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A Christian Response to Death

Helpful words by John Piper from his blog post “Death: Shall We Weep or Rejoice?“: What should we conclude from this? We should conclude that our sorrows at the death of a believer are joyful sorrows, and our rejoicing at the death of a believer is a sorrowful rejoicing. There is nothing hopeless about the sorrow. […]

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Not Yet Revealed

More Spurgeon from last year’s devotional reading: We see only the beginning; God sees the end from the beginning. We spell the alphabet—alpha, beta, gamma … But from alpha to omega, God reads all at once. He knows every letter in the Book of Providence. He sees not only what He is doing, but also […]

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You Have Been Grieved

Spurgeon says that Peter gave me permission: In a moment, 1 Peter 1:6 flashed on my mind with its real meaning. “Though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.” You have been made to weep, and you cannot bear your pain. You are brought to the very […]

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It rains enough

I ask Ma how, after all this time, Daddy still believes in rain. “Well, it rains enough,” Ma says, “now and again, to keep a person hoping. But even if it didn’t your daddy would have to believe. It’s coming on spring, and he’s a farmer.” March 1934 [amazon_link id=”0590371258″ target=”_blank” ]Out of the Dust[/amazon_link], […]

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While in the library last week researching polar bears and leopards for yet another school project, I realized the serendipitous benefits of browsing a library. K had previously taken a book out by a Newberry Medal winning author. I decided to find the book that the author had won the award for. Having found it, […]

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Teaching Tuck and Ty

In the 13 months since February 10, 2010, the day that my wife Jane died, less than a month shy of her 40th birthday, leaving me widowed with 6 children, I have found comfort and help in diverse places. But in recent months no one has helped me think through and find ways of expressing […]

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Goals: Surf less

Surf less

After I started this series of posts, I worried that I had worded one of my goals for this year as “read less”. That would need a lot more explaining than “surf less.” Surfing is an apt metaphor for much of what I do. I probably read as much or more than ever. But my […]

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Goals: Write More

Write more

Writing can be hard work for me. I like to communicate precisely. I don’t like to be misunderstood. As an introvert, it feels risky opening up my inner world. So it surprised me when “Write more” flew off of my fingers and into my annual report for ABWE. Yet there it was with the cursor […]

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Goals: Learning to Live Again


I serve with a great missions agency, one that encourages its missionaries to keep moving forward and looking to the future. Each year we submit an annual report, setting goals for the next year and reviewing accomplishments in the last year. The deadline is January 31. Last year’s report was never completed. I had more […]

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