Blast From The Past

Unplugging

I am turning off the computer, and will be offline for about a week. Tomorrow morning we will be leaving for the city of Petrolina, and from there to Treasure Island camp where our puppet team will be helping with a camp for street kids. I will be sure to take lots of pictures, and…

Brazil News and Views

Thoughts on Today’s Game

Today, Brazil beat the US in a soccer match. Nothing new there. What is new is that the US had Brazil 2 to 0 at the first half, thus providing their fans with the hope that they might actually pull it off. This was not to be. Brazil showed up in the second half and…

Blast From The Past

Vintage Post: That Vision Thing

August 16th will mark six years of continuous blogging here at Comings Communiqué. In commemoration of that august event, I am going to resurrect some of the best posts buried deep in the archives of the blog. This one comes from the first month of the blog’s existence: Vision for the Future When God gives…

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Barbalha During São João

The June festivals here in northeast Brazil bring out the creative and decorative aspects of the culture, more than any other event. Though they are sadly steeped in Catholic tradition, they are very colorful and festive–and I enjoy walking the streets this time of year. There is one street in particular that I have always…

Brazil News and Views

The Difference One Letter Makes…

Last night I was going perusing my student’s blogs, and came upon this post. I know he meant to say “encarnação”, which would have meant “incarnation”. But he left out the letter “r”, and so it became “encanação”–plumbing. Thus, the title of the article reads “The Plumbing of Christ”. Upon hearing of this, one of…

Book Reviews

Book Review: Jonathan Edwards, A Life

After reading some biographies, the reader comes away feeling like they know more about the subject. As I turned the last page of George M. Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards, A Life, I felt like I actually knew Jonathan Edwards. So in-depth and personal is Marsden’s treatment that there is no doubt the author knows his subject…

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Meet Eder

Many of you will remember that back in October we had an adventure in the state of Minas Gerais, which involved our truck breaking down on our way to a conference. While stranded in the little town of Curvelo, I was asked to speak at a small Baptist church. After the service we met the…

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Al Qaeda in Brazil

I have blogged before about Al Qaeda using Brazil as a base of operations. The story below shows just how easy it is for them to take advantage of the lax laws here (and almost non-existent anti-terror effort) to have pretty much free reign. Note, this article is part of a translation of the original…

Brazil News and Views

A Little Time Travel

By my calculations, Itacyara and I are part of the third generations of BMM missionaries to serve in this part of Brazil. It is always helpful to me–especially when I am tempted to think that times are tough–to go back and look at how the first generation lived and worked. Recently Philip McLain–son of Guy…