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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Great Stories, Jack, But Are They True?

Jack Being Dressed in Canela Native Costume

Recently I was the keynote speaker at a church mission conference where, during my three speeches I brought out my points by telling 25 personal stories. All of these stories were true, having happened in my life. All, except one. The last meeting was an international dinner featuring a buffet with foods from every continent. Many of the guests were dressed in costumes native to countries where they had been born or had worked. The person introducing me jokingly asked …

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I Embarrassed Myself in Grade Four Because of my Dad’s Old Bible

Books Gave Me Wings

I learned to read at such a young age, I can’t remember a time I didn’t know how to read. (No, it’s not because I’m so smart, it’s just that I grew up in the Netherlands and Dutch is far easier to learn to read than English.) Throughout my early school years I read books the way fire reads dry wood. I loved riding my bike around the neighbourhood, but books gave me wings that would take me anywhere: they …

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Jack, Your Translation Has Too Many Words

John 3:16 in Canela

My missionary friend frowned as he read my translation of the gospel of Luke, looked up and said, “Jack, your translation is good but it has too many words.” I remembered that incident years later when I saw the movie Amadeus in which Emperor Joseph II criticized Mozart, “Your work is ingenious, but there are too many notes.” My friend and I were translators in distantly related indigenous Brazilian languages. With effort we could somewhat read each other’s translation. I was a member …

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The Unwelcome Request—the Rest of the Story

Some of the Night Bible Class graduates

“We want you to teach us the book of Our Great Father in the Sky.” the 15 young men had asked during our summer work session in the Canela village. Read it here: http://www.jackpopjes.com/the-unwelcome-request/ During our brief break on the mission centre in Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon, Jo and I printed 30 copies of the book of Luke. When we returned to the village to start the next three-month work session we announced we would hold night …

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