Blog entries tagged Personal


1. Meet Sadie

July 22, 2020

Meet Sadie, the newest member of our family. She’s a 10-week-old Aussiedoodle. That means she is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a standard Poodle. We found her through a breeder who attends Church at the Gates in Missoula, Montana. Since we were going to be here anyway, we decided it was time to […]

2. Skip Olson, A Friend Forever

July 7, 2020

When Wilbur the Pig (in Charlotte’s Web) wondered why Charlotte the Spider had worked so hard to save his life, Charlotte replied with these words: “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” I thought about that when I heard Skip Olson died yesterday. He was our friend, and that was […]

3. Pastor Sidoine Lucien Enters Heaven

July 3, 2020

This picture was taken in 2013 on my last trip to Haiti when I got to spend time with Pastor Sidoine Lucien, who died this morning at the age of 89. He was one of the greatest men I have ever known. I got connected with him when his sons Caleb and Henoc were students […]

4. New Podcast: “Who’s in Charge Here?”

December 18, 2019

This is where my year began. When this picture was taken, I had no idea of the three surgeries that were to come or the three months of BBR–bed, bathroom, recliner. I still remember the hundreds of people who prayed for me and for Marlene as she recovered from her first knee-replacement surgery. I mention […]

5. Our 2019 Christmas Card

December 17, 2019

From our family to yours . . . Merry Christmas!

6. New Video: Tuesday News and Notes

October 1, 2019

In this Tuesday update I report on my recent travels, including a wonderful weekend with the Mennonite Brethren and my upcoming big trip to the Philippines and South Korea, and I share a health update for Marlene and me, and then explain why I’m so excited about our new booklet: “Death is Not the End […]

7. My Video Message for Cliff Raad’s Funeral Service

September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019 My dear friend Cliff Raad died last Friday at the age of 95. I promised him years ago that I would speak at his funeral, but it turns out that I was scheduled to be in New York this week. Here’s the video I recorded for the service.  

8. The Man from Mississippi

June 15, 2019

I don’t have many pictures of me with my dad. I suppose this isn’t unusual given that he died long before digital cameras and smartphones made picture taking easy. I have vague memories of my dad taking home movies with an ancient 8mm camera. No sound, of course. Just pictures of us boys cavorting in […]

9. Thursday Update: Praying for Our Loved Ones

May 23, 2019

Thursday Update: A health update for Ray and Marlene, a word about our summer travels, plus news about our booklet ministry, and we wrap it up by a time of prayer for our loved ones. Click here sign up for the free email sermons.   

10. Saturday Update: Scooter Time!

February 23, 2019

Check out our latest video update called Scooter Time! Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

11. Friday Update: 32 Days Later

February 1, 2019

Friday Update: 32 Days Later. In this update we talk about the weather, the Super Bowl, and how things are going with Marlene and me. Plus a sneak peak at some projects we’re working on. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

12. Our 2018 Christmas Card

December 19, 2018

This is our 2018 Christmas card. There are 16 stockings on the mantle above the fireplace. Marlene stitched one for each member of our family. She started this tradition 40 years ago. The most recent one is for Nicholas who was born three months ago.

13. Tuesday Night Chat: 44 Years and Counting

August 21, 2018

 We just recorded this Tuesday Night Chat: 44 Years and Counting, in which I share a few thoughts on the eve of our 44th anniversary. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

14. Our Family Christmas Card

December 20, 2017

15. Ukraine, Here We Come!

December 8, 2016

Here’s an update about our trip to Ukraine along with all the other news from my corner of the world. Here’s the link to the Keep Believing Donate Page.

16. My Sermon on the Sunday After 9/11

September 11, 2016

In the last 24 hours I have an opportunity to revist the sermon I preached on the Sunday after 9/11. At that point America was still struggling with the enormity of what happened just five days earlier. In that sermon, called Living by Faith in an Uncertain World, I wrapped up by giving Five Lessons to Ponder.I share them here because ten years lat...

17. Our Family Christmas Card

December 22, 2015

Here’s our family Christmas card. We took the picture last week when everyone came to Dallas. We decided it would be fun to feature our six grandkids this year. Merry Christmas! PS It took 16 tries to get this shot. Those kids never stop moving!

18. 14 Christmas Stockings

December 2, 2015

We had been married about five years when Marlene decided to make stockings for each member of our family. Back then there were three of us–Marlene, me, and Josh who had just been born. She found a pattern she liked and proceeded to go to work. When the first three stockings were finished, we hung […]

19. Florida Next

March 7, 2015

Dear Praying Friends, We knew we would be busy in the first part of 2015. But there are always a few surprises along the way.First, some happy news. A little over a month ago, our newest grandchild Zoe arrived. She was welcomed by Mark and Vanessa and by her brother Eli and her sister Penny. […]

20. Christmas Eve Scooter Caper

December 24, 2014

  What do you when it’s time for the Christmas Eve party in China but you don’t have a car? You hop on two ancient electric scooters, strap Violet on Josh’s chest, put Marlene and Leah and Knox on one scooter, add the gifts and goodies for the party, and put Josh and me and […]

21. Christmas in Asia

December 18, 2014

Dear Praying Friends, We’re on  our way to Asia! By the time you read this we’ll be in the air. We fly from Dallas to San Francisco and then on to Hong Kong where Josh and Knox will meet us. Knox is very excited to travel with his dad to meet G-Pa and G-Ma. Then […]

22. Our Family Christmas Card

December 17, 2014

Here is our family Christmas card. We had the picture taken at Nick and Sarah’s wedding in July.  Given how we are spread out between Dallas, Chicago, California and China, it’s a small miracle to get everyone together in the same place at the same time. Don’t know when that might happen in 2015. If […]

23. How Sally Meet Jesus

August 20, 2014

Dear Praying Friends, Will you “walk across the room”? Recently we met some friends who told us that during a Sunday School class, they were challenged to “walk across the room,” which meant taking a chance to share Jesus with others. Here’s what happened next: Shortly afterwards, my husband looked out the window of our […]

24. Wedding Week Has Arrived

July 22, 2014

Dear Praying Friends, These two pictures tell the story of our life at the moment: Nick and Sarah get married this weekend in Chicago. Josh and Leah and Knox and Violet leave for China next Tuesday. This Saturday Nick and Sarah get married in Chicago. They met on eHarmony and then discovered they attended the […]

25. Putting the Letters Together

June 24, 2014

Prayer is easy until it isn't.

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