Success in God’s “Upside Down” Kingdom

Modern society is success oriented. But toward a success which is measurable, provable, and usually enviable. Successful businesses earn more money. Successful parents turn out children who become professionals, who in turn climb to the top of their profession. And successful writers publish best sellers.  But what does success mean in God's upside down kingdom, … Continue reading Success in God’s “Upside Down” Kingdom

How to Cultivate a Faith Deeply Rooted Like the Olive Tree

Olives and olive trees were important in Bible times and Scripture, providing food, ointment, illumination, and in the making of soap. Our 30 years of serving here in Italy, have given me ample opportunity to observe the trees (right in our backyard), talk to farmers, and study them in Scripture. And I have come to … Continue reading How to Cultivate a Faith Deeply Rooted Like the Olive Tree