Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To our Friends and Loved Ones At the close of this year of our Lord, 2015 “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me” (Psalm 66:16). Challenge: Brussels Alert This Christmas season struck the Mahars with a staggering impact as it coincided with the terrorist […]


“Embarkation of the Pilgrims,” by Robert Walter Weir. William Bradford is depicted at center, kneeling in the background, symbolically behind gov. John Carver (holding hat) whom Bradford would succeed.—Wikipedia Thanksgiving: An American Holiday Thanksgiving is a critical part of  America’s history. Most of us, when celebrating the occasion, remember that it originated in the autumn […]

BREAKING NEWS: Clement Kroeker in Congo

A Personal account The following is a condensation of Kroeker’s personal letters written to family  and close friends chronicling his role as an invited observer for the momentous event of DR Congo’s 2011 election. This is actually a repeat performance as he served in the same capacity in the elections of 2006. Introductory note: For […]

Stuck in the Mud

“Christ is no Moses, no exactor, no giver of laws, but a giver of grace, a Savior; he is infinite mercy and goodness, freely and bountifully given to us.” —Martin Luther (1483-1546) In the eyes of a Parrot Hi folks. Paprika Parrot—sitting cocky as can by at the top of the page—is hounding me about […]

Mounting Difficulties and Plunging Economics…

Opportunities for Miracles “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply; The flame shall not hurt thee, I only design, Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”—John Rippon 178. “Mary’s health was becoming cause for increasing concern. Boils on her arms and legs were making it […]


THE STORY OF THE FIRST THANKSGIVING Illustration in the free domain. In 17th century England King James I ruled both the state and the church. Concerned lest his subjects might defy him as their spiritual leader, they might one day oppose him as their political leader. Those who held different views from the state church […]

True Worship

“I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous presence.” —Christopher Columbus Kikwit 1935 Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, Volume 1, Chapter 24: Floppy […]

Trial of Faith

“Grace tried is better than grace, and more than grace; it is glory in its infancy.” —Samuel Rutherford Excerpt from Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths Vol. 1, Chapter 16: Belgian Carpet Slippers on Hardwood Floors “As the days stretched out our food barrel shrank lower and lower and sometimes scraped empty. Finally the day came when […]

Crooked Paths Part 2

“A man must completely despair of himself in order to become fit to obtain the grace of Christ.” -Martin Luther (1483-1546) Dallas, Oregon 1927 Excerpt from Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, Vol 1, chapter 1: Dusty Boots on Crooked Paths “None of the customers listening to the humorous rendering of my latest escapade could have […]

A Long Journey in an old Dodge

“Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.” –Jonathan Edwards Excerpt from Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths Vol. 1 Chapter 13: Hot Shoes… From a Flaming Touch Los Angeles to Oregon… to Canada… to North Dakota, Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York, 1931 “Aaron and Ernestina Janzen had spoken in my home […]