Time To Listen

Time To Listen is a 15 minute film focusing on the stories of six different homeless individuals and how they navigate life. Weather it’s the economy, substance abuse, poor decisions, health issues, mental illness, chronic homelessness, or life change. Whatever causes homelessness…these six individuals are opening up and sharing about how they became homeless, what it feels like to be homeless, and how they would like you to see them.

Time To Listen is created to introduce issues of homelessness and start a conversation in your group. There is an accompanying discussion guide to help facilitate your group discussion. This film intentionally does not suggest specific solutions. It’s up to your group to discuss the stories from the film, face your own biases toward homelessness, and determine how you will personally get involved in your community.

Download the full (HD) version of the film, 90 second preview, and one-sheet discussion guide for free. Click here:

An Anthropological introduction to YouTube

This is an interesting talk on the introduction of YouTube from an anthropological perspective.  Long clip but very fascinating.

Stumptown Coffee

I’m excited to share that Stumptown Coffee is only 127 steps from my classroom this week.  I will be visiting Stumptown a few times this week.

Gospel and Global Media Culture

Today I’m in class learning the value of communicating the gospel through global media.  This is an elective class I’m choosing as part of my graduate studies at Seattle University.  One of the interesting parts of communicating our faith through media is the different data bases or framing we all bring to our faith.  Everyone has their own view of faith and their perception of the gospel.

To me, the gospel is the story of Jesus Christ coming to this earth, living a sinless life, and giving his life for my sins.  This is the gospel.  What I’m learning is that when you bring 15 people in a room they will all have 15 different view of the gospel and how it relates to their life.

My responsibility is to share the gospel in a way that can be understood by the people I’m sharing with.  As shared by my class mate Kirimi (from Kenya).  In the African culture the missionaries would bring the gospel to the African people wrapped in their western culture.  Much like bringing a baby wrapped in a western blanket.  This caused the gospel to be received and learned through a western filter.  Yet, once the African people were able to remove the “western blanket” from the baby (gospel) they were able to understand it better.  This is how I’m able to embrace the values and differences people have regarding the gospel.  I still believe that the only way for us to connect with God is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Yet, I’m able to respect the beliefs of others which will help me understand where others are coming from.

This is an important value to understand when thinking of sharing the gospel in the global media culture.

top 10 reasons i like living in maple valley, wa

top 10 reasons i like living in maple valley, wa

  1. community feel with small town taste & close to the places i like to go.
  2. beautiful view of mt. rainier driving south on 169 in front of the fire station on a clear day.
  3. great schools for my kids.
  4. sports programs for my kids to enjoy
  5. city representatives that genuinely solicit and value my input
  6. affordable homes
  7. a lot of growth potential in the city
  8. 4 corners starbucks drive through that serves me the grande americano with a couple inches of steamed soy
  9. really cool waterfall sign as you enter the city
  10. lake wilderness….the lake, lodge, & trail!

Why do you like Maple Valley?

Pray for our Police!

We need to pray for the men & women who protect us.  Our Police & Fire Fighters.

This Sunday we’re taking time in our services to remember & pray for Police Officers, Fire Fighters & their families.

In the wake of the recent tragedies in Seattle & Tacoma where we’ve seen such a terrible loss of life with our frontline public servants, we at New Life Church want to take a moment this Sunday to honor & pray for our Police Officers, Fire Fighters & their families.

Renton, WA  December 3, 2009: Sunday, December 6th we will be honoring and praying for the Police Officers and Fire Fighters in our region during our three morning services.  All Police & Fire Fighters who are available on Sunday, December 6th are invited to attend any of our morning services in uniform so we can recognize them and pray a blessing on them and their families.

  • Sunday services are at 9:00 AM , 10:30 AM, & 12:00 Noon.
  • We have fun & exciting childcare for infants, pre-school & elementary kids.

Additionally…Renton Christian School will be keeping their flag at half mast & praying for our Police & Fire Fighters in their classes this week.

We’ll be showing the memorial services live in our chapel on Tuesday, December 8th at 1 PM.

How to participate if you’re a Police Officer or Fire Fighter:

  • Attend one of our 3 Sunday morning services and we will recognize all of our local Police & Fire Fighters at the end of the service.  Feel free to wear your uniform.
  • Go to our website: and click on the Prayer button on our home page.  Let us know your needs and we will be praying for you and anything else we can do to help.
  • Call our office: 425.226.0880 and leave your prayer request with our receptionist or on our voicemail.

For Questions about our Sunday services and our prayer emphasis for our local Police & Fire Fighters, contact Pastor Loran Lichty – or 425.226.0880.

Click here to go to the New Life website.  You can download the press release and request prayer.

Let’s never stop praying for those who protect us.

The Biggest Looser…week 1

Well, I made it through week one of TBL at tahoma fitness.  Drum roll….I lost 5 lbs.  Lots of work and obsessing about the food I put in my body.  I feel great.  Actually excited to go work out.  I’m going to try and get into the gym both Saturday & Sunday this week.  I’ve worked out every day (except last weekend) for the last 2 weeks.  I think thats a record.

Week 2 just started….I’m going for 10 lbs. this week.