We’re up to the 21st day of Lent. John 9:1-41 is our scripture today. This is another healing story, but it’s also a catalog of the many ways we religious people can be terrible to others in the name of God.
You have a good and beautiful purpose. Part of the adventure of your life is to discover it. Instead of pinning on a broken identity you’ve pieced together from scraps, you can discover an identity that will fit you perfectly because it comes from the Master Artist who made you. This sense of purpose will […]
Several years back, my wife and I spent a painfully large number of hours hunting for a new house. After the 19th house, they all start to blend, and you can’t remember which one had the great deck, and which one had the kicked in sheetrock. Very quickly, though, you become an expert on neighborhoods […]
I showed up at Walla Walla University, a small Christian school in the southeast corner of Washington, as a transfer student. I was moving geographically from Ohio to Washington and conceptually from architecture to theology. You can bet not many credits transferred. I was behind my peers. I was far away from home. I only […]
Here we are in the first week of 2013. This is the season for self-evaluation and reflection. For some of us, it’s the time to make New Year’s Resolutions. A recent study done at the University of Scranton[note A quick summary of this very interesting study, including the top New Year’s resolutions made in 2012. […]
The Big Questions Who am I really? Why am I here? What purpose does my life serve? These are the fundamental questions that shape our lives. Some of us have thought long and deep about these things; others not so much. Either way, you have answers to these questions deep in your heart. The answers […]
There are two kinds of core values. Aspirational core values are the ones you wish you had, those idealized qualities you hope to develop one day. Authentic core values are the ones that you really have, the ones that already drive your decisions. (More on the distinction here.) Aspirational core values are inspiring. But […]
Whether we’re talking about the corporate world or your personal life, lists of core values all suffer from the same weakness. They’re just words on a page. You may spend hours reflecting and carefully crafting your core values statement. But what happens once the words are chosen and sentences crafted? Do the words get stuck […]