On the 17th of July, 1999, Dorine and I got married. If you’re decent at mathematics, you’ll see that this was over 20 years ago. In fact, it was 20 years, 2 months, and a day ago. Or 7,368 days. Why do I bring it up now? Well, with the busy summer, we didn’t have […]

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            I wrote recently about grace.  If you didn’t see it, the article is here.  But I’m thinking further about this topic, and I’ve come to the idea of grace as being a second chance from God.  For an example by way of anthropomorphic vegetables singing about this idea while in the belly of a […]

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We’re wired for transactions.  For giving-in-kind.  This is true from almost the minute we’re born, making sure the cookie is split evenly and everyone gets a go.  We say things like, “I owe you one,” when someone does us a good turn.  We bristle when someone complains about something they’ve been given.  We don’t look […]

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Much of our work in the summertime is hosting and running short-term ministry teams.  I’ll share more about our philosophy and approach for these teams in the future, but I wanted to give you a day-in-the-life account, based on a team we’re hosting right now.  Strap in good and tight… we’re heading to Thursday, 30 […]

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Earlier this month, we flew from Dublin to the US for a brief home assignment. This being our first return to the States since we moved to Ireland over 2 years ago, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’d heard all kinds of stories of reverse culture shock, how it can be surprising how […]

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A generation ago, Mac Davis wrote and released a tongue-in-cheek novelty song, “It’s Hard to Be Humble“, which humorously detailed how great it was to be him! An icon, an object of admiration, constantly getting better and better. The thrust of the song is best summed up in the last lines of the refrain: Oh […]

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Imagine you’re waking up on New Year’s Day, 1901.  What a sense of hope and progress you would have had!  The world is heading in the right direction as the 20th Century dawns.  All the trappings of the old world are falling to the wayside, and the modern age is in full swing.  There is […]

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Once I read an online article on the topic of guns and ammunition.  If you don’t know anything about guns and ammunition, fear not – the topic isn’t really my point.  In essence, the author was making a case through careful analysis, reasonable use of studies and statistics, and a dose or two of common […]

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The last couple weeks I’ve been writing a paper on 1 Samuel.  It’s been an enjoyable project, and I hope the mark matches the effort!  Whatever the outcome there, a key verse that in some ways sums up the message of the book is as follows: The Lord does not look at the things people […]

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Before I had my driver’s license (the American kind you get at 16, not the Irish one), I naturally had to rely on others to drive me places.  Usually this was my parents, but occasionally I’d catch a ride with a friend.  I can remember one particular occasion, where a friend who lived close by […]

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