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: October 2014

When We Believe Things About God That Are Not True

Homework, Replacing Lies About God With Truth

God had let me down. I could no longer trust Him. I was done with Him. But He wasn’t done with me. (First part of the story in last week’s blog post) He brought into my life a godly pastor who became aware of my distress, and invited me to have breakfast with him at a nearby restaurant. He listened closely as I cried, ranted, and poured out my disappointments and frustrations with God. The following week we had breakfast …

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Hopeful to Heartsick

Go Away! Don't Come Back to Haunt Me! I Hate You!

“The government is letting us all go back to our villages, but just for three weeks.” Wow, that was good news! We couldn’t do much in three weeks, but after years of not being able to work with the people groups we loved, a short visit was better than nothing. We all praised God and spent the next few days happily preparing to travel. But, on the morning of our trip, a phone call from headquarters, “The minister refused to …

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When God Slams the Door

Leaving the people we loved.

A greater than usual number of readers wondered what Jo and I did during the five years we were “exiled” from the Canela village due to political and ideological opposition by elements in the Brazilian government. I remember when word came that we had to leave the village. We cried, the Canelas cried. It didn’t help. We got angry, the Canelas got angry, that didn’t help either. As we packed up our stuff, said goodbye to the people we loved, …

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A Conversation in Prison

Village Gate Locked Against Missionaries

A Prison Conversation In the late 1970s, the Brazilian government reversed its policies towards mission work among indigenous people. Jo and I had just started our third tour of service (of five) when our medical, educational, and translation work was hindered for months, and finally stopped dead for years. My colleagues and I often hashed over the possible reasons for all this opposition. That’s when I wrote the following: Transcript of a Prison Conversation Silas – Paul, tell me again …

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