A Global Impact

As I’m writing this, I’m coming back from Peru after a seven-day mission trip. Compassion International flew me down to Peru to join their team and see what they are doing in regards to church planting and reaching children in the deepest levels of extreme poverty.

Lost and Found

Allow me to tell you something that my grandkids do to make me crazy. Every time they’re at my house and it’s approaching time for them to go home, I’ll make a general announcement: “We’re leaving in ten minutes. You need to be ready to walk out the door at that time.” They grunt their approval and return to whatever they were doing.

The First Step

I’ve never been involved with a twelve-step program, but I’ve been around enough people who have and watched enough TV to understand one thing about the process. In the meetings, a person speaks up and says something like this: “Hi, I’m Ed, and I’m an alcoholic.”

Starting the Journey Home

I’m not much of a basketball fan, but an image from a long-ago game sticks into my mind. Larry Bird, playing for the Celtics, was on fire one night. He takes a shot from beyond the three-point line and immediately heads toward the other end of the floor. Did he wait to see if the shot would fall? No. He just knew.

When It Rains, It Pours

Have you noticed that we don’t just get gentle rains this summer? Instead, we seem to be getting a minimum rainfall of an inch at a time, all of it falling in about fifteen minutes. This last Saturday night, we had another gutter-buster. My mother’s rain gauge, just a block away from my house, registered five inches of rain, although it is possible that some of that came from gutter overflow.

In Quest of the Big Fish

After many years of anticipation, Star Wars fans were greeted with The Phantom Menace in 1999. This (in my opinion) dreadful installment of the Star Wars saga gave us Jar Jar Binks and a thousand nods to the first films from the 1970s and 80s.

Called to Be Encouragers

As Americans we idolize independence. We have bought into a myth that says that the key to happiness is independence. Obviously that’s not true. God says that the key to happiness is not independence but interdependence. We need each other.