1/24/2017

Books

I like to read. In fact, I received six books for Christmas and I have already read them plus two more that my husband received!

So what did I read?

Three PG Wodehouse books. Wodehouse wrote humorous fiction and his books are all light-hearted and fun. They are usually about young men and their escapades with aunts, money, and young women. He wrote the Jeeves and Wooster series which was made into a British TV series. These are books I like to read when I don't want to think--great bedtime reading!


      

I also did some serious reading. Hank Hanegraaff's The Apocalypse Code brought into question the whole idea of how the book of Revelation is interpreted. It was challenging to see questions raised about the accepted viewpoint of the rapture of the church ahead of a seven year tribulation among other things. It is a book I will definitely read again in order to fully develop my understanding of both views.




Tim Challis' short book Do More Better offered advice on how to be more productive and how to think more about glorifying God and doing good works. I have been able to incorporate some of his ideas into my daily routine.








And my last Christmas book, Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz, proved to be interesting reading. Katz turns his recipe book into a life story. Even though his lifestyle is decidedly not Christian, he offers a wealth of knowledge on fermenting vegetables, milk, grains, etc. This book is a great resource for getting back to more natural ways of making and preserving foods.






In addition, I read Brain Rules by John Medina. Although the book is written from an evolutionary perspective, the twelve ideas explaining how the brain works were helpful. Medina is an entertaining writer, and his ideas could do much to help us do a better job of teaching children. For example, the average person will only pay attention for about ten minutes. If nothing changes, they will tune out. So it is important to change things up or ask questions when in front of a group.


And the latest volume I've read is a children's book, Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beaseley. It is a wonderful tale for children, but I liked it and could not wait to find out how it ended. I'd definitely recommend this imaginative book.











Most importantly, I've decided to read the Bible through this year, and I am presently working on Genesis, Psalms, and Proverbs. It is good to be familiar with the book that is most important to me and affects my life the most.

11/27/2016

Thoughts on The Christmas Candle

Holmes and I watched The Christmas Candle last night. Although scripture was used throughout the movie, we were disappointed in the theology and were unsure of the basic premise. Perhaps it was meant to be a sweet story with a little Bible tucked in. The crux of the tale is that a magical candle, brought by an angel, is supposed to give the recipient good luck if they pray while it is lighted. Of course, things go wrong with the candle, everyone prays anyway, and all goes right at the end.

The whole story was quaint but weird. We weren't