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: January 2015

What Makes Us Human. Part 2

Our daughters learn creative problem solving by helping to build our village house out of mud.

A few years before my mother died at age ninety-seven, she was telling me how much she appreciated the fact that I had become a missionary. “I am so thankful that Daddy and I were able to come down to Brazil and celebrate the arrival of the Bible in the Canela language in the village at the end of your twenty-four years there.” We reminisced about that wonderful event, then she asked, “Do you remember the time, long ago in …

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What Makes Us Human?

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As a shovel is made for digging, a knife for cutting, and a hammer for striking, so you and I are made for creating. To say, “Oh, not me, I’m not creative,” isn’t humble, it’s ignorant. You might as well say, “I’m not human.” The Bible is extremely clear on this subject right from page one. After each act of creation—light, night and day, land and sea, fish, birds and animals—God checked his work and pronounced it good. But when …

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Seven Reasons Why We Translate the Bible

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Teaching illiterate persons to read in a language they do not understand and see no reason to learn, is like trying to motivate people to visit an attic they have no desire to visit, using a ladder from which the bottom three rungs are missing. Last week’s post described the work of replacing those missing rungs by analysing the unwritten language, developing an alphabet, and teaching people to read it. Bible translation is moving that whole ladder so people can …

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A Fair and Simple Question

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“If the Bible is already published in the national language, who don’t you Wycliffe folk just teach the indigenous peoples living in that country the national language?” a young businessman asked. I had just answered a question from someone in the group about Bible translation problems and how my wife and I had struggled to solve them when we worked as Wycliffe Bible translators among the Canela people of Brazil. It was not the first time someone had asked me …

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