You Win, Daddy! (Re-post)
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You Win, Daddy! (Re-post)

The following is a re-post of an article I wrote eleven years ago. I seriously doubt the outcome of such a contest would be the same today. “When I say ‘three’ Daddy, we are going to race to the car.” This familiar challenge came from my five-year-old son. His eyes danced with the anticipation that…

The Great Commission Revisited (Repost)
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The Great Commission Revisited (Repost)

This is a repost of an article from 2003, back when I was brand new at the whole blogging thing. We were at the very beginning of our missionary career at the time, and I was just cutting my teeth as a writer. While I might express a couple things differently, time and experience have…

Showdown at the Grand Hotel
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Showdown at the Grand Hotel

Several years ago I wrote this short story, with the idea of shopping it around to publishers. I was unsuccessful at that, so here it is, for your enjoyment. If you like what you read, I’ve also written two books. Michael “One Bullet” Brandt licked his parched lips and scanned the street that stretched before…

Four Words that Change Everything
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Four Words that Change Everything

The following is adapted from the most recent edition of a monthly e-mail I send to my BMM colleagues in NE Brazil. I was strolling through a local supermarket the other day, idly listening to the Christmas carols being blasted over the sound system. Somewhere between Bing Crosby’s somewhat out of place White Christmas and…

When the Coach Takes the MVP Out of the Game
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When the Coach Takes the MVP Out of the Game

“What are you thinking, coach?” What sports fan has never found himself hollering those words at the TV as they helplessly watch the coach of their favorite team remove the star player from the game? What soccer mom has never screamed those words at the youth-league coach as the best kid (usually her kid) is…

Missing my Friend
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Missing my Friend

This happened four years ago today. The wound is still surprisingly fresh. Did you enjoy this post? Consider making a donation to our ministry in Brazil. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.. This means that clicking on these Amazon links and making purchases is one way you can help our work. Also,…

The Lasting Legacy of “Seu Tomé”
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The Lasting Legacy of “Seu Tomé”

My first encounter with Tom Willson was in 1989, in a missionary prayer meeting in Juazeiro do Norte, CE, Brazil. I was a skinny 17 year-old kid, and Tom was a veteran missionary. After a devotional and a time of prayer, Tom took me aside and gave me a quick overview of the Juazeiro’s culture…