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...]

Midweek update from Jerusalem

Some have asked how this week's news about Osama bin Laden has impacted life in Israel. It has been front-page news, but there is so much happening here that the event doesn't have the same impact that I'm sure it's having in the U.S. The Caspari team has kept me busy this week doing office-type tasks. Today, I entered data base information all day as they're cataloging back issues of magazines and journals in the library. The work reminds me of my old Trinity Bookstore days, but without the … [Read more...]