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WHAT’S GOT YOU HOOKED?

Although I’d like to consider myself a rugged outdoorsman, just getting those words off my lips would be stretching the truth more than integrity would allow.  Like it or not, I’d rather be in a hotel than in a tent; I’d rather get close-up to animals in a zoo rather than in the wild; and […]

A CURE FOR BOREDOM

I know it’s a bit presumptuous for a “slightly older” guy like me to speak for a whole other generation, but I believe that many of our young adults in the Vineyard are bored. Terribly, terribly bored. There are probably a lot of reasons for that.  What’s coming to my mind at the moment is that […]

RISKY FAITH

While living in a small town in northern Tajikistan, I needed to make the 14 hour drive south to the capital city of Dushanbe, about 3 hours north of the Afghan border. The problem was that the mountain pass that stood between us was getting more and more difficult to pass because of the snow. So, […]

HEART OF A SERVANT

Rabbi Harold Kushner once wrote about a very driven pre-med student at Stanford University who dreamed of passing all his fellow-students on the way to the top of the medical field. While traveling around India after his junior year, the student met a guru who asked him…  “Don’t you see you’re poisoning your soul with […]

FOLLOWING HIS VOICE

Just weeks before the Nazis began their reign of terror, a respected German pastor and theologian, named Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was traveling in the US as a guest lecturer.  Wherever he went, people would encourage him to remain here in the US, knowing something terrible was about to break out in Germany.  To go back to […]

I AM WHO I AM

“What could He possibly mean? I’ve been taking care of my father-in-law’s sheep in the middle of nowhere for forty years… and He wants ME to go back to Egypt and deliver Israel? Seriously? I can’t do it… I won’t do it! He’s totally got the wrong guy.” Truth is, Moses would probably never have […]