Church · Theology

Mazes, Minefields, and Sheep

When I was in my 20s, I seriously considered becoming a counselor/therapist. But a counseling professor at a local seminary I visited changed my mind. I don't remember much about our conversation, only that I told him how much I enjoyed ministry (i.e. teaching and discipling) and wanted to help people. His response went something… Continue reading Mazes, Minefields, and Sheep

History

Letters from China 1937

The excerpts below were written by Rev. Andrew Allison a couple of months before the Japanese army invaded Nanking (current day Nanjing). Rev. Allison (a distant relative of mine by marriage) and his wife lived near Nanjing and Shanghai in Kiangyin (current day Jiangyin) as missionaries prior to WWII. My mom recently discovered 5 of… Continue reading Letters from China 1937

Church · March 2019 Posts · Theology

On Herod and Exploitation

Yesterday's sermon was on Mark 6; the story of Herod be-heading John the Baptist at the request of his wife, Herodias. I walked away from that passage the same way I have for years -- without much additional thought. The story seems pretty straightforward. Herod immorally marries his brother's wife, John the Baptist rebukes him… Continue reading On Herod and Exploitation

Church · Feb. 2019 Posts · Theology

The Struggle to Pray

Praying consistently is a challenge for me. And I say this as a co-leader of a church ministry designed to pray. Ironic, isn't it? But it's true. You know what's easy for me? Planning. I can plan and vision cast and talk about global events for hours on end, but ask me to lead prayer… Continue reading The Struggle to Pray

Feb. 2019 Posts · Running · Travel

Run for the Hills

I ran, sprinted really, but slowed to a jog as fingers began pointing in my direction. “I won’t be gone long,” I thought, “Just a few hours.” I focused on the silent distant hills. They seemed a sanctuary after months of sprawling cities, chaotic movement, and pointing fingers. I was the only American and the… Continue reading Run for the Hills

Church · Feb. 2019 Posts · History · Theology

Reputation vs. Repentance

Growing up, I was fascinated by stories from the past. I have so many great memories of visiting relatives, sitting on the porch with them, and talking non-stop about so and so and how our family history is connected to this and that. It was fascinating and, I suppose, partly why I became a history… Continue reading Reputation vs. Repentance

Church · Feb. 2019 Posts · Missions · Theology

Speaking from Experience

I read this article last week and have been thinking about it ever since. This quote sums it up well. People who live abroad get broken there.....They have seen poverty and the global realities of politics and their own ideas on these topics have been transformed. They are no longer welcome, when they speak from… Continue reading Speaking from Experience