Teeter-totters and Algebra: Reflections on Lent 4

Lovely welcoming approach to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Portland, on Lent 4, 2019 The epistle lectionary lesson for Lent 4 was 2 Corinthian 5:11-21, and it was the lesson chosen for reading and preaching at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and the theme of the children’s sermon, as well, but while the word, reconciliation, reverberated numerous times in … Continue reading Teeter-totters and Algebra: Reflections on Lent 4

Hardware Grant #35731: A Love Story in Images and Words

Friends Rev. Amos and Mrs. Esther Muhagachi stop by Free Geek to receive laptops that will return with them for use at Grace and Healing Ministry in Dodoma, Tanzania. He was tall, stately in his way, about my age, bearded with a KFC-sort of goatee, a formidable ponytail extruded from beneath a broad, outback hat, … Continue reading Hardware Grant #35731: A Love Story in Images and Words

When Peace and Justice Conflict? A Portland Church Pushes Beyond Division

How can an evangelical peace church manage potentially divisive decisions so as to stay well inside the definition of peaceful? To find out I convinced Rod Stafford, now in his 20th year as lead pastor of Portland Mennonite Church, to allow an interview about the process that church worked through to become fully open and … Continue reading When Peace and Justice Conflict? A Portland Church Pushes Beyond Division

Is Bill Hybels Different from Harvey Weinstein?

Is Bill Hybels different from Harvey Weinstein? Oh, but of course he is—a thorough-going Christian vs. a matter-of-fact Jew—but differences soon fade. Both are highly-successful, widely-admired, eagerly-followed, masterful producers, and fallen giants of large corporations. Both have been super newsworthy and subjects of countless interminable threads of on-line analysis and speculation. I’ve been especially intrigued … Continue reading Is Bill Hybels Different from Harvey Weinstein?