Invincible Preciousness

Occasionally, when I am walking, I see something that catches my attention.  There are not any specific things that I look for—it’s usually just something out of the ordinary than causes me to want to investigate further.  If I am walking, I make mental note of it and circle back to it later to discover…

My Son

I have always been able to relate to the “one and only son” reference in the Bible.  Although my daughters have a most special place in my heart, I only have one son and that makes it special in a different way.   He is also my firstborn, so there is that different dynamic.  But, the…

What I Didn’t Do

     “It’s no what I did, It’s what I didn’t do”  George Jones (I realize that I just took “No Show Jones” out of context, but hopefully it sticks in your mind, like it did for me.) So far, most of the things I have discussed were the things that happened leading up to…

Love

If I speak with the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal[1]    The Apostle  Paul Several years ago, I was officially categorized as a missionary.  When I replanted a church in Nebraska it was considered mission work, even though I…

When I Look at my Kids – Part 11 (Tribalism, Nationalism and Empire)

One of my son’s childhood friends hated Canada.  I can’t remember him stating valid reasons for this ideology I didn’t join him in his disdain for our Northern neighbor.  It was almost a joke for my son and I to talk about this kid’s distaste for the Canucks.  My son’s friend generally mixed humor with…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 10 (None of Us is Right)

Everyone has probably had that feeling at least once or twice while listening to a lecture.  I was quite impressed with the speaker, Sister Judith Sutera, but I can’t say that she had my total attention.  I tend to get distracted by something I see or maybe something the speaker said earlier.  I’m not very…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 9 (Rejected by God?)

Rejection has been a recurring theme in my life.  I have had thick glasses since I was about five years old.  When you have glasses like I wear, it’s easy to get to be classified as really smart or a little crazy.  I was also relatively short.  I’m not sure why most societies honor the…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 8 (War and Violence)

I remember when we were trying to help my son discover what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.  I wanted my kids to be able to do what they wanted to do, so I didn’t try to push them into any field.  I also knew that college would give them some…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 7 (The Bible)

I remember at various times saying, as I was walking up to preach in my Fundamentalist church, “I have nothing of value to say that is not written in this book” (pointing to the Bible).  It’s really kind of a sad statement when you think about it.  Even though Jesus quoted Scripture, he never held…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 5 (God is in Control?)

My boss used to tell people I was his spiritual adviser.  I always reminded him that if I was his spiritual adviser, he should probably listen to me every once in a while.  We had a pretty good relationship but he probably didn’t like it when I went to work somewhere else.   In the area…