Cross-Post – Hurry Up and Sing!

Just posted this on our Roma-Gypsy Team's blog, and thought I would share here, too: Yesterday we spent our last day of the school year at the Roma gymnasium on Galakticka street in Kosice. The school faces an uncertain future - it has recently been defunded by the Slovak government, and is in danger of... Continue Reading →

A Place to Belong

Last Sunday morning was a tough one for me. I want so much to be able to have good discussions with people in the Slovak language. But, I can’t always say what I want to say, or understand the responses from my sweet friends who try to use the simplest words they know. I had... Continue Reading →

Faith in Reverse

I often think of faith as being something that looks around and looks forward.  On a grand scale, we have faith that Jesus is going to come back, that God will one day set things right, that “every knee will bow and every tongue confess.”  On a more immediate scale, we have faith that God... Continue Reading →

Language Learning: Cultural Insights

If you’ve learned another language before, you know how important “content sets” are.  We almost always learn new words in groups according to their context.  You’d learn the names of vegetables as a group, for instance, or the rooms of the house, or parts of the body.  This method gives some order to the endless... Continue Reading →

Language Learning: Incarnation

What is mankind that you are mindful of us, human beings that you would care for us?  (Psalm 8:4, adapted from NIV) I’ve been thinking a lot about this language stuff recently, and the other day I had one of those moments that made me wonder why I even bother. We were sitting in a... Continue Reading →

Language Learning: Full-Time Job

Learning language and culture is hard.  It’s never-ending.  There’s no point at which you can say, “I’m done.  I know all there is to know.”  It’s always-changing, a process that causes you to re-evaluate what you knew yesterday and realize most of your assumptions were wrong.  It’s messy.  For a while you have the functional... Continue Reading →

Language Learning: The Inner War

Every day here in Košice, I wage war while I sip my morning coffee and review my tasks for the day. It’s not a video-game war, or a war with a friend over some online word game.  It’s an internal war – fighting with myself.  The argument typically goes something like this: “What are you... Continue Reading →

Not Forever…

I must admit, I’ve become a bit discouraged these last few weeks.  Thanks to seminary training and years of pastoring, I can successfully spiritualize waiting and compare it to Advent, .  But in the end I realized that our waiting is missing something.  Advent has an end point – December 25, to be precise.  Few things... Continue Reading →

Waiting on Purpose

I ask a question at the end of this post, and it’s not rhetorical – I’m interested to know how you wait purposefully during Advent and other times.  Please leave a comment! For people like us, in a society that’s focused on productivity, one of the hardest parts of waiting is finding a way to... Continue Reading →

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