Greetings to those who still continue to visit The Thin Edge, even though my time and energies have obviously been focused on other things for the past three years. Yes, we moved back to the United States three years ago this month. The time has flown as we have watched our family grow: three grandchildren have quickly multiplied into nine over this short period of time.
My American heart doctor confirmed that I had suffered a heart attack in Wales in March 2008, so within a few months of returning, the VA (Veterans Administration) took great care of me and completed stent surgery at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Five stents later, I immediately felt a huge difference Continue reading →
Let me introduce you to some of my rowdy friends over at The Daily Scribe, an aggregated (not aggravated!) blog with about twenty different Christian writers. You may recognize a few of them, including Ben Gray from OpenSwitch; William Paul Young, author of The Shack and his blog, WindRumors; and Brother Maynard from Subversive Influence. I'm not sure why my blog got picked to be included among this esteemed group, but I am deeply honored. Stop in and join the conversation!
God loves a good barbecue! Just look at the OT systems of burnt offerings, described as a sweet-smelling aroma in his nostrils. But Wayne Jacobsen reminds us that Slow Cookin' is Father's preferred method of working in us, rather than the fast food approach.
My friend and former colleague at the Florida Baptist Convention, Jeff McCormick, is asking some amazing questions in his post, What do you need? over at his blog. Has God gotten through to you lately?
Quotable: "The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book." —Samuel Johnson (eighteenth-century essayist, lexicographer, and literary critic)
Ever heard of churchcrawling? I learned about the social phenomenon of pubcrawling when we first moved to the United Kingdom: a group of friends get together on a designated evening, going from one pub to the other (most towns and cities have plenty to choose from), getting so drunk that they are almost forced to navigate by crawling. You get the point, I'm sure.
Now imagine a group of people gathering at a particular historical Christian meeting place (chapel, church, cathedral), spending several hours discussing the art, history, and architecture of the building site, then adjourning to continue their discussion at an extended social gathering in a local pub or cafe. Continue reading →
John Smulo is asking his "misfit" friends (including me) three questions regarding Online Spirituality that have generated some very interesting discussion in his comment section. I would highly recommend it to you!
It seems that a lot of marginalized people have intersected our lives since we moved to Wales, and in almost every case it’s been a good experience for everyone involved. We met Steve, a 32-year-old heroin addict a couple of years ago who had become a Christian but just couldn’t shake the habit. He lived with us for awhile and we helped him find a residential rehab program in Birmingham, England, with Betel of Britain. Two years later, he’s now on staff and recently relocated to open up a new Betel ministry in Sydney, Australia. These two pictures illustrate the difference love, compassion, and investing time in one young man’s life can make: the image on the left just before Steve entered rehab and the one below taken one year later.
I hope to interview a new friend of mine named Ben sometime next week: we might even do a podcast together and let him share his story of homelessness as a 21-year-old young man estranged from his family in England. I’ll keep you posted on that development, but he told me today that he would be willing to do it.
Until then, I have been doing some internet research and found a couple of homeless bloggers. I spent a couple of hours this evening reading The Homeless Guy blog and I highly recommend it to you. Here’s a brief introduction by the author in his own Continue reading →