One Sunday after service, a minister decided to order the #1 on the Wendy’s menu, with a Frosty added of course, before taking a seat at a nearby table. It wasn’t long, before a group of men who were cussing and speaking profane things, with the stench of beer still on their breaths from the night before, joined the minister at his table. Turning a table of one into a table of many.
At another table close by, some folks who had listened to the minister’s sermon earlier that morning, began to grumble amongst themselves, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” Of course, being at a table nearby, and the churchgoers not being the most quiet of gossipers, the minister heard their words.
He then calmly dipped another fry into his Frosty and munched on it, before speaking in a mild voice, yet loud enough for the other table to hear: Continue reading →
Most of us have known of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly since grade school, but have you really taken the time to sit back and to be amazed by what it takes to create such a beautiful creation? In order for a caterpillar to transform into a butterfly, it must secure itself within a chrysalis, and it’s within the chrysalis where the truly amazing part takes place: Continue reading →
Meet Monty. No, he’s not my puppy–I wish. He belongs to some good friends of mine. I mean look at him; he’s a beautiful dog who loves to chew, play, and eat. He’s also still learning that not everything is a chew toy, and that it’s not okay to pee on the floor when someone doesn’t want to play with you.
Monty also enjoys to have his tummy rubbed from time to time, enjoying the pleasure that is stimulated when this soft part of his body is scratched. Yet, though enjoyable, this position puts Monty and any dog into a vulnerable position, which is why dogs naturally only roll onto their back when they are submitting or are comfortable around their company. In order to enjoy the coveted tummy rub, the dog must first submit and make himself vulnerable.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
“Jesus Loves Me,” is perhaps one of the most well known Christian songs around the globe. Not only are its lyrics simple, which makes it easy to translate:
Cristo me ama, bien lo se, (Spanish)
Jesus liebt mich, dies weiß ich (German)
Anipenda ni kweli, (Swahili)
but they also ring true, and carry with them a message that needs to be heard, addressing a need within every heart: the desire to be loved.
That is why I argue that this song, is much more important than being just another children’s song. Indeed, it is a beautiful song to sing with your children, but I also believe that it’s something more. Something with a rich tradition and a powerful legacy behind it: Continue reading →
“Dad, are there any castles anymore?” Luke and I were sitting at the breakfast table; actually, he was seated and I was attending his Royal Highness, making him toast with apricot jam. As soon as he asked the question I knew what his young heart was wondering. Are there any great adventures anymore? Are there any great battles? I wanted to explain that indeed there are, but before I could reply he got this gleam in his eye and asked, “And are there any dragons?” O, how deeply this is written into the masculine soul. The boy is a warrior; the boy is his name. A man needs a battle to fight; he needs a place for the warrior in him to come alive and be hone, trained, seasoned. If we can reawaken that fierce quality in a man, hook it up to a higher purpose, release the warrior within, then the boy can grow up and become truly masculine. Continue reading →