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This month’s picture -- December 2023 mission trip to Honduras: never pass up an opportunity to share the Good News with those who will listen! [Click picture to enlarge.]

Honduras Bible study

Effective ministry and mission work is a team effort. Jan and I have shared ministry and mission work for 55 years! Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob" or "Hermano Bob," I am also known as dad and papa (pa-paw). One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with hot sauce and a cup of rich coffee! The greatest joy of my life is being part of the kingdom of Jesus my King. My #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to share the Good News about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by many people around the world!


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  • RECENT ARTICLES: "bits from bob..." and "W.O.W."

  • Word Of the Week Index
  • 12.27.23 | W.O.W: Shalom
  • 12.20.23 | W.O.W: Ponder
  • 12.13.23 | W.O.W: Logos
  • 12.6.23 | W.O.W: Stamina
  • 11.20.23 | W.O.W: Thanksaction
  • 11.15.23 | W.O.W: Pilgrim
  • 11.8.23 | W.O.W: Gravity
  • 11.1.23 | W.O.W: Amachos
  • 10.11.23 | W.O.W: Truthing [Eph. 4:15]
  • 10.4.23 | W.O.W: Avoidance
  • 9.27.23 | W.O.W: Narcissism
  • 9.6.23 | W.O.W: Normal
  • 8.30.23 | W.O.W: Won
  • 8.23.23 | W.O.W: WWJS
  • 8.16.23 | W.O.W: Rescue
  • 8.9.23 | W.O.W: Treasure
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  • RECENT ARTICLES: Sunday Reflections

  • 8.13.23 | Sunday: Taking Church for Audit
  • 8.6.23 | Sunday: Contemplating "Us"
  • 7.23.23 | Sunday: Did You Follow Jesus or Did You Do Your Own Thing?
  • 7.16.23 | Sunday: Time for an Attitude Check
  • 7.9.23 | Sunday: Thinking the Faith
  • 6.30.23 | Sunday: Surrender to What Counts
  • 6.18.23 | Sunday: Restoring God's Priorities
  • 6.11.23 | Sunday: When the Sermon Comes to Life
  • 6.4.23 | Sunday: Spirituality and the Holy Spirit
  • 5.29.23 | Sunday: Remembering with Hope [Memorial Day weekend]
  • 5.21.23 | Sunday: Looking to Jesus (Hebrews)
  • Autobiographical Articles

  • The Goal of My Life--Jesus and His Kingdom
  • Reflections: Today Would Have Been My Mother's 99th Birthday
  • If I Quit For Six Months
  • People Who Get a Lot Done
  • Planting Trees--Hope and the Holy Spirit
  • Describing My Ministry and Mission Work
  • Reflections of a Rationalist Reductionist Restorationist
  • Journey to Understanding: Christ-Centered
  • Personal Mission Statement: A Good Use of Life
  • The Essence of Local Church Ministry: Autobiographical Reflections
  • Doing What We Hoped to Do
  • The Unthinkable
  • 2020-2022 Pandemic Articles

  • The Church and the Pandemic #1: The Pandemic and Loneliness
  • The Church and the Pandemic #2: This Is the Church's Moment
  • Your Concept of Christianity Is in Clear View
  • It's Time to Be Light
  • Pandemic: What Is God Saying?
  • Still Doing What I Was Doing Before
  • Unbelievers Are Searching
  • Bible Reading Declines During Pandemic
  • Pandemic Anniversary: Time for Spiritual Evaluation
  • Is Our Experience during the Pandemic Calling the Church toward Simplicity?
  • Evangelism, Baptisms, and Church Planting Increase During the Pandemic
  • Seasonal and Holidays

