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News Archive for 2014


June 12, 2014

 These days, with multiple agendas in your life, it is easy to allow a shroud to settle over the various activities you face. You hurry from one thing to the next -- from work to class to home to your own private time. In your rush, it's easy for each...

June 2, 2014

I was really proud of the group of students. Intended to be a study tour to Brazil, the agenda was laid out rather nicely with all the details necessary to navigate a week of visits, cultural events, transfers, hotel stays, and meals. Of course that was all on paper. Very...

May 27, 2014

When we came to the rocky stretch of road on the way to our destination in rural Africa, it felt like every internal organ was being dislodged. Boulders the size of boxes served as the road we were to traverse. Boy did the bouncing get tiring. We felt like just...

May 19, 2014

Have you ever felt like you're always making a deal with God? You know, like on the movies, when the guy says, "God, if you get me out of this mess, I'll become a pastor!" Of course there's always some extenuating circumstance and God holds up His end of the...

May 12, 2014

I hope you had a really great weekend…and that you were able to be in church with other Christians worshipping God. It's important for your priorities and keeping balance in your life. Maintaining a focus on Jesus Christ results in a calming peace that cannot be explained and it also...

May 5, 2014

 When you think of life-or-death choices, you probably think of split second decisions made by a police officer, or fire-fighter, or perhaps a traumatic moment when you were faced with saving someone’s life after a serious accident. But I don't suppose you ever think of the choices you make in...

April 28, 2014

 Some of you are preparing to graduate this Saturday coming. Congratulations! This marks the end of a long journey of hard work and sacrifice. Over the years of your program you have encountered many new people and experiences. Most of them you are thankful for and glad you made the...

April 26, 2014

 The boy lost control of the ball. It hit the window on the side of the house shattering the glass! Instinctively in a panic, the boy ran putting as much distance as he could between himself and the broken window. A block away he suddenly came face to face with...

April 21, 2014

 When the keel breaks in the middle of an ocean storm, Redford’s yacht becomes completely the victim of the winds, waves, and currents. There is nothing to stabilize or center it against the external forces. “All is lost” he writes in his journal. Nothing intrinsic to the boat will provide...

March 31, 2014

 When you feel like you’re drowning in deep water, instinct tells you to thrash, panic, and grasp for anything you can in an attempt to survive – to protect yourself. Maybe it’s not water, but likewise when you feel like you’re drowning in circumstances, your instinct is to grasp and...

March 24, 2014

 Every time you get a new phone, it takes you a while to figure out how it works; a new laptop requires multiple calls to the IT department to help you learn the new system; each professional conference you go to reminds you how much you DON’T know.  It’s like...

March 16, 2014

 Think about the times you’ve had conversations with your close friends. Do you always have to set aside a special time and place and subject? I doubt it. Certainly occasionally you mark a time on your calendar and decide to meet at the nearby coffee shop to discuss a special...

March 10, 2014

Peace - we use the word all the time. We talk about world peace; we wish others peace; we ask God for peace; we plead for arguing parties to just be at peace. Usually it’s a wish that gets expressed when there is tension, war, arguing, discontent. So peace in...

March 3, 2014

Driving in the mountains during winter months often takes you into fog. It’s thick, white, and no matter how hard you try it’s very hard to see. The occasional cars coming from the other direction remind you how treacherous low visibility can be. Then, you catch a glimpse of a...

February 23, 2014

 Racquetballs have a lot of bounce in them.  You watch as the trajectory of the ball heads downward as if to stop the activity. Then when it hits the wall or floor something inside the ball itself causes the ball to bounce back. As if with new life it responds...

February 18, 2014

 When you look through a pipe all you can see is the small range of vision at the other end. You miss everything else that is out of range – including, perhaps, some really beautiful views and opportunities. Perhaps you think you are deficient because you don’t know where you’ll...

February 3, 2014

 As you approach an intersection while driving, you notice a strange thing. The familiar red, hexagonal sign is there.  The funny thing is there are no words on it.  It’s a bit odd, but you still know exactly what it is saying: “Stop.” 

  We’ve put words to the various...
January 20, 2014

 Imagine there are two dogs. One is aggressive, mean, snarly, and tears apart anything it can get its teeth into. The other is tame, gentle, protective, and nurtures whatever is put in front of it. The two dogs live in you. Often they tangle and fight. Of course the big...

January 13, 2014

 Your head hits the pillow at night after a long, busy day and the silence envelopes you. At first it’s a relief. It’s as if the silence is almost loud. Then as the din settles a bit, the voices start. First it may be regret. Regret for missed opportunities and...