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
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
Adam McInturf is a bibliophile inundated by books predominantly theological in his compact bookstore called Windows Booksellers PDX in North Portland. He is also a philosopher/theologian of some repute, especially to those of us who know him and who follow him on Twitter not only for the links he gives us to fertile contemporary … Continue reading A Prayer for the Poor
My esteem for Brian Doyle’s writing is well-known by readers of this blog here, here, and here and many others who have stood still long enough to hear my applause, so I’ll not further strain that point, but I return to Doyle long enough to acknowledge a gift of his: his imaginative penchant to give every animal he … Continue reading Homer, a Cat’s Odyssey
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?
Our outing last week to Trout Lake, Washington, had been a delight, and we were heading back to the hot city and home. Our route had taken us down winding roads, across the mighty Columbia, through Hood River, onto more out-of-the-way roads south to Parkdale and vast orchards with trees, rooted in rich volcanic soil, … Continue reading Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries
A week or so ago my iPhone beeped and buzzed, and the caller was Alaina Smith, staff assistant at Westminster Presbyterian Church where usually you’d find Annette and me Sunday mornings. Alaina told me that a woman had just stopped by her office, carrying a book, The Plover by Bryan Doyle, and reporting she had … Continue reading The Return of The Plover
My previous post is about hermitic ruminating; now, the contrast to that aloneness. About the best thing that happens when we’re studying the Bible together in a small group is to have an ancient scripture selection suddenly come to life in and for here and now. I’m blessed, I mean really blessed, to have two … Continue reading Where Two or Three Are Gathered. . .
I’ve been ruminating, a word I love. Ruminating—it restores an old image of cows in our barnyard after milking, a picture of peace after their busy day feeding in a meadow and their heavy milk burden has been lifted, chewing cuds and drooling and thus restoring their supply of milk from pasture greens stored in … Continue reading Rumination, With the Help of Contented Cows
A few weeks ago in an Old Ticker blog I wrote a Pride Month tribute to a deceased friend, Warren James, celebrated by many in Portland for his early, long, unrelenting struggle for his own rights and the rights of others like him, a gay man. In this post during Pride Month, I seek to … Continue reading Andrew Freeman, a Tribute