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Book Review: Real

“If Sunday didn’t exist, would anyone know I was a follower of Jesus?” Have you ever asked yourself that question? I hadn’t, not with those exact words, until I read Jamie Synder’s book, Real. Published by Bethany House, Real reads in the same vein of David Platt’s Radical and Kyle … There's More →


Empty

I can’t

I can’t. His quick, interrupting answer took me a little off guard. I hadn’t finished my question and he had only begun to guess what it was that I would ask. I knew better than to ask what it was that he thought he couldn’t do. I also knew that he … There's More →


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The Imperialist Church

Today I noticed in that Facebook within a Facebook that we all hated about a year ago that one of my virtual friends liked a mega-church’s local campus in her neighborhood. I’m glad that she likes it. Really. I am happy for her. Maybe it’s a church that she can … There's More →


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The Missionary and the 10 fold Church: A True Allegory

allegory |ˈalɪg(ə)ri|noun ( pl. allegories )a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one: Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journey.• a symbol. Though written as an allegory, sadly the following account is not at all symbolic. Once upon a time a missionary preached on the miracle of … There's More →


Deep in Paris

Comme Si, Como What? English please.

Basically every night our supper table turns into a hodgepodge of languages. Up until recently it just ping-ponged from English to Portuguese, and whenever it got too far over to the latin side, I would come in sounding very authoritative. English please. We’re speaking English right now. When one starts … There's More →


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Book Review: Growing Up

Ever since I read, Accidental Missionary by Steve Murrell, I’ve determined to make discipleship the clear focus of our ministry here in Portugal. For the last several months I’ve been saying over and over to our church that we need to make disciples who also want to make other disciples. … There's More →


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Interview with Author Jeff Goins

Author Jeff Goins sat down with me recently to talk about his latest book, The In-Between. Please take a few minutes and check out our chat. The In-Between from Michael Andrzejewski on Vimeo. Jeff’s blog, goinswriter.com, has a bunch of great articles and resources for writers. My review of his … There's More →


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He’s a writer….

I have to be quiet, and when I’m not, he puts in his ear buds. His back is to me, as he pounds the keyboard. I fear he may wear out the backspace button soon. I don’t know how he stands the music that loud. I can almost make out … There's More →


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Breathe Deep and Believe

Eleven faithful men remained with the Master while one went to betray Him for a handful of worthless coins. As soon as they were alone, Jesus revealed to them His upcoming plans. He would go to the Father by way of the cross. He had to leave them and they … There's More →


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What God’s Doing in Northern Portugal

While what you read below isn’t all that God’s doing in northern Portugal, it gives you a little idea about what has gone on with our family and ministry lately. I wish that I could share more, but just know that His unseen hand is ever-present. Family It’s been a … There's More →


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The House of the devil

I apologize for the prolonged absence on the blog. We have been moving to a new house, and at the very same time, my computer decided to blow its logic board. I’m still awaiting its return, but was able to post from the iPad today. A few weeks ago as … There's More →


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Can These Bones Live?

Standing in the middle of an open grave, surrounded by remnants. Broken pieces of shattered lives. Decomposition has run its course, and only bones remain. Gone are the ligaments that once connected these bones. There’s no more cartilage or muscle tissue or vital organs. That’s what happens when death takes over. … There's More →


Salute to the Corps of Cadets

Bring Your A-Game

I wonder what it looked like when the disciples argued with each other. You had at least three sets of brothers in the twelve, and if you don’t think there was a bunch of squabbling, you probably don’t have any brothers or sisters. They harassed each other, got sick of … There's More →


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Best of…July

It’s been a few months since we’ve done a collection of “best of” links here on the blog. So, go with us on a trip down memory lane. For those of you who don’t know, Nina started her blog, Portugal Bound, waaayyy back in 2007. It has gone through stops … There's More →


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Book Review: The In-Between

I don’t know exactly when I first discovered Jeff Goins’s writing, but since that day I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything that I’ve read. Writing with both conviction and familiarity, reading Goins is like having a conversation with an old high school buddy. You instantly know that he cares not only about … There's More →


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Coaching and Preaching

Everybody on this side of the ball needs to drive his man to the sideline, and everybody on this side of the ball needs to drive his man to the other sideline! As much as I tried to explain, they just weren’t getting the concept. After a few repetitions it still wasn’t clicking, so I went … There's More →


The kindness of strangers

Make a Mark

You’re going to meet someone today. They may change your life, or you may never see them again for the rest of eternity. You’ll meet someone today and create a memory. Depending upon the depth of your conversation or the magnitude of your gesture, you’ll make an impact on somebody. … There's More →


Where Angels Cry

No man, Lord

With so much disdain, they shoved her down before him, the one that they called Master in public, but the Threat, in private. They hated him more than her. They hated him more than what they caught her doing. They had just dragged her away, hastily ripping the two lovers … There's More →


Footsteps

Why do you follow Jesus?

Why do you follow Jesus? Who is he to you? For some he is a strange sort of magician. People follow him because they want to see what he’s going to do next. They want to be fascinated and astounded by the wonderful power that he has. They constantly want … There's More →


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Lean into it

He holds his hands up, just above his head, palms skyward as he walks to the car. His head already wet from the morning cow-lick correction, he just wants to feel the rain on his palms. It’s better that way. It makes sense when you’re six. He finally relents and … There's More →


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