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Luke 10

Commercial fishermen in the Kingdom

Jesus told his disciples who fished for a living, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Commercial fishermen are disappointed if, when they pull in their net, there is only a single fish flopping about.  They hope and expect to catch multiple fish at a time. Remember Peter’s dejection when he’s fished all night and… Read More

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Luke 10

A Mongolian Dream

Mongolia is a landlocked country. The dream I had while we were there was therefore all the more surreal. In the dream I was with a small group of people. As I handed them a book, I told them, “This is a book on how to become a commercial fisherman!” End of dream. The dream… Read More

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Kingdom Women

Those veiled women of Corinth–by Gary Shogren

Sometimes the thought crosses my mind, “Are you just making all this stuff up about men and women working together as co-equals in the church? Who do you think you are? You aren’t qualified to make judgments about the Scriptures–you don’t have any training in these areas.” And it’s true. I don’t. So  I love… Read More

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Kingdom Women

Lessons from my vegetable garden

I enjoy gardening–especially when the weather is cooler. Usually I don’t have too much difficulty getting a reasonable crop from my vegetable garden. This year, however, was different: I’ve had a great supply all year of chard. I can’t keep up with the peppers and okra. Tomatoes, not so good this year. Lack of water, perhaps?… Read More

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Missions

10 things I enjoy about international travel

Tony and I have had the privilege of visiting many different countries (30+), many of them in a ministry/teaching context. Here’s what I love about international travel: Hearing incredible stories of how God is at work in different nations. Many of them cannot be publicly spoken of, but they help to raise my faith level and challenge… Read More

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Kingdom Women

To be, or not to be, a feminist

I love Sarah Bessey’s book, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women. In it, she says, “Jesus loves us on our own terms. He treats us as equals to the men around him; he listens, he does not belittle; he honors us; he challenges us; he teaches us; he includes us–calls us beloved….… Read More

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Kingdom Women

An update and an invitation

I’m back!! First, an update. It’s been nearly two months since I last posted–an eventful two months. During that time, Tony and I settled his mom into a rehab facility following a serious fall where she shattered her wrist, and then we closed out her apartment. We’ve  traveled to Kathmandu (Nepal), Yangon (Myanmar) and Bangkok… Read More

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Kingdom Life

Sometimes life throws you a curveball

Our curveball? Photo Credit: Brady Withers via Compfight cc About two weeks ago, at 3am, we were woken by a phone call we’ve been dreading. Tony’s mom had fallen in the middle of the night. Would Tony go at once to the ER. Sure enough, Penelope, a strong Christian who has served the Lord faithfully all her… Read More

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Kingdom Women

Mary Go Round

Anita stunned the room! We’ve  held a couple of round tables in our home on the topic of men and women working together as co-equals in the Kingdom. One of the subjects we tackle is justice for women around the world. At the end of a discussion on justice  a couple of weeks ago, Anita… Read More

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Kingdom Women

Both male and female

Floyd McClung has reached out to the women God brought across his path and championed them in their callings. For more than 20 years, he and his wife, Sally, have discipled women who are now making a difference in the nations. Floyd contributed a chapter to The Black Swan Effect: A response to gender hierarchy in… Read More