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Honestly, how shall we pray in this Advent season?

If we are paying attention, we are being sobered. Here is my Advent prayer. Approx. read time: 0:52 sec. Somehow the familiar language of Advent doesn’t fit anymore. At least, not for me. And maybe not for you, either. We’re in a long season of purification, a painful season of sobering up to the reality that… Read more »

Byebye Bijou

Approx. read time: 3:20 min. I want to share with you a story from my ninth book, Living as Jesus Taught. It’s just released and available now for sampling and purchase on my website! And the audio version is here. Byebye Bijou is one of my signature stories. In fact, it’s the story of the… Read more »

How I pray in times of trouble

Approx. read time: 1:55 min. I’m deleting a lot of emails these days. Dropping scheduled webinars from my calendar. Dialing down the newscasts. Turning off the radio in my head. Not because I don’t care about the pandemic, or elections, the economy, chronic hunger, where the church is headed, nor any of the other concerns… Read more »

The wild raw power of Nature

Approx. read time: 3:05 minutes The wildfires that have ravaged my beloved McKenzie River Corridor sparked into being a month ago. The evening of Labor Day, to be exact.  Sparked, I say, because of downed electrical wires, the unsurprising outcome of a ferocious out-of-season windstorm. A hundred seventy-three thousand acres in the lower McKenzie River… Read more »

Our midterm exam is in progress

Approx. read time: 3:00 min. This pandemic may feel like an interruption. But it’s not.  It’s a test of what we disciples have learned. How are we doing? These days we can’t gather as church in the ways we are accustomed. So we stream services online. But the hard part is actually being church in… Read more »

Hiking buddies

Approx. read time: 4:00 min. I am not like my friend Dolores. Twenty years ago Dolores was my hiking buddy. We hiked wherever there was a hill, a butte, a mountain range. Sometimes she would take the lead. Sometimes I would. We’d take in the spectacular riches of Creation as we hiked along. But tree… Read more »

My resilience statement

Approx. read time: 2:30 min. In this unrehearsed season which rattles every aspect of life, I share with you my practices and commitments, in the hope that they will inspire you to fortify your own interior resilience. My practices I pray, intercede, and give thanks daily, as I always do I practice prudent health and… Read more »

Noticing the many shades of green

Approx. read time: 2:30 min. Sitting up high in the back of the eastbound bus, I have a picture-window view of morning sky to the east and north. A thin marine overcast evaporates as the morning summer sun climbs into the sky.  From my perch I watch increasing swaths of greenery pass by as we… Read more »

In praise of the Creator

Approx. read time: 3:10 min. I have missed my weekly hikes along the McKenzie River trail. Following winter and a long rainy spring, I don’t know what to expect when I arrive at the trailhead. The bus rounds the curve just beyond the lone intersection that marks the center of this little berg called McKenzie… Read more »

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