Entry 7 / BCOM

I trade work for food…

Tuesday with Amber

On Tuesday afternoon, right after class, I drove out to Prior Lake where I was to give former student and friend Amber Lang (the wife of Rich Lang)  a crash course in watercolor. Noemi, my daughter-in-law (a pretty good watercolorist herself and an even better photographer… www.noemiphotography.com) offered her kitchen table.

Here is a snap shot of me giving pointers. Amber is giving a shot at illustrating a children’s book, something I’ve never done before. I hope that I was able to help her even a little.

This is not out of the goodness of my heart….

Poor Rich. When her husband was a student I often had at my house digging and cutting and trimming so I definitely owe him one. I am only amazed that after I caught him up a tree in my back yard with a chain saw and me without liability insurance that he has lived this long to be married and produce a rather pretty baby – truly I am a debtor. So I did my best though it wasn’t the debt to Rich that attracted me. Amber promised to make me supper and indeed, what a fantastic stew I enjoyed at their house. Jesus was right when he instructed his disciples that should they leave houses, lands, cattle and family members to follow him then they would receive in return all of this a hundred-fold. I can make the boast that I have free beds and meals in literally hundreds of homes in more than twenty nations. Next month fish and chips in London and lutefisk in Norway (not ever). I will be in Norway but I expect the best roast, cheese and salmon in the world.

Entry 3 / Bethany College of Missions


Ann and Luke Hinrichs

After teaching for three straight hours in the morning and finally arriving at Acts, Chapter 5, I went for the remainder of the afternoon to Starbuck’s where I drank coffee and worked on my Mormon power point presentation. Every teacher worth his or her salt has to master technology or no one will take him or her seriously.

The Sesame Street generation expects to be entertained while they learn. So while they have promised us, in days past, that instructional technology will save us lots of time and free us up to play golf in the afternoons it has managed to do just the opposite. I am chained to a table in a coffee shop.

The happy visit with the Hinrich’s  

Ann trying to abscond with MY cheese cake

Ann and Luke have been friends for at least thirteen years. I first met Ann while she an I served on the same staff as full-time instructors here at Bethany. Ann is now engaged as the Worship Pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church here in Plymouth, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Plymouth Congregational has about twelve hundred people and three services every weekend so she has a lot to do.

Luke, her husband, is an editor at Bethany House Books and once worked about two office doors away from, but alongside my wife, Jeanne who did a similar job.

 Ann has been on the ACCI Board since the beginning and has a history of making more than twenty-five trips taking teams (nearly 300 people) to the central American country of Belize.

She and her husband Luke have joined me in my effort to help Italy and Slovenia and have made a number of trips to those gospel needy nations as well.

Entry 1 / Bethany College of Missions

The Book of Acts

Bethany College of Missions, Minneapolis

March 7-17, 2010

One of the Perks!

The work starts tomorrow morning at 8AM when I enter a classroom with about fifty to sixty missionary students. I have taught Acts on at least fifteen separate occasions to approximately 1,000 people. I used to be allowed and entire semester of three, one hour classes a week for thirteen weeks. In other words, minus the five exam periods, I had about 36 hours of lecture time. Even when I had such time available, I never managed to complete the entire book and often only got as far as Chapter 21 (there are twenty-eight chapters). I have my work cut out for me.

But… in the meantime…  

Next weekend I will have the opportunity to visit my son Sky, his wife Angie and two children, Justin and Alysha in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


Jesse and Dylan getting ready to devour a scrumptious lunch of homemade soup and bagels!

Today I had lunch with my daughter Rachel, Jeremy her husband and two boys, Jesse and Dylan.


This is what a real bagel looks like. You should taste it! Most of my friends who have only tried Brueggers or Einsteins have yet to taste the real thing. Wait until you sink your teeth into a Montreal style bagel – a hand rolled, wood fired bagel made by authentic Jewish rabbinical students. This one turned out by Jeremy comes pretty close

A chip off of the ole’ block!



Tonight I had a quick pizza with my son, Matthew, Pastor of Bethany Church in Minneapolis. During the next seventeen days or so I will have a number of occasions to see his wife Noemi and children, Adriah, Leyton and Clara, the newest one that I haven’t even laid eyes on yet. This is certainly one of the fun parts of being away from home for two weeks or more.

                                Punch Pizza…                       

The closest an American can come to Napoli without leaving the continent.



Upcoming Ministry Spring 2010

Minnesota / March 7-18

The Book of Acts

Bethany College of Missions


Norway / April 13 – 22

Evangelism Methods

Smyrna Bible Institute


London, England / April 23 – 26

Preaching, Teaching,  Evangelism


New Brunswick / May 4-10

Communicating Christian Thought in a Post Christian / Post Modern World.

Bethany Wesleyan College