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: September 2016

From Economics to Theology: How the Canelas Understand the Good News

Hunter, muzzle loading shotgun and sloth. (No, it was not an endangered species!)

Fifty years ago, my wife and I, with our three pre-school daughters, accepted the invitation to live among Brazil’s Canela people in their main village. We immediately began to learn their culture and language. Our training had prepared us for many things, but even so the Canelas surprised us with their highly effective economic system. We didn’t expect to see money since it was a four-day round-trip on foot to the nearest store, but thought there would be bartering—exchanging one …

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China and Alberta: Surprising Similarities


Anti-Christian Government Pressure in China I just read a news report from China that sounds like it could have come from Alberta. According to reports, in July, Chinese government officials in two provinces, Guizhou and Sichuan, are advising church-going Christians they must sign a form declaring they will stop attending church services. Any who fail to sign the form will have their old-age pensions, and other social assistance benefits terminated. This is clearly a subtle form of persecution driven by …

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Five Missionary Decisions that Turned Out Well

Ropkra dentist

God led us to choose a long-term ministry. Jo and I knew when we left for Brazil in 1966 with our four-month-old baby and her two and three-year-old sisters, that they would be grown up before we finished the project. When we completed the multi-aspect Canela linguistic, education, medical and Bible translation program in 1990, all three had gone on to higher education, our middle daughter was married, and the other two daughters were married during the first year we …

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How Was Your Summer? As Good as Mine?

Baptism 1

Welcome back to my InSights and OutBursts after a two-month summer blogging break! Summer of Celebrations “I hope my blog readers are having as good a summer as I am.” That thought often popped into my mind the past two months. This summer was great for our family. Lots of birthday celebrations, a day at the multi-ethnic Heritage Days festival (acres of ethnic dances and vast spreads of ethnic foods) a river float, campfires, horseback riding, movies, and I had …

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