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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: November 2012

Our Celestial Mechanic

$300, 15-year-old Dodge Polara, before packing it full

I love to remember and write up family “Godstories” recounting how God helped to get us through difficult times, answered prayer, and in other ways showed He was there. This is such a story. Plus I have a bonus announcement at the end. Enjoy! Our Celestial Mechanic “BAM! PRRRRRR!” Now what? I thought. “What’s that?” my wife asked, looking as worried as I felt. I stopped our severely overloaded 15-year-old Dodge at the side of the road, opened the hood, …

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How Do You Know If the Translation is Understood by the Readers?

Canela Pole & Palm Thatch Houses on Firm Red Clay

Last week I described the difficult and complicated back-translation process that helps the Bible translation consultant determine if the translation being checked is accurate. This week I want to explain the next checking procedure, discovering if the readers understand the translation. It is equally important, and a lot more fun. The Process The translator and the consultant are joined by an intelligent, fluent speaker of the target language, one who has never read or heard the Bible passage being checked. …

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But How Do You Know If These Bible Translations Are Accurate?

Every Writer Needs an Editor, Every Translator Needs a Checker

Although I didn’t know what to expect at my first writer’s conference, I was surprised, pleased, and the first in line when a professional editor offered to critique our manuscripts. I gave her a tear sheet of a 2,500 word article I had written and which a magazine had published the month before. “Every paragraph of your article throbbed with passion which made it publishable,” she told me the next day, “but here’s how you could have improved it,” and …

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Trends in Church Music Part 2, Towards a Solution

The Worship Leader is the Key

Last week’s 700-word column Patience Testing Trends in Church Music, generated 4,500 words of response from scores of readers. Wow! You wrote me from all across Canada and the USA and the Caribbean. Although some notes shed light, suggesting solutions, there was also plenty of emotional heat: Pro: “I couldn’t agree more!” E., “You have hit the nail on the head! 100%”D. Con: “I couldn’t disagree more!” S., “Wow, you missed the boat on this one!”K Confirming the Problem “I …

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