  • New Year: 2023: Avoiding Distractions, Doing God's Work
  • New Year: 2021: Don't Drop the Ball!
  • New Year: Evaluate Last Year's Resolutions Before Making New Ones!
  • New Year: When the Year Is New but I Am Not [sermon]
  • New Year: End the Old Year Well [sermon, Psalm 23]
  • New Year: Start the New Year Right [sermon, Psalm 23]
  • New Year: Overcoming the Fear of Challenges [New Year's Sermon, Philippians 3:12-14]
  • New Year: Becoming More Like Christ in the New Year: Disciplines of Discipleship
  • New Year: BOLD in the New Year
  • New Year: Let Us Shine in 2009
  • New Year: A Building for God in the New Year
  • New Year: The New Year: A Time for Doing, Loving, Hoping
  • New Year: New Beginnings
  • New Year: Better Than Resolutions--Set Goals
  • New Year: For the New Year
  • New Year: Welcome to a New Year
  • New Year: Run with Perseverance [Hebrews 12:1]
  • Palm Sunday: Palm Sunday Reflections [article and sermon]
  • Palm Sunday: Jesus Wants You to Know Peace [sermon notes]
  • Easter: Resurrection Reflections: Beginnings and Endings
  • Easter: Easter: A Good Time to Rethink the Gospel
  • Easter: Mourning the Passing of EASTER!
  • Easter: A Changing World: Are We in Danger of Suffocating Easter?
  • Easter: Why Does the Date of Easter Change?
  • Easter: Easter Monday: Hopeful Sunday--Hopeless Monday
  • Mother's Day: Mother's Day 2021--My 73rd Mother's Day
  • Mother's Day: My 62nd Mother's Day
  • Mother's Day: Mothers: Quotations
  • Mother's Day: Seven Characteristics of Effective Mothers
  • Mother's Day: Before I Was A Mom
  • Father's Day: Father's Day: Christian Men Who Glorify God [2019]
  • Father's Day: Father's Day Sermon [2010]
  • Father's Day: Father's Day: Everyone Has a Heavenly Father [2004]
  • Father's Day: Father's Day: A Poem [2003]
  • Father's Day: Father's Day: Two Great Stories
  • Father's Day: Father's Day: Four Principles
  • July 1: Christian Living: Do You Need to Make Halftime Adjustments?
  • July 1: Half-Time [2015]
  • Labor Day: Developing a Biblical Theology of Work
  • Fall: Thinking About Fall's Flight Patterns
  • Halloween: Halloween and Missions
  • Halloween: Halloween--Bless the Unitarians!
  • Elections: A Bright Spot Before the Election
  • Elections: God and My Telephone: Reflecting on Political Calls
  • Veteran's Day: On Honoring Our Veterans
  • Thanksgiving: George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
  • Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Declaration, George Washington, 1789
  • Thanksgiving: Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful?
  • Thanksgiving: Gratitude: An Indication that the Kingdom is Present
  • Thanksgiving: Reflecting on Michigan Thanksgivings
  • Christmas: Christmas Hymns
  • Christmas: Reflecting on Michigan Christmases
  • Christmas: What does the Bible say about the date of Jesus' birth?
  • Christmas: Christmas Trees? [Jeremiah 10]
  • Christmas: Immanuel: God With Us [Matthew 1]
  • Christmas: A Christmas Invitation
  • Christmas: Christmas Reflections
  • Christmas: Christmas in Context
  • Christmas: Why I Preach the Nativity Stories
  • Christmas: Grace and Glory: A Sermon for the Christmas Season [Titus 2]
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: Joy to the World
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: A Savior, Christ the Lord
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: Resolutions--Seek, Share, Serve
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: Listen and Believe
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: When God Came Near
  • Christmas: Getting Ready for Christmas
  • Christmas: How to Have a Faith-Building Christmas
  • Reprints [Author Unknown]

  • The Fellowship of the Unashamed
  • God Knows
  • Hymns for the "Over 50" Crowd
  • Indian Version of the Twenty-Third Psalm
  • It Depends On Whose Hands It's In!
  • Lord, Make a Regular Man Out of Me
  • Parable of the Pencil
  • Prayer of Abandonment
  • Reasons to Smile
  • Seven Things I Have Tried
  • Ten Commandments for Getting Along with People
  • Ten Most Wanted Individuals
  • Ten Principles for Life
  • Three Things
  • Two Horses
  • Not Classified

  • The Impact of Civic Religion in the United States
  • Can Christian Education Teach Moral Autonomy?
  • Written Up or Written Down?
  • On Whom Should the Dogs Be Set? [sexuality in our culture]
  • 2004: Passionate Because of "The Passion"
  • 2004: Reflections on the 2004 Oklahoma Christian Lectureship
  • Biblical: Textual Articles

    Old Testament
    The Rock of Our Salvation [Joseph, Genesis 39-50]
    We Need More Hurs [Exodus 17]
    Life With God's Presence [Exodus 33]
    Leadership: Doing God's Will God's Way [Exodus 17; Numbers 20]
    Principles for Warfare [Deuteronomy 20]
    Leadership Principles [Joshua 6]
    Are You the Deliverer God is Sending? [Judges 3]
    Come Out of the Stronghold [1 Samuel 22]
    Finding God in the Valleys of Life [1 Kings 20:28]
    A Mind to Work [Nehemiah 4]
    A MAP for Reading the Psalms
    Understanding the Psalms
    Like Streams of Water [Psalm 1]
    The God Who Hears Answers [Psalm 4]
    If the Foundations Be Removed.... [Psalm 11]
    Psalm 23!
    Holiness from the Top Down [Psalm 23]
    A Prayer Guide from Psalm 27
    Waiting in Stillness [Psalm 46]
    Teach Us To Number Our Days [Psalm 90]
    Isaiah: Theologian of Promise
    Finding Stability in an Unstable World [Isaiah 33:5-6]
    Lament [Lamentations 3]
    Staying in Love! [Hosea 2]

    New Testament
    "Trust" in the Sermon on the Mount: A Model for Applying Wisdom Literature [Matt. 5-7]
    Matthew 6: The Topic is Trust Not Treasures
    When Will You Live? [Matthew 6:33-34]
    Seek Ye First.... [Matthew 6:34]
    The Secret of the Easy Yoke [Matthew 11]
    Religious or Righteous? [Matthew 19]
    Leading Cross-Culturally: Kingdom Vision and Values [Matt. 19-20]
    First Things First [Matthew 22]
    Identity Is Essential to Being Able to Love [Matthew 22:34-40]
    Touch [Gospel of Mark]
    Amazing! [Gospel of Mark]
    Fear and Faith [Gospel of Mark]
    Giving from Abundance [Mark 12:41-44]
    Nobodies [Luke]
    Are You Salty? [Luke 14]
    Using God--Luke 15 Revisited
    Gratitude [Luke 17]
    Gratitude: An Indication that the Kingdom is Present [Luke 17]
    It's All About Jesus [John 1]
    The Power of Unity [John 17]
    Living in the Post-Resurrection World [John 21]
    Waiting on the Spirit [Acts 1-2]
    A Weapon of Mass Salvation [Romans 1:16]
    Love the Lord With All Your Mind [Romans 1]
    United or Untied? [Romans 14]
    Paul's Ministry: Reevaluating our Preaching [Romans 15:14]
    What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? [1 Corinthians survey]
    Your Sure Calling and Confident Election [1 Cor 1]
    What Kind of People Should We Be? [1 Cor 2-3]
    What has God called you to do in his Kingdom work? [1 Cor 3]
    God Makes the Church a Community [1 Cor 12-14]
    Made to Be Sin [2 Cor 5:21]
    Getting Ready in the Desert [Galatians 1]
    Spiritual Cannibalism [Galatians 5]
    Living Above the Law [Galatians 5]
    What is God's View of the Church? [Ephesians 1-3]
    Is Jesus at Home?--The Christian Walk [Ephesians 3-5]
    Criticism [Ephesians 4]
    A Top Ten List for Healing Hurts [Ephesians 4:25-32]
    Marriage Warning Signs [Ephesians 5:21-32]
    Fight the Good Fight [Ephesians 6]
    Pray in the Spirit [Ephesians 6:18]
    Have You Seen Jesus? [Colossians 1]
    The Work of God [Colossians 1]
    Passing the Baton: Key to a Successful Relay Race [2 Timothy]
    Giving All Diligence [2 Timothy 2:15]
    Be Diligent! [2 Timothy 2:15]
    Land Your Ship, Do Not Drift By [Hebrews 2:1-4]
    Hope, Help, and Home (#1) [Hebrews 9]
    Keys to Perseverance [Hebrews 10]
    Called to Faithfulness [Hebrews 11-12]
    Run with Perseverance [Hebrews 12:1]
    Endurance [Heb. 12:1-2]
    Confidence [Heb. 13:6,8]
    Holiness from the Top Down [1 Peter 1]
    Living Hope--Dead Hope [1 Pet. 1:3-5]
    As Living Stones [1 Peter 1-2]
    A Word Against Ungodliness [Jude 15]
    Church Vital Signs [Revelation 2-3]

    Foundations Series
    [Note: This series of eleven articles, plus an introduction, was written in 2000 at the turn of the millennium. It treats topics of fundamental importance for the faith journey of the church in the context of the contemporary society and culture.]
    Is the Bible Truth?
    Is the Bible Inspired?
    How Should the Bible Be Interpreted?
    What is the Nature of the Church?
    Can We Achieve Unity?
    The Relationship Between the Church and the World
    What is the Christian Experience?
    What is the Christian Hope?
    What is the Christian Mission?
    Human Nature
    What Does It Mean to Live as a Christian?

    2020 Vision Series
    [Note: This series, rewritten in December 2019, is an update of the Foundations Series (see immediately above). This new edition of the series seeks to ask what the church must think and do in the next ten years -- the decade of 2020-2029 -- to have a viable voice in the contemporary society and culture. How can the church develop 20/20 vision for the year 2020 and beyond?]
    Introduction to the Series
    #1: Truth and the Bible
    #2: Bible Inspiration
    #3: Bible Interpretation
    #4: The Nature of the Church
    #5: The Unity of the Church
    #6: The Church and the World
    #7: Distinguishing the Christian Experience
    #8: The Christian Mission
    #9: Defining the Christian Hope
    #10: The Divine-Human Nature
    #11: What does it mean to live as a Christian?

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