Archive for July, 2011

Name the Time

Posted: July 22, 2011 in Family

J held up a piece of paper before me and proudly declared, “My name!” My eyes focused on the piece of scratch paper.  The writing read, “1:30 pm.”

On Thursday, July 21st, 2011 a group of kids from Holdrege, NE spent a total of six hours in a van in order to work a two hour shift packing food for Feed My Starving Children. They helped pack 21384 meals. Their comment, “It was too short. Next time we need to do two shifts.”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Feed My Starving Children (7/21/11)

Conversation With a Child

Posted: July 21, 2011 in Family

The following is a conversation between myself and my 5-year-old.

A2: “Papa, I’m hungry.”

Me: “I’m sorry.  You asked to be excused from the breakfast table.  You need to wait for snack time now.”

A2: “What?”

Me: “I said, you asked to be excused from the breakfast table.  Now you need to wait for snack time.”

A2: “I’m not talking about that.”

Me: [slightly confused] “What are you talking about?”

A2: “You.”

Me: “Me?” [very confused now]

A2: “Yes.”

Me: “What do you want to talk about?”

A2: [pause] “Um.  I just want a question.”

Me: “Wha?” [confuso-meter has just shot through the roof]

A2 wanders off.

Participate in the Calling

Posted: July 20, 2011 in Faith

Certain portions of the Bible are assuredly much more fun to read than others.  Matthew 1, the lineage of Jesus, while interesting to those with a penchant for genealogies, does not make for compelling reading.  1st & 2nd Chronicles likewise lack a certain driving force behind them.  The first part of the book of Numbers might not rank high on many people’s reading lists.  Yet God saw fit to include them in Scripture.  This tells me that they contain something important. (more…)

It It Was a Snake…

Posted: July 16, 2011 in Life

I’ve lived in my house for a year and just now found the switch to my work bench light in the garage.  The sad thing is that it was in plain sight right next to the workbench.

I Had a Dream

Posted: July 16, 2011 in Faith

I just woke from a dream.

In this dream I was at a religious conference.  At this conference (along with the myriad of strangers) were my wife, several youth from my church, former professors, ministry partners and family members.  The conference was just about to start when I realized that I’d forgotten a pen back at the car.  I NEEDED a pen, but I also needed to be back by the time the conference started.  I began to run back toward my car, but somehow I got turned around and found myself in the wrong area of the city.  I turned around and began retracing my steps. (more…)

Following media criticism, TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie apologizes for speaking at a Focus on the Family event.

I won’t rehash the article.  Read it yourself via the link above.  You can also read a more liberal version here.  After reading both articles it seems to me that Mr. Mycoskie is lacking a little backbone.  It also seems he’s a bit ignorant as to what percentage of charitable giving actually comes from evangelical and conservative Christians.

We all know that Christians don’t give near as much as we ought (and confessedly I keep more of God’s resources than I have a right to).  Despite our shortcomings, Christians consistently give more than non-Christians to various charitable causes (not just church offerings and mission support).  (Here’s a link to an older article which mentions giving percentages.)

Should Christians continue to purchase TOMS Shoes?  I can’t answer that.  More a matter of conscience for the individual.  I can think of several other charitable organizations which I’d rather support with my money & time.  Here are just a few:




This is obviously not an exhaustive list.  Feel free to list your favorite charity in the comments.