The Gap Between the Two Trapeze

Every so often a particular song grabs my heart and attention for an extended season of time. Usually it's a recently released tune that I put on repeat until I'm flat out sick of it. Most often, admittedly, it's a worship song, because of the way they tap into spirit and soul through my ears. [...]

There is Noah Way

I'm not much of a builder. I didn't get those genes from my father. Actually, I must not have gotten his fishing, hunting, oil-changing and handy-man genes either. Sigh. Here's the deal: My wife does those things. She's good at them, and, for the most part, enjoys them. She's the builder, painter, landscaper, and fixer. [...]

Fear AND Amazement

"In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this?" It's not like they weren't used to being in boats. And it wasn't uncommon for a storm to kick up while they were in those boats. So what's the big deal?   Luke 8:22-25 captures a story in which Jesus invited his disciples to [...]

Why Then?

The New Testament text in our Pause Bible Reading Plan recently was Hebrews 4. Check out vs. 16 with me: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” There are so many words in this verse [...]

What I’m into Right Now: Books

If you actually KNOW me then you would know that I've been into books for a very long time. That's nothing new. It's not a current fascination. Bottom line:  I read a lot. And by a lot, I mean...a lot. As of this writing I've finished reading my 67th book of 2017. And I currently [...]

What I’m Into Right Now: Oolong Tea

I just finished reading a great book called "The Longevity Plan:Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China" and it got me thinking about my current fascination with Oolong Tea. The author discovered a remote region in China, known as "Longevity Village," that has the highest concentration of people living over one hundred years of age. From it [...]

What I’m Into Right Now: Ramen Noodles

Just spend a few moments on my Instagram feed and you'll quickly realize that I am absolutely in love with Ramen. Now, classically, the next question I get asked after making such a claim is this:  "You really like that Top Ramen stuff?" To that I say emphatically:  "NO. That's garbage." I'm talking about authentic [...]

What I’m Into Right Now: Gin Gins & Pipe Tobacco Candles

Well, here begins a series of blog posts about What I'm Into Right Now. I'm excited to spotlight some great hobbies, products, habits, and experiences that I'm finding joy in, and love to tell people about! Obviously, as a Christian and a pastor, I could tell you that I'm into JESUS, and yes, it's true [...]

What I’m Into Right Now

Hey Friends, Periodically I get a request from folks about "what I'm into right now." Such as, "Hey John, I know you read a bunch. So what's your favorite book right now." Or, "Hey John, you're always talking about Ramen Noodles. What's the best place in Portland?" So, I'm gonna start a series of blog [...]

Flee • Follow • Fight

The Apostle Paul wrote his letters to Timothy during the latter years of his life. His clear and compelling mission was to “finish strong,” which included passing the baton of leadership to the emerging generation. The wisdom he imparted to his young protege Timothy I believe is essential for every person that desires to be [...]