An End, a Middle, and a Beginning

Things are changing for us and changing fairly dramatically. The direction we were moving and thought life was headed is being completely transformed, and we don’t totally know where it is pointing yet. God called us to live in community, to stay in Portland, to build Portland Jeremiah House. And now it’s over. We began […]

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Forgotten Margins

The margins of life are the places to pause and view the whole picture. The margins of the page are the empty useless space on the edge. The margins are the space we leave only to ensure the important parts don’t get left out or messed up. The margins are the wasted places whose only […]

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Rediscovering Intention

I am on a journey. I’m on a quest. An adventure even, and like most real adventures, it’s less fun and more difficult than the ones we imagine as kids or enjoy through the safety of a good book and a cozy chair. While we are all experiencing the adventure to some degree, all of […]

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Grace Notes on the Score

As I have been thinking about what I want to write, I’ve had several ideas, but none of them took root in my mind. Reading more of Lauren F. Winner’s Mudhouse Sabbath helped, but at first did not fully satisfy me. I finally read the chapter on Prayer, and there it was: the best and […]

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Faithful with Every Bite

I have started reading Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner, and I have to say ‘thank you’ to Vanessa for recommending it to me because it has so far been powerful and inspiring. Winner is a Christian who grew up Jewish, and this book is about her insights into spirituality that she gained from Judaism […]

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Confessions

Confessions. What do we think of when we hear that word? I am probably nerdier than most, though not as much as some, and I immediately think of the famous book by Augustine of Hippo. Also, multiple phrases of a pop culture nature pop into my thoughts along the lines of “confessions of a ___________.” […]

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Sense You Every Moment

Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do […]

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There and Back Again

I freely admit that the title of this post is stolen material. As in The Hobbit, I recently experienced a trying round-trip journey that led eventually to a life renewed and transformed. Yes, I am talking about moving! Specifically, I’m talking about moving into our house with our gang of loveable misfits known as the […]

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