Travel

June 13, 2008

The family begins a 4 week long trip in two days and I already feel like I need a vacation from this vacation.  All sorts of trials have presented themselves.  Tempers are already flaring.

 

First, the airline is changing its checked bag policy in the middle of our trip.  As we fly out, we can each have two checked bags.  On our way home, we can only have one per person. 

 

From there, things seem to only get more stressful

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Sin

June 11, 2008

Sin suffers from a poor reputation.  The reputation varies a bit, but the variations seem to fit a few basic formats.  Sin is currently either lauded or or misconstrued.

For some folks, sin is considered a synonym for fun and exciting.  This is evidenced by Las Vegas’ moniker of Sin City.  How utterly grievous this must be to the Most High.  The hideousness of sin is declared beautiful.  The abject evil of sin is called fun.  The deadliness of sin is regarded as the good life.  Sin receives the praise and honor and glory that rightfully belongs to God.  The creature has denied to Creator only to embrace the very antithesis of his love and race and mercy and holiness and justice and righteousness.

For other folks, sin is a term used by the religiously misled (or even deranged) for the purpose of enforcing a flawed world view.  The idea is that by calling something sin, one person injures another by denying their inner being and predilections.  To call something sin is therefore heinous, small minded, and bigoted.  In this system the only sin is calling corruption and ungodliness according to the way God sees it and revealed it to us.

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14 Years

June 6, 2008

Today is my 14th anniversary.  I have been blessed with a good wife.  With that in mind, I wish to express my gratitude to the Most High for her.  I will be spending the vast portion of the day with her, and I intend to laud her on Sunday before my sermon. 

 

That laud comes by way of a Puritan quote I found on a blog called Barry Dean 4 Christ.  The actual quote can be found on his Puritan Quotes page.

 

This quote reflects my intent to love her, even though I have failed to properly live out that intent from time to time.  The quote is from Thomas Hooker.

The man whose heart is endeared to the woman he loves…dreams of her in the night, hath her in his eye and apprehension when he awakes, museth on her as he sits at the table, walks with her when he travels… She lies in his bosom, and his heart trusts in her, which forceth all to confess that the stream of his affection, like a mighty current, runs with full tide and strength.

 

Thank you Lord for a good woman.  She is a dear blessing as my wife and an amazing mother.  Please let me live in appreciation of the marvelous person you made her to be.

Heresy

June 4, 2008

The quickest way to prevent heresy is to teach all truths, and the most certain way of refuting it is to expose them all.
                                                                                 – Blaise Pascal

Heresy is a dangerous word in today’s culture of tolerance.  Somehow and someway, all views are supposedly of equal validity.  How can this be?  This is especially troubling within Christianity.  As a Christian, I believe in the Bible and therefore in an absolute standard of right and wrong.

 

With this in mind, how much wrong must be in a concept before it is wholly wrong?  Or in other words, how much heresy can be tolerated?   Let us consider this very thing.

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Guilt

June 3, 2008

A few weeks ago, I posted an entry called Paternal Affections. In part, this entry dealt with my role as a father and the lack of a father I experienced as a child. I mentioned near the end that

Guilt.

Should I give him another chance? This question is plaguing me. I am bitter. Yet, I believe bitterness is wrong. I fear what his on again off again relationship will do to the emotions of my children. Yet, what will they learn if I encourage them to ignore their flesh and blood.

Guilt.

Should I write? Should I encourage him? Can there be healing?

As soon as I know, I guess I’ll write about it. Until then, if you know – how about some help?

As it turns out, someone that emailed me about my blogging knows my father and decided to forward a link to this blog post. My father felt that I was misinformed. As I asked for help, in a way, he responded to that. He replied on the back of a printout of the post, but not all of the post was there. So I wonder if he read the passage I have now quoted.

But for now, since he did not enter a post in the comments of the blog, let me post his comments and concerns now. He felt that I was unfair in some things, so let’s take a look.

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Weekly Quote

June 1, 2008

The things you own end up owning you.

– Tyler Durden

 

I began thinking of this quote earlier in the week.  I love reading.  I love reading Stephen King books.  I just finished reading Needful Things.  Between Mr. King and the wise Mr. Durden, I found myself being reminded that I need not blindly pursue capitalism to make my dreams come true.

 

Kids embody extremes of capitalism.  They want everything they see (at least in any toy aisle).  They have no concept of enough.  Don’t believe me?  Think about tummy aches on November 1st.

 

The Bible says something about this as well…

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Such a Fine Boy

May 30, 2008

Ethan bike crop My Son!

 

Today is my son’s birthday.

 

Psalm 127:3-5a in the New International Version reads:

3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
       children a reward from him.

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
       are sons born in one’s youth.

5 Blessed is the man
       whose quiver is full of them.

I would like to celebrate my son. 

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