All posts in Mountains

  • God’s Love In Granite


    God’s Love In Granite
    Brian Zahnd

    The Bible opens with a creation narrative and the constant refrain is the goodness of it all. In the first chapter of Genesis God declares every day as good. The third day (the day life begins) is declared good twice. On the sixth day of creation we are told, “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

    The ancient Hebrew account of the entire goodness of creation stands in stark contrast to the pagan creation stories where the world comes into existence amidst the chaos of a great struggle between good and evil. In the rival myths of the ancient world, evil plays a role in creation. The first great revelation of the Hebrew scriptures is that the universe flows entirely from the goodness of God; evil played no part in God’s good creation.
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  • God Is Love. God Is Love.

    Sunset from the Top

    God is Love. God is Love.
    Brian Zahnd

    The topography of biblical witness is full of peaks and valleys, mountains and plains. The Bible is not flat terrain. The honest reader of the Bible readily admits that the Levitical prohibition against eating shellfish does not reach the same heights as the lofty Christology in Colossians. As we look at the great peaks of inspired biblical witness, none soar higher than the twin peaks of divine revelation given to us by the Apostle John.

    “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. … We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” (1 John 4:8, 16)

    Soaring above everything else the Bible has to say about God are these twin peaks found in John’s first epistle: God is love. God is love.

    The Arapaho Indians called Longs Peak and Mount Meeker Nesótaieus, meaning “two guides.” The two peaks of this towering massif are useful for orientation when traveling in the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, just as the two peaks of 1 John 4:8 and 4:16 are invaluable when navigating our way through the Bible. When the aged apostle put quill to papyrus to tell his readers that God is love (twice), and that to know love is to know God, and that to live in love is to live in God, he was making a daring move…and he dared to do it!
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  • No walk in the park

  • I’m Not Here

    I’m not inside your computer.

    I’m not in cyber space.

    I’m not here.

    I’m in the mountains with the whole family.

    So no blog. Just a quote, a book, and a song. Read more

  • Highlands

    Philip in the highlands

    Peri, Philip and I spend Memorial Day well above treeline.

    My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I roam.

    Highlands. I love this song. It’s long. 16 minutes and 32 seconds. So slow down and enjoy life.

    Enjoy Life. That’s what I’ll preach on Friday night. When we return from the highlands.

    My heart’s in the Highlands, can’t see any other way to go.



    Here’s the tune…
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  • Planet Romonapa

    “No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied—
    it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.” -Ansel Adams

    It’s that time of year again. Time for our annual summer sojourn on Planet Romonapa. That’s what we call our beloved Rocky Mountain National Park. We’re in shape and ready to hike, climb, backpack and camp in the high country. I look forward to our annual family vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park all year long. It restores my soul in a way I cannot fully explain.

    Here are some pictures from our vacation on Planet Romonapa last year.
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  • Igloo Ed and Loch Vale in a Gale

    Peri, Philip and I are in the mountains for three days this week. We’ll fly back home tomorrow. We went into the mountains on snowshoe hikes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. The weather has been bitterly cold, but we came to be in the mountains, so in the mountains we have been.

    On Tuesday we met up with our friend Igloo Ed. Ed is a winter hiking and camping legend in these parts. He reminds me of Gandalf. He knows these mountains like the back of his hand — he’s truly amazing. He took us on a hike by a route known only to himself — it’s as if he knows every tree…maybe he does.

    When we began our hike it was 12 below zero and windy. Cold! But we had a great hike.

    Here’s some pictures:

    Igloo Ed

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  • A Christian in Christendom

    What does it mean to be a Christian in America today?

    What does it mean to be a Christian in a 21st century Christendom?

    How are we to be Christians who are countercultural, transcendent and subversive in a quasi-Christian culture?

    What do you do when Christendom and Babylon are woven together in a single culture?

    How are we to be authentic Christ-followers in a nation where 88% of the people identify themselves as Christian?
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  • Mountain Misery

    My feet hurt
    My head pounds
    My lungs burn
    My legs buckle
    I’m cold…now hot…now cold

    Why do I do this?
    Man! Can I do this?
    The sky looks wrong
    Was that thunder?
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