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: 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: 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 […]

The Pastoral Roles of a Shepherd

Writing about what I do as a pastoral leader is like showing people how sausage is made. I lot of folks like sausage, but most don’t want to see the strange process with their own eyes. Pastoring can often be messy, hard to define, and, because it deals with matters of the soul, as well […]

Altars & Lamps: A Look at Long-term Planning vs. Short-term Obedience

It’s not uncommon for me to be dreaming and planning 2-4 years out. Part of being the leader of an organization is that I have to regularly “forward-think” in order to effectively, well, lead.   Here’s a few examples: • I’m thinking about leading the charge on a multi-church event for 2020. • I’m trying to nail down […]

Starbucks Amos and Amos 8:11

I am at my local Starbucks just about every day. I know, I know: I have a problem (the first step is admitting right?). But in my defense, two of my four kids have worked at our neighborhood Starbucks and, well, I’m a good family man. Also, I believe approximately ten or so baristas attend our church, […]