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: March 2015

To Focus on the Message, Eliminate Distraction

This Canela family adopted Jo as their daughter.

No distractions! Eliminate anything in your presentation that might distract your audience from the point of your talk. Public speaker coaches hammer this advice repeatedly. Don’t tempt your hearers with distractions. Don’t wear an outfit that calls attention to itself. No flamboyant ties. No unusual outfits. If a story doesn’t relate to your point, delete it, no matter how good it is. It will sidetrack some of your listeners. Public speakers, pastors, and teachers all know reducing distraction is a …

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77: The Double Seven

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Today, Thursday, March 19, 2015 is my 77th birthday. Because 77 is a double number, I decided to check out what God did in my life the other six years when I had a double number birthday. Age 11: When I was 11 years old, God led my papa and mama to make a sudden decision to emigrate from Holland to Canada. We did so the following year. It was the start of a completely new life, socially, linguistically, and …

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Drop Your Phone and Drive!


For thousands of years, great people of God have exemplified the concept, they have practised it, and have given warnings about it, and now the police are saying the same thing. David the great king of Israel: “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek.” Psalm 27:4 (NIV) Paul the church planting apostle: “I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing.” Philippians 3:13 (TLB) James the brother of Jesus: “A double minded …

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In Praise of Single Women Missionaries

Eight year-old Cheryl coaching a Canela adult through the learn-to-read booklet.

Because this Sunday is International Women’s Day, my first impulse was to write a long and personally satisfying blog post on the missionary woman who was most important to the Canela Bible translation program: my sweet wife, Jo. But since I reserve my Valentine’s day blog posts for eulogizing her, I will write this one instead: In Praise of Single Women Missionaries “We believe you would be a superb missionary, and we would be happy to send you out to …

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