Rolled-up newspaperI just noticed that in February I wrote 28 news stories for BNc, and 23 in January.

That’s a lot of words.

Some of the stories I really enjoy, baptisms, church beginnings. Some I’d rather not write.

Some of those, of course, were stories by others which I had to revise and prepare, which often takes more time than writing it oneself. Continue reading

Grandma and babyby J. Randal Matheny

To grandma no creature’s immune,
To strangers she’ll crow and she’ll croon,
With pictures she’ll ply them,
No detail deny them,
Though baby may look like a prune.

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My tribute to grandmothers and grandparents everywhere. We’re not in the class as yet, but they say it’s a wonderful state of being. Continue reading

BNc siteWell, it’s finally official: the site is up and running, launched as of today. It’s a daunting moment, thinking of the responsibility.

Joe and Matt are excellent coworkers, easy to work with, responsible, competent, always at hand.

We’re gradually building up the Advisory Board, as well as adding correspondents. Continue reading

This post explains the background behind the Cloudburst poem “The Lord Completely Satisfies.” So where can you read it? You can’t — see the explanation here. This post is for subscribers to the email list (see link).

Field of wheat

Often are the times when I don’t get what I want. Some of those times are easy to handle; it makes no big difference. The padaria doesn’t have the chocolate sweets I went for. Disappointment, but no big deal.

Other times would generate frustration and resentment, if I were to let it, especially in relationship.

In the struggle of one of those latter moments I wrote this poem.

You know when they happen in your life. You want to blame somebody, maybe even God.

But the problem is not in anyone but self.

Because the Lord completely satisfies. Continue reading

Baby smileRoger Jackson posted these rules why you should smile:

  1. It makes suspicious people wonder what you are up to.
  2. It makes jealous people think you have something they don’t.
  3. It makes envious people think you are up to something.
  4. It makes your enemies think you have won.
  5. It gives the impression you are happy.
  6. It makes people want to follow you around smiling, too.
  7. It means you have enough to spare so you are giving them away.
  8. It recommends your religion.
  9. It takes the tension out of bad situations.
  10. God wants you to (and so do I). Continue reading

JPG of report08febBelow is the pdf document for our February work report. (Or click on screenshot at right.)

I bounce back and forth between doing a monthly round-up, but they have their value, I suppose.

The six headlines on the two-page document are these:

  • FEBRUARY REPORT: Churches Note Gains and Losses
  • Personal website rewired, other ministries helped
  • Other news: BNc to launch, Christian camp threatened Continue reading

In the Taubaté church which meets on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., I’m in the middle of a series on “The Dead, Dying and Carried Away.”

Today I preached on Hezekiah’s 15-year extension, from 2 Kings 20.

Here are the three lessons I mentioned we can learn from this dying man’s recovery, my sermon outline’s main points: Continue reading

Combine harvestSomebody on a Bible forum needed ideas for a five-minute talk to college students. I remembered our Portuguese teacher in the US making us memorize Galatians 6:7-10, thinking it important for our teaching in Brazil (and it is), so I went there and, starting with verse 6, came up with five points, college-student style.

First, the text:

6 One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Now, the points: Continue reading

docastreet.jpgAssassino de Ângela Diniz pede desculpas em livro

“Quero fazer alguma coisa para que minha vida tenha valido a pena”.

Which being translated is,

“I want to do something so that my life will have been worth it.”

This from a man, 72, who murdered his famous girlfriend in 1976, and now pledges to donate the proceeds from book, based on his prison diary from 1977-87 and tell-all details, to a charity. Continue reading