Author: David

America and the Church at a Crossroads

No, this is not one of those article bashing your candidate or promoting mine. This isn’t even one of those calling for a “return to our values” or lamenting the moral state of America. I’m not advocating for a particular position or going to instruct you on how to vote biblically, I’m just sad and…

Taste and See

Have you ever had a ripe(1) persimmon on a crisp day in October? I’m sad to say, despite priding myself on a broad palate and a love of eating locally and seasonally, it’s something I’ve only recently discovered. This is my seventh autumn in Italy and every year right around this time I see the…

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig!

Just wanted to write a brief update to let you know that after an unimaginable summer we are safely back home in Bologna. In classic Italian fashion our internet wasn’t working when we returned and our service provider was happy to fix it sometime within a month or so. The result is a little frustration…

Manna in the Wilderness

This summer we returned to the States on a 9 week “Home Assignment,” an opportunity to speak to churches, reconnect with supporters and tell people the ways God is moving in Italy. To say the summer didn’t go like we planned would be an understatement. To say that life spun entirely out of control would…

Please Pray with Us (Bologna Prayer Chain)

Here we go again. And I can’t wait! There are over 100,000 students at the University of Bologna. They bear a striking resemblance to the ones you see scattered around the cities in which most of you live. Laughter and loud conversations echo loudly in piazzas around town. They carry backpacks heavily laden with books,…

Real Life in Italy

When many of our american friends imagine our life in Italy I’m sure they picture us sipping wine on a balcony with a gondola floating by or eating spaghetti and meatballs (which doesn’t exist, by the way) while overlooking the Colosseum. Yes, Venice and Rome are incredible, the Tuscan hills are beautiful and the food…

only You can heal.

This week we received news from the surgeons that Dad is a great candidate for a liver resection and a difficult procedure designed to fight the cancer that has spread to his abdomen. The fact that these procedures even exist is a testament to how far cancer treatment has advanced and the fact that this…

The Ballad of Ladan

Last week I was in Florence for an afternoon with a summer intern. While he was off doing a little shopping for gifts i stepped into a cafe to Skype with missionary friends of ours in Africa. During this conversation a young man, having heard me speaking english to my friends, tapped me on the…

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