tongues & tribes (africa4)

The Tuesday morning sunbeams illuminated a dusty street pressed by foot traffic mostly, with inhabitants going to and fro to gather the morning news and breakfast. I had eggs scrambled with jalapenos and tomatoes, with an orange drink, before I was picked up in a blue bajaj to roll through the bumpy streets to attend... Continue Reading →

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humble grace (africa3)

After walking the dusty, rocky streets with no names among the chat (old books spell it khat) sellers, vegetable vendors, and small herds of street goats, we returned to the home of my host where I was oh so graciously served a lunch of misir wat, gomen, and beef tibs. Misir wat is a dish... Continue Reading →

vervets and other friends (africa2)

"Dr. Livingstone I presume. . ." That's what I wanted to say when I saw familiar faces after walking a couple hundred yards down the dusty road outside the airport with my luggage, but his name is not Livingston, and mine is not Stanley. Otherwise, the situation was similar, except that neither of us were... Continue Reading →

time travel (africa1)

I went to work Friday morning with Africa on my mind. Actually, I went to bed the night before the same way. Truly it has been in the forefront of my thoughts since the call. I left Conway for the airport around 4 p.m. Friday. After familial salutations and my oldest son helping me with... Continue Reading →

Who forced it?

(This is #8 in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 by clicking on the numbers.) When I last left this keyboard, I was suggesting that a lot of Christians seem to be blaming everyone but themselves for perceived problems with religious liberty in the U.S. and that maybe that should be re-examined.... Continue Reading →

not forced in the U.S.

(This is #7 in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 by clicking on the numbers.) After the Declaration came the Constitution, and again, all they wrote in to it was "freedom of religion." No specific religion, faith, creed, or doctrine. As a matter of fact, they went back and forth on how... Continue Reading →

He forced Himself . . .

Christ was the master of humility, especially if you believe He was God. I guess, actually, if you don't believe He was God, He wouldn't seem very humble at all, given His claims of being God. But then if you can put aside those claims, He would appear humble either way given His treatment of... Continue Reading →

worthy

A line from an old song by Rush says "The mirror always lies to the beautiful and the wise." I think there's some truth to that. I've heard too many healthy people insist they were fat. Too many compassionate people beat themselves up for being insensitive; too many friendly people self deprecate for a perceived... Continue Reading →

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