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Traveling globally
A tall skinny itinerant social entrepreneur, recently widowed, father of five kids.
Interests: Traveling around the world with my family in a 4x4 truck to see the world that god loves, to eat unusual food {but not too unusual} and to help change the world by telling stories, throwing parties, making friends and giving gifts. I am interested in spirituality and religion as it collides with new media and the emerging culture and this is the subject of my blog.
Recent Activity
I am being asked about Venezuela. Last year we hosted an event at Menlo Church which outlined the historical issues and economic problems with Venezuela. We thought the problems would be somewhat short-lived with the possible and immanent replacement of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2020 at TallSkinnyKiwi
From UPDATE (April 11, 2018) The Bill Hybels controversy was trending today on Twitter, along with Paul Ryan and Kevin Spacey. Rev. Hybels, the pastor of Willow Creek Church, one of the largest and most emulated churches in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at TallSkinnyKiwi
I miss this old blog. I am thinking of restarting it and using it to post religious thoughts and to host religious conversations. I also want to keep it alive because there are visitors everyday and many people have linked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at TallSkinnyKiwi
Sorry this post is so late. I have not been well. I posted on FB but this is for my friends outside. Debra Diane Jones, my caring partner and wife for 29 years, best friend, my conversation partner, my critic,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at TallSkinnyKiwi
It’s been a wonderful and challenging year and I give thanks to God for making it possible. And a SPECIAL THANKS to those of you who supported us financially through our New Zealand supporters and SYRIOUS LOVE (Syrian Refugee Ministry).... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
As you might know, I was hacked about two weeks ago, right after the blog post where I suggested ISIS-Daesh are not real Muslims. The hackers have continued daily to bring down all my websites and they are still rattling... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
I write this from a poor fishing village on the Black Sea, about 120kms from Istanbul. There are 8 street dogs outside on the road but they don’t move for cars. One of those dogs guarded our truck last night.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
From the main blog A little update from me. We arrived at the Serbian border a few days ago and started cooking immediately, both for the team and for the stream of Syrian refugees. Most of them were in too... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
I just wrote a post on what NOT to do in Prague as well as what to do for Hostels in Prague. What NOT to do: Its not difficult to have a good experience in Prague. Its a city for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
The good people at Family Adventure Podcast interviewed our family regarding being on the road with so many kids and I thought I would put a link to it here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
I just love those retro sky-cloud-light posters with an out-of-context Bible verse in the middle, as if God was speaking from behind the cloud. I saw the sky do that thing last week and a poster came to mind. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
OK. Its June 5 and 2 years just passed. I feel like I have had a good break from blogging and have developed as a person and learner and teacher. Nice to be back. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
I just submitted an article for a mission publication but its a bit long and boring and probably too academic so I thought I would just post it here, on this old zombie blog, which is right now a holding... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
I recently visited Texas and met with some of the key leaders of the Texas Baptists. I was encouraged to see some necessary transitions and changes but was quite shocked to see the presence of styrofoam cups at the coffee... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
cmpfire sounds great. I would like to read it.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2015 on Shall we blog again? at TallSkinnyKiwi
If I blog here again, I will have other places for recipes.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2015 on Shall we blog again? at TallSkinnyKiwi
Peter, I might just leave this blog with a focus on religion. It would be good to see yours going again also.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2015 on Shall we blog again? at TallSkinnyKiwi
As you know, I shut down this blog nearly 2 years ago and yet I am still getting comments and emails on issues that appear to be relevant regarding HPV jabs, Emergent Village meltdown, the state of the global emerging... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at TallSkinnyKiwi
Greg, did you actually read what I wrote about my own daughter having an adverse reaction and episode? Or are you part of the Big Pharm payroll? Please declare your allegiance and comment again?
Carl, thanks for your concern. I apologized to Julie a very long time ago and put up something more public on my new blog last June. Julie's response is also there.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2015 on A Response to Tony Jones at TallSkinnyKiwi
Thanks everyone for reading my old blog and walking with me for so long. It was an awsome and rewarding season. Come over to my new blog HQ at and watch it grow into something. And please let me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at TallSkinnyKiwi
Hi Issac. thanks for your loyalty. Consider this a new season where I can start again, but this time on yes i will keep up the twitter and other streams and i imagine they will all flow into the the new HQ
Toggle Commented May 31, 2013 on Ten Years: Wordpress and me at TallSkinnyKiwi
Have I really not blogged for a month . . . . . OOOPPPSSSS!!! Sorry everyone. I have been so busy building blogs for others that this blog has gone by the wayside. Actually, I intend to STOP this particular... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at TallSkinnyKiwi
Kirchentag Festival is off with a bang. Not sure how many people came out last night for the Opening Ceremony but estimates have been as high as 300,000. Who knows? Counting church people is a tricky affair, as I have... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at TallSkinnyKiwi
hi john. i really enjoyed speaking at ucwm last time but only have half a day. next time? last time was Here
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2013 on In Los Angeles to see blood at TallSkinnyKiwi