God Cares

  WHO IS THIS BOY? Where is he from? What are his prospects? EUGENE ONCHIRI wants to be an engineer. BIG PROBLEM: He lives in the largest slum in Africa and can’t afford the fees for an outside, boarding high school. No sponsor; no further schooling for this...

Funeral for a House

730 Broadway, Haverhill MA, was an important address for countless people. Jim and I lived there for 10 years, preceded and followed by many West Church pastors and assorted friends. Built in 1856, the house had character. On the cold, November day we moved in, this...

Did Laughter Evolve?

Wikipedia defines laughter as “a physical reaction in humans, consisting usually of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli.” Now you know—maybe. We all...

A Jesus who LAUGHS???

Did Jesus ever laugh? Too bad our red-letter Bibles don’t come in script form with bracketed cues: [laugh here]. I’ve recently gotten a brand-new perspective on Jesus, not only on His sense of humor, but also on the depth of His compassion and love. Have you heard...

Birth and Death

Back in the early years of our marriage, I wasn’t too smart. I thought I was, but events proved otherwise. With Jim having one more year of college before starting seminary, we talked about children. His grocery-checking income was slim, so we decided to wait until...