FACE THE STORM

FACE THE STORM

Quite a few years ago, our small family was traveling on a freighter from Europe to our new field of service in South America. Due to long delays in the loading of the ship’s cargo, we found ourselves setting sail in the dead of the Mediter... Read More »

MOMENT BY MOMENT

MOMENT BY MOMENT

When our son Pete was three, he was diagnosed with leukemia, and from one moment to the next, our lives changed drastically. There are no instruction manuals that can prepare you for how to cope when your child is facing a life-threatening ... Read More »

COMING THROUGH

COMING THROUGH

Light is appreciated and valued, because we’ve experienced darkness. Hope is truly valued after we’ve experienced despair. Our blessings bring us the greatest joy, because we’ve experienced life without them. We value health because we’ve e... Read More »

DOWN IN THE SALT MINES

DOWN IN THE SALT MINES

We went down 378 spiraling steps into the Wieliczka Salt Mine in southern Poland, wondering what we would find and thinking about how easy it would be to get lost in the underground maze around us. I marveled at how anyone could spend so mu... Read More »

LIGHT IN DARK PLACES

LIGHT IN DARK PLACES

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the elven “Lady of Light” Galadriel presents Frodo with a crystal phial containing the light of Eärendil’s star. “It will shine brighter when night is about you,” she promises; and sure enough, over the course... Read More »

THE WORLD’S BEST PICTURE

THE WORLD’S BEST PICTURE

The other night I watched a fascinating documentary about the famous fresco The Resurrection, by Piero della Francesca, painted around 1463 in Tuscany, Italy. Jesus is in the center of the composition, portrayed at the moment of His resurre... Read More »

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

It could be said that there are many types of heroism. First, the everyday heroic acts that are performed by unsung heroes that step in to save the day in ways that we infrequently hear of. Second, the famous heroes we admire—pioneers in me... Read More »

TRIBUTE TO A BUTTERFLY

TRIBUTE TO A BUTTERFLY

Andja was born in 1962 in the former Yugoslavian republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. When war broke out in the 1990s, Andja’s family fled as refugees to Vojnic, a small town in Croatia. Her husband was mentally scarred from the atrocities o... Read More »

THE WINNER

THE WINNER

I was watching some small children play soccer (football). They were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real and serious game. There were two uniformed teams, coaches, and a small crowd of parents watching from the sideline... Read More »

SALT OF THE EARTH

SALT OF THE EARTH

As Christians, one of the things we strive for is to be agents of change in the lives of others and ultimately in society. That can mean making waves or going against the flow. Not everything Christians do and value will always be in harmon... Read More »

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