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 2015

When There’s Just No Word for It

Jack the Bible Translator Ponders Yet Another Problem

“But what if there is no word for it in the language?” someone will inevitably ask during a discussion about Bible translation. Usually the “it” people ask about is some abstract biblical term like “faith” or “redemption” but the “it” could be something quite concrete. No Wheat We ran into this problem when we were translating the passage in which Jesus was teaching the need to sacrifice ourselves to accomplish a greater good, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to …

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The Parable of the Truck Stuck in the Mud

This Stuck Calls for  More Than a Push

The Parable The master gathered his disciples and said unto them, “Behold, a missionary went forth in his pickup truck to bring medicines and reading booklets to a distant plantation village. Ten old men and women rode with him to bring back manioc roots. As the truck laboured over rocks and through creeks, they came to a muddy washout across the path. The mud was deeper than it looked, the rear wheels dropped down, and the truck was stuck. “So …

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Why I Write My Private Prayers

Jack at Prayer in Pre-Laptop Times

The Question A few weeks ago I was chatting with a pastor friend about daily prayer. I mentioned that to help me focus, I write out my prayers. “When did you start doing that?” he asked me. I answered by telling a story I had published in my first book, A Poke in the Ribs. Here it is: The Story A few years after Jo and I returned to Canada from our decades of Bible translation ministry in Brazil, we …

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Life Experiences versus Material Things

Lace Dress

“You’ve certainly had an interesting life.” I hear that every time I preach a story-laden message or make a speech at a school or conference. I also hear it from people reading my books. And they are right, Jo and I certainly have lived through a huge variety of unique experiences, some super-positive, pleasurable, or amusing: others decidedly less so. An ancient Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” Not every interesting experience is positive. In the early …

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