Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Because... Robert McCloskey

McCloskey is the writer Caldecott-winning children's books from decades ago. I loved them as a child and my children loved them, too. Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, Make Way for Ducklings, and others

All are available on amazon. Don't buy the story tapes. Enjoy the illustrations and chuckle over the story together.

Sarah used to try to put her little foot on the page and step into Sal's mom's kitchen. I wanted to go there, too.


With Us and For Us

If you haven't heard this old song by Michael Card I recommend it. Unlike other kings and kingdoms, which rise and fall, our King and his kingdom never diminish or crumble. Unlike pagan gods who rape and trick, our loving God gives and provides. God's name is good comfort to remind us that our God is with us and for us and against him nothing can stand.

Immanuel by Michael Card

Monday, April 21, 2014

Be Glad

After Easter,
excerpts from Be Ye Glad by MK Blanchard

From the dungeon a rumor is stirring.
You have heard it again and again.
But this time the cell keys are turning,
and outside there are faces of friends.
And though your body lay weary from wasting,
and your eyes show the sorrow they've had.
Oh the love that your heart is now tasting
has opened the gate, Be Ye Glad.

Oh, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad,
Every debt that you ever had
Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord,
Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad.

So be like lights on the rim of the water,
giving hope in a storm sea of night.
Be a refuge amidst the slaughter,
for these fugitives in their flight.
For you are timeless and part of a puzzle.
You are winsome and young as a lad.
And there is no disease or no struggle,
That can pull you from God

Oh, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad,
Every debt that you ever had
Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord,
Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad.

Link to Glad singing "Be Ye Glad"

Friday, April 18, 2014

"Heavy Cloud, No Rain"

Texas has long periods of drought. In this clip, one Texas hill-country man discusses how he has improved the situation on his land.

Drought Relief Link 

And here is a link to the Montgomery Farm green home right here in Allen, Texas. Our friend and an elder at our church, Lee Hall, was the builder. The home is beautiful, as well as innovative.

Allen, Texas Green Home Link

Texans are used to living in a harsh environment and have some innovative solutions for preserving precious resources.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Global Views of Morality

Interesting, country-by-country breakdown of what people see as moral vs. non-moral issues. (A family member found this article and I am re-posting.)


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Forensic description of a man from Jesus' time and place

Forensic scientists put together a description of what a typical rural Jewish male carpenter in Jesus' time may have looked like.

Of course, in God's providence, we do not know what Christ himself looked like, so excuse the attention-grabbing title of the article ("The Real Face of Jesus"). And I think it's just an assumption that he was a carpenter like his adoptive father, Joseph. One would expect an oldest son to follow in the footsteps of his father, but I don't think that would be a definite, especially in this case. Given his history, his innate skills -- impressing temple rabbis at a tender age, and the way people address him, might his parents have had him trained as a rabbi? This  is an unconventional view, perhaps, but doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility.

This is a picture of a vigorous, outdoor person, one who could travel widely on foot, preach for long periods to crowds while balancing in a boat, dandle children on his knee, turn over tables in the temple. He might not have looked like the slender, soft-skinned, fair man we see in children's Bibles.


God. With. Us

God Is Not Fate