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Posted in Culture, Friends, Places on May 21st, 2008

St Sophia Cathedral, Kiev
Yesterday I walked approximately seven miles with Maksim Rakovich, my host and guide in Kiev. We visited the upper and lower city of old Kiev. Maksim gave me a very informative overview of Kiev’s history as well as a fascinating tour to some of the most significant sites. We visited the Orthodox […]

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Posted in Culture, Friends, Places on May 19th, 2008

Last night I attended my first Ukrainian birthday party. Ola, wife of Gregory, (the couple I stayed with last week) planned the party for her husband. About 16 people were there, invited friends of Gregory and Ola, some came over from the Rivne region. Some were in their wedding.
I ate “ekra” (ee-kra, long “a”) for the […]

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Posted in Friends, Ministry, Places on May 16th, 2008

Today I finish both the teaching assignments in Lutsk. I just finished the morning sessions at Fimiam (Incense) Church. I taught an introduction to and overview of each of the Gospels and Acts, and introduced the person of the Apostle Paul. The students are eager learners, all in some form of rehab. THey are amazingly […]

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Posted in Friends, Ministry on Mar 7th, 2008

Help me out in word-crafting the following statement. Imagine it’s the beginning of a clay sculpture or the beginning of a watercolor painting. Think artistically. A Jesus Community is… a community who share the life of (the Trinitarian) God together for the sake of others. Have at it!

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Posted in Friends, Ministry on Feb 12th, 2008

My friend, Denny Gunderson, over at Dionysius Wept has written a provocative piece about “Creeds and Deeds.” Here’s a teaser…
“One [issue] is creedal arrogance. In whatever form it comes or from whomever it emanates, it is repugnant even if I agree with the creed. That is because, aside from matters of the meaning and interpretation […]

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Posted in Friends, Ministry on Feb 7th, 2008

A holy silence settles on human conversation that words will only vandalize. Blessed are those who know that silence.     -John W Frye* *After talking awhile with Ray Minnema, an 83 year old friend who fought in the Dutch underground against the Nazis.

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