Exactly nine years ago, our family moved to the Netherlands. As you can see from the photographic collage here above, we’ve changed and grown a lot from year to year. What an adventure it’s been! Original post blogged on b2evolution.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
One of my colleagues is getting married and moving on from her day-to-day responsibilities with our ministry here in Amsterdam, so we decided to mark the occasion with a special Staff Day. The celebration started at the end of the … Continue reading
I’ve learned a lot about conflict through the years: through personal relationships, through raising children, and through church leadership situations. But this lesson in conflict, brought to you by Sesame Street (featuring Robin Williams and the Two-Headed Monster), is one … Continue reading
The influences of the English language on other world languages are many and varied. It seems to seep its way into other languages, including Dutch, in a lot of surprising and unexpected ways — though really it makes sense, given … Continue reading
Talking about Jesus with non-Christian friends is a lot like talking about sex with children. The parallel is imperfect, I know. Still, I’m surprised at how much insight can be drawn from such a comparison. Think about it with me. … Continue reading
Last week, my two oldest children got into an argument about the use of stickers. Stirred up by the argument, my son later wrote a threatening letter to his sister. And as unfortunate as the letter itself might have been, … Continue reading
I can understand how some people would feel a sense of pity when looking at a freshly-shorn sheep — maybe even sympathetic shame at the animal’s sudden sense of nakedness. But putting myself in the place of that sheep, I … Continue reading
Early morning worship at the Amsterdam50 Fall Retreat Eric with the Pastors-in-Training: Marc La Porte and Michaël Belgraver Springtime outdoor baptism Beautiful faces of Amsterdam50 Asp Family in August 2011 Original post blogged on b2evolution.
I was a witness. The temperature hovered just above the freezing point. The wind whipped across the harbor. Still, a young Iraqi refugee wanted to be baptized, to proclaim his newfound faith in Jesus. So we went to the Steenhoofd, … Continue reading
Our family had the privilege of bringing in the New Year in a very old place: Rome. These are some of my favorite pictures from the time in Italy. After three lovely days in Pescara for GCE’s Awaken conference, we … Continue reading