The Challenge of Wise Sensitivity and Bold Advance

I tend toward full disclosure, which makes this post such a challenge. I can’t go there. Not because I don’t want to, it’s just not wise. I need to be more vague, general, veiled, in order to safeguard followers of Jesus in a more restrictive setting. In this particular case the trainers would probably not […]

To Haiti and Back

I had planned to write about the training in Haiti while I was there. That obviously didn’t happen. Now, almost a month has passed. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write, I just wasn’t sure what I was going to write. Truthfully, I’m just not sure what I’ve seen. I learned a long time […]

May. Be. Crazy.

Some months are crazy, or maybe it’s just me. This month we moved (again), brought Moriah home from college, sold our pickup, bought a car, closed on the sale of our house in New Richmond, and a bunch of other stuff… that could make this story a couple months long.  I do want to share […]

Christ-Our Decoration

Wednesday of our training in Liberia was a national holiday known as Decoration Day. Decoration Day is set aside to honor those who have died. It is tempting to draw a parallel to Memorial Day, and there is a thread that exists. The tragic history of Liberia makes the enemy of death much more treacherous. […]

Liberia Liberty

It’s a unique experience, walking into a group of students (ranging in age from early twenties to older-than-me), knowing I will only have five days with them. At Grace College in Monrovia, Liberia, I began with my class of fourteen (thirteen men, and one Olivia) on Monday. A stranger, with one point of union, Jesus […]

You Then, My Child

Could there be a more beautiful phrase? Maybe. A phrase like “I love you” is pretty hard to top. Or, knowing the Lord of Glory has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you” brings more stability to life than even I can mess up! When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy he openly […]

The Story of a Lifetime

Over the last few years I’ve read most books on my iPad. I love the library-in-my-pocket convenience. There are sacrifices, for sure. A significant part of the book-reading experience seems subtly connected to the simple act of turning the page. In the early chapters it often seems the story could drag. There are few things […]

Mamma Said There’d Be Days Like This

Really, I’m pretty sure Momma never envisioned anything close to this! We finished our training this morning with the final student giving one of the better messages. It was obvious through the week these guys worked hard, seriously, and made a lot of progress in dealing faithfully with the text. They were challenged for sure, […]

My Final Exam, Tomorrow

Tomorrow will conclude our week of teaching at the East Africa Christian College. This is a new school, started in just the last two years. There are twenty three students in two programs, on a certificate program, the other a diploma program. So, tomorrow is our final and I understand how well they do on […]

The Joy of Knowing and Learning

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 5 You are being protected by […]