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Faith amidst tragedy

Faith amidst tragedy

Simon Bishop

The Philippines is often hit by typhoons and other natural disasters. Sometimes these cause great damage and loss of life. About 12 years ago a typhoon hit a city in the... »

The power of forgiveness

The power of forgiveness

Simon Bishop

On the side of forgiving others, a lot has been published in recent years on the psychological and emotional benefits of being able to forgive. It can free a person from... »

Good news

Good news

Simon Bishop

The new year is often a time when people take stock of their lives, accomplishments, goals, and progress. It is also a time to evaluate the past year, learn from mistakes... »

Thermostat or thermometer

Thermostat or thermometer

Simon Bishop

I once heard a person say that we should be "thermostat Christians,” not “thermometer Christians.” I was puzzled, so they explained. A thermometer Christian is one whose... »

Dad and I

Dad and I

Simon Bishop

Last year, Father’s Day happened to coincide with my father’s birthday. He passed away in 2002 when he was 57, after spending close to 28 years in a wheelchair because of... »

Doing what I can

Doing what I can

Simon Bishop

Each month I try to reflect on what I have been able to accomplish in my mission work and personal life. This month has had some trying moments and a few disappointments... »

The pearl diver

The pearl diver

Simon Bishop

I once read a story about an Indian pearl diver who refused to be convinced by his friend, a foreign missionary, that salvation could be as simple as accepting Jesus as h... »

Empathy and compassion

Empathy and compassion

Simon Bishop

Recently, I read a post that gave an interesting perspective on the stay-home orders or lockdowns throughout the world during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The author sai... »

Something out of very little

Something out of very little

Simon Bishop

The saying, “Necessity is the mother of Invention,” certainly took on greater meaning lately, with the increased challenges due to the pandemic and people needing to find... »