For the past four weeks, Norma Jean and I have been living and working with the church in Madrid, Iowa.
In addition to preaching each Sunday and working with their fine young preacher, Stefan Richardson, the shepherds asked me to teach some classes on Parenting. Our theme has been Parenting with Purpose. Continue reading
My childhood years in the 1950’s were a time of innocence and isolation from so many evils in the world we see today on a regular basis.
Saturday mornings were usually filled with watching cartoons like The Woody Woodpecker show, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse and Yogi Bear. Parents didn’t have too worry about what we were watching. The cartoons were harmless fun.
And many shows like “Father Knows Best,” and “Leave it to Beaver” taught some basic moral principles that were generally accepted by most people.
Today it’s different. Continue reading
A young father was pushing a shopping cart in a grocery store while trying to contain a screaming, thrashing baby boy.
Very softy he kept repeating encouraging words like “Calm down, Brian.” “Don’t yell, Brian.” “Don’t get excited, Brian.” “It’s going to be ok, Brian.”
A woman observing the father’s calm demeanor offered her approval. “You are certainly to be commended, young man, for being so patient and trying to soothe little Brian.” Continue reading
You remember Murphy? And his laws?
The “original” corollary, at least according to one web site reads: “If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.”
More popularly Murphy’s law has been condensed simply to “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” Murphy also said, “Left to themselves things always go from bad to worse.” Continue reading