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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: February 2013

The Powerful Weapon the Church Is Neglecting

Sharing Our Stories Over a Cup of Tea

My friends and I rolled our eyes as the elderly elder stood up from his accustomed side front pew. As usual, he half turned to face the congregation, leaned his left hand on the pew, as he always did, and began his testimony . . . again. It was the well-rehearsed story of his conversion from sixty years ago. We had all heard it so many Sundays during “testimony time” most of us teens could have recited it for him. …

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The Explosion in the Godly Software Factory

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When Jo and I began working as linguist-translators among the Canela people of Brazil we did not arrive unprepared. Experienced experts had taught us how to learn an unwritten language and Wycliffe had supplied us with the latest mid-1960s technology—pencils, notebooks, a manual typewriter and a high-quality reel to reel portable tape recorder. During our first furlough we bought a used electric typewriter and some cassette tape recorders. That was pretty well it for most of our 22 years of …

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Giving Advice: How to Turn a Teflon Attitude into Velcro

“If you had the opportunity to do your translation program over again,” I asked the veteran translator, “what would you do different?” His answer astonished me, it was not at all what I had expected. My wife and I had just completed translating a set of stories from the Gospels outlining the Life of Christ. The translation consultant who was checking our book had worked for 25 years to complete the translation of the New Testament for an Amazon indigenous …

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Are You Ready to Praise God for TAKs?

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“So how much have computers speeded up the work of Bible translation?” people often ask me when they find out I’m a Wycliffe Bible translator. I’m the right guy to ask since my wife and I started our Bible translation career by hand writing the translation, then copying it with carbons on an Underwood manual typewriter. Twenty years later, it was all on a computer, and we noticed the improvement. The big difference, however, was not in speed but in …

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