A Child of All Nations

A Child of All Nations

Stolen from a book title by my favorite Indonesian author, the late Pramoedya Ananta Toer, the title of this blog post captures the essence of what I consider my life personal statement, to be a child of all nations. I consider the entire world as a classroom and...

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Book List: My Top 20

Book List: My Top 20

My favorite books, in no particular order. May change in the future. Education by Ellen White* The Places in Between by Rory Stewart* The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel* Man Is Not Alone by Abraham Joshua Heschel* God, Gödel, and Grace by Clifford Goldstein* The...

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Home in Prayer

Home in Prayer

There is a quiet place, carved in neither space nor time, where two worlds meet and two beings linger. Two diametrically opposed persons, one is love and the other selfish. Yet in this quiet place, there is perfect comfort and complete acceptance. I seem to know of...

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Save the Best for Now

Save the Best for Now

One of the things that my childhood best friend and I used to do a lot was to dress up in the same clothes. Our moms would buy us the same t-shirts or the same dresses in different colors, as if to say to the world, "Yea, we hang together." There was one time though...

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It’s Personal

It’s Personal

As a canvasser a few years ago, I was often told that when people reject me at the door, don't be discouraged, since they're not rejecting me, they're rejecting the One who sent me. While I understand where they're coming from, I never fully agree with that counsel. I...

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The Art of Answering Questions

The Art of Answering Questions

Or, The Joy of Meeting Fascinating People Recently, I had the awesome privilege of meeting a brilliant educator from Indonesia, who, for me, was the best question-answerer I’ve ever met. He sat on a panel discussion, and the way he answered questions was just so…...

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The Bridge to Eternity

The Bridge to Eternity

Twenty six plus years of being a Sabbath keeper are not enough to exhaust the multifacetedness of this holy day. Perhaps nothing less than eternity will suffice. Sitting in my Sabbath School class last week like a good Adventist, and catching up on the week's lesson...

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Ennobling Humanity

Ennobling Humanity

On Valentine’s Day this past week, for the first time ever, I officially became a microfinancier through Kiva.org. I suppose it was my way of spreading love around the world. I’ve been meaning to experiment with microfinance for a while, and though my knowledge on the...

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Second Chances

Second Chances

Have you ever Messed up badly And you know it’s entirely your fault   Then you ask for a second chance Not because you deserve it But because your Master is kind   He gives it to you And things are as though the mistake never happened You know that you are...

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