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The Little Electric Oven

The Little Electric Oven

One Christmas, at least I think it was Christmas and not a birthday, my parents bought sister a little oven. Now, this was in the days before lawyers had become fruitful, multiplied and replenished the earth. This wasn’t a piece of plastic with stickers to put on the oven to emulate fire. Nor did it come with a few round cans made of plastic labeled as corn or beans. No, this was a little Easy … Read entire article »

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The Thanksgiving That (Almost) Wasn’t

A Short Story: It started off well enough. Jan got up early to get the turkey in the oven. She had time to make a steaming hot mug of cocoa before the rest of the family stirred. She had just sat down and opened her Bible to read this morning’s passage. Then it began. There was a loud pop in the kitchen followed by an acrid smell. Jan jumped up and ran into the kitchen to see what had happened. Her nose led her straight to the oven. When she opened it, the element wasn’t glowing bright orange, and the heat was rapidly dissipating. Her first thought was, “Oh, no! … Read entire article »

What You Need to Know About Traveling in Madagascar

What You Need to Know About Traveling in Madagascar

In September 2014, I traveled with a few other people to Madagascar. The group I was with wants to do some relief and development work there. My main job was to do photography and video to document what we learned. But they were having a difficult time finding solid information about the basic information travelers would require. … Read entire article »

Windows is Ungodly and Unix is the Right Operating System

Lest I be mistaken, let me remind readers that this does fall into the “HUMOR” category, especially “Good Examples of Bad Exegesis.” But if you like this kind of stuff, read on. Someone on a list recently was writing about how God gifts people differently, including techies. They said: One of the hard lessons we learned is that God calls different people with different skills to work for Him. And He chooses the people with those skills for a purpose. The same way that He made some to be pastors, and some to be teachers, He also made some to be Windows people, and others to be Linux people (I still think the “Mac people” … Read entire article »

Give the Gift of Music

What do these things have in common:  dogs barking, a wailing banshee, an industrial metal press operating at high speed and the swearing skills of a sailor?  If you guessed popular teen music, you are bang on. Before anyone gets an idea that this article is about bashing whatever happens to be popular, it’s not.  I enjoy probably as wide a range of music styles as anyone I know.  The point of this article is to help parents think about being intentional with the music their children listen to on a routine basis. The overriding scripture that comes to mind is Proverbs 29:15 which tells us that “a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” … Read entire article »

Eat, Drink and Be Mary

Eat, Drink and Be Mary

Each year we find ourselves in the largest holiday season of the year.  Each year, many of us find ourselves worn out. For most of my life, I’ve seen the tug of war between church and commerce.  I’ve read sales slogan after sales slogan.  I’ve heard sermon after skit after song on remembering the “Reason for the Season.” It’s hard to deny … Read entire article »

Raising Entrepreneurs

Raising Entrepreneurs

Recently I had the opportunity to take my three oldest children to a home business conference a few hours away.  It was similar to other conferences I’ve been to.  There were motivational speakers.  There were speakers who’ve made millions using the market power of the Internet.  There were people who have been working a home business for just a couple … Read entire article »

Don’t Be Evil or Naive

Don’t Be Evil or Naive

Where do you host your personal e-mail?  Your church e-mail?  Your Christian mission e-mail?  Whom do you e-mail privately, and where do THEY host their e-mail? After this week’s announcement by Google that they do not consider your e-mail on Gmail to be “private,” I got fed up with seeing Christians, Christian churches, Christian missionaries and mission agencies and anyone else … Read entire article »

Who’s the Winner? Who’s the Loser?

One night in May, my son’s baseball team was playing another team.  We had friends over to watch the game.  It was a pretty close game.  The parents on both sides were cheering their respective teams.  There were plenty of close plays and (being Little League) enough errors to wrench the gut of any coach.  At the end of the game, however, the score was higher for my son’s team than for our opponents.  “Hoorah!  We won!” Our company for the evening came back to our home for a visit.  In discussing the game, my friend told me that while getting into his car, he happened to see one of the boys from the other team … Read entire article »

Noon Echoes

Noon Echoes

The alarm clock blared for the second time.  Nancy reached over and found the button while groggily lifting her head from the pillow.  Morning was here again.  Yawning, she shuffled across the cool hard floor and found her way to the restroom.  Last night’s coffee had to go somewhere.  Morning coffee would soon be coming to take its place. Two cups … Read entire article »