• Church Ministry,  Faith Reflections

    The War that Never Ends

    Since I first saw the Invisible Children film nearly eight years ago, I’ve been a fan of the Invisible Children organization. They are doing big things and doing them well. For the past eight years, I’ve followed Africa’s longest running war.  My introduction to it is due to a film by IC.  Since then, they have kept thousands around the world informed about what is happening and providing very practical ways for people to get involved in helping to end the war and to provide a different life for the millions effected in Uganda, Congo, Sudan and the Central African Republic. I was thrilled to learn a few weeks ago…

  • Missions

    Lory Feeler and I arrived in the Dominican Republic on Thursday afternoon to spend some time with our partners, Phil and Donna Williams.  It was great to see them and to jump right into updates.  We left the airport and went straight to Dr. Feeler clinic which was excited since the last time we saw it was the the trip where we began the construction.  We left that a year ago with the basic outside concrete frame built up.  Today, it is a fully functioning medical clinic in the community of Liberation – a compact housing area with hundreds of apartments.   On Friday, we divided our day between the…

  • Church Ministry,  My Life

    Leaving On a Jet Plane Again

    I’m writing this at 5:37 am as Dr. Lory Feeler and I wait for our flight to the Dominican Republic. We are spending a few days with our partners, Servant’s Heart Ministries, in Sosua, DR. SHM is a Canadian-based ministry and we are their only US partner.  They want to grow their contacts in the US and need to develop the means for Americans to give charitable donations.  One of our major goals is to work through this issue to help SHM go to the next phase of their ministry. We also want to spend some time talking about the future of our partnership. We’ve been partners going on four…

  • Church Ministry

    Pickled People Make Poor Parishes

      One blog that I follow is the Naked Pastor.  Dave Hayward has some great thoughts and challenges for the church through his cartoons. So many times, I’ll see his latest and laugh at how well he captures life in the church.  This was his latest that he posted today and I love it (and hate it!).   I love it because it is so right on!  I hate it because it is so right on. Why does it seem that the most pickled, sour-faced individuals are found in the church?  The Church – the bride of Christ, the beloved, the one who supposedly knows the Story.  Seems like we…

  • My Life

    2011: New Beginnings

    “New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.” — Hamilton Wright Mabie My mom posted this quote on her Facebook yesterday and although it didn’t resonate with me at first, I kept thinking about it.  You see, I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions.  I don’t get really sentimental about the ending of a old year and the beginning of…