Thank you for your interest in the Johnsons.

Dwight and Beckie raised five children that split their formative years between Hillsboro, Oregon, and Taichung, Taiwan. We retired from our positions on the Taichung Campus of Morrison Academy in June 2019. Dwight taught computers, math, science, and Bible. Beckie was a part-time school nurse.

Dwight and Beckie now live full-time in Oregon with Beckie’s mom to help her. Dwight also gets to visit his mom often. A bonus is getting to see their six grandchildren more often.

Dwight hopes to serve as a volunteer mobilizer at Corban University for WorldVenture once the Covid lockdown is lifted.

Our Family
Johnson Family in 2019

Thoughts and Updates

No Dumb Questions: Congrats…On a Life With Chapters

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What’s it like to retire really young? I listened to the episode below of No Dumb Questions last week and really enjoyed it. Probably because I’m coming up on retirement soon. Destin was a rocket scientist (for real) until today. He is in his thirties and quit his job after 15 years. The podcast is of

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Week 11 – Las Vegas Here I Come!

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Amazing Love and Forgiveness – Luke 15:11-32 The Setting: Picture a teenage boy who felt like he never measured up to his older brother. Perhaps it seemed that his father never quite understood him or fully loved him.  Maybe he lived under the pressure of feeling like he never measured up or quite “got it right.” 

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Week 10 – Who Am I Listening To?

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Joash – The Boy King, II Chronicles 22:10-24:26 The Setting: The thought of being ruled by a king is a strange concept to most of us. Even in countries that have a royal line, very few are actually led by the king regardless of how stately and official he looks.  Most of the kings of Israel

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Week 9 – David and Solomon

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“Take courage and be a man.”  I Kings 2:1-3 The Setting: King David was at the end of his life and was passing the baton as ruler of Israel to his son, Solomon.  His words were simple, clear and penetrating, “Take courage and be a man.”  This is the kind of challenge that we don’t

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Week 8 – Getting Behind the Power Curve

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The Flight: The deadly hazards of flying combat missions are obvious.  Sometimes training a student to make a safe approach and landing on only one engine holds even greater and more subtle dangers.  With little warning, routine training can suddenly become a matter of life and death.  It is enough of a challenge to land

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Week 7 – Dark Skies

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The Flight: Our mission was supposed to be a routine formation flight to a base in Fort Worth, Texas.  I filed the flight plan at base operations while the pilot of the lead aircraft got the weather briefing – or did he? When we took off it was a beautiful day.  Although the student pilot

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Week 6 – The Master Caution Light

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The Flight Advanced Air Force student pilots fly the T-38 Talon for training in all phases of flight -aerobatics, formation, night, instrument, and cross-country navigation training. Test pilots and flight test engineers are trained in T-38s at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.  NASA uses T-38 aircraft as

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Week 5 – Never Take Your Eyes Off Your Leader

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The Flight: This story goes all the way back to my last check ride in the T-38 supersonic trainer before getting my wings as a full-fledged Air Force pilot.  I can still hear the check pilot’s words ringing in my ears, “I have the airplane! What are you trying to do, kill us both?”  Obviously, this

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Week 4 – The Crash at Tra Bong

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The Flight The C-7A Caribou is one ugly airplane.  It was built by DeHaviland of Canada for operation into extremely short runways or non-standard landing surfaces – like roads, or aluminum plank runways, or grass strips in remote areas.  It was perfectly designed for those situations – if it is flown well.  As I saw

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Week 3 – Going Solo

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The Flight I taxied the T-37 jet trainer to a stop near the takeoff end of the runway and shut down the right engine. My instructor opened the canopy, unbuckled his seat belt and climbed over the side.  He stood by the large emergency fire bottle as I restarted the right engine.  He saluted me and

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Week 2 – I’m in a Spin – Inverted!

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The Flight: An aircraft in a spin is terribly disorienting and occasionally a little scary.  The plane is out of control and falling like a rock at nearly 3 miles a minute. Picture a model airplane with a pencil stuck vertically through one of the wing tips, spinning around the pencil and headed down fast,

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Week 1 – I’m Iced Over!

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The Flight When my T-37 Air Force jet trainer took off on a crisp January morning I had no idea how my skills as a pilot would be challenged when I returned to the base an hour later. I was flying a routine training mission with Lt. Tahulerah Shakerifar, a student pilot from Iran.  We

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The Parable of the Lost Sons

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I was thinking about Jesus’ parable in Luke 15:11-32 this morning. The title given by the different publishers varies: The English Standard Version gives it the traditional title of The Parable of the Prodigal Son The New English Translation gives it a better title of The Parable of the Compassionate Father The New International Version has

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