Thu, 11/03/2022 - 10:32 By john
Alfred Binet, creator of the first IQ test.

This morning, I’m going to digress from my usual style of posting Christian and Bible teachings. If you’ve followed my writings for long you are likely aware that my vocational background is quite diverse. Whether it’s farming or clerking or teaching math or pastoring churches, I’ve done all those things. Today’s thoughts are birthed out of my time teaching mathematics and I’ll begin by sharing a story stemming from that part of my vocational experience......


Introducing Broken Leaf Ministries

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 07:11 By john

In my last post, I promised that I would share with you the vision and mission that God has given to Broken Life Ministries (BKN).  The ministry is an outgrowth of my own passion and mission.  God has been defining and fleshing out that vision over the last few years.  I've been reluctant to formalize BKN into a full-fledged organization.  It's too easy to step out in presumption rather than in faith, jumping into something with both feet while just presuming God is in it.  Presumption and faith are two different things.  So, I've held back on even considering the idea of starting

Project Ukraine -- A New Endevour

Thu, 06/02/2022 - 10:20 By john

Those of you who have read my second book, The Gift of Tongues: A Tool in the Hand of God, are probably familiar with the Broken Leaf Ministries imprint I used when publishing it.  I also used that imprint when publishing my latest book, God Revealed: Finding God in the Marriage Relationship.  That book, now live on Amazon, was also published under the Broken Leaf Ministries imprint.  Yet Br


Book # 3 is now live!!!

Thu, 03/24/2022 - 10:04 By john

Well, it's live!  My third book, God Revealed: Finding God in the Marriage Relationship, is now available on both Amazon and Ingram Spark.  I put links to the Amazon listing and some samples below.  I haven't yet put the new book up on the website,, but that will come sometime soon.  The book's theme is about how God has revealed Himself through the marriage relationship.  Every marriage is a mini-picture of how He deals with the church and with us as individuals.  We get to see Him and get to know Him by looking at our


Fri, 10/29/2021 - 13:53 By john

Author's Note:  My mother passed away several years ago, but I still have, mixed in with other papers, stories, and other writings penned by her.  She actually did quite a lot of writing and was sometimes published in a few, small magazines.  Always her words are insightful.  I ran across this piece a few days ago and thought I'd share it here.  The original is typewritten (Mother did most of her writing before computers were prevalent) so I scanned it and ran it through an OCR engine.  Surprisingly, the OCR scan required very little correcting and what you see below is mostly just as she typed it.  Enjoy the read.


by Roselee Reagan

Once upon a time there was an unhappy sheep. Life had not been good to this sheep. The farmer who owned her always beat her. The other sheep were always kicking Unhappy away. Sometimes......


Sun, 04/18/2021 - 11:36 By john

This morning I was sorting through some old files, deleting what I could and organizing the rest when I ran across this file.  We were living in Butte, Montana at the time and I think I may have originally written it as a letter to the editor of our local paper, The Montana Standard.  It is worth posting here and I hope it stirs us to take a good look at our hearts and consider our motivations.

May 4, 2012 – Butte, Montana

My new book is out! Finally!

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 09:17 By john

Well, it's finally out there!  I finished my new book last Fall, but it's taken this long to get the publishing finished.  It's published with two distributors:  Ingram Spark (IS) (to take advantage of their massive, worldwide distribution system) and now, finally,  Getting it listed with IS was relatively easy, although, since it was my first time trying out this indie publishing thing, it did take me a while to work through.  They have a good system, though.  It went well and both the e-book and print versions have been available to retailers


It's been a long, long time...

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:35 By john

Do it now Do it laterIt's been a long while since I posted here.  Really, I have no excuse.  However, to rectify that situation I am working on a series of posts dealing with my thoughts concerning the shutdown of the churches in America.  I'm not going to start posting that series until I get them all finished, otherwise you would likely get the first few and the end would never come.  In the meantime, I have some posts that have been rough drafted, but not finished.


Space, The Final Frontier

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:19 By john
Image removed.

So, here is something kind of off-track from my usual posts......My oldest son (currently residing in Canada) posted a link to the launch of the latest test of the NASA/Space X crew transport rocket/capsule.  It was really cool to watch and a true accomplishment for America’s space industry.  Here is a copy of our (slightly edited) Discord dialog: