Author: Mike

  • Sufficient Light for the Road Ahead

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~ John 14:6 Over the course of my life, I don’t think I’ve ever heard an interpretation of these words as anything other than an argument given by Jesus to be used […]

  • How forgiveness can flounder

    Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans even as I exclude myself from the community of sinners. But no one can be in the presence of the God of the crucified Messiah for long without overcoming this double exclusion — without transposing the enemy from the sphere of the monstrous… […]

  • Quote for the day

    Heaven have mercy on us all – Presbyterians and Pagans alike – for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending ~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick

  • Amazing Grace

    Yesterday morning Kim chose to stay home with our youngest two, in order to wipe the flow from their noses in the privacy of our home, so our eldest two and I headed off to worship with the feel of a “daddy daughter date.” By 10:15 we were seated in the nether-regions of our congregation (I […]

  • Inconvenience

    Yesterday around 4:00PM I was hit by an afternoon crash, so I decided to head down to the corner convenient store for a refill of my favorite caffeinated beverage. Standing in the check-out line, I experienced an interaction between two people that awoke me in a more acute way than the chemicals in my cup […]

  • A List for Rick Bennett (and friends)

    One book that changed your life: Lord of the Flies by William Golding The Florida State University Student Bulletin Barney: I see Barney! by Quinlan B. Lee One book that you’ve read more than once: Don’t Make Me Think! by Steve Krug (note: it’s an interface design book, sorry.) One book you’d want on a […]

  • Quote for the day

    “There was a time when the church was very powerful-in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of […]

  • Going Back to Roatan

    Honduras Water Project 2006 from Mike Houghton on Vimeo. It’s 7:00 AM as I sit to write this letter. I’ve taken a hot shower, shaved, and brewed a pot of coffee. It’s a normal morning with one exception: without the gift of water none of these things would be possible. To be honest, I don’t […]

  • Books to Remember…

    Read. And worth reading again. “Silence” by Shusaku Endo “The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene “The Diary of a Country Priest” by Georges Bernanos “For the Time Being” by Annie Dillard “Godric” by Frederick Buechner “Miz Lil and the Chronicles of Grace” by Walter Wangerin, Jr. “Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis […]

  • Thought for the day

    “The Christian life begins as a community that is gathered at the place of impossibility, the tomb.” – Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places