Divining Rods

Where is the water? Where should I start digging to find my well? Way back in the olden days when I was a very small boy, my family purchased twenty acres of forest land in Eastern Washington and began the process of creating a home. Our first step was to find a subterranean water supply […]

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A description of Christians from Marcus Aurelius’ era (how do we measure up?)

In 130-ish AD a famous letter was written to Diognetus (probably the tutor of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius), describing Christians and their character and conduct in the world. As we enter a time of New Year’s reflections, let’s glance at this description and compare it to our own personal formation and influence in today’s […]

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The Saint in St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s day will soon be upon us, replete with green-clad revelers and rivers of green beer. For some it will be a time to flaunt their Irish roots and for others it will simply be another excuse to party. However, there is a deeper significance to the holiday than merely kissing red-heads and drinking […]

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The end and the beginning

In the end it’s all about the “one.” Today will be my last official Hole in our Gospel posting, and I think the most appropriate way to end is with Richard Stearns’ own words. He writes: “In the end God works in our world one person at a time. The hungry are fed, the thirsty […]

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How to change a bad perception

How do you change a bad perception to a good one? (And, no, this isn’t the beginning line of a cheesy joke—it’s actually a very important question) If perceptions have grown dubious or negative, how do we change them? I hate it when people draw inaccurate perceptions about me. And even more than that I […]

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