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Storm, Skit and Students

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 15:21
Rain is always welcome in the desert, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t overdo it sometimes.  Here in Hermosillo there are few storm sewers.  It doesn’t rain all that often and I guess they just...

Campaign closed

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 15:05
For those of you who are following our blog and perhaps missed our facebook posts, our campaign ended today, midnight pacific time which was 10 am Kenyan time.   We thought the campaign was...

Good times and bad times with teens

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:27
The other day I saw a clever blog post about the dangers of "trick babies".   I relate. I had one, my first born slept through the night the first night home from hospital! Not that I...


Missionary Blogs - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:00
I came to Africa with pretty well-formed ideas in my head about how my career in Bible translation would work out. It hasn’t been anything like that. And that’s a good thing. This story...

The Problem with Evangelical Theology– 2nd Expanded Edition

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 02:43
This 2nd edition of one my bestsellers has been completely updated, and has a new chapter on Complimentarianism and its problems, and also on Pentecostal theology as embodied in the work of Gordon Fee. It should be out in November. Stay Tuned.


Behind The Child - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:37
Sun, sand, sharks and jellyfish on the beach, lifeboats launching around the corner, giant rabbits, baby cygnets, ice creams and fresh fish and never changing but always something new to find alongside our old favourites. 

20 Hours!

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 09:20

April 2015 Group Meetings

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 08:57
The whole groupIn April, our group - spread out over several countries and three continents - met in Uganda for 10 days of spiritual retreat and business meetings. Here are a few photos from that...

Moving up a gear

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:41
We're at the end of 15 months of aberration from what was normal life over the previous four years. I've just sent David off to his first official day of work at school (students don't start till...


Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:37
Rain on the brain, Leads, in the main, To plain thinking… And hydroencephaloid pain Thunder, on the other hand, As in thunderstruck Makes or breaks or wakes Your synapses from their lapses To new levels of insight or delight Then there’s the jolt of lightning Shock and awe at what you saw The spark of [Read More...]

A trip to the US/Mexico border

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:13
Dear friends, Another month has flown by, and I suddenly realized that if I don’t write an update today, it won’t get done this month!  In our last update I mentioned that we would be taking a bit of...

Unwanted adventure

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:35
Yesterday I had an adventure I'd rather not have had. Our nearly 13 y.o. has a cross-bite (top teeth on both sides of his bottom teeth when his jaw is closed, preventing heathy chewing and a...

Cultural Differences

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 03:32
    No matter where you live you will see cultural differences in people, or regions, or neighborhoods, or churches.  Living in another country we see even more cultural...

Christian Origins in Ephesus and Asia Minor— Mark Fairchild

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 02:27
Mark Fairchild is a Professor of NT at Huntington University in Indiana. I have spent lots of time with him exploring all sorts of Biblical, Greco-Roman, early Christian, and ANE sites in Turkey. It is thus not unexpected that he would produce a first rate book on Christian Origins in Turkey, this one focusing on [Read More...]

Bless this Hizzy fo Shizzy; My new office interior on a dime.

Jamie The Very Worst Missionary - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 16:48

Remember how El Chupacabra built me my very own office out of sweat and blood and a shed kit from Costco? 
Me, too.
In fact, I'm sitting in it right now - basking in the glory of a perfectly silent space that is all my own. And I've gotta say, it's a big improvement over my previous writing stations; perched on my bed next to an ever-present, always massive pile of laundry waiting to be folded and put away, or sitting cross-legged on the sofa with the loud swish swooshing of the dishwasher to remind there are other things I could be doing that aren't writing. Things like cleaning or cooking or plucking my eyebrows.
But no more. 
The days of putting off words that are begging to be written and thoughts that are aching to escape are behind me. When I walk through my office door, there's only one thing to do, because under this precious roof I have only one purpose. 
This is where I write. That's it and that's all.

But before I could really start writing in here, I needed a place to sit. I had this beautiful blank slate, a creative space to fill to my hearts desire... and zero dollars to fill it with. For the most part, I would have to make due with what we had on hand, so I set about the house stealing furniture, blankets, baskets, art, and office supplies until the tiny house in my backyard felt like a tiny 2nd home. 
I wanted color, I wanted whimsey, and I wanted it to be free. And I knew the easiest way to pull that off would be to go "Shabby Chic". (Which we all know is just a nice way of saying "Shitty Cheap".)
So I started by jacking this little desk I snagged at a garage sale for like 10 bucks two years ago and painting it.


It was perfect paired with this kickass vintage chair and gray chevron upholstery. (A gift from my incredibly thoughtful sister-in-law!)
But a writer also needs a cozy corner...NEEDS... So I took an Ikea cane chair and a fuzzy wool throw right out of the living room as if no one would notice they were missing. Kids: "Wasn't there a chair here?"Me: "...Uh....I don't think so."

And for a side table, I used these two stumps I had from last winter, when I made my husband and son pick them up off the side of the road after a tree near our house was hit by lightning and took out some power lines and the city had to cut it down. I chiseled the bark off of one and left other intact and I love the color and texture and insects they bring to the room. (This is a work in progress - I have bigger plans for these guys. Check back in 11 years or so.)

For a bookshelf, I took the unused hutch from the sideboard in our dining room (which has been sitting in our garage for 3 years), flipped it over, stuck a board across the top and painted the whole thing with leftover semigloss paint from the office trim. Boom. Free.

It used to be black. When I was priming and painting it, I had serious reservations about how it would turn out, but after a third coat and with the addition of a couple of itty bitty crystal knobs, I think it works. But whatever. It was free. 

Topped with one of my Grandmother's oil paintings, a repurposed picture frame, and office doodads in adorable jars? Love is in the details. 

On the shelves you'll find things I like from people I adore. Custom paper clips and a big jar of pencils (also a gift from the sis-in-law!), my favorite old and new books, a couple of photo albums (remember those?!). And the best? Art and notes and poems and pics from my kids; things I have gathered and saved for the day when I could look up from my own work and be inspired by theirs. 

I think, in the end, the inside of my little office is exactly what I needed it to be:
Quietly reflective and personally inspiring. And basically free. 

Knives isn't really feeling it, but screw him. I LOVE IT. 
My little retreat. My still refuge. My home not far from home.
I call it Sanctuary.

And I pray God dwells here, too.

Bless this Hizzy fo Shizzy, indeed. 

The Weekend

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:25
We started our weekend off with an afternoon swim.  I thought it would be a fun way to celebrate the first week of school ending.  thumb's up for the weekend! David and Ben walked home a...

Check This Out:

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 09:08
http://familyroommedia.com/WordPress/?p=1522 If you click on the link right above this sentence you will go to an article a friend wrote about us. Good stuff.

Check This Out:

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 06:08
http://familyroommedia.com/WordPress/?p=1522 If you click on the link right above this sentence you will go to an article a friend wrote about us. Good stuff.

Come to our Church— and Watch the Fireworks Explode!

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:53
Let’s be honest, almost anything is possible in church in Kentucky– snakes, speaking in tongues, being slain in the Spirit…. or alternately, total boredom. I’ve passed the little church whose sign is shown above a million times. It’s on Highway 68 just outside of Wilmore Ky. But this time as a I passed, something was [Read More...]

Dear Mama, How to Fill Your Cup When Your Hands Are Full: What to do When You're Ready for a Bit More Bible Study {plus a giveaway and an update on the Conference}

Missionary Blogs - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 21:46
Growing up in a good church with a godly pastor and assistants, a loving Christian family, and a truly Christian school, I heard often about "devotions."Maybe you've heard it called 'quiet time' or...
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