Most of us stay in our little boxes, sometimes for a lifetime. That box may be a way of thinking, a way of approaching faith, a political party, you fill in the blank. But now more than ever in these divided times and fractured communities we need boundary crossers. People who will leave their comfortable… Read More We need more ‘boundary crossers’
Three weeks ago I walked into a room for a meeting, only to find half a person on a couch. (see photo) I literally gave a little jump but was relieved to see that it was a prop for a magician’s show. Still a bit unnerving, however. How would you feel if you saw the… Read More Ever felt ‘disembodied’?
Historical events of injustice, whether personal or national, leave scars. Sometimes the scars are memories, sometimes so traumatic it seems the future will be forever dark. One of the saddest things of history, however well events are remembered, is that it often does not inform our future behavior. On Nov. 3, 1885, in the city… Read More Chinese Expulsion of 1885: the “Tacoma Method”
During a retreat recently led by a colleague, this question came so clearly to me: “Do you have any idea what I think of you?” It had been some time since I had thought about whether God loved me or what He thought of me. Not that I didn’t deeply need the affirmation. We all… Read More Any idea what I think of you?
The title of this post, of course, is a bit misleading. There is really nothing anyone can do to ‘make Asia great again’, or indeed to stop it becoming great. Over five billion people, the majority of the earth’s population, live from the shores of the Mediterranean in West Asia all the way to Japan’s… Read More Make Asia Great Again
We have finished the first week of another School of Redemptive History. There have been many highlights as we look deeply into history and ponder the mysteries and challenges of what has gone before. But one statement of our first week speaker has struck me very hard: If you love people you will love pain.… Read More ‘If you love people you will love pain’
Sometimes we need a sledgehammer to break up our hard or fallow ground. Throughout my life, since I first picked up the small book Knowledge of the Holy when I was a high school student, a virtually unknown Chicago pastor named A.W. Tozer has been that for me. Tozer did not travel far from his… Read More Prayer is no substitute for obedience