Warrior Children

February 25, 2022

What is it you want for your kids? I hope its more than they turn out happy, successful, and come home for the holidays. A few weeks back in the blog “Have Some Kids,” I quoted Psalm 127:3-5. The passage that speaks of children being “arrows in the hand of a warrior” and blessed is the man “who fills his quiver with them.” The psalmist has chosen his metaphor. Children are weapons. But weapons for what? In short, children are weapons to advance the Kingdom of God. That means they aren’t to be idols. That means they aren’t to be…

We’d Choose the Sunny Side

February 18, 2022

Samuel Rutherford would have been a great pen pal. The 17th century Scottish pastor did his best work, like John Bunyan, with pen in hand while imprisoned for the gospel. His opponents tried to silence him. What they ended up doing was extending his ministry reach centuries through his letters. Spurgeon gave them the highest compliment a man putting pen to paper could receive, saying of them they were “the nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of mere men.” In one of Rutherford’s letters, he writes to a friend, vulnerably communicating his resolve to…

Mr. Big Man’s Demise

February 4, 2022

Mr. Big Man lived in his Bubble. A better term would be Iron Dome. Nothing penetrated his world. Secure in his worldview, Mr. Big Man and a few cronies were well past thinking themselves the smartest in the room. They believed themselves the smartest ever. No, really. They did. Ever. So, Mr. Big Man declared Emergency. It was a clever ploy made by a not-so-clever man. Emergency meant no room for debate. Decisions must be made. Right now. Checks and balances? That’s so constitutional. Nice concepts from civics and all. But come on, there’s Emergency. Mr. Big Man was needed.…

Have Some Kids

January 28, 2022

I was boning up on my C.R. Wiley this week, taking off the shelf my copy of “The Household and the War for the Cosmos,” given that he will be our guest speaker a week from this Saturday at our Men’s Breakfast. I was reminded of a quote from the book I found particularly insightful: When people believe in the future, they tend to fill it with little copies of themselves. Children are a vote of confidence. Today, the most pampered people in the history of the world can’t be bothered. Some of them go so far as to say…

The Shadow

January 14, 2022

The Shadow was growing. Darkness was on the move; light seemed to be in retreat. A nervous fear gripped many. Some hid while others didn’t want to talk about it. But there were some that wanted to know what to do. But formerly trusted voices were silent. A few of those voices spoke out but mostly mumbled when they did. And the few voices that did speak clearly became targets. The Shadow pounced on any resistance. And that had its desired effect. Defiance was snuffed. It was not like the Shadow was new. But for years the Shadow had stayed…

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