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Bald Eagles and the Dove

Pastoring as Mothering

Understanding the meaning of ‘pastoring’ in today’s demanding, evolving social climate is not only necessary, it is an urgent imperative. The job is confusing and difficult even on normal days. Also, research indicates that those who have the clearest call are more likely to experience burnout and eventually leave the ministry.[1]

What American Evangelicals Miss: Reflections on the Lausanne YLG2016 Conference

From August 3-11, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia, over 1000 experienced younger leaders from 150 countries came together for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering. The last one was in Malaysia in 2006. The Younger Leaders Gathering happens once a generation, and the theme for this one was “United in the Great Story.”

Pure and Undefiled – Religion that Challenges Political Stance

We skim through the most recent broadcasts, searching for some sense of normalcy and decorum. However, we’re left with sadomasochistic Reality TV. Each candidate entertains our senses and tantalizes our addiction for scandal and intrigue. We purchase our tickets, grab our cotton candy and enter into the circus tent. The curtains close and we’re transported. […]

Hey Church, Let’s Give Back Our Tax Free Status

Everybody wants universal healthcare.  It’s true.  Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal, white, black, indigenous…Everybody wants it, just not everybody wants to pay for it.   Everybody wants to eliminate hunger… but not everybody wants to pay for it. Everybody wants effective education for all.  Everybody… but not everybody wants to foot the bill.

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The Lenten Journey: When Easter Came Too Soon

It sounds strange to many, but I have always loved the liturgical season of Lent. I grew up in a devout, pietistic home, and I’m grateful for it. Our regular practice of family devotions after dinner took on special meaning during Lent. On Wednesdays, before Lenten services at the Lutheran church where my father was […]

The Lenten Journey: The Whole Ball of Wax

I grew up in Ballard First Lutheran Church; a beautiful old Scandinavian church in Seattle. I have memories playing tag in the halls, being an acolyte and lighting the same alter candles that are they today. In fact, I was confirmed in that church, grew up in the youth group, had sleepovers where we played in the sanctuary […]

It’s Almost Impossible to Change without Knowing This

One of the most difficult things for me to do is change my behavior. As a leadership coach, I’ve found this to be a common theme for most people – it can seem impossible to change what we’ve always done. Is there a way to get rid of bad habits we’ve acquired over the years […]

In Love With God’s Two Books: Spring 2016 Symposium

GFES students, guests, and alumni gathered at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on Friday evening to to discuss the intersections of Theology and Science in Creation Theology.