A Goodbye in 7 Parts – Part 1 – Aldan Union Church

Next Sunday morning, I'll board a plane and fly into my future in Portland, Oregon. I'm tremendously excited for that future, for all it entails and who I'll be spending it with. I'm leaving good for better. Even so, I wanted to take this final week to reflect on all that I'm leaving behind and …

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What I Learned About Sin From My Mouse

It happened again today. I was trying to click on something on my screen and I clicked in the wrong place. As I wiggled my cursor around, I realized how sluggishly it was moving. I'd seen this before and knew exactly what it meant. It was time to pop the trackball out and do some …

More Grief Thoughts

And you’ll realize that this person you’ve been missing because they’ve been gone is still very much a part of you. That you are, somehow, the culmination and completion of their life’s work. That everything they were is now somehow a part of you too. And you’ll celebrate that inheritance, flaws and all. You’ll look …

Perspective

I don't really follow basketball. As such, I really had no idea who Monty Williams was when I saw this headline: Monty Williams Calls For Forgiveness In Powerful Speech At Wife’s Memorial Service. But it's early, I'm bored and forgiveness isn't a theme that usually gets much press on Deadspin, so I clicked over to read …

Christian Coffee Cups

Because of the current controversy around Starbucks' coffee cups, I thought it was time for some introspection. Before I can look at the speck in their eye, I decided to examine the plank in my own. So, just how Christian were my coffee cups? I decided a thorough examination was in order so I pulled …

Soak

  I love days like today. Gentle and persistent rain. Overcast and cloudy skies. These are the days that soak the earth, leaving everything soggy and fully saturated. Puddles forming in the grassy spots as if to say "Yes, that's enough for now." I keep this old wok on my back porch as a sort …

Jars of Clay

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed. We keep a precious treasure in a fragile vessel, we …