Imago Dei

Throw Your Net to the Other Side

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, […]

Danger: God At Work

Recently, I have been confronted time and again with the idea that the work that God is doing in me is not always visible. It is, in fact, at times imperceptible even to myself. As a person who likes to feel like I am accomplishing something demonstrable, this leaves me with an interesting conundrum to […]

I Want to Be A Kumquat Tree

The following is a poem I wrote during an extended period of silence with God. The text that inspired this is John 15.  I Want to Be A Kumquat Tree Those cute little fruit smiling down on me. I want to be a kumquat tree. A little bit of lemon A little lime Orange to […]

My Muse

When I was a senior in college, considering where I should go after graduation, one of my options was the Pacific Northwest. I remember a conversation in the hallway of the Religious Studies department at Westmont, with Dr. Robert Gundry. He told me about the stunning view of Mount Rainier from the Seattle area. He […]

From Exile to Immanuel

For many years, the concept of “Immanuel” – God with us – has been the cornerstone of my personal advent reflections. This idea that God would debase himself to take on human form in the shape of an infant is mind-boggling. To go from the All-knowing, All-powerful, All-good Creator of the universe, to a squalling, […]

A Sabbath from Being Indispensable

I so readily fall prey to the all-too-human compulsion to be indispensable. I want to be needed, to have my contribution be valued, to be someone people look up to as a leader, a wise person, a good friend. My primary leadership mantra has always been to raise up leaders to come after you who […]

And I Will Give You Rest

“Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  ~Jesus (Matthew 11:28ff) Rest is not something I do very naturally. Even during those times when I am not actively pursuing a goal, my mind is on to the next step – dreaming, planning, worrying. It’s usually only when […]