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Being a missionary carries a great cost, but does have some benefits. It is not all doom and gloom, complete with vows of poverty and poor fashion choices for clothing. In today’s day and age it is easy to benefit from one aspect of the missionary life. Frequent travel. The nature of missions involves being traveling missionaries. We have left home to go somewhere. There are great opportunities and value given to those who find themselves on th»
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Jesus Can’t Save Your Life is found at Rambling with the Barba I didn’t realize that I had brain damage. I just stumbled onto the fact while trying to follow Jesus. It turns out I keep believing that my physical being is what matters. I can’t seem to get a grip on the idea that this body is a costume, a tool. The real me, the one that can make a difference, is wearing this bag of flesh. I forget that we are three-part beings. Each of us is»
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Stuff Missionaries Say is found at Rambling with the BarbaThe longer I live here in Paraguay, the more I realize what kind of stuff comes out of my mouth. Stuff I thought I would never hear myself say. Crazy stuff. Wacky stuff. It’s Stuff Missionaries Say These are things that have actually been said. Some are borrowed from other missionaries. Some are mine. I see this DVD was made by filming the show, but was it with a hand-held camcorder or a»
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Stuff Missionaries Say is found at Rambling with the BarbaFirst up, it’s a little weird trying to get into a writing rhythm with all of the craziness of a furlough. Hopefully I will find my jam and keep up with the posting like you’re used to. On the furlough note, if you’re interested, take a look at our schedule and come out and see us in person. The longer I live here in Paraguay, the more I realize what kind of stuff comes out of my mou»
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Stuff Missionaries Say is found at Rambling with the BarbaContext is a funny thing. It can change the very meaning of a phrase or conversation. The longer I live here in Paraguay, the more I realize what kind of stuff comes out of my mouth. Stuff I thought I would never hear myself say. Crazy stuff. Wacky stuff.  Stuff, that in another culture or context, would likely get me in trouble. Maybe even detained. I decided to share some of these with»
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Insta-Grime Photo App for the Short Term Missionary is found at Rambling with the Barba‘Tis the season for church leaders countrywide to begin planning this year’s round of third-world Jesus tours. Everyone knows THE most important part of any short-term missions trip is photos. I know many of you would disagree and say matching team T-shirts is the top priority. However, with a great album of photos to show, next year’s trip could already»
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I know I poke fun at a lot of churchy stuff. I like to call it satire because that seems a little more cerebral  and less harsh than sarcasm. The truth is I live a privileged life. I have been given the chance to live a life of service. To serve is a privilege. Every so often that privilege takes on a particularly exhilarating flare. Yesterday I had just such an experience. My oldest daughter had planned to be baptized at church last night. It»
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I was thinking the other day about this life we live. It’s a crazy, mixed up thing, you know? No matter where you turn there are unexplained occurrences. Things that, even with a full complement of techno-goodies and Apple gear we still can’t figure out. Below I give you some of life’s mysteries: The speed at which that darling little baby goes from powder fresh to hot garbage simmered in fish juice.  Incredible!! It takes a mere nano-seco»
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Two post in one day. I know, right pace yourself. Today I have the honor of being interviewed by Chad Gibbs over at his blog for a series he is calling The Missionary Deposition. Today is volume 1 and yours truly is up to bat. Click on over and and give it a read. Comment like there is no tomorrow and then meander around Chads site. He is somewhat regionally semi famous in his niche. Seriously, pick up a copy of his book especially if you’r»
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Yesterday, The Week Magazine featured 5 Ordinary Things that Save Your Life. #1 stood out to me. 1. Tap Water Water is problematic. You need it to live, but it's practically aching to kill you. Naturally occurring water, even when not soiled by human contact, can be swimming with an untold number of murderous micro-organisms. Treated tap water may not be nearly as palatable as Evian, but it's ubiquitous, affordable, and you can drink it withou»