marriage, we were adults, “grown ups”, who had a better idea what we were doing and we wanted to be positive role models.

During our wedding we repeated vows I don’t recall and hope that we kept.  At our 10th we wrote these vows, planning the keep them.  And, aside from moments of selfishness, my inclinations to be a workaholic, and an occasional crabby day, we’re still keeping them.  These vows help us keep on track toward our goal of a lifelong happy marriage.