Breastplate of St. Seminary

Prayers with me, Reading before me, Homework behind me, Reflection in me, Paper writing beneath me, Theology discussion above me, Iced tea on my right, Diet coke on my left, Rest when I lie down, Cohort community when I sit down, Coffee when I arise, Gratitude in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Personal growth in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Ministry … [Read more...]

Integrating the Two Me’s

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but as a newlywed I got caught up in the story lines of the soap opera "One Life to Live" for one or two summers.  I recall very little of the saga (there was actually very little worth remembering!), except for Viki Lord who struggled with multiple personality disorder.  I'm not exactly sure why I remember that struggle so vividly, except maybe it was my … [Read more...]

Expanding our perspective

There's a story about a woman who drove back and forth to work every single day for years. After making the exact same drive for 5 years, she was certain she knew every detail there was to know about her 10-mile commute. However, one day her car was in the shop and she had to drive her husband's pickup instead. The drive into work that day was an entirely new experience.  Sitting up … [Read more...]

United again!

Ah it's great to be home (well, actually I'm still in Billings for the night - but our family is at least all back together). There's nothing like being greeted by 10 big hugs from excited kids, each carrying a flower stem.  And I certainly missed all the silly little comments and jokes.  Here's a few highlights from tonight: Josiah (wearing panda ears he received at a store today) … [Read more...]

When cats get hit

Monday morning as I drove into Portland to attend seminary classes, I noticed a car pulled off on the side of the road.  As I drove by, the driver hurriedly got out of her car, and then I noticed it.  Lying a few feet in front of her tire was a cat, struggling to get to its feet.  It had obviously been hit accidentally by the driver.  I don't know what ended up happening to that cat. … [Read more...]