My ministry here at FaithSearch is by and large behind the scenes. I’m not usually the one out front bringing the Gospel with evidence to people around the world. I produce stuff (books, DVDs, PowerPoint® presentations, newsletters, etc.) which are used in the ministry, but I don’t always get to see or experience them in action.
On occasion, however, I am quite emphatically blessed to hear how I am intimately involved in making a difference—most often without having been previously aware of it. That’s what happened Wednesday. Continue reading
We’re deep in the midst of preparation for our annual “Friends of FaithSearch Benefit Dinner.” This year it will be held on Saturday, April 27, at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN. I hope you’ll consider joining us. You can get full details on our Gospel with Evidence blog. You can order tickets online; PLUS if you order by March 1, you get a $5 discount.
This year we will be amazed by the illusion of Adrian Van Vactor, an old friend of FaithSearch, and a world-renowned illusionist. (Read details about Adrian’s ministry as associate evangelist for FaithSearch.) The theme for the event is “Take the sword of the Spirit,” based on Ephesians 6:17.
While we’re getting ready for this, we’re also trying to get the French translation of Surprised by Faith updated to reflect the changes made for the third edition. Please join us in praying we will be able to get the updated text translated and into the layout as quickly as possible.
Pray, too, for the ministry’s finances, and for the development of my personal support team. That’s all for now. Thanks again for your interest, prayers, and support of my ministry.
Surprised by Faith, THIRD Edition
At last! We received our shipment of the newly revised, THIRD Edition of Surprised by Faith. I’m very happy with how it turned out, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Now we will begin using it to continue proclaiming the Gospel with evidence.
For fun, here’s a little video I made about the “birth” of the book as it comes out of the bindery.
There are new features in this edition, including:
- Updated scientific and historical evidence, particularly the analysis of the relative number of manuscripts among various recognized documents from antiquity;
- New material on the nature of faith;
- Transition material between the chapters, highlighting the “Ah-ha!” discoveries along the way. This ties the book more closely to the FaithSearch Discovery presentation, for which it is the text.
If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so. We hear time and again from people who say, “I wish someone had told me this earlier!” And the most common comment after our events presenting this material is, “I wish I had known how powerful and good this would be; I would have brought my friends.” Check out our calendar for an event near you, and bring your friends.
Thanks for making it possible for me to work on this and other projects here at FaithSearch.
Let it be said that it has been a busy summer. Already it’s fall: the leaves are bursting into a bright palette of color; the air is nippy at night; the kids are back in school; and the NFL season is in full swing. We at FaithSearch were on partial hours this summer to keep payroll costs down, and there was more than enough work to do during the remaining time. Now we’re back to full time, and it seems the work has expanded even more!
I just want to let you know that I’m still here and that we are still proclaiming the Gospel with evidence. Witness a couple of projects I’m slowly but surely ushering toward completion… Continue reading
Well, the “busy week” continues, but I have at least managed to complete three of the tasks I had before me. We got the first version of our calendar year-end letter out last week; the new phone system was installed this week (still some adjustments to be made); and I finished about ninety hours of video editing to produce a commemorative DVD of our 2012 Benefit Dinner. I just dropped it off to be duplicated so now all we have to do is wait for it. We’re sending one out to each donor, so look for yours in a couple of weeks. It was fun to revisit the presentations, and to enjoy our hilarity provided by our emcee, the very funny star of Triple Espresso, Mr. Bob Stromberg.
Pray that God will use this DVD to continue to stir interest and involvement among the “friends of FaithSearch.” We’re on reduced salary again this summer; and on summer hours, too. The office is open Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. We covet your prayers that we will soon resume solid financial footing, to keep focused on ”our Father’s business.”
Now I will take a deep breath, and jump back into the queue of projects awaiting my attention, especially including but not limited to: the letter to accompany the DVD; re-editing and reprinting Surprised by Faith (in English); finalizing and printing the French language edition; and fortifying my personal support team.
Until next time…
Speaking of being under water… I’m in the midst of a tremendous crush of deadlines over the next few weeks. Pray for guidance, efficiency and patience: It’s all mission critical work, and it all has to be done right now!
Here’s what I mean: Continue reading
I’ve spent the last few months (barely) keeping my head above water. (There I am with the water theme again… Hmmmm.) So let’s see if I can get the hang of this blogging business. What’s on the top of my mind right now?
A friend was visiting the office today and we got to discussing (among other things) something he heard on the radio about a former pastor turned atheist. A question was raised, which he relayed to me, about whether humans are truly eternal beings, or merely temporal—unless and until they profess faith in Christ, at which point they are granted eternal life. Presumably the assumption is that if you don’t have eternal life, you are annihilated at death, not sent to eternal punishment. Continue reading
Some who read this may not be in Minnesota. Whether you are or not, no doubt you recognize the change of seasons: It’s starting to be fall here. The trees are beginning to exhibit LOTS of color (AHHHHHHH!) and there is a chill in the air at night. This is absolutely my FAVORITE season of the year.
This past weekend, Judy and I experienced parents weekend at the University of Minnesota with our younger daughter Anna. We walked all over the campus and enjoyed seeing things, some old, some new, some gone. (The building in which I worked after attending the U, Wesbrook Hall, is simply no longer there.) Continue reading
Perhaps I should be lowering the bar… My intention to update this blog in three quick spurts EACH WEEK seems to be exceedingly beyond what I can accomplish! It made sense, at some point, that I would provide a personal update, a ministry update, and a prayer/support-raising update. These three areas of my ministry here seem the natural dividing lines but alas, I’ve barely been able to make time for one update in a month! Gasp!!!
Hmmm, only one person has brought this dearth of details to my attention. Is anybody else reading this?
I guess that should be the first prayer request: that I find time more faithfully to communicate what’s going on here. And there is a LOT going on, hence my full days have prevented me from taking time to reflect on, er, my full days.
Well, it has been almost a month since I last communicated through this blog. It will be a little bit longer still before I report in significant detail, but here’s the bottom line: I’m still here!
We have moved into our new office space (photos and details to follow). It was/is a LOT of work, and it will be a while yet before I feel fully moved in. The ministry work won’t wait, however, so I’m fitting unpacking among the meetings and production work and phone calls and decisions that must be addressed.
In the mean time, both of our girls have moved to their college communities (one in TX, and one in MN). We’re SO proud of them and eager to see how God uses them.
This is an exciting time for FaithSearch International, and the potential impact for the Kingdom has never been greater. I will resume trying to communicate some of my excitement, er, well, how about tomorrow?
Until then, I remain, your faithful servant, in need of your prayers.