The Last Road Trip – of the Year

I like road trips and I like to visit my granddaughters. So deciding how to travel to a staff conference in Orlando was easy, I could drive and visit granddaughter Eden on the way.


Got an early start and made it through Chicago before rush hour. By the time the sun was coming up, I was driving through the windmill fields of northwestern Indiana. (more…)


Urbana 15 – Behind the Scenes


Every three years the ministry I work for sponsors a student missions conference to help college students and others discover what God is doing in the world, and how they can be a part of it. For many years the conference was held on the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign campus, and came to be called Urbana.

Urbana is an incredible experience and a little bit overwhelming. It was at Urbana where I first heard the phrase, 36 years ago, “it’s like trying to take a sip from a firehose.” (more…)

Horicon – The Amazing Marsh of the Migratory Waterfowl


Welcome to Horicon Marsh

Welcome to Horicon Marsh

Living in Wisconsin my entire life still has not been enough time to see all of the amazing features of this beautiful state. Despite having lived in Oshkosh at one time, I have never visited Horicon Marsh, the nation’s largest freshwater cattail marsh and one of the Seven Wonders of Wisconsin (allegedly, I haven’t been able to find the complete list yet).

So last Saturday my friend and colleague Jonathan Rice joined me as we reconnoitered this beautiful natural resource for North American migratory waterfowl. (more…)

Jerusalem & Bethlehem, TB&TS Tour Report #7

The Old Cityscape

The Old Cityscape
Our first stop on our first morning in Jerusalem was, where else, the Mount of Olives and the world-famous vista: the Old City walls, dating to the 16th century, with the Dome of the Rock (7th century) and Al Aksa mosque (8th century) in the foreground. (more…)

Nazareth to Jerusalem, TB&TS Tour Report #6

City on a Hill

City on a Hill

We left the Sea of Galilee and headed for Jesus’ hometown. We traveled, in a general sense, the route that Jesus took from his ministry base in Capernaum to his home town of Nazareth. Instead of walking along a trail (which you can do if you have the time) we took the 4-lane highway. (more…)