Do I have to LISTEN? A brief looking into a world of history

For those of you who don’t know me (ok – let’s face it, if your reading this, you already know me…and are probably wounding if it’s too late to deny all knowledge of the being named Ardell), I like missions history – especially as it deals with early church history. As such, I have been studying the topic off-and-on for the last eight or nine years. At different times throughout those years I have found folks (I believe the number is six) who actually enjoyed listening/talking about this subject.

Well, to the relief of my wife and all sane beings in Idaho, the Good Lord (who is also probably tired of hearing me talk) allows me to co-teach a class about the subject.

Yelp – I am now teaching a class about Missions History, World Religion and Cross Culture Adaptation to fifteen VCOM (Vineyard College of Mission) students. Seeing that the class is mandatory, they have to show up ever week! (Now if they would only stay awake...)

Now I know you are all dieing to know what I’m teaching this poor blessed students. As such, I have posted part of my outline for last week below for you all to drool over. Lord willing, I will continue to post more information about the class was we work are way through this semester (hold on, stop! Slow down – poking your eyes out won’t solve anything… you don’t have to keep reading if you don’t want too. That’s right; put the folk back on the table. Thank you).


I) Apostolic Period: 33-95 AD

a. The Apostles – forced out of Jerusalem in 70 AD

i. Thomas – India

ii. Simon the Canaanite– Africa and Britain

iii. Simon Peter – Samaria; Roman; other places?

iv. Bartholomew – Armenia and India

v. John – Asia Minor (modern day Turkey)

vi. Andrew – North between the Caspian and Black Seas

vii. Matthew – Ethiopia, Egypt

viii. Philip –Asia Minor (modern day Turkey)

ix. James the son of Alphaeus – Spain?

II) Post Apostolic 95-313 AD

a. J. Herbert Kane, A Concise History of the Christian World Mission (1987)

“Coming to the second and third centuries we find that information regarding the expansion of the Christian church is even more meager. We read of large and influential churches in Alexandria, Carthage, and Edessa; but we do not know when or by whom they were established. Here again there are wide gaps in our knowledge. It would seem that Christianity continued to spread along the main roads and rivers of the empire: eastward by way of Damascus and Edessa into Mesopotamia; southward through Bosra and Petra into Arabia; westward though Alexandria and Carthage into North Africa; and northward through Antioch into Armenia, Pontus, and Bithynia. Later still it reached Spain, Gaul, and Britain before crossing the borders of the empire into more remote parts such as Ireland, Ethiopia, and China.”

b. Pantaens of Alexandria went to India in 180 AD (found a church founded by Bartholomew)

c. Gregory the Illuminator – Missionary to Armenia

i. Converted Armenian’s King, King Tiridates

ii. Still exists – one of the oldest churches in Christendom

iii. New Testament first appeared in the Armenian language in 410 AD

III) Christianity become corrupt: 313-500 AD

a. Key Dates

i. Conversion of Emperor Constantine (323 AD)

1. Christianity when from the tombs to the palace almost overnight

2. People became ‘Christianity’ for political reasons, not because of a personal faith.

ii. Christianity becomes the “official” religion of the Roman Empire

It is Our Will that all the people We rule shall practice that religion which the divine Peter the Apostle transmitted to the Romans. We shall believe in the single Deity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, under the concept of equal majesty and of the Holy Trinity. We command that those persons who follow this rule shall embrace the name of Catholic Christians. The rest, however, whom We adjudge demented and insane, shall sustain the infamy of heretical dogmas, their meeting places shall not receive the name of churches, and they shall be smitten first by divine vengeance and secondly by the retribution of Our own initiative, which We shall assume in accordance with divine judgment.

Emperor Theodosius 380 AD

b. Patrick, missionary to Ireland (389? – 461?)

i. Evangelical Celtic believer from Britain (not connected to the Roman Church)

ii. Father was a ‘deacon’; Grandfather was a priest in the Celtic church

iii. Patrick did not become a believer until he was captive by an Irish raiding party and became a slave in Ireland

iv. Escaped after 6 years; went to Gaul to study; in 432 AD went back to Ireland as a missionary

v. Changed Ireland for God

vi. Unlike Roman Catholics, Patrick and the Celtic missionaries that followed placed a lot of emphasis on spiritual growth.

c. Frumentius – missionary to Ethiopia

i. Going to India with his uncle and a friend

ii. Seized by pirates in the Red Seas; sold as slaves to the King of Ethiopia

iii. Became the virtual ruler of Ethiopia upon kings death; ruled on behalf of the kings son, Ezana

iv. When the new king was old enough, Frumentius and his friend was set free; went to Alexandria

v. Commissioned as a bishop and returned as a missionary

vi. Converted Ezana to Christianity

vii. Ethiopian church is the only African church that was not conquered by Islam

Orange or Camo? Part 2

Due to popular demand (and a strong warning from my wife including the words: "couch", "dog house", "below zero weather"), I have decided to always wear hunters orange. Yelp – that's me – the model of modern man in orange camo. Tongue out

(Note from The Editor: Please note that my client's wife did not say any of the above words or making any known threats. My client has a history of mental instability and manufactures conversations within his mind. In other words, Em – please to not be upset with my client as he knows not what he does. Thank you.)


Elk, Deer and Wolves, Oh My!

You know you're out west when your neighbors start talking about sighting wolves and elk. And I'm not talking about "Hey Bob, I saw an elk three years ago when I drove through Yellowstone." 

I'm talking about: "George, four elk cows crossed by the barn this morning with a pair of wolves on their tails. If I had my gun…."

That's rights folks – this is Idaho. Not the pansy, city-slicking treasure valley – this is Sweet, Idaho – where critters run wild and wolves are a plenty.

Now, if only I didn't have to walk outside every morning in the dark….  Undecided


Orange or Camo?

Twelve years ago while in Oklahoma I took a hunter education course with the hopes of becoming an elephant hunter in deepest Africa (think about it – big gun, big man-eating, half mad animals and a three ton mass moving in high gear towards you. What’s not to love?).  Due to unforeseen circumstances (mainly the inability to locate a big enough gun), I laid down my ambitions to brave the jungles of Africa (now I just want to seek the huge 7-ton half mad critters without a gun… I must be getting loco in my old age).

To date my biggest hunting accomplishment has been the dropping of a huge, 25-ton bird with a single shot (note from the editor: Please forgive the ramblings of my client, things always seem larger the older one gets. This so-called “25-ton bird” was a poor innocent quail who was trying to survive in a cruel world).  However, this amazing accomplishment of marksmanship will soon be replaces as I have now passed the Idaho Hunters Education Program.

Yes – soon, I, Ardell – dreaded marksmanship of three states, will be combing over the wild mountains of Idaho looking for red meat. Perhaps I should go to scopes for 300 BLK accessories to ensure I am fully prepared to bag enough meat to last me the long and cruel winter.
(Another note from the editor: We apologize for the rude comments of our client. We recognize the rights of all Vegan and Vegetarians).

Only one choice remains to be answered before danger is released into the hills of Sweet: do I wear orange or camo?. Obviously camo would (note from the editor: could) make me invisible to the critters and therefore give me a tactical advantage. Then again most of them are colorblind and can’t tell the difference between green and orange…

Bum Knees & Dungeons…

Are the topics today. Both subjects have been around for over a year – and both are on the road to recovery.

Bum Knees

Some of you will remember that I have been problems with my left knee for over a year and a half now (ever since that fateful hike in June 2006). Well, I finally had enough with it and decided to go to a doctor to find out what is wrong.

The doctor poked and prodded as all doctors do. (is it logically for them to stick their finger under your knee cap and ask “does this hurt?” as you scream in pain? Hello!! I’m screaming!!! Can you not hear the vibrating sound waves echoing off your office wall? If not, then what makes you think you can here the answer to your question?! sigh). In the end, he informed me that I had “Patellofemoral Paid Syndrome” – otherwise known as “Runner’s Knee”.

Before you all start calling your lawyers to try to get a corner on my will, Patellofemoral Paid Syndrome is not deadly (unless you count the doctor who stuck is finger under my knee cap….). In layman’s terms (did you ever wonder why it’s call “layman”? Did someone think all non-professionals where lazy and not doing anything but laying around? Gezzz) it means that my knee cap has been pulled from the center of my knee to the outside where it is rubbing on the bone (think of two rocks grinding together every time you bend your knee).

The good news it that the knee cap can be moved back to the middle (where it belongs) by strengthening my inter-quadriceps muscle (for those lying down, that’s the muscle group on your thigh). Luckily, my gym has a rehab doc who takes my insurance card… I talked to him yesterday (the rehab doc, not my insurance card) and received a work out schedule exchange for some dough (chocolate-chip, not oatmeal).

Lord willing I will be back up and ready to tackle the world this summer – yelp, it takes a while to move your knee cap (anyone have a crowbar?)[@more@]

Missing: a dark, cold, bare dungeons complete with chains and spikes. Call Elvis if you see one wondering around.

We installed full spectrum natural lights in our dungeon basement this weekend. I also added another light switch (why? Because I could!)…. ignore that clause as I must tell the truth. When I originally wired the basement lights, I messed up somehow – notably because they didn’t work (talk about a fail prove system of testing – it’s either light or wrong).

Part of the problem was that we were using old fluorescent fixtures that did not work. With the help of Joy, we were able to pick out some nice four foot new fluorescent lights that brightened up the old dungeon.

The other mistake issue was due to some layman electrician who didn’t have a clue how to wire up a three way switch (don’t ask who that was). You’ve got to be so careful when choosing a contractor to do some work on your home, but especially when it comes to electricians. You want to find a trusted and well-renowed company like AC Electrical (visit company website). Make sure to check reviews and ask around to see if anyone you know has used the company you’re interested in. Anyway, the lazy electrician wised up one day (lighting struck) and he asked a professional to visit. The professional drew a diagram (which way is north?) to which the layman pinned to the ceiling where he could read it. At this point I’m sure it would have been a better choice to do online research into various other electricians such as the services that can be provided by this company you can find at or similar. At least the lighting has now been rectified!

Luckily for the man lying down, there was a maiden in the dungeon who lit up the place with a pair of pliers and an electrical cord (don’t ask). Now the whole place looks wonderful!! Lots of light where there was darkness before (where did that dirt come from? It wasn’t there before!).

Only now the maiden wants to move one of the fixtures and is thinking of setting up more – maybe I’ll follow the dark dungeons example… (If you wish to proceed to a qualified electricians guild, click here to continue.) Only time will tell which way we go, after all there are many paths that we can consider. I’d rather not leave it to the roll of a d20.

Stud fish?

Imagine your kneeboarding off the coast of Australia when you lose your new nose stud… lost forever, right?  Well, usaully that would be the case….

As it turns out three days later the fiance of the lady who lost the nose stud went fishing in the same area. He came home with a nice fish, and started to filleting it. Half way through, he discovers the nose stud recently lost in the fish's belly! True story – read it here. Surprised


The immigrants stuffed into car seats and under bonnets trying to get into Europe….

Recently the London Daily Mail online newspaper released a set of pictures showing lengths desperate immigrant will go to in order to reach Europe. There were pictures of immigrants stuff inside the front seats of a car (below); around the engine block under the hood; inside a suitcase and more….   It is amazing what some people will do to get out of their country into another… Undecided

Check it out here

Ron Paul – President for 2008

Over the last few months I have had several people tell me about Ron Paul. I read a bit about him on his website – but from what I heard, one really need to go to YouTube to see what he is all about. So I did…. and I thought I would share some clips with you all. Cool

1) The first YouTube clip is an overview of the Ron Paul Revolution.

2) This is an hour long interview with Ron Paul at Google Inc. This video is a MUST for anyone who is curious about Ron Paul and wants to know more about his views.

Following The Spirit Wherever He Goes