Getting Off The Train

At some point, I got off the train…. with all of it's momentum, with all of it's ambition, with all of it's worthwhile and exciting destinations.  With all of it's swaying back and forth, it's movements, convincing it's riders that progress was being made.  I headed into parts unknown to me, tho I would find a trail in the wilderness, I didn't really know that at the outset.  Others had passed thru and marked a path, in the generations and the seasons that had come before…..  it required focus to make out there markings, as time and weather had worn their edges.  But the path was certainly there, and with diligence could be discerned, and  trusted. Continue reading “Getting Off The Train”

Navigating Transition

Don't get the wrong idea….. I am all about knowing the future in advance.  That needs to be stated plainly, especially in light of what I am about to say.

Clearly, we are in the time of a significant shift.  Many are feeling this and sensing it.  Some of those who have been sensing it for a while now have set out to define it.  I appreciate their well-intentioned efforts, but i also believe there is a real danger in trying to define this time, and the time that lies just ahead, with incomplete perspective. Continue reading “Navigating Transition”

Moving The Target

In 2005 I made my second trip to Mexico City, where I was helping to conduct a conference in a small church in the north part of the city.  It was really good to be back, as I had been deeply impacted by the Lord's heart on my first trip.  The team was different, and me and the Nicaraguan pastor who had led the previous trip were the only repeats from the previous team earlier that year.

One of the daily routines was to travel from our hotel, which was in the city proper, out to the north part near the border of Mexico City and the state of Mexico.  In this daily movement we were seeing all kinds of sites and people, impressions that were still fairly new to me, and my senses were heightened on this basis.

I was traveling with a friend from Texas named Keith, and he and I had a running conversation that we seemed to take up on the drive, as it took about an hour to cover a fairly short distance, based purely on the fact that tons of other people were on the move too.  We got into some interesting territory conversationally, and it was a surreal time, I think for both of us. Continue reading “Moving The Target”