Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Preacher and (Almost) Bear

In the 1970’s there was a popular Southern gospel song called “The Preacher and the Bear”.  In the summer of 1974, I almost lived that song.  We had a very successful Vacation Bible School that year and one of the … Continue reading

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The Saga of “Chuck B.” and the Waitress

With all the serious news in the world, I decided to go with something lighter this time.  A story in the news this week about an anonymous tip of $1,000 for a waitress to take a trip to Italy reminded me … Continue reading

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A Rushing Mighty Wind

Here in North Alabama, we get nervous when we hear the sound of “a rushing mighty wind”.   A recent report rated the Huntsville area as the most dangerous place in the nation for tornado damage.  Three of the top four … Continue reading

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On Not Being Called to be a Missionary

As I shared before in my blog about my call to the ministry (see “How Does God Speak” January 24, 2013), I grew up in a family of ministers and missionaries.  As I was growing up, I would be asked about whether … Continue reading

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Learning in a Canoe

One Saturday in May, 1969, three couples from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN, went canoeing.  Greg Saracoff, Dave Pelto, and I took our dates to the St. Croix River for a pleasant spring day in nature.  It turned out … Continue reading

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