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 2016

Freedom OF Religion or Freedom FROM Religion?

x Teacher at Prayer

Canada’s laws grant freedom of religion—allowing people to follow the beliefs of their own brand of religion. In Alberta, however, the most popular concept is freedom not of religion but freedom from religion. Irreligion is not a word that is used much, but the concept is growing rapidly in Alberta. An irreligious person is one who is indifferent and even hostile to religion, especially to those people who believe that God not only exists, but that He wants a relationship …

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It’s All About Family


God wants all people to know Him, to become part of His Family. A Bible translator’s main job is, therefore, to translate the Bible so God can introduce Himself to an indigenous people. And what is God’s first job? To prepare the indigenous people to accept the introducer. Forty-eight years ago, in the spring of 1968, the Canela people of Brazil took the second step in accepting my wife, Jo, and me as part of their native society. They adopted …

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The Day the Teacher Learned a Lesson

Ceremony of the spirit monster masks has been performed for generations. If not done right, bad things will happen.

 “Everyone is talking about how you welcomed us and how you turned away from idols to serve the true and living God.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9 (CEV). “What is God saying to you in this chapter?” I asked Jaco, my Canela friend and best translation helper. His answer astounded me. He had told me a few days before that he had recently started following Jesus. Wow! The first one! I thought. Now I was having the first “How to Have Morning …

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Give Thanks for What?


We Canadians not only celebrate Thanksgiving a month ahead of our American cousins, we started doing so forty years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. An English explorer named Martin Frobisher had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific through the ice floes of northern Canada. He failed to find a passage, but he did set up a column and said prayers of thanksgiving. He gave thanks, however, not for a bountiful harvest, but for the fact …

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