The Risky Nature of Worship

Hikers survey mountains

Saturday was one of those typical dreary days of February in the Northwest. Rain and wind and gray and cold. So it was not too surprising when, after an evening stop at a nearby electronics store, the customer service rep commented that coming to his store was at least one exciting way to experience the…
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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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