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Church and exploring Beirut Sunday June 12

Posted: Jun 14, 2011

It felt a minor triumph to have slept until 5.20 a.m.  But it is hard ever to feel joyous about getting up at that time when you know your body clock is at 9.30 p.m. and just getting ready to feel tired.  My companions all had some ...

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Safe travels Friday / Saturday June 10-11

Posted: Jun 13, 2011

We left Northern Seminary with the inevitable group photo, but also with seminary staff standing in a circle with us while my colleague Dr Karen Walker Freeburg committed us all to God in prayer. Along with me is John Ball, Celena Jones, Daymont ...

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A privilege to be in the Middle East

Posted: Jun 12, 2011

I will start with a confession.  Taking a group of seven students on a missions course to the Middle East pushes me out of my comfort zone.  I’m not sure why. It has nothing to do with being in Beirut, Lebanon.  From my past ...

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On Puddles and Providence

Posted: May 16, 2011

This spring I preached in southern Illinois on the Sunday at a conference which ran on into the evening. Alison had come with me. We were tired and glad the local pastor had booked us into a hotel overnight. We slept well and with amazing ...

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A Parable from JC Penney

Posted: Mar 03, 2011

Northern Seminary is located right beside Yorktown mall.  Actually we were here first, and then the mall had the good sense to locate beside the seminary. So I never have far to go for one of my rare shopping expeditions.  In January I ...

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