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The Bishop and the Singer

After seeing headlines all weekend saying “Bishop Apologizes for touching Ariana Grande,” I watched the video.  I am angry. I am frustrated. There are a number of things this brought up for me… 1) The...

Should I Pray or Should I Go Now

(the above photo is from a stop in Saugatuck, Michigan earlier this week) In the early 90s, Liz and I were on a missions trip in the Philippines. The van they rented to cart our team...

When Are You Going to Die?

Yesterday at lunch, M asked, “Dad, when are you going to die?” We were out with the team that is here from Pennsylvania and a couple of them were at our table. They seemed as...

A Dream Like Mine

I spent the weekend in Brussels for the third weekend of Forge Training, got back, fixed my bike so I could cycle down to Leeson Park for prayer and worship night with Icon. So I...

Quiet and Bold

If you’ve been in the evangelical church for any length of time, you have likely faced a presentation that goes something like: “If you love Jesus, you should be (willing/able/excited about) going up to anyone and sharing...

Playing it Safe

What if? What if I start a new business and it fails? What if I try to reach out and make a friend and they reject me? What if… Have you noticed that when our...

Shameful

So there was this woman out trick or treating with a kid and she did something she very likely regrets. If you haven’t seen the video, here's the story. A family left a bunch of full-sized candy bars out for Halloween, and then recorded people taking them. Some people took one. Some took more. One woman cleared out the whole stash.

Carrots and Sticks

Over on our family blog (TheWilsonsInDublin.com), I've started a series of posts explaining how we got from Ithaca to Ireland. In one of last week's posts I talked a bit about a very difficult time our family went through from 2007 to 2009. In recounting that period, it got me thinking about how God has worked in my life repeatedly. I think it is how he works in the lives of most people. And for lack of a better phrase I'll call it the "carrot & stick method."

Tourist Season

When our family visited Ireland for the first time 3 years ago, Hannah, Erin & I were stopped on a street in North Dublin by a rather rough looking guy (we tried to ignore him...

Losing a Mentor

There are certain events that happen in life that if they had happened at a different time, would have had a very different impact. In so many ways, timing is everything. In 1988 I was...

A Random Thursday

It is a random kind of day. Our first guests from NY (Mike & Karley Foster) are here visiting us this week. It’s been great to catch up, show them around the city, and just hang out. Heading up t the Giant’s Causeway tomorrow if all goes according to plan.