Now Is the Time

I was talking to a friend recently about some great news: he was getting married. His relationship was fairly new, but he was confident. Several years ago he had come out of addiction, and was wandering around, in between things. But he was constantly active, constantly growing, even spending time in mission in a foreign…

What He’s All About

Some years ago I took an elective class in the seminary about anthropology. It was with a new professor who was engaging and interesting and easy to get along with. The material was very interesting, and I paid close attention in all the classes. I had a lot of ideas from the classes, they got…

Keep Coming Back

Let’s say that I am in among a group of people in Ecuador and I can speak to all of them. If I ask the question, “Who wants to learn English?”, a good 80% of people would raise their hand. But then I would recognize something. They are not hearing learn English, but know English.…

Right in Front of Your Eyes

Keeping kids engaged requires playing. So, when the kids in the religious ed classes gathered, we would play certain games. One of the games that came to me was to take some of the plastic sheep used in the nativity scene and hide them around the property. The kids then went off to find the…

One Small Change

I worked on ferry boats for a while this past summer, and in the beginning stages, you have to learn 3 basic knots. The only way I can learn something like that is by repeating it over and over again. So, I spent a chunk of the downtime on the boat practicing those basic knots.…