The group photo. Mexico. 2007.

The group photo. Mexico. 2007.

 

You may be wondering what has kept us from posting a regular update for 2015. Well, we actually have been. It’s been our Photo of the Day project. However, that is not on this particular blog page. You can follow our Photo of the Day project on the AMPPhotos WordPress blog:

https://ampphotos.wordpress.com/

Between the updating of the AMPPhotos site daily and our summer projects, it has been a busy year so far. We are also undergoing an expansion. So, please stay with us as we grow and revamp our online presence. We will continue promoting missions and following our Lord!

This fall we will roll out a new website and social-media presence. These are exciting times! Please continue to pray with us for God’s blessing and leading.

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Hatred in a Graveyard

3 January, 2015

Serbian Graveyard. Kosovo. 2009.

Serbian graveyard. Kosovo. 2009.

The nature of hatred; even the dead are despised, unwelcome.

This graveyard is located just outside of Mitrovica, Kosovo. It is a Serbian graveyard. The ethnic Albanians have desecrated the graves of those interred here. The hatred runs so deep that even the dead have no peace.

AMPP was in Kosovo assisting missionaries who work in Priština in adult education and church support. I spoke with some Albanian Kosovars about the ever-present KFOR (Kosovo Force international peacekeepers.) I asked one man when he thought Kosovo would be stabilized enough to allow the NATO peacekeeping force to leave. He stoically replied that they could never leave. If they left, there would be violence.

His reply reminded me of the position of the Church in the world, and I am writing of the Body of Christ, not a religious organization. The Church, vis-à-vis the Holy Spirit, is a peacekeeping force for all humanity. Although the Church has been much maligned as a source of strife, it actually its presence that keeps the world from a hellish unraveling, for the time being. We do know that this situation is not a permanent situation.

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Something Broken

22 February, 2012

Boys and broken bike. Guayaquil, Ecuador. 2011.

When questions of “why bad things happen to good people” arise, they grow from faulty presuppositions. The thought that God allowed, or worse, ordained some tragedy leaves out the character sin. It is often thought that sin requires a volitional act in every situation. Actually, the only volitional act sin needed to enter the world was that committed by Adam. Eve was deceived, but Adam sinned.

And so, sin entered the world, a creeping death and decay that we see in the actions of men from tyrannical despots murdering millions to the toddler who lies about taking a cookie. (Assuredly, I am not equating the two actions apart from labeling them both as sin.) However, it is often overlooked that sin also reveals itself in the decay of a fallen leaf and the oxidation of the metal of a child’s bike.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. – Romans 8:18-23*

As can be read in Romans, the weight of sin falls upon the creation as well as the creature. The Third law of thermodynamics describes the inherent entropy in every natural system. Just the fact that systems breakdown is evidence of sin in and of itself. The simple presence of instability is antithesis to the character of God, there is nothing fleeting in the character of God.

These boys, dismayed over a broken pedal, show feelings we all have when things fall to pieces. A broken pedal, a lost job, a heart-breaking diagnosis; are all evidences, great and small, that point us to God and the truth that this world was never intended as a final destination. Thank God.

* New King James Version (NKJV) – Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

(This photo is an Instagram repost)

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Two Men

21 February, 2012

Statues, Grand-Leez, Belgium, 2009.

Statues. Grand-Leez, Belgium. 2009.

I recently used another (color) photo of these old men in the post People of Stone. Why? Because I like these old chaps. They seem so determined, so resolute.

In honor of these two petrologically-inclined gentleman, I wrote this little story, The Fleming and the Walloon. please don’t think of this as any commentary on the political situation in Belgium between the Flemings and the Walloons. I am unable to speak to that as I am neither. However, I thought it would be an interesting foundation to build a story on the two natures man. It is quite a stretch I know, but I thought it would be an interesting effort. My preemptive and sincere apologies to the Flemish and Walloon everywhere.

(This story will be published here in the near future.)

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