The Host

I can’t imagine what a trip to Taiwan would be like without a host.  Many of the people there speak English, but it would still be much more difficult without a host that was interested in making our trip better.  My son met Tanya and Phil through the Taiwanese family that ran the restaurant where…

What I Didn’t Do

     “It’s no what I did, It’s what I didn’t do”  George Jones (I realize that I just took “No Show Jones” out of context, but hopefully it sticks in your mind, like it did for me.) So far, most of the things I have discussed were the things that happened leading up to…

That Boy Ain’t Right

On the hit animated series, King of the Hill, Hank can regularly be known to exclaim concerning his slightly abnormal son, Bobby, “That boy ain’t right!”  It’s usually after Bobby displays some unusual behavior.  Because Hank has a very ordered view of the world and how it should be, when Bobby displays his unusual behavior…

Love

If I speak with the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal[1]    The Apostle  Paul Several years ago, I was officially categorized as a missionary.  When I replanted a church in Nebraska it was considered mission work, even though I…

Delight

            This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.[1]     God In the Tea Shop, I experienced a wave of emotions.  Many of them took me a long time to decipher.  There was satisfaction, a little bit of fear, some good old fashioned joy and even some sadness…

Present

 Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.          Buddha Don’t worry about tomorrow…each day has enough trouble of its own.       Jesus Recently, a friend of mine said, “All my thought experiments involve a time machine.”  That makes a lot of…

Unscripted Adventures

(This post is part of a larger story I experienced in Taiwan called The Tea Shop.  If you haven’t seen this story, you might check it out or read it later.) One of the communities I am involved with is called Breakthrough.  It is an immersive seminar that helps people address unresolved issues in their…

Listen to Him

      “This is My Son, My Chosen One, listen to Him!”  ― God       “Whatever He says to you, do it.” — Mary Often our theology can be tangled up in a lot of stuff.  For twenty-first century Americans, I think it is a dual problem.  Most evangelical faiths tend to lean…

Into the Mystic

“In the days ahead, you will either be a mystic or nothing at all.” ― Karl Rahner Recently, I have discovered the music of Van Morrison.  It’s one of those things where you say, “Where have you been all my life?”  Most people my age that like Morrison probably discovered him decades ago, but I like…

The Love of God

It goes without saying that I have loved my children since they were born.  I would go so far as to say that I loved them even before they were born.  I would categorize this love as close to unconditional.  There were times that I was frustrated with them.  There were times when I doubted…