That Ukraine would elect a comedian/actor to be their president seems to baffle everybody outside of Ukraine, but no one in Ukraine is surprised. Before I give you a link to an excellent article that sums up how this happened, I thought I would give you my viewpoint as someone who has lived in Ukraine … More Ukraine Baffles the World
Divide – Invade – Persecute Persecution is taking place in all three of the areas of Ukraine that Russia has either taken outright or by proxy. These areas include all of the Crimea and portions of Donetsk and Lugansk. In this journal, we will share briefly how this is taking place starting with the Crimean … More Russia’s M.O.
The Convinced Cashier Recently, Beth and I were visiting a church in Tucson where we have many friends of ours and of the ministry. Tucson is a great city with a lot of character… and characters. I ran across one such person while checking out of a grocery store. “Can I see your tattoo?” I … More What’s Your Destination?
I just read an interview with Aleksander Turchinov (pictured), the politician who is also an Evangelical preacher and is currently the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (which means he’s in charge of Ukraine’s armed forces). Here are a few take-aways from the article that carried the interview: Regarding Ukraine’s defense … More When Will Russia Attack Next
In the south of Ukraine, stands a famous old city of approximately one and a half million people. It is generally dirty and run down, with rare moments of abject splendor and greatness. Most of its buildings are not kept up well and yet their beloved theater building is one of the grandest in all … More Church Planting Network Forms In Odessa
It seems like not long ago when we wanted to know if something we saw on the news was real, we could use the internet to verify it’s authenticity and accuracy. With the advent of Clickbait, No News and Fake News, those days are gone. According to Wikipedia, “Clickbait is a pejorative term for web … More Clickbait, No News & Fake News
I’ve found you can’t count on Captain Ukraine to come to your rescue – not even when you are being chased by four angry men. While Beth was visiting her mom in east Tennessee, I was using the time to visit as many of the regional church plant coordinators as possible. As such, I took … More Yet Another Reason To Pray
An Extraordinary Change of Plans On May 16th we celebrated our wedding anniversary and I was reading Proverbs 16 (Proverbs has 1 chapter for each day of the month- it’s a great instruction manual for life and worth reading daily!) and it struck a chord of a great conversation Eric and I had over dinner, … More Beth: 31-derful Years
Trust is arguably the most important foundation stone of any relationship anywhere among any people group in the entire world. Yet, my observation has led me to believe that differing cultures approach the matter of trust from different angles. Let’s examine the general approach to trust in the American culture and compare that to the … More The Culture of Trust
It’s been 100 days since Donald Trump was inaugurated as President and more than 5 months since the election. Just like you, we went to bed on election night thinking Hillary was going to be the first female president of the United States. Just like you, we were surprised, if not shocked, to wake up … More Trump Is President – Now What?