Time: a poem

Every once in awhile I try to expand myself out of my left-brained box, hopefully in cooperation with the Spirit. Here is my latest attempt, which I wrote one day while at our agency’s semi-annual conference. The challenge to us was to write a lament. Time How long is time for you, O Lord? What…

Course Testimony

I get wonderful testimonies all the time, but I seem to rarely remember to record them. This week in our group one woman, the wife of a pastor started talking about how much the course I have been writing and leading had impacted not only her but her entire church (through her),  I asked her…

Three builders

Today I want to post a post that a mentor of mine in movement building wrote. It describes well one dimension of what I am working towards, and gives me a measure of comfort in how slow the process is. There were once three builders. They had very different approaches to building. Each builder thought…

Everyone a Fundamentalist

I’ve been in Russia now for 9 years, which has the advantage of allowing me to see how the frog is boiling in the US from a distance. I’ve been here so long Facebook was a near start-up, so in the earlier days one of the best means of seeing where things were on a…

My new small group course

I could hardly be more excited about a new study I am writing for small groups. I’m going to beta test it first on my own group in St. Petersburg starting in April, and then offer it to others to try out, in Russian and in English, I expect by the fall. Here is the…

RealTalk – Real depth in relationships

I’ve been a missionary to Russia since 2007, and I was in Virginia in March to reconnect with the city that gave me my start in ministry. I also lead a seminar called RealTalk. The workshop provides us with a key missing dynamic to every God-given dream in our lives… dreams for our children and family, dreams…

Artists of St. Petersburg, unite!

This past spring we announced a citywide art competition, the idea for which God gave me to help foster vision for the city as a whole, under the reign of Christ. The call was simple: portray St. Petersburg as God sees the city. To help, I wrote a document and made a presentation during a…