Around Timothy Seminary, there are many orchids. Many, many orchids. And they are there because of a pastor who wanted just a few orchids -- and the complications of Papua New Guinean culture. Every missionary or expat who lives in a different culture has stories that they are proud of -- where they felt they … Continue reading The “All the Orchids” Story
Got experimental tonight and tried a couple of new recipes. We have a foreign exchange student staying with us from Spain for this month. She's been here for two and a half weeks, and I figured that she probably is missing a few things, so I stumbled upon a recipe for a Spanish tortilla, which … Continue reading Tortilla de Patatas and Shrimp Ceviche
I've been at the Pacific Southwest District Convention for the last couple of days as our congregation's lay-delegate. It's been a fascinating experience and surprisingly pleasant. I've enjoyed learning about the activities of our district, connecting with friends and acquaintances (and my in-laws!), and participating in the democratic process of the Synod. One Speech Gave … Continue reading The Spiritual Care of Pastors’ Wives
I'd actually forgotten how much was on this site -- how many memories.
The sermon for our midweek service yesterday was about the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. One interesting fact about this is that it is the only parable where Jesus gives a name to a person in the story. After Jesus had stated that it was not possible for a man to serve God … Continue reading Lazarus and the Rich Man
A common criticism of the liturgy is that it is so easy to brainlessly go through the service without even thinking about what is coming out of one's mouth. To that, I have to say -- Yes. Absolutely. I completely agree. And I don't have to go through a tirade to say that it is … Continue reading Going Through the Motions
In the debates raging about how marriage should be defined, the argument tends to break into two camps -- Procreation vs. Revisionist. Christians and those arguing for Natural Law often argue that marriage is a legal entity that exists for the procreation and protection of children. Revisionists put the emphasis on affection, the sexual relationship, … Continue reading The Purpose of Marriage