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: September 2012

Our Life Theme Scripture

Learning from the Canelas and Teaching Them

When Jo and I got married over 50 years ago, the popular thing among Christians was to choose a “Life Verse,” a few lines from some Bible passage to use as a theme for the rest of life together. I can’t remember, but we probably prayed about it and then, in our youthful idealism, picked one that appealed to us. We chose a verse from a totally inappropriate chapter of 2nd Corinthians. Chapter 9 is the key chapter in all …

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The Unwelcome Request

Canela Translation Checkers

One evening as Jo and I sipped our soup under a star laden, dry season Brazilian sky, we heard the sound of approaching footsteps and excited voices. Uh oh, I thought, now what? A medical emergency? A group of Canelas hurrying to our house at night usually was not good news. The footsteps stopped behind our chairs and the voices fell silent. Then a young man said, “Prejaka, we’re here.” “Yes, you are here. Why did you come?” “We want …

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Homo Narrans, Story-Telling Man

Jack the Story Teller with his Indonesian interpreters

As I sorted through some papers, I came upon a thank you card from a group that had invited me to speak five times at a retreat last year. I remembered that I had done much research reading to present 15 major themes. “Thank you,” the card said, “for all your stories that will help us grow.” Hmm, not a word about any of the 15 themes I had worked so hard to develop and present. I remembered telling a …

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What? Rest Before the Work is Done? No Way!

Jack the WordMan at Rest

Vacation time always gets me thinking about the theology of rest. All my life I have found it hard to rest when there is still work to be done. My upbringing focused on the value of work, not on the need for rest. Working Versus Reading My love of reading started as a child, but my mom reproved me any time she caught me reading a book during daylight hours. Our house rules were: First the house and yard chores, …

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