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About raincitypastor

pastor, Bible teacher, climber, lover of: God, mountains, coffee, the church, good food, good conversation, lingering outside as the sun goes down, sport, words, music, ideas, creating...and much much more.

This one weird trick will change your life: Slow Down

The tree in the backyard is growing, relentlessly, powerfully, and slowly. Our children are growing, as we do too, slowly; imperceptibly every day. The meat in the crock pot is tenderizing; slowly. Our world, very much alive and changing all … Continue reading

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When “Here” is better than “There”

I wake up this morning in Colorado and, as is typical, make my coffee and then go to my ipad where I catch up on the news before reading my Bible.  It’s just getting light as I scan the news, … Continue reading

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Setbacks and Overcoming – The first is assured; the second is optional.

Dream big and work hard for it, because doing so takes you places — not always where you want, but often way farther than you can imagine. – Ranniveig Aamodt       Setbacks come in all shapes and sizes.  … Continue reading

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Today Only: Colors of Hope is free for your e-reader!

God’s taken the complexity of religion and boiled it all down to three simple things:  mercy, justice, and intimacy.  This book is about what it means to orient our lives around these three pursuits, make our lives into works of … Continue reading

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O the Places You’ll Go! The Wisdom of Embracing Life as Journey

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” I grew up living in “Cat in the Hat”, and by that I mean that rainy days were crazy days spent stuck … Continue reading

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Companionship with Christ

Vacation’s done, at least all but the packing and driving back down the mountain.  It was nothing I’d expected but better, by far, than I could ever have hoped as I learned, once again, what matters most in life.  I’d … Continue reading

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Discoveries from Football: The beauty and danger of “Vicarious”

What was the most watched television event of all time?  That would be two days ago when those of us who call Seattle home cheered until we had no voices or adrenaline left in our bodies as our beloved Seahawks … Continue reading

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Real Housewives of Mesopotamia – and what we can learn from them

The first words out of Abraham’s mouth that are recorded in the Bible are spoken to his wife, when he says, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman, and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, … Continue reading

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The Seahawks: Finding Christ in Football Culture

My friend Matthew Kaemingk is a theologian and a sports fan. His guest post today shows us how these two worlds intersect if we’re looking for Christ in culture. You can find more of his writings at Christ and Cascadia.  … Continue reading

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Walter Mitty and the Art of Waking Up

There’s a glorious life in each of us that’s waiting to be lived.  It’s the crises we face that will either fan it to flame or kill it.  That, in two sentences, is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.  Richard … Continue reading

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