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Advent Conspiracy – from the eyes of an

Advent Conspiracy – from the eyes of an atheist

“I love this movement, the Advent Conspiracy movement. I’ve been trying to get my family to do this for the last two years, long before I heard about this. A few years ago, I told my family that i think we should refrain from buying gifts for each other on Christmas, and instead donate the […]

Finding our way…

Finding our way…

A friend wrote recently expressing some thoughts and feelings I’ve had of late and face in the many Christian leaders I spend time with on a regular basis. She says it well so I’ll not embellish. God help us in our celebration that we not sound redundant in our insistence that His Son is the […]

Christians to blame

Christians to blame

One of our staff sent this to me. It kinda confirms some of my pet peeves of late. Frankly, I fear the church in America is losing its ball in the weeds. Scripture does not tell us to get bent out of shape over second things. I don’t like what I see and hear from […]

Gratitude…

Gratitude…

Living outside the US brings a whole new set of challenges that raise our awareness of basics (at least what we call basic). Here’s a small list of collected points of gratitude from various friends who travel away from the comforts of home: 1. Electricity. Electricity available all of the time. 2. Refrigerators. Refrigerators that […]

Borrowed humor

Borrowed humor

This came via my email box from my Dad. Seen it before so don’t quite know the origin. Good for a smile. I’ve been piled up with travel and board meeting prep so I’m a bit behind in my writing. I hope to get back into the rhythm of it again soon. ___________________________________________ Finally, answers […]

Genuine Article

Genuine Article

In preparation for teaching out of Ephesians this weekend in House Church, I did some poking around on the internet about how to tell the difference between a genuine Gucci bag and a fake one.  Interesting stuff.  Most of it common sense. Check the stitching, there should be no loose threads.  They only use leather […]

School Days…

School Days…

We’ve survived the first week of school and are about to close out the second.  Life here is beginning to settle into the new family rhythm.   Jille gets to play after school while Christian is either in swim team or cranking out 5th grade home work.  Right now we are not too happy about […]

Call buttons…

Call buttons…

Spoke with someone today who recently had surgery. He said it was routine. Cutting up a person hardly seems routine, not to mention being the one under the knife. At one point in our conversation, he began to chuckle. “What is it?” I asked. “Oh, I finally figured out what the call button was for.” […]

Faith awry

Faith awry

Inspired by the many conversations I’ve had lately, these words emerged in my journal today.  I have no aspirations of becoming a poet.  Frankly, I really don’t get it.  Yet, the most powerful images of my heart find voice in verse on occasion. News, rumor, opinion: indiscernible slush. Twisted and turned around, I lose my […]

Commissioning

Commissioning

“How do people become staff with Ministry Essentials?”  “Do you think the board would accept me?”  “What could I do?”  “Can I be your assistant?”  “If I were your assistant, what do you need me to do?”  “Can I help now?” At first I thought he was just asking because we had recently interviewed and […]