A Tickle in the Funny Bone

My first ebook, A Tickle in the Funny Bone, is a dozen of my humorous columns including all the April Fool’s ones and the hilarious responses. Readers’ comments: I had a good laugh at this one - still wiping away the tears! I like your sense of humour! I laughed all the way through. I...

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Monthly Archives: June 2012

When the Situation is Deadly, Dangerous and Desperate

This is NOT Bible Translating for Dummies! See, no yellow cover.

One evening, as I relaxed in my hammock I thought, I love days when many of the Canelas are away hunting meat for a festival. No one to bother me as I catch up on my reading. Jo was next door attending the birth of a baby that had been coming since the afternoon. With our three daughters in boarding school in Belem, I had our mud-walled, palm thatch house peacefully to myself for the next hour or two. But …

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The Day the Bottom Fell Out of Everything

Jo pot fire

Jo and I awoke early after a fitful sleep that first night in the main Canela village. Rain had wakened us several times as it blew in through the open holes in the mud walls, still without shutters. We were exhausted after the long trip and from unloading three packing drums and dozens of cardboard boxes from the truck the day before. We dressed, and I started a fire on the ground at the back door to boil water so …

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Three Steps to Being a Hero to Your Kids This Fathers Day

Last day of the three-day trip. (Note little blond head above cab)

Engine roaring, our one-ton truck jarred, shook and rocked as it laboured up the steep rocky river bank. The screaming and pounding on the cab roof started as we finally neared the top. “Daddy! Daddy! Stop! Blackie fell off!” My wife, clinging to her seat beside me, glanced at me but wisely said nothing. It was the afternoon on the third day of difficult travel from our home on the mission centre in Belem, to the Canela village in Brazil. …

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Bible Translation: More Complex Than You Think . . . Way More!

Jack in late 1960s starting translation with Canela

All major world religion have preserved the words of their founders in the very language in which they spoke them. All except Christianity. Jesus spoke the Galilean dialect of Aramaic and except for a dozen or so words, none of the hundreds of thousands of words He spoke during his three years of ministry were written down for us in His own words. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were the first translators. They translated all the stories about Jesus, and …

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