A friend turned me on to this poem by Rudyard Kipling recently. In this recent season of life, I find it fitting and encouraging. So, if, like me, you haven’t read “If” by Kipling, may this be an encouragement to you today: IF If you can keep your head when all about you     Are … Continue reading

Traveling to Haiti, January 2015

Mark is traveling to Canaan, Haiti January 2015: Would you prayerfully consider joining a team of financial supporters in enabling Mark to visit Haiti, January 28-February 3, 2015? Mark hopes to join a team from his church, Mission Point Community Church, in the journey to support Pastor Moise and his church in their evangelism efforts … Continue reading

Letting the Ink Speak for Itself

I have four tattoos. Two are related to my family and two are related to my faith. Both faith related tats are in foreign languages: Thai and Khmer. They have become conversation starters – primarily with other people who have ink, but not necessarily always so. Let me relate a story from today that demonstrates … Continue reading

Dreams, Nightmares: Peace & Terror

Dreams are intriguing events. There is a lot of speculation about how and why we dream, have nightmares, experience night terrors, and feel the strong emotions we do, when we dream. Some people, like my wife, dream often – almost nightly. Others, like myself, rarely recall any dreams at all. And perhaps that is why … Continue reading

This New Life Means a Whole New World

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was … Continue reading

Bent Beneath Their Loads

It was almost a daily sight: young men bent beneath large bundles of trash and material to be recycled into some usable product. In Phnom Penh there would be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of men, women & children who were tasked with pulling carts up and down streets looking for recyclable material. Sometimes, children, too young … Continue reading

I’ve Given Up Trying to be Strong

One of the authors that I hold in highest regard is J.I. Packer. In fact I would consider him to be one of the more important theologians, and critical thinkers, of my lifetime. I was able to download his book Weakness is the Way from Audible.com upon our return from Southeast Asia. I, honestly, had … Continue reading

Hearing God’s Voice When Others Don’t

Yesterday I blogged about my desire to sharpen my ability to actually hear the voice of God. I want to be intentionally, actively keeping my ear tuned to his direction. Today I was reading in my Lent devotional written by N.T.Wright, (and please know that his wisdom sparked these thoughts in my mind – anything … Continue reading

Pizza Hut and the Voice of God

Setting the Scene: I have been praying since before leaving Cambodia that I would become more sensitive to the voice of God. I want to hear him, know his voice, have it be as familiar and recognizable as my own family’s voices. This past week both our older sons were home from Indiana University for their Spring … Continue reading