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Biblical Theology

Sometimes when I write about some of the courses Mark teaches, it occurs to me that the name of a class may not make it very clear what the class is about. Biblical Theology has the added burden of begging … Continue reading

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little things

One of the joys of a home assignment aka furlough is the little things. They are, in themselves, little – moments here, a conversation there – but the accumulation of them is sweet. Since 2010 we have mostly done shorter, … Continue reading

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laughing

So we’re again visiting a city we’ve been to three times already during this home assignment, and we are coming to look for and even delight in what surprises the Lord has in store for us. We gave a report … Continue reading

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is it over already?

Many years ago when we had four kids at home – a ten year span between the oldest and the youngest – people would talk about how much of an age gap there was between our youngest two daughters. The … Continue reading

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a different kind of work

Argh. The last post is dated April 13th. I apologize. So, since that last post, we flew through the last weeks of the semester at the seminary and for Abigail at Kyiv Christian Academy, attended three graduations (two of them … Continue reading

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The law and grace and the gospel, aka What does the Old Testament mean in the present?

*Disclaimer: As will be obvious, I, Donna, wrote this. Please forgive my overstepping any bounds by posting this here on our ministry blog rather than on my own personal page… What does the Old Testament mean in the present? Mark asks … Continue reading

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Operation Glitch

“Operation Glitch is proceeding normally,” Mark said as I answered the phone in the grocery store. It was hard not to miss the heavy sigh that followed. I can only imagine this is what people must feel like when they … Continue reading

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Shema

“Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai Ehad.”  “Hear, O, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” This is how Mark started every morning of the recent class in Hebrew he taught at the seminary. At first, the students were … Continue reading

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returning

It’s been three years since we’ve posted here and every time I sit down to compose something, I see the last post and go immediately back in time to that day. January 3, 2016, we were getting ready to spend … Continue reading

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keeping the zeros straight

Mark told me it was zero Fahrenheit this morning and, as usual, I had a moment’s confusion.  I’m so used to hearing that it’s zero Centigrade, which I mentally translate to 32F, and think, ‘Oh, that’s not that cold.’  Here, … Continue reading

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work and the image of God

Mark speaks in various venues here and in the U.S., and a topic you’ll hear him return to often is how we are made in the image of God. Yesterday I was invited (as one of the students at the seminary … Continue reading

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a little fun

Mark saw this holder for guest slippers (a giant slipper!) at a friend’s house and has wanted some ever since.  Now that we have a small group meeting regularly at our house, he decided it was time to have them at … Continue reading

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hermeneutics, glermeneutics

Ok, so I know there is no such word as glermeneutics, but that’s what my brain feels like as I finish the second of two 200+ page books on hermeneutics in two weeks’ time. Don’t get me wrong – I’m … Continue reading

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quite a contrast

A lot of people consider November 21st as the official starting point of all that has happened over the last two years, since that was the date that then-president Victor Yanukovich refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European … Continue reading

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knows them personally

Occasionally it’s good to share thoughts from other folks, so here are the thoughts of someone we know who lives and works in Beirut.  Her husband teaches at a seminary like Mark does, and she works with refugees on a … Continue reading

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