Speak Lord: a Book Review

I was really looking forward to reading this book. I love the Psalms, but have never taken the time to study them in any depth. I thought that this would be an excellent chance to study the Psalms and think through how they apply to my everyday life.

There are some things I like about the book. The Psalms held within are excellent of course. There are some great insights on those Psalms as well. I also like that the book encourages readers to listen for and interact with the Holy Spirit.

Unfortunately, the larger part of the book I do not like at all. In the beginning the reader is encouraged to ask the Holy Spirit to retell them a Psalm in the first person and that they should write it down. I think this is a fascinating way that the author is interacting with the Holy Spirit, but it also assumes a lot. I do not know that many Christians that interact with the Holy Spirit at all, let alone in this intimate or very specific way. I have learned over my Christian life that the Holy Spirit interacts with us in the way that is best suited for each person. This is not at all how God guides me through scripture, nor anyone that I know of. That is not to say that it is wrong at all, but I feel that this book will lead Christians to believe that this is a common everyday occurrence. As a missionary in Montreal, there are so few mature Christians and they often need to seek out books to gain additional knowledge and growth. This aspect of the book would likely hurt their spiritual growth if the Holy Spirit does not show them a first person psalm.

I also dislike the sharing of Vic Black's own first person Psalms. While some are inspiring and convicting, some are changed significantly from the original. Along with this, some of the study/reflection exercises include changing the Psalms and imagining them in a different light. God's Holy Word does not need to be changed. It is already written precisely as He intended it to be.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

Seeing in the Dark: a Book Review

This book could not have been more timely for me and my family. We have spent the last several months on mission in another country and trying to figure out what is next for us. We prayed without ceasing and were feeling very in the dark. I wanted to see and then Seeing in the Dark came along.

Nancy Ortberg has a keen sense for metaphor. She uses easy to understand aspects to help us gain an understanding of things that are quite hard to wrap our minds around. Her book made me feel more comfortable in the dark, unknowing time of our life.

Seeing in the dark is easy to read but full of useful information. It is like having a mentor to confer with right in your hands, perfect while I am so far away from my mentors back home.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my review.


I cannot believe it, but we are already over halfway through our short term mission trip in Montreal. Nearly seven months flew by very quickly. It is a very interesting time for us right now. We are picking up the pace in our mission work. Filming projects are piling up and ready to be edited. City Church is continuing to grow and looking at adding and changing many areas of ministry. The church planting conference is just around the corner. It is enough to keep us plenty busy.

There is so much more to think about though. In about 4 months we will be returning to Minnesota. There are living arrangements to plan. We will need an income of some sort. There will be packing to start. Plus we will be arriving just in time for the holidays, which will also need to be planned.

If that was not enough, we are also planning our return to Montreal as long term missionaries. That involves more paperwork, applications, and training. There is also deciding on what our long term ministry will be and preparing for another year or two of church visits and support raising.

With all that is on our plate right now, you would think that we were going mad with anxiety and worry. In actuality, god has given us an incredible amount of peace going forward into the next few months. We are feeling patience with all of the processes and none of the rush. Living day by day is starting to be well balanced with planning ahead and that just feels great.

Happy Jean Baptiste Day


Happy Jean Baptiste Day! It is big in Montreal and we might head to the park for the big day. Next week is Canada day, so we are going to be celebrating like crazy up here!

World Travels England Letter

Hello Again!

The wind blew just right and we landed in England! We flew over the famous Stonehenge monument and many beautiful country cottages. When we finally landed in the capital, London, we had a great view of Big Ben. As we looked at the time, we thought about a time when people feared England.

Way back around 500 a.d. was a man named Augustine. He was sent by a pope in Rome to go to England and tell them of God's love for them. Augustine brought a team of men with him for the long journey. As they got closer they began to hear stories about the English. They heard that they were barbarians and that they would all be killed the moment they got there.

Augustine's team was scared to go any farther. After some encouragement from the pope, they made it to England. Augustine sent a message to the king about who they were and why they were coming. Do you know what? The queen was already a Christian! The team was welcomed into the country and Augustine eventually became the archbishop of Canterbury.

You really just don't know about people until you get to know them! We can't wait to get to know new people all over the world. How about you?



Big Ben Photo via wallpaperswiki.org


If you have access to BBC this would be a great time to watch some British television. Some of our favorite shows include: Top Gear, Shawn the Sheep, and Bang Goes the Theory. Top Gear and Shawn the Sheep can be found on Netflix and Amazon instant video. Bang Goes the Theory has science experiments to go with the show on their website as well.


Written by Michelle Morgan for her son

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Have you seen this video by Louie Giglio yet? It is really amazing to see how the universe proclaims God's glory. Take some time to watch it. God really is indescribable.