March 31, 2006 | 8 Comments

library thingMike DeVries blogged about last week. It’s an online book catalog. (He warned it was addictive and he was right. I’ve spent some time on and off this last week entering most of my library.)

I was a little obsessive about seeing how many books I share in my library with others.… Read more

catalyst 06 lineup

March 29, 2006 | 3 Comments

Ben Arment got his hands on the Catalyst Brochure for this year. Ben isn’t excited about the lineup, but I think it looks pretty darn good: Andy Stanley, Kevin Carroll, John Maxwell, Louie Giglio, Donald Miller, Rick McKinley, John Stott, Marcus Buckingham, George Barna, and Gary Haugen.

Hey Catalyst, I know you’ve read this blog before.… Read more

simply christian

March 29, 2006 | 3 Comments

NT Wright is a book writing machine these days. I just ran across Simply Christian, which was published this month. Yet another one to add to the wish list.

I just did some calculations, and if my wish list were printed out and the pages placed end to end, it could circle the earth three times.… Read more

relationship, not perfection

March 29, 2006 | Leave a comment

The goal of a disciple of Jesus is relationship, not perfection.

In Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight uses this phrase to introduce a chapter. Though some might need to stop and think about it, I would imagine that most Jesus followers would not struggle with that statement. He explains it further on the next page:

a disciple is someone who engages Jesus as a person by trusting him, and because of that relationship, begins to live out the virtues Jesus talks about.

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March 26, 2006 | 1 Comment


I’ve become a fan of the social bookmarking websites that are springing up such as Digg and I’ve found some of notable and helpful links through what others have posted on these sites. So, when I stumbled on a digg lookalike script called pligg, I decided to give it a try and is the result.… Read more


March 25, 2006 | 1 Comment

One of the things that has struck me in the process of raising children is just how much I hear about what they suggest is best for your child. No one really knows who they are. When we were at the hospital, we kept hearing nurses and doctors tell us about they.… Read more

revernaculation: law

March 24, 2006 | 2 Comments

(This is a continuation of the revernaculation series, which I intend to pick up from time to time. Here are the previous posts: go to heaven, relationship with Jesus and knows the word.)

It is a shame that the word Torah is commonly translated today as the “Law”. This poor translation is one of the biggest challenges followers of Jesus face in understanding the work of God in history.… Read more

silent sermon

March 22, 2006 | 4 Comments

This past weekend, we stole Rob Bell‘s idea and did a silent sermon. Rather than listen to a sermon, those in our worship gathering reflected on thoughts shared on the screen. I’ve involved in a few different settings now where we used this, and it has been a meaningful experience every time.… Read more


March 20, 2006 | 2 Comments

I can’t believe I’m saying this… I think I enjoy yardwork.

I’ve never liked it before. The yard was always that stupid thing that required maintenance to stay attractive — and attractive is a very relative term here.

But I have a new appreciation for it being in the Northwest. I trimmed back dead growth from last year yesterday, and found new growth peeking out.… Read more

the last word

March 18, 2006 | 1 Comment

I marvel at how NT Wright to write so much, so well, and so thoughtfully. The Last Word is one of hos most recent publications and it continues the trend. The subtitle pretty well sums up what the book is about: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture.… Read more

the prayer of st patrick

March 17, 2006 | 1 Comment

I arise today
Through a mighty strength,
the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness
Through the confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth
whith his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion
with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection
with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent
for the judgment of Doom.… Read more

jps torah commentary on exodus

March 15, 2006 | Leave a comment

JPS Torah Commentary - ExodusI got a copy of the Jewish Publication Society Torah Commentary on Exodus in the mail today. It is a $65 book, but I found one used for $20 on Amazon last week. I’m thrilled about it even though about half the pages are crumpled some on the top.

I already own the Genesis commentary from this series, and it’s been very meaningful to see the Torah through a Jewish perspective.… Read more

donald miller on church

March 14, 2006 | 1 Comment

While rereading Blue Like Jazz, this quote jumped out at me. It resonates with me, but I’ve probably also been guilty of what he says:

Here are the things I didn’t like about the churches I went to. First: I felt like the people were trying to sell me Jesus.

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focus and function

March 13, 2006 | Leave a comment

The Witness of PreachingWhile reading The Witness of Preaching, by Thomas Long, this morning, I came across an idea I have never seen before. He describes how every sermon should have both a focus and a function.

The focus is what is often called the thesis statement, or the big idea. It is a single sentence that sums up the controlling idea of the sermon.… Read more

image is influence

March 12, 2006 | Leave a comment

I’ve been in several settings recently where the topic of what gives someone authority has come up. It has been quite eye opening to see what a diversity of views people have about this subject. On one end, some believe that authority comes with position — they might not want to say that outright, but that’s what they think.… Read more

catalyst podcast

March 11, 2006 | 6 Comments

Catalyst is a conference I’ve been intereted in for years, and never been able to work out going. Apparently, they have a brand new podcast (iTunes link), because I just stumbled onto it in the iTunes directory.

The first episode is an interview with Andy Stanley. After listening to the first few mintues, I can already tell the sound quality is going to bother me.… Read more

opportunities for awareness

March 9, 2006 | Leave a comment

I’ve come across a few opportunities for us to participate in raising awareness of justice issues around the globe that I think are worth passing along.

World Water Day March 22, 2006World Water Day is March 22. It raises awareness that 20% of the world doesn’t have access to clean, drinkable water in their homes. In Seattle, this will include a walk around Greenlake that I’m hoping will work out for me to take at least my oldest daughter to as a learning experience.… Read more

why blog?

March 5, 2006 | 6 Comments

Since I started blogging a few years ago, I’ve had a number of friends who started, a few who have failed, and a number of others who have expressed interest. One of the common questions they ask is why they should, so here are my thoughts on why, and why not, to blog.… Read more

twelve ways to irritate your visitors

March 3, 2006 | Leave a comment

May anyone who ever has the slightest inkling about designing a website read these 12 Ways to Irritate Your Visitors. As I read it, I said “Yes!” out loud 12 times.… Read more

why i read

March 3, 2006 | 2 Comments

I’ve always enjoyed reading, but a few years ago, I started to become more serious about it. I set goals to try to average a book a week, and I have been able to maintain that pace (although I’m slipping this year).

A few different times I’ve had people ask me what I hope to accomplish by reading so much.… Read more