Sunset on Deer Lake, WA

So, You Want to be Great?

Greetings from Camiri, My parents and I returned to Bolivia early last week, thankful to be home after several long flights and layovers. We are quickly getting back into our regular activities here, be it at the Bible School, at the local church, or visiting with friends. Looks like we missed the majority of winter […]

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Church Diagnostics: Compromise (Letter 3 of 7)

In case you missed it, here is the introduction to this series, as we look into the seven letters written to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. My attempt is to harmonize the letters with Church History as well as to use it as a sort of diagnosis on today’s churches, looking at the possible pitfalls […]

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Church Diagnostics: Blind Faith (Letter 2 of 7)

In case you missed it, here is the introduction to this series, as we look into the seven letters written to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. My attempt is to harmonize the letters with Church History as well as to use it as a sort of diagnosis on today’s churches, looking at the possible pitfalls […]

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Church Diagnostics: Self-Dependence (Letter 1 of 7)

In case you missed it, here is the introduction to this series, as we look into the seven letters written to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. My attempt is to harmonize the letters with Church History as well as to use it as a sort of diagnosis on today’s churches, looking at the possible pitfalls […]

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Church Diagnostics: An Introduction

The seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 have long been a mystery as to their purpose and specific audience. Several alternatives have been used in order to properly interpret these strange letters: 1. Argument: Cultural Application – The letters are purely cultural, meant only for the churches referenced – the seven being in Asia Minor, what […]

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A God of Second Chances

Last month, during my Bible reading, I was struck by how much I appreciate the prefix “re-“. It gives birth to such beautiful words: restore, rebuild, remake, reconcile, redeem, remember, revive, rebirth, and resurrect. It speaks of starting again, giving a second chance, and showing grace when unexpected and undeserved. We are desperately in need of […]

The Best of 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

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Thanking the Giver

What is Thanksgiving about? Thanksgiving is relatively unknown outside of the United States and Canada. Many curious friends of mine in Bolivia ask me why Thanksgiving is celebrated. In the last couple days I’ve told the story a few times – how God protected the first Europeans who landed on American soil, fleeing religious intolerance only to find […]

Myself on a Ferry in Seattle, WA

Audio Sermon: John 21 – You Follow Me!

The following sermon is one I gave at my home church, North Lynnwood Bible Chapel on John 21 – a passage that closes out the Gospels and sheds light on an important, life-changing event between Peter and Jesus.   John 21: You Follow Me! – July 27, 2014 You can find the rest of my sermons from the past […]