Obedience: Without Being Told

Clean up your room If I had a nickel for every time this Berenstain Bears scene played out in our home growing up (only my brother didn’t usually wear pink…). “Clean your room” were probably three of the most common words from our mother’s mouth. Though, a close second would be the three words she often shouted as she held a raised wooden spoon in her right hand: “Move your hands!”

In any case, we eventually learned that if we obeyed the first three words we could avoid the second three. Not that we always did, but at least we learned cause and effect. Continue reading

Lying for God

A preying mantis offers directions.

The Bible presents some interesting dilemmas, like the mystery of how Noah and his family managed to stay sane and uneaten while spending over a year cooped up on a boat with their floating zoo.

The book of Joshua, specifically, invites some difficult questions.  Why did God tell Israel to kill all the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, even the children?  Why did he tell them to inhabit the land west of the Jordan, but then allowed the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh to settle on the eastern bank?  If the sun stood still for a whole day, then did the earth stop rotating?

But, the nagging question I have from Joshua that burrowed itself into my mind quite some time ago has to do with Rahab hiding the spies.  Perhaps you have the same question, too.  Was Rahab’s lie right or wrong? Continue reading

Mean What You Say

I always dreaded student council election time in high school. Everyone made such a big fuss over a relatively pointless institution. I know, I am being very negative and cynical. But, really, did your high school student council ever completely overhaul school policies and culture in such a way that they made a lasting, positive impact? I remember one presidential candidate who won on the platform of the promise of a new pop machine in the lunch room. It didn’t hurt that he was also a popular athlete.

We never saw the pop machine. Continue reading

Photo-Worthy

(Originally written in February of ’07)
Isn’t it great to be on the cutting edge of technological development? No, I’m really asking…is it great? I have never been there, so I don’t know. In fact…you may want to sit down for this…my wife and I just got our first digital camera. That’s right. It’s true. We were never on the cutting edge. I think we were using the blunt side. But, we are now on our way back.

For those of you who do not yet have a digital camera, there will be a therapy session at the community center next week. Call ahead to make reservations. Continue reading