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: May 2013

Our Prayers: Driven by Passionate Emotion or by Thoughtful Planning?

Praying Hands

In some Psalms David just dumps his opinions and feelings on God like a woman upending her purse on the table and scattering the contents higgledy-piggledy while trying to find a key. Sometimes he rants on and on about his enemies and, in great passion, asks God to do horrible things to them. In others, he is in a calm mood and paints lovely word picture prayers of enjoying God’s care like a sheep in the care of a shepherd. …

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The Survey, The Problem, A Solution, and an Ad

Two Out for One In

First Some Boring Numbers I just completed another Wycliffe Associates promotional banquet speaking tour. Here are some numbers: 5 weeks, 6 states, 24 cities, 5,600 kilometres/3,500 miles. We started in North Dakota on the border of Minnesota, an hour’s drive south of the Manitoba border, then traveled south into Iowa and south-west to Colorado, 30 kilometres/20 miles from New Mexico, and as far west as 40 kilometres/25 miles from Utah. The Reason I Bored You with These Statistics Every night …

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Allah and Culturally Relevant Bible Translations


Wycliffe Bible Translators has been accused of producing “Muslim friendly” translations of the Bible in which Allah is used as the name of the Supreme Being and Creator of all. Critics point out the blasphemy of implying that Muslims and Christians worship the same Supreme Being. They claim that Allah, as described in the Qur’an, matches many of the descriptions of Satan in the Bible. True, but it’s not the whole story. Consider these facts: Although the Allah described in …

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Statistics That Bring Shame to Churches

Pastor and Mrs. Jack  Popjes & Valorie, starting 2nd year of ministry.

“I have some good news,” the elder said as he came out of the congregational meeting, “we just voted to ask you to serve as our pastor for a second year.” Then he added, “This time the vote was 100% in favour.” “What was the percentage last year, when you first asked me to be your pastor?” I asked. The elder smiled and said, “Actually, it was only 51% in favour of you.” Whew! Was I ever glad that the …

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