Life is Vapor, Week 11

"Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest." — Mark Buchanan "Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the…

Life is Vapor, Week 10

What can we do when we're lost in the dark?  How can we confront the absurdities of life on a fallen planet?  What does it mean to choose light? Last night we talked about this idea of choosing light, setting our hearts on things above, consciously turning away from darkness that could swallow us whole.…

Life is Vapor, Week 9

So enjoyed our conversation about spiritual battle Sunday night!  It went right along with this gem from Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening... Stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord.  (Exodus 14:13) "These words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot…

Life is Vapor, Week 7

Miss Erika brought it again this week as she shared with us her thoughts on holding loosely.  It led to an interesting discussion of idolatry -- what is an idol?  how would you know if you had one?  how would you go about getting rid of it -- or would you want to?  Hope you…

Life is Vapor, Week 6

We're halfway there!  So far we have talked about the meaning of life (meaningless, meaningless-- or is it?), seeing eternally, wholeheartedness, walking with purpose,  compassion, and generosity.  Next on the docket, Hold Loosely.  (Feel free to sing the 38 Special version if you grew up rollerskating to it.) Last night we peered into chapter 5…

Life Is Vapor, Week 3

This week we talked about Ecclesiastes chapter 2 and all of the ways we seek satisfaction under the sun.  The Preacher, as one commentator remarked, tries hard to set up his own little Garden of Eden without any of the forbidden fruits, and oh how his experiment fails!  Here's my friend Erika leading us.  Enjoy!…

Life Is Vapor, Week 1

Hello, friends!  For anyone who would like to follow along with our summer study of Ecclesiastes and Thirty Thousand Days, I will be posting our weekly talks.  This one is in two parts -- first, a little reflection on Ecclesiastes, second, the nuts and bolts of how the study will work.  The workbook I refer…

Perspective Podcast

Blessed to be a guest on Chris Arnzen's "Iron Sharpens Iron" show this week!  Loved the opportunity to linger in conversation a while, and I hope it will give you some food for thought while you jog/do the dishes/drive a bus/bathe a dog.  (Does anyone do anything without multi-tasking any more?)