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: June 2016

The Power of Language


I was relaxed and comfortable in the cool, breezy dining room, looking forward to some excellent food and more great conversation. I sat with my family around the laden table with our hosts, a German family who, like us, served as missionaries in Brazil. As we chatted, my friend leaned back in his chair and called down the hall to his teenage daughter still working in the kitchen. Elsa! Wir sind bereit. Kommt schnell!  “Elsa! We’re ready. Come quickly!” As …

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Can You Explain These Coincidences Without Getting Theological?


In 1983, thirty-three years ago, a group of 40,000 Sudanese people called the Tira did not have a single word of the Bible translated into their language. Today, and for the past fifteen years, thousands of Tira people are reading the Bible in their own language and have turned to follow God. How did that happen? In November of 1983, David and Ray, two American students signed up to pray for the Tira with Wycliffe’s Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project. In …

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Prayer for a Father

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Not all lessons about prayer are taught in church. During a rushed afternoon out in the Brazilian bush, I learned one about praying for my father. A few days earlier, my wife and I had returned from several months away at a Bible translation workshop in the city. Now we were back in the Canela village, and I was itching to finish setting up our household so that we could get back to work with our translation helpers. In the …

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The Discipline of Celebration: The Calendar


Last week’s story ended with our family eating copious amounts of ice cream as we celebrated having saved enough money to pay for our travel back to Brazil. Celebrating important events has always been a part of my life. Here’s why: The Calendar in the Bathroom If you have ever had the pleasure of using the washroom facilities in a well appointed Dutch home, you would have seen hanging on the wall directly in front of you a verjaardagskalender — …

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