Thoughts from Mark

Be a Bethany

Be a Bethany

Eastern Europe is a land of castles. There are thousands of them spread out across the plains, rolling hills and mountains. Some are preserved and offer a journey back in time, others teeter on the edge of ruin. But each holds a collection of stories—stories of real...

I Am These Sheep

I Am These Sheep

Autumn weather in the Carpathian mountains is unpredictable. The shepherd, resilient and adaptable, must change his tactics as often as the trail turns.  His walk with the sheep back down from the mountain highlands to the villages traverses ninety miles in six days—a...

Water is Life

Water is Life

Lazy waves lap against a gently sloping shore. A light breeze—barely cool to us, but cold to the natives—dances across my bare arms, the only coolness to be felt today. The morning is a symphony for the senses: the pungeant smell of fish; the squawking of birds as...

Occupy

Occupy

The wind whistles soft through the trees atop the bluff overlooking Omaha beach. The pathway winding though the trees opens up to manicured lawns and symmetrical rows of crosses at the American Armed forces memorial. These are the men and women who gave their lives in...

Heroes

Heroes

A distant air raid siren splits the night in the western Ukrainian city of Lutsk. The air defense warnings are mostly ignored here because they rarely result in an actual attack--but the anxiety is always in the air. The people of Lutsk are no strangers to the...

Gospel ADHD

Gospel ADHD

Gospel ADHD On our recent trip to Europe, we realized something profound about the gospel: it is dangerously easy to get sidetracked from the good news of Jesus and fall into a performance-based, religious mindset that completely subverts the gospel. This is true for...

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