Looks like I am going back to Turkey next month. You remember a few months ago we delivered blankets and warm clothes in the first week of the earthquake. There is some follow-up work with the earthquake that I am involved in. Very exciting but will be hard to leave the family. I am looking…Read More
Following the Footsteps of Paul Blog
In 2006, I suggested that Bible training in the future will happen on-location. Looks like the future has come early. “By 2050 the training of ministers will have shifted to where the students are located. Teachers will travel a third of their time. This will be cheaper and more effective than transplanting students. Cheap travel will…Read More
US$2,650 for Turkish Earthquake. THANKS!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all who gave towards our Turkish Earthquake appeal. As you know, a 7.2 earthquake hit eastern Turkey last week leaving thousands of families homeless in the FREEZING FREEZING COLD! I know it was freezing because I was there a few days later, freezing my skinny butt off in the mountains…Read More
Reformation Day, 2011
As usual, I have a Reformation Day thought. Or two. Or even three. 1. Mariners Then: Around 1517, the Turkish were raiding the Med Sea and bringing terror to the Europeans, even the English who were the other worthy sea-power, standing up against the Turks. Martin Luther wrote much about the Turks. Now: Turkey is…Read More
Earthquake in Turkey. Have truck. Will travel.
YES we are in Turkey. NO we are not affected by the earthquake. Thanks for all your emails and tweets. The earthquake is devastating. Over 200 dead. Pakistan sources suggest 1000 dead. Numbers will rise because there are hundreds missing and many are trapped under rubble. (Photo: Reuters/Ali Ihsan Ozturk/Anadolu Agency. HT: Christian Post) Turkey is a…Read More
The World’s First Megachurch
Istanbul: This morning I did a tour of the world’s first megachurch. The Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia in Turkish), opened in 537AD. The original name given to the first construction of this church (360 AD) was “Megalo Ecclesia”. Translation: MEGA CHURCH. Hagia Sophia is one of the Top 20 largest churches in the world if…Read More
Hanging out in Istanbul
We are taking a week’s holiday and we chose Turkey. We arrived in Istanbul yesterday. Amazing, wonderful, historical city. The people are REALLY REALLY friendly and I totally recommend all my friends to come to this country to visit and enjoy. Last night I went out with my son, Sam, who is with us for…Read More