May 1, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
I've often thought of the cost of discipleship, but what about the cost of not choosing discipleship? Hadn't thought about it that way before. Thanks, David Platt.
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
Jan 6, 2013
Enjoy our trip up to Yellowstone for the second time this year. We saw wolves again this trip. We could also get to many of the geysers and hotsprings that were inaccessible last winter. If you want to see the wolves, go soon. Many of the collared wolves have wondered across the park boundary and been shot by hunters. The alpha female of the Lamar Canyon Pack was killed this winter. We saw her on our trip. See the rest of the photos here.
Sep 13, 2012
Aug 25, 2012
We went up to Brainard Lake on a picnic with our grandkids and stumbled upon a Bull Moose browsing in the bushes by the lake. We think he is part of the family that browses in our meadow during the winter. The snows up here in the Indian Peaks Wilderness are three feet deep all winter, so the moose come to lower elevations to winter, along with the elk and deer. Our meadow is at 9000 feet. Brainard Lake is 10,000 feet, and five miles away. See video of a female in our meadow last winter along with photos here.
Aug 9, 2012
Brian McLaren, Nadia Bolz-Weber and a few friends have produced a new resource for adult faith formation for small groups and discipleship. Check it out.
Jul 24, 2012
David Platt is doing some great work multiplying disciples in Birmingham, AL. Give a look.
Jul 8, 2012
Jun 4, 2012
Bass suggests we are at the cusp of the end of church and religion as we know it. A spiritual awakening is dawning, and will disrupt many of the existing paradigms. I can't wait.
Jun 3, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
Watch this in full screen. It's incredible video from the Space Station.
Apr 14, 2012
I was walking the dog the other day, listening to music. When this song from Casting Crowns came up in rotation, it inspired to write a post about the need in churches for both pioneers and settlers. Mike Breen makes this point as he talks about the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4. So, take a listen. Read my post here.
Mar 5, 2012
Mar 3, 2012
We got 36" of snow overnight a few weeks ago at our cabin in the mountains above Boulder. We went out to ski down the driveway, and found ourselves sinking knee deep with skis on our feet. Smokey, our keeshond, kept sinking completely out of sight, running under the snow like a mole moving undergound. Every few feet, he would jump up to get a breath, then disappear again. Here's a short video of the fun.
Dec 29, 2011
Incredible story of teen's near death experiences that brought him faith in God and angels. See an article about Ben here.
Dec 18, 2011
Mike Breen and his friends at 3DM passed along this video retelling of the Christmas story. Quite touching, give a look.
Dec 14, 2011
I was listening to this song as I walked the dog through the park. As I pictured the story unfold, I heard a wonderful description of how the body of Christ is designed to work, bringing very different people together with one purpose and Spirit. I googled the song to get the lyrics, and found this interview with Casting Crown's lead singer explaining the story behind the song. And, here is a video of the song itself.
Dec 10, 2011
Watch the trailer for this new documentary. It tells the story of the most famous Sushi chef in the world, who at a very advanced age is still pursuing perfection in Sushi. He says to his son, "You must make Sushi for the rest of your life. You must love your work."
Hear the obligation the old man is living under as a perfectionist? Hear the obligation he is putting on his adult son? Is he free to say NO? Is his son? Where do you think they are placing their identity? Do you think God wants to support the idea that we should get our identity from our career? So, look at the trailer, then look here for more thoughts: Does your identity limit spiritual growth.
Dec 8, 2011
Beautiful retelling of the Christmas Story
Dec 4, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Beautiful reflection on Ezekial 34
Nov 9, 2011
Wonderful video about the need for clarity about what we mean by the Gospel. Check it. Here is part 2.
Nov 1, 2011
I've spent a decade observing Lutheran (ELCA) Seminaries and hearing from the pastors who feel so unprepared to enter ministry. Discipleship is all but lost in most Lutheran churches. Only 10% of ELCA churches have added one person to average worship in five years. Seminaries are a root cause.
Oct 19, 2011
We visited the Orvis flagship store in Manchester Vermont. At the back of the store, they had an indoor/outdoor pool full of huge trout. I saw Browns, Brooks, Rainbows and Cutthroats. I grabbed my camera and shot some video of the trout gliding by.
I interspersed the video with pictures of Rainbow Trout I took up in Katmai National Park where we fished the Kulik River in September. The underwater pictures I took by shoving my waterproof point and shoot under the water as we released fish I caught. Interesting effect.
Oct 18, 2011
For my sixtieth birthday, we returned to Vermont, where we spent the winter of 1973-74. We lived the simple life near West Rupert, in a two room hunting cabin, with an outhouse, a woodburning stove, and water running in the creek across the road. It was quite an emotional experience driving those backroads again, finding the cabin as we remembered it. The fall colors were at a peak as we reached West Rupert. Come enjoy the anecdotes and the rest of my photos here.
Oct 17, 2011
Spent a week in Vermont celebrating my 60th birthday. We went up to see the fall leaves, and to visit a town where we spent the winter of 1973-74. We arrived six weeks after Hurricane Irene devastated the state with the worst flooding in over 100 years. Shot this video and some other pictures of the damage, and how Vermonters have pulled together to recover. Inspiring to see such a response. See the rest of the story.
Oct 8, 2011
Absolutely moving. Love the video