Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Sadness and Seething (2017-11-7)

I am deeply saddened by the Texas shooting.  I am also seething. The knee-jerk response of some is “stricter gun laws,” as if that would solve the issue entirely, or as if we had mysteriously repealed the Second Amendment. Others wave that Second Amendment as though it were absolute, or written in contemplation of AK-47s.  […]

Glorious Day with Sarah D’Attoma (2017-3-28)


God’s Peace to My New Sister (2017-3-2)

It has been an incredible 24 hours. It began last night at our group for young adults, FLIGHT 1939.  After enjoying some pizza, Kevin McCormick gave a powerful testimony.  He said he had been so busy working to build his farm that he never felt he could go on a mission trip.  Then recently when […]

Vivid, Sacred Dream (2016-6-23)

I mentioned in my previous post that I’ve been having “vivid dreams.” I write this post at 3 a.m. specifically to record one of them. In this dream, I was at a fast food restaurant, like a McDonald’s, which I apparently owned. I had the run of the place and was as comfortable as if […]

Deep Sadness. Deeper Pride. (2015-7-7)

“The Lord has given. And the Lord has taken. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” I knew when I heard Annie’s tearful hello that the news would be hard. She had just come from her appointment, where her doctor was unable to detect a heartbeat for the child she still carries. She had been […]

“What a Dream I Had” (2014-12-2)

I dream.  I dream a lot.  I don’t mean metaphorically, I mean I dream every night while I am asleep. And I remember my dreams. That may be because I accept as true the Scripture:  “For God does speak—now one way, now another—though man may not perceive it.  In a dream, in a vision of […]

Salinas to Guayaquil to Cuenca (2014-9-30)

Yesterday, I ate breakfast on the terrace at the hotel in Manta, where we were treated to the sight of a whale. I understand they migrate in July and August, but you can still catch the occasional drifter in September. I’m glad I did. Today we ate at the hotel in Salinas, then began the […]

In Manta (2014-9-26)

I met my friends Greg and Debby Chambers at the Guayaquil airport this morning. They are great friends, and just great people in general, among the best of people in the world as far as I am concerned. They are intelligent, generous, good-hearted, kind folks, and just plain fun to be with. I’m glad I […]

Cuenca by Day, Guayaquil by Night (2014-9-25)

This morning began with breakfast at the hotel.  If you ever go to Cuenca, I highly recommend the Hotel Posada del Rey.  My room was clean, the staff was friendly and spoke English, it’s right in the middle of everything, and the breakfast which would have cost $10 in the U.S. came with the $30 […]

A Pastoral Heaviness (2014-3-24)

You know how passionate I am about discipleship, and how concerned I am that we have had multiple generations now that have been on a steady diet of milk without ever really moving to meat.  Sometimes that becomes apparent to me in the oddest of ways.  Like today. Yesterday we celebrated Christian communion.  I spoke […]