The Pioneering Minority plus God by Joy Dawson

This is one of the most encouraging and challenging messages I’ve heard in a long time. Can you believe that Joy Dawson is 84 years old? She is so alive and full of conviction. She’s a great, no-nonsense Bible teacher. I like how she makes no apologies for sharing verse after verse. Unlike some speakers, […]

Chengdu SaaS Startup Feasibility

Is it feasible to setup an R&D unit in Chengdu, China as a way to “jump start” my SaaS startup and get it to scale? A feasibility study is one of the first requirements when submitting an application to the Chinese government to set up a wholly foreign owned enterprise (WFOE) in China. This post […]

Investing in China’s Second Tier Cities

Setting up businesses in a second tier city, rather than in first tier cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou or Shenzhen, is certainly less-glamorous. But they are certainly not without their benefits: cheaper labor costs (with comparable quality to that of first tier cities) cheaper rent cheaper energy costs favorable local policies steady flow of […]

Learning Mandarin Chinese in Chengdu

Learning the Chinese language is a great way to start out if you are relocating to China. It’s also a great way to get a student visa to officially stay in China for more than 30, 60 or 90 days at a time (i.e., the typical limits of a tourist visa). So your question is […]

Keep Current with New Music on YouTube

I’d never been one to spend hours on YouTube “just cuz”… browsing around. But today I discovered a great use for YouTube. People upload all kinds of music videos with songs from all kinds of artists. In the old days, you’d have to listen to the radio to learn new songs or just go our […]

Doctor Who: Animated Mini-Series

Doctor Who is one of my favorite sci-fi shows. Two animated mini series have been released: The Infinite Quest (2007) and Dreamland (2009) with David Tennant as voice talent for The Doctor. You can watch both mini series, with all episodes, in the YouTube playlists below. I have to admit though that they are pretty […]

Video Playlists for Small Groups

My wife has had severe nausea due to pregnancy for the last five weeks. For two Sundays we were house bound. So we had church at home. We had worship on YouTube and watched a sermon on iBethel.tv. Church in bed was great! Praise God for the Internet! Last night we were talking to some […]

To Chengdu, or not to Chengdu?

Photo by Maik Lindner We are planning on taking the plunge into the unknown. Should we relocate to China? Right now we are considering the city of Chengdu (成都), the capital of the Sichuan (四川) province, known for its spicy food. Chengdu is a city of 4.75 million people with another 6.5 million in its […]

Great Mate Traits

The Bible teaches Christians to not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever when entering into partnering relationships (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). The reasoning behind this command, like all other commands in Scripture, is not to lay oppressive burdens upon people designed to control or limit them. Instead, we will be blessed when we obey these wise […]

Newsletter March 2010

Dear friends and family, So much has happened since the beginning of the year when we sent out our last newsletter. We … went to Taiwan applied for China visas to visit friends in Chengdu (Truman) preached at a Brazilian church all caught a stomach virus (and learned about household hygiene) celebrated birthday week for […]

Hi-Fi Prophets Don’t Judge

If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last […]

Long Robes, Long Prayers, Long Noses

And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long […]

380円 per month Wireless Gate Wifi with BB Mobilepoint in Japan

I finally just figured out how to sign into the paid wifi account I signed up for a month ago with Wireless Gate‘s Yodobashi 380 yen per month plan. That’s a great price! But making it work for an English speaker is not a simple task. It took a lot of Google Translating of their […]

Keep Both Parents From Getting Sick

Noah got sick on Tuesday and by Thursday night both Elisabeth and I vomited twice and ended up sleeping away all day and night on Friday and much of Saturday. Thankfully Elisabeth’s family are nearby and they helped us watch Noah both on Friday and Saturday so we could recover. But we may move soon […]

The Hundred Ten Percent

Ten Healed of Leprosy (Luke 17:11-19) Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he […]

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