All posts by: Jonathan Long

That Time I Lost My Appendix

I was lying on an ultrasound exam table when the mood in the room noticeably shifted. The older doctor smearing gel around my stomach suddenly became serious and called over her shoulder in Hungarian, asking her assistant to run and...
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Field Focus: Discipleship

Jesus and His disciples had been through a lot by the time they found themselves together on the hilltop in Galilee. Standing there in physical presence, Jesus was aware that His time with these 12 men was rapidly drawing to...
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2019: Looking Forward

Well, it’s here—2019 that is. The countdowns have occurred across the world. The sheet music for Auld Lang Syne has been tucked safely way, waiting for next year when it will be pulled forth once again to strike nostalgia and...
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2018: Looking Back

When I sat down to write this blog, a post-game press conference was playing in the background. The coach of a National Football Team was taking questions from the media, and while some questions were focused around positive parts of...
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Busy vs. Productive and Why Vision Matters

When I was in fifth grade, I had my first chance to play American football on the playground with my classmates. Not too familiar with the game, I spent most of my time standing next to the quarterback and trying...
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It’s More Than English

I hate English. I couldn’t stand it in high school and, truth be told, I have virtually no interest in diagramming a sentence, understanding what tense does what, or even learning whatever the heck an adverb is. I do speak...
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Dedication of the Szentmargitfalva Chapel

As I sat in the chapel in Szentmargitfalva last weekend during the building dedication, I realized that one question seemed to be coming up amongst many of the townspeople. “Will you come back?” We had all noticed that over the...
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Ending at the Beginning

In 1993, my family arrived in Budapest, Hungary. In some ways, not much has changed since then, but in other ways, the differences are astounding. I didn’t know it back then, but those days would lay the seeds and groundwork...
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A Princess, Some Petroleum, and a Peugeot, Part 2

For part one of this story, click here. In 2009, a local Methodist pastor named Laci, from Zsolnok Hungary, decided he would like to try and find a vacation home for his family to get away from the city. One...
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A Princess, Some Petroleum, and a Peugeot, Part 1

What does a small Hungarian border town, an oil boom, and an old Peugeot 106 have in common? Nestled in the hills of Zala County, on the Hungarian side of the Hungary-Croatia border, the small village of Szentmargitfalva seems, at...
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