Counselors … today we call them mentors

For 40 years Moses lived and worked alongside his father-in-law — before receiving his assignment from God to lead 2 million people out of slavery in Egypt into the freedoms of the promised land. Moses received his instructions from God for his mission — leading the Israelites across the desert and Red Sea — amidst…

2015 – Part 1: Spiritual Direction

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they…

Bryce windows

I can point the way

“You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony that I have is…

Sunlight through old growth forest, Oswald State Park

2014 — The year where nothing is impossible for God

“And God said, “Let there be light.” Genesis 1:3 God’s word is his command. He performs his word. God’s word is active in my life. What he says about me and the characteristics he attributes to me I must put on. In my own might and struggle many things are impossible — but with God’s…

If Bonhoeffer were a blogger I’d follow him

I don’t want to be lazy but Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s 1936 letter to his brother-in-law Rudiger Schleicher, expresses my heart and thoughts exactly. First of all I will confess quite simply – I believe that the Bible alone is the answer to all our questions, and that we need only to ask repeatedly and a little…

2013 — A look back

Every year I take a short solo weekend somewhere close as a sort of spiritual renewal and to intentionally look at the past year.  I sit now in Astoria reading journal entries from my 2013 solo trip to Seaside. As last year, the weather here is gorgeous — beautiful blue sky, no wind, no precipitation…

The fiery hoodoos of Bryce National Park

Jesus, the Word is experiential

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light…