Monday, September 22, 2003  

Today, a BIG day. The miracle happened and we were able to collect over Sfr. 40.000 for the newspaper to start - in two days. I did the first step towards a dissertation. And I worked hard on my garden pool and brook. After supper, rewarded myself with an excellent cigar (the best and only one I have). Re-discovered Dashiell Hammet detective stories.
My wife is in Southern France with friends and our youngest boy. This gives me a whole week of almost unending time.
Watched Matrix Reloaded tonight with my eldest son. If you look for great Special effects, or if you love Kung Fu (or whatever that is called), you will be enthusiastic. If you look for some kind of good plot, you will doubt. If you look for meaning, forget it. Guess I am not yet postmodern enough.

posted by Reinhold | 23:35

Sunday, September 21, 2003  

Today, national Alphalive conference; had a speech on the Challenge of postmodernism. There are more than 20.000 Alpha courses running worldwide, several hundred in Switzerland.
Had three great conversations with leaders; things are happening. Everywhere, signs of new life and new things. Switzerland is especially good, it seems, in connecting ministries and creating synergies.

posted by Reinhold | 08:39

Saturday, September 20, 2003  

We need 40.000 Swiss Francs until 5 pm on Monday to really make the newspaper start. Anyone's purse itching?

posted by Reinhold | 08:35

Thursday, September 18, 2003  

Wow, its me again. Great days, much work. The new newspaper is a crazy enterprise with a bunch of idealists and costs me some time to write and find articles. But being able to write about spirituality issues to more than 200.000 people every other week is quite something and worth some practice. How much easier it is to write for Christians...
Spent the days with a lot of students again. It is real fun to be with youngsters who are willing to learn and get engaged in the Kingdom.

posted by Reinhold | 21:36

Friday, September 05, 2003  

Today and yesterday, taught 8 hours each of Natural Church Development at the IGW in Bern. Was real fun - 25 students, all hidden behind their laptops, lots of questions and interaction. Another 7 hours tomorrow.

posted by Reinhold | 23:57

Wednesday, September 03, 2003  

We live and act much too fast. Read this morning: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, 'No, we will flee on horses.' Therefore you will flee! You said, 'We will ride off on swift horses.' Therefore your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away..." (Isa. 30.15-17) We usually think: the faster the better. We must not miss anything. God seems to say: the faster the weaker. Speed often seems to be a weakness, not a strength. Satan (or anybody) coughs, and we flee. It should be the other way round. The message is: "Slow down! Think! Repent! Be quiet! Listen! Trust!" Too many Christians are burnt out from demands on all sides, trying to hasten "revival" and buried under missionary pressure.

posted by Reinhold | 11:06

Tuesday, September 02, 2003  

September has started - finally long pants and sweaters again. Welcome late summer, in German "old women's summer" (why on earth??).
Today, we started a new newspaper. Every 2 weeks, free for 220.000 people in our region. Trying to go the tiny small path between being too evangelical and missionary and saying nothing. Try to write articles about God without people knowing it. Guess thats why Jesus called his path the narrow one...
Looking for a new bed. How to find the right model among all the world's best beds?? Laid in so many beds yesterday, came home totally tired.
Kim was here again last week. Went to Berlin from here. My son Markus is trying to find the cheapest way to spend a year in the Caribbeans. We might go to the Dominican Republic for a week next spring to celebrate our 25th wedding.

posted by Reinhold | 21:29