Spreading relational viruses

In my old ages I’ve pretty much settled on one life message, but I can write, teach, or talk about it from a hundred angles. That message is looks something like this: We were made for relationship. We are most fulfilled in relationship. We are most productive in relationship. My message and my dream is…

Out a part. But not out a kopek.

To say that the health care system here is different than in the US is a major understatement. Here is our latest story: We had to take Simon in for abdominal pain in August. We went to the nearest emergency room where we had taken him a few months ago to get stitches. But after…

My Big 5-0

Kudos to my wonderful family for managing to hide from me and trick me into thinking that the one thing I most wanted for my 50th birthday was not going to happen – a surprise party. The ruse was laid well. We all went out Friday afternoon to a mysterious spot in the south of…

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…