Note: This article was updated on March 3, from its original post on February 25. I have been graced to be able to take several trips overseas to teach the Scriptures: Cambodia, Germany, Uganda, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, and Dubai. When the opportunity to travel and teach is given, my first response is to ask my […]Read More Praying for Ukraine
Last week, Pastor Dan Kirk and I taught a course on Marriage and Family Counseling for the Gulf Theological Seminary in Dubai, UAE. The president of the seminary is Eric Zeller, a longtime friend and ministry co-laborer who we began supporting nearly a decade ago. The course was part of an emphasis GTS is making […]Read More Reflections on teaching overseas
I arrived home from my trip with Eric Mock (SGA) and Pastor Dan Kirk to teach biblical counseling in Ukraine and Israel almost two weeks ago. I’m over the jet lag, back into my regular routine, and have had some time to reflect on the trip. Here are some things for which I am grateful: […]Read More Reflections on my recent trip
Earlier this month I took a trip to Siberia and Israel to teach biblical counseling with Pastor Dan Kirk and Eric Mock (SGA). I have traveled with these men previously and was particularly anticipating returning to one location in Siberia where we taught two years ago. The goal of the trip was two-fold: Finish a […]Read More Reflections on my recent trip to Russia and Israel
Over the 20 years of my pastorate, I’ve been asked numerous times to teach or preach on the book of Revelation or the topic of eschatology. Most often, it has seemed, the interest was because world events indicated that, “the return of Christ must be soon!” and there was a corresponding curiosity to determine if […]Read More Why study prophecy?
This afternoon my high-school aged daughter and I are leaving for a week-long trip to minister with missionaries that our church has supported in Costa Rica for more than 20 years. I will be teaching a two-day conference on the topic of eschatology on Thursday and Friday evenings, preaching to a young adults gathering on […]Read More Leaving for Costa Rica
Our ten-day trip to Germany also included a two-day trip to Poland. Prior to the second world war, the area of what is now northern Poland was part of Germany and it included an area where our ancestors had lived. Actually, the paternal side of our family began in Enns, Austria some 500 years ago. […]Read More Germany trip wrap-up — the countries
When our trip to Germany was planned, we intentionally inserted an extra day at the beginning of the trip prior to beginning the teaching to give us a little more time to acclimate to the time change. When thinking about what to do on that day, Dad asked on one occasion, “Would you like […]Read More Germany trip wrap-up — Wittenberg
Twenty-seven years ago I went on my first mission trip and preached my first sermon. It was an experience the Lord used in a profound way to shape the future and direction of my life. Two days ago I returned from another overseas trip to minister the Word of God in a cross-cultural setting. And […]Read More Germany trip wrap-up — teaching
My schedule while preparing to teach and teaching has been quite full, allowing little blogging time. The teaching has now concluded, and we made it through the book of Matthew in four days! (And only went about five minutes over at the end, too!) I will have some reflections on the teaching and the impact […]Read More Additions coming next week
Yesterday and today (Tuesday and Wednesday), we’ve been teaching through the book of Matthew. We have about four hours each morning (9:30 – 1:30) and have made it through the introductory material and chapters 1-13. That gives us Thursday and Friday to complete the book — I think we’ll make it! The students (about 15-16) […]Read More Teaching in Germany
Yesterday we traveled to Wittenberg. It was an extra day built into the schedule to allow us to acclimate to the time change associated with traveling across the ocean before starting to teach today. I have to confess, that the anticipation of going to Wittenberg was a big attraction of this trip for me. It […]Read More Visit to Wittenberg
Yesterday we traveled to Wittenberg — the site where Luther nailed his 95 theses on the church door and also maintained a long-term ministry. We toured his home and the two churches of interest — where he pastored and where he posted his theses. I took many pictures. It was a wonderful day. And then […]Read More Yesterday in Wittenberg
Dad and I arrived today in Berlin — flight was quite early and enabled us to get a nice German meal for lunch (sauerbraten for me) and then go on to a worship service at Crossway International Baptist Church in Berlin. It is an English-speaking church designed to minister to ex-pats living in Berlin along with nationals […]Read More Arrived in Germany
We have arrived home, and I have been able to add several new posts about the trip to Cambodia. You can access them all by clicking on them individually from the menu to the right, or by scrolling down through this page, or by selecting “Cambodia trip” from the category menu to the right (here). […]Read More Finally — Cambodia updates!