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In Salinas (2014-9-28)

Today we left Manta and traveled south to Salinas, going through not only a variety of smaller towns, but apparently a variety of ecosystems as well. Leaving Manta, we passed from beach to Badlands to rain forest, all in the space of about 50 km. It’s one of the things I have loved about Ecuador […]

A Perfectly Wonderful Lackluster Day (2014-9-27)

It’s pretty cool when you can say, “Nothing much happened today,” and the day was still great, right? The day began with breakfast on an open terrace at the hotel. If I ever lived in a place like this, such a terrace is now a must. Simply splendid. Then we explored more of Manta. It […]

Cuenca – What a Magical Place! (2014-9-24)

I scratched all kinds of things today. Like the itch for adventure. And my cheapskate bone. All at the same time. After a pleasant breakfast (2 fried eggs, 2 pieces of fried bologna, and two large slices of bread, all of which I turned into a breakfast sandwich) at the hotel, I took a cab […]

So I Woke Up This Morning … In Ecuador. WHAT?!?!? (2014-9-24)

One of the things on my “bucket list” is to visit all seven continents. Yes, that includes Antarctica. Yesterday, I touched down in South America. Five down, two to go. I traveled well. Debi and Kaye Pattillo drove me to the airport in Atlanta. On the way, we introduced Kaye to John Michael Talbot. I […]

Remembrances of Africa (2011-7-26)

One of the most powerful memories of my trip to Uganda occurred near the end of the trip.  I had been taken 8.8 kilometers (5.5 miles) through Kyenjojo into the countryside, onto dirt roads through a tea plantation, that became a walking path through the jungle.  There I saw the mud house built by Gene, […]

Quoted (2011-7-20)

On my return trip from the SC Renewal Project’s Pastors’ Policy Forum, I spoke to a reporter for Politico.  She used a couple of my quotes: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59429.html#comments I joked with Debi that I was having flashbacks to 2008, driving down the road, talking to a reporter, trying not to say anything to embarrass myself.

Surprise!! (2011-7-19)

I have to say that I was surprised at the SC Renewal Project Pastors’ Policy Briefing.  That surprise came courtesy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. I’ve had doubts about Gingrich’s electability, and I think they are legitimate concerns.  He has some personal baggage, especially in regard to his three marriages.  I think he was […]

SC Renewal Project (2011-7-19)

Debi and I are in Columbia attending the South Carolina Renewal Project.  It is a gathering of conservative evangelical pastors and their wives to encourage political involvement.  Voting records indicate that the highest voting rate among this bloc is about 50%, and in the last presidential election was around 25%.  The general idea is to […]

Wonders to Behold (2011-7-13)

Yesterday we broke work early to go off on various adventures. I went with ten others to Niagara Falls. It is so stunningly beautiful that even though I’ve seen it several times, I wanted to see it again. Previously I have seen the falls from Canada but I did not bring my passport and so […]

The Body at Work (2011-7-11)

Today was another amazing day, one that reminded me of the beauty of the body of Christ. I saw so many people doing so much for others. It began at 4:30 a.m. I had a restful night, but woke up at that early hour. I got up and walked out of the main room where […]