Thinking About Power

Statues of three ancient pharaohs.

Somewhere between 6:00 and 6:30 am on Monday mornings, I am lifting weights at a nearby gym. I am engaged in a weekly routine that is a mix of weight training, tennis, swimming, and cycling. At this stage of life, it is everything just to stay ahead of the curve and work against the inevitable…
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The Necessary Shift: Thinking Theologically About Politics


For a season, politics pretty well dominated my life. I was an International Relations major at San Diego State University, reading Kissinger and watching the news. I really became a newsaholic. Even back in high school, I was on a speech team that demanded I be up on current affairs, be it a crisis in…
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A Holy Indifference


A few years ago, when my wife and I first began going up to kayak on the Pend Oreille River, I would hike around and look at some of the places where people lived. I wanted to know what it was like to live on a river in such a pristine part of the country.…
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Dealing With Habits

Concept of daily routine

One of my habits is to regularly write a post for this blog site. I am, after all, a mass of habits. I would like to think that my daily choices are the products of well-considered decision making, but as Charles Duhigg notes in his book, The Power of Habit, they are not. They are…
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Avoiding Mistakes in Ministry

unusual STOP for bikes street sign - Maribor main square tourist attraction

Dave Kraft shares the fruit of forty-three years of ministry in his newest book, Mistakes Leaders Make. In his forward, Mark Driscoll advises the reader to process the book—take it slow. There is a lot of pastoral wisdom here. It is worth reading and rereading. When I was a pastor in The Netherlands, I worked…
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