This past Monday, those in the U.S. celebrated Memorial Day, a holiday honoring people in the U.S. military who have given their lives on behalf of their country. I didn’t grow up in the U.S., so it’s not a holiday I grew up with, nor is it the country I grew up thinking of as ‘home’. However, I’ve now been living in the U.S. for many years, and have come to value, appreciate and love a lot about this country. Also, my grandfather served in the U.S. military in World War 2, and I respect and honor what he did. I have never had to make the sort of difficult choices and face death on a regular basis as many in the military do.
Okay, the long absence was due to PhD busy-ness and a trip to work on further developing a team of prayer and financial support. And probably also to the fact that I just don’t know what to write sometimes. Now that I do have something I really want to share, I’m back. Continue reading
You may have heard that on April 2, the Kenyan town of Garissa was attacked by an Islamic group, Al-Shabaab, who killed approximately 147 students at a university there, particularly making a point of singling out Christians. Continue reading
America generally likes things quickly. We hate to wait, and generally faster is better. Now, to be fair, I do enjoy driving a bit fast at times, and I do appreciate that I never have to wait long at my bank here in the U.S. It’s amazing! But faster is definitely not always better. Continue reading
I’m not sure why, but multiple people in the last week – even though they’re well aware I’m single – asked about my Valentine’s Day plans. Um, I went to work, and that was it! Thanks for rubbing it in, people. ;) (just kidding) Continue reading
We live in an age of plurality – an age when there are many options around us, many ways of doing things or of viewing the world. That’s not inherently bad, but if it leads us away from the truths of the Bible, then we’ve got a problem. We can’t agree with total relativism, saying that anything goes and that’s “your truth” but not “my truth,” as I heard recently. Continue reading
Hey, I’m almost on time – only a little over two weeks since I last posted. I’m counting that a victory, if you must know! In my dissertation – that thing that seems to be consuming my life – I’m exploring several biblical passages addressing unity among God’s people. Our unity is found in Christ, through the Spirit, and it’s a unity that we are called to maintain. So what do we do when people hurt us, in various ways? How do we show Christian love and forgiveness toward the offender, so that we can maintain our unity? Continue reading