Building a bridge from here to There

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a village near the forest.  Whenever she went out, the little girl wore a red riding cloak, so everyone in the village called her Little Red Riding Hood. The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all extant land-living animal species, and the largest ruminant. Let that magical paragraph wash over you for a moment. What? You don't understand it? You don't see the … [Read more...]

Review: Love You More

Adoption has shaped my life in ways both beautiful and heartbreaking.We were foster parents with Bethany Christian Services for two years. It was a high honor to be a part of the birth of a new family, and witness the courage of birth parents who'd chosen to release their babies into a future with this carefully-chosen family. Beautiful.The heartbreaking part of adoption in my life comes in two different forms: My mom was adopted under a veil of secrecy by an alcoholic relative and his wife … [Read more...]

When I was a kid, I used to tuck a small transistor radio under my pillow at night and listen to the clear-channel Top 40 broadcasts beamed across the Midwest from WLS-AM and WCFL-AM. I used to think it was the tunes that hooked me, but now I realize it was the DJ's talk that connected with me. It was as though they were escorting me into their oh-so-cool world - and I could go, even if I was an 11 year-old kid awake in a darkened bedroom in Des Plaines, IL.The technology has changed from … [Read more...]

Born this way?

Sometimes a single idea will anchor itself in your frontal lobe and won't release itself from your brain until your thinking changes shape. A couple of weeks ago, I heard a thought that started to push on my thinking. Maybe you can help me understand why this man's comment has been haunting me. First, some background: Our last day in Jerusalem, we attended a forum where young Messianic and Arab Christian leaders talked about the challenges and opportunities they were facing in Israel. Some … [Read more...]

Shalom (as in “good bye”) Israel

We arrived safe and sound in Round Lake after 11:00 p.m. last night, and jet lag is definitely taking hold of me this afternoon. However, I did want to give you a final look at our last couple of days in Israel. First, take a moment to pray for the continuing escalation of tensions across the Middle East. The entire region is undergoing a political and social shaking; the shaking has all kinds of spiritual implications. Sunday's nakba protests left at least 15 dead in Israel/Gaza, Lebanon … [Read more...]

One more wee update

Woke up this morning to the sound of pigeons discussing the rain. I saw the Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake Kinnaret) out of our hotel window. It was a pretty amazing way to start the day.  Finished up the week in Jerusalem. I have limited internet access for the next few days, but did want to give you a quick final update. Here are some headlines:- Bill's meetings with the Caspari board went well. They've launched a teaching/social ministry to believing singles; and are continuing to … [Read more...]

Another Jerusalem update

Bill arrived in Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon, and after a meal and a short nap, we visited a local congregation with one of the Caspari workers. When we arrived, she said, "Oh! I forgot this is a Hebrew-language service!" After a bit of scrambling, an interpreter was pressed into service for us and one or two of the other visitors. It was wonderful to sing Scripture-based worship songs in Hebrew (we punted our way through the transliterations), and the pastor's message was similar in nature … [Read more...]