Author Archives: the Ordinary Hiker

About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.

Let the Children Come to Me, Do Not Hinder Them

Our neighbor’s children are free to come and play in our yard. We’ve given them permission to do so. They bring their imagination, play and energy into our lives and we enjoy their laughter and the conversation coming from their … Continue reading

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Nature God’s First Missionary

Nature is God’s first missionary. Where there is no Bible, there are sparkling stars. Where there are no preachers, there are springtimes. Where there is no testament of scripture, there is the testament of changing seasons and breath-stealing sunsets. If … Continue reading

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Successful Failure

We spend a lot of our lives doing the impossible – trying to perform for God. This became real to me sitting on a hillside a few years back. The moment is still indelibly etched into my memory. My mind … Continue reading

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Lost at Camp Amusement

I know a boy who went to camp for the first time last summer. He’s not going back. This makes me sad. Here is his story. I got out of the house, away to camp and the great outdoors. Here … Continue reading

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Memo to Camp Directors: Know When to Call a Time Out

Memo: To: My Camp Ministry Friends (anyone in ministry at some point in time) Re: Busy Summer Schedule Fr: A Friend Who Knows Da: Start of Summer Ministry I miss being in your shoes. It’s camp time; the time camp … Continue reading

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A Family Camp Night Hike, Disappearing Heads and Owl Calls

A family camp night hike was a first for me. I’ve done a bunch with young people and adults but never a group with this wide of an age mix. It turned out to be a real hoot! Hiking in … Continue reading

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Summer Camp Speaker’s Prayer

Summer begins this weekend. Its the beginning of the summer camp season. Best season of the year. Kids come out to camp to enjoy the outdoors and hear about the message of the creator who takes a special interest in  … Continue reading

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