How to hear the Word of God (or “They rejoiced because they understood”, Nehemiah 8:1-12)

This is a sermon I preached at our home church, CrossWay Bible Church, Blue Springs, MO, earlier this month, on the subject of how to read (or listen to) the Bible. I hope it will be a blessing to you for God’s glory.

Excuse me while I “cover my feet”: Lost (and found) in translation, installment #9

I’m home from Slovakia; thank you for your prayers! In addition to the conference with The Word for the World Bible Translators (TWFTW), I taught a week of classes to our Roma Bible translators on the subject of sociolinguistics. They also had a second class on Bible translation principles. It was a joy to seeContinue reading “Excuse me while I “cover my feet”: Lost (and found) in translation, installment #9″

What is the “therefore” there for? Who’s got talents? (Lost [and found] in translation; installment #8)

We’ve recently had the privilege of speaking at a few of the churches which support our ministry financially. It has been a joy to catch up with those we haven’t seen for several years, be able to preach the Word, and give an in-person update on our family and the progress of our Bible translationContinue reading “What is the “therefore” there for? Who’s got talents? (Lost [and found] in translation; installment #8)”

Lost (and found) in translation: Installment #7: seed pickers & babblers; prayer request for my mom, for Bible distribution, pics from Ariela’s birthday

I’m currently preparing to teach a class to our Roma Bible translators on the topic of “sociolinguistics”. What is sociolinguistics? I’m so glad you asked! One simple definition is “sociolinguistics is that part of linguistics which is concerned with language as a social and cultural phenomenon.” Practically speaking, it is a study of how weContinue reading “Lost (and found) in translation: Installment #7: seed pickers & babblers; prayer request for my mom, for Bible distribution, pics from Ariela’s birthday”

Our daily prayer calendar for July 2022

To download this prayer list formatted as a calendar for printout, click below: July 1 Pray for wisdom for Todd consulting for the translation of Exodus in three languages spoken in Tanzania July 2 Praise God for providing a second car for us! Pray Todd will be a blessing to his mom, driving down toContinue reading “Our daily prayer calendar for July 2022”

Praise God for finishing phase 1 of the Bible translation project

Today I filled out the final quarterly report for progress on the Gospel of Luke and 50 Bible stories in the Ludari Roma language. This completes phase 1 of the Bible translation project! In the report, I answered the following question, and gave the following prayer requests, which I wanted to share with all ofContinue reading “Praise God for finishing phase 1 of the Bible translation project”

Our daily prayer calendar for December 2021

For this list in a calendar format for printing, download here: December 1 Pray for Pam’s mom, 91, packing to move from Cross Roads, TX, to Belton, MO, to be close to Pam’s sister, Kim, and us December 2 Pray for Pam, Daniel & Ariela in Cross Roads, TX, until 12/15, helping her mom packContinue reading “Our daily prayer calendar for December 2021”

Lost (and found) in translation: installment #3 ; Luke 1:1-2

The opening of a story or a letter is important since it sets the tone for, and makes clear the purpose of, what is being written. This is no less true for the books of the Bible, than for any other literature. Luke opens his gospel account with a densely worded introduction and sometimes theContinue reading “Lost (and found) in translation: installment #3 ; Luke 1:1-2”

Bible translation, local church missions and Christian grieving (podcast)

I was privileged to be the guest of my good friend, Dr. Todd R. Chipman, for his recent podcast, “Voices of MCC”. MCC (Master’s Community Church, Kansas City, KS) is an amazing church with which we partner. We so enjoyed joining them last weekend at their annual missions conference. If you would like to listenContinue reading “Bible translation, local church missions and Christian grieving (podcast)”

Prayer for phase 2 of the Bible translation

We are almost done with phase 1 of the Bible translation project, which is translating the Gospel of Luke and 50 chronological Bible stories in five Roma languages. Phase 2 will involve continuing on with this project by translating more of the New Testament in as many of these five language as we can. InContinue reading “Prayer for phase 2 of the Bible translation”