TRAVEL DIARY – Meeting the JollyBlogger

David Wayne has been my truest and closest blogging friend for what feels like a decade in blog years. My respect for him knows no bounds, and his blogging is the most gracious, yet insightful, I have ever come across. Today I met David, together with his wife and daughter, and became even more impressed. They are truly a jolly family.You can tell a lot about a man by his children. There is no doubt that the Jollette is a credit to David. How many 13 year olds are self-assured enough to be … [Read more...]

TRAVEL DIARY – Here in Washington

One of the things that has struck me on this trip is the global family of the Church. I have been so well treated by Christians here (and in the last town I was in, too). Being in Christ's family gives you brothers and sisters wherever in the world you may be.It's an amazing thing for me as I begin to be immersed in the life of Covenant Life Church. Travis Earles, who is an old friend of mine, is serving us wonderfully. He selflessly picked Tope and me up late at the airport. He will show us the … [Read more...]

TRAVEL DIARY – Proof I Lived to Eat Again

Food is very important when you are traveling. I always like to sample the authentic local cuisine. In this case that meant a "small" 14 ounce steak. The largest on the menu was 32 ounces - that's enough to feed a family!So, two heavy meat-filled meals (not to mention breakfast!) and I have been exposed to America's finest. Beats the French restaurants which always give you TINY portions, but I think I had enough calories yesterday to last me for a week!Off to D.C. later today . . . . … [Read more...]

TRAVEL DIARY – Enjoying American Culture

Well, I was lucky enough to get some time to take in some U.S. culture today, as you can see from the following photos. It was great to meet a Christian brother who took time out of his day to show me around. We had a lot of fun. There are two questions posed by these photos:1. Will I be able to eat anything at all this evening?2. Will Mohler and the rest of the SBC guys denounce me as a heretic for drinking American beer? … [Read more...]

TRAVEL DIARY – The Wonders of Modern Technology

Well, here I am . . . sitting in a hotel business centre marveling at what we all take for granted these days. Having been able to deal with yesterday's emails on the plane (yes, it was in flight-safe mode!) thanks to my Blackberry, and today, thanks to that and the fax machine, all my work can be dealt with just as though I was in the UK! The thought of being in America so quickly, let alone being able to carry out business here so easily, would have been unimaginable by our ancestors.In a … [Read more...]

TRAVEL DIARY – The Joy of Arriving

Every journey comes to an end eventually. Having spent almost no time in the last 48 hours asleep (I was packing when I should have been sleeping) and 20 hours since my taxi collected me from my house, I am finally in my hotel. This should be by far the worst travel day of the whole trip. Both flights were delayed for an hour on the tarmac - it's strange how knowing we are not making any progress is frustrating. I almost missed my connection as well! Now it's over, and I am just glad to be … [Read more...]

TRAVEL DIARY – Waiting at the Airport

I am on a journey that will take me through five different airports in the next week. Already I am missing home and my lovely wife and kids, who were all sleeping as I left. But journeys like this pay our family bills, and I think this time I will bring the kids home some presents!Time in airports can be put to good use, redeeming the time by reading or just in thinking. Right now the words from one of Tim's posts at WorshipGod06 are going round in my mind - the idea that the Bible is not a … [Read more...]

Independence Day Reflections of a Returning British Christian Blogger and "Together on a Mission"

This is going to be a bit of a long and personal post and will meander through some personal news, and some reflections on this blog and blogging in general, before eventually getting to the subject of American Independence Day as seen through the eyes of a Brit! So bear with me . . .I know that none of you will believe me when I say this, but I really did consider shutting down the whole blog for good this past week - perhaps moving to a group blog if anyone could bear having me. (The title … [Read more...]

Links for May 12, 2006

DaVinci Code: The DialogueSony Entertainment has provided a site for Christian scholars to respond to the film, which is scheduled to be released on the 19th of May.(tags: film)Sister . . . Show Mercy!Dan Phillips at his best. "I'm about to stick my finger in the fan, about up to my elbow, and I know it. But I really think somebody needs to say this, so why not me?" Sister ... are you dressing as "helpfully" as you could?(tags: pyromaniacs sex)Reformissionary: Wednesday HighlightsRecap on … [Read more...]

Links for May 11, 2006

Biblical Literacy: Although Still a Best-Seller, Bible Knowledge DeclinesDon Whitney: "No spiritual discipline is more important than the intake of God's Word. Nothing can substitute for it. There simply is no healthy Christian life apart from a diet of the milk and meat of Scripture." HT Paul Schafer.(tags: bible)Haykin Historical BiographiesJustin Taylor links to some free audio files. "If you want to hear a good lecturer on historical theology, there are few guides better than Michael … [Read more...]


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