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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
I say this from experience. I write for both, and I am glad for any contribution I can make to Wikipedia, but it's really hard to temper an article that's been written from a viewpoint that I as a Christian find objectionable. Most often contributions are reverted almost as soon as they are made. I'm still trying to contribute what I can, but I want to let you all know that there is another alternative. Conservapedia is well worth using, and if like me, you are a writer with a purpose, it's worth writing for.
You can still find articles that are skewed on Conservapedia, but corrections and adjustments are accepted much more readily.
I invite you to try it out, and let me know what you think!
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Back in 1980, our family was preparing to go as missionaries to what was then called Zaire (now DR Congo). I was leaving many ministries in which I had been involved in the US, some of them in our local church. I had put my whole heart into those ministries. Now that we were leaving, I had been praying about what I might do to help my local church in a longer term way—something I might do now that would still help while we were in Africa. I had done some teacher training for the church, so one idea I had was to make tape recordings of my ideas for different areas of ministry. Those who came after me could learn from the recordings.
One slight problem. I notice that most of the books that we might label "politically incorrect" or that present a conservative viewpoint have been assigned URL's that end in f=false. Everything else in the URL has to do with the title, except for that final designation.
Hmm. I wonder who decides these books are false. I wonder what standards they use.
I wonder, but I've seen enough that I think I can already take an educated guess.
Google, you are now the new censor of the world? Oh, you're modern. You don't burn books. You just label them false. That keeps them from being used effectively in online reviews. Clever.
I can only say, that based on my experience and the books I've checked out on Google Books, I'd advise readers to look for the books labeled f=false. If they do, I think they're much more likely to find the truth!
Monday, October 27, 2014
Yes, our missionary life has been challenging. At times I have felt very discouraged. More than once, I've quit (in my own mind--only to re-enlist again before I got the resignation written). But it has certainly never been dull. It's not just that it's exciting. It's more like it's been rewarding. Friday night, in my response, I said "I can't think of anything I would rather have done with 30 years of my life," and I meant it.
Today I worked on writing Bible lessons for Congo in the Kituba language we learned when we lived there. This afternoon, I completed the lesson on the call of Abraham. God called him to do a very hard thing--to leave his country, his family and his home to go to a land that God promised to show him. In one sense he gave up everything.
But I was also struck by what he gained. God did show him a land, and gave it to his descendants. God promised him a big family and great honor. God promised to bless those who bless him and to curse those who curse him. God promised to use him as a channel of blessing to others--in fact, to bless all the families of the earth through him. I believe that includes at least the fact that his descendants gave us the Bible that we treasure, and also gave us our Savior. God used a Jewish maiden to bring His eternal Son into the world. That's why the very first verse of the New Testament shows that He was a descendant of King David and a descendant of Abraham. I was looking only at the first time God promised Abram great things (Genesis 12:1-3). Yet even there, I saw that he got far more than he gave up.
That's how missionary life is. In fact, I think that's how life is for any follower of Jesus. We give it all up, it's true. But then we get more in return than we had ever dreamed possible.
I've had the joy of hearing my own children say, "Thanks, Mom, for introducing us to Jesus." I've also had, just this week, the joy of getting a Facebook message from a former Sunday school boy in Congo who as an adult told me, "Mama, I remember so well the things you taught us. I will never forget them." Yes, I have had a wonderful life indeed.