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On July 3, 2012


So this is a short video about the trip that Matt Pinson (The Highland Director of Communications) and I just got back from. We’d like to get the word out about what is happening in Nepal and ways that Gospel centered people are trying to stop sexual trafficking in creative and significant ways, so if you have a moment please click the share button at the bottom of this page to share this story with your friends.

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On June 20, 2012

The Red Thread Movement

So I just returned from a couple of weeks in Nepal working with the ministry Eternal Threads. It’s a great ministry that I highly commend that is working to create connections between 3rd and 1st world countries, and providing fair trade opportunities for some of the most vulnerable people in the world. One part of the Eternal Threads ministry is something called the Red Thread Movement, and what it is doing for the girls in Nepal is unreal!

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Short Term Missions, or short term trips are extremely valuable, but maybe for a different reason than most of us think. Our trips away give us new eyes to see what we’ve become blind to back at home. Here’s what I mean by that:

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This last Friday was Samuels 1st Doctors appointment. It was the one that every parent dreads, where they hold your baby down and draw blood for their (what I can only assume are sick and twisted) experiments. Because of the nature of the appointment, it falls to me, as the man of the house to go in the room while the baby is tortured in the name of science. Leslie won’t go near. However, I had a problem.

Because I knew that the Ipad 3G was scheduled to come out at the same time as Samuels appointment, and I figured if I wasn’t in line I probably wouldn’t get one in time for our road trip to California. I had a tough decision to make, but really the choice was obvious. Family comes first.

Of course, what I mean by that is that I sent my parents to wait in the line for me. So I was actually hoping that family came first, or at least in time to get an iPad.

And they did.

So now I’m typing this blog on some desert highway in New Mexico, wondering how I ever  lived without this “magical and revolutionary” device. Continue Reading…

On March 5, 2010

Genesis, Burbank, and Fletch

N.T Wright has been one of my favorite Theologians for the past several years, and I’m interested to hear what you think about his comments here on Genesis 1-2. Listen carefully to what he’s saying because he’s not arguing against God creating the world, but rather against a flat reading of the text that turns Genesis into a running argument against Charles Darwin or Enlightenment for that matter. What’s your thoughts on this? Can you see where he’s coming from? What do you think is gained or lost with this kind of reading of these chapters? Continue Reading…

On September 3, 2009

The Lion and the Lamb

So last week Leslie and I took off for Arizona. I was speaking at a church in Phoenix for the weekend and we decided to head over there early and spend the better part of the week in Flagstaff, and one day we went to see the Grand Canyon.

Eden was in rare form the day we went. Waving at everyone, pointing at everything and screaming loudly at what she could only assume was a big hole in the ground. I know I should have been looking at the Grand Canyon more, but in some ways Eden was stealing the show that day. For example, this picture. This is one of my favorite pictures we took this week because juxtaposed against the backdrop of one of the greatest scenic views in the world is Eden’s tiny blue eyes.

About a month ago, I picked up a book called, “Jesus, mean and wild.” It’s written in the vein of books like Wild at Heart or Your God is too Safe. The basic premise is that most American churches have created a kind of Mr. Rogers Jesus. A Messiah who’s goal is to create nice people who pay their taxes and say Please.

Now I get these books. I thought when I signed up for following Jesus it would be a bit more revolutionary then just being a good citizen. But I recently started thinking about another side of this.

There are plenty of people who don’t need to read books like that. They have no problem envisioning a mean Jesus. Maybe it’s the Jesus they always heard about, or the way God would be if he ever met them. I’ve met with many people in this situation, and just reading the gospel with them, when they see how gently Jesus interacted with broken people, it helps them let down their guard.

Sometimes people need to see the kinder side of Jesus.

Sometimes people need to see the Jesus turning tables over in the Temple.

And both Jesus’ are in this story. Filled with grace and truth.

The Theological word for this is God’s transcendence and immanence, which are just million dollar words for saying God is both big and near. But the Scriptures normally don’t use theological words, what they do is paint a picture.

One of my favorite pictures in the Bible is in Isaiah 65. Isaiah is telling about how the world will be one day. When war is a distant past, and no longer will infants die. It’s a world where evil has been judged and found wanting and peace is the commodity of the entire universe, and Isaiah says The Lion will lay down with the Lamb.

Which is an interesting way to say that.

He’s saying the predator will lay down with the prey. But more than that, those are two metaphors that describe the Lord repeatedly. But they are talking about different aspects of his character. His transcendence and his immanence. And in the end they come together.

That is after all the beauty of Jesus. The God who created the Grand Canyon is embodied by a God who doesn’t turn away anyone.

The lion lays down with the lamb, because in Jesus we find, the Lion is the Lamb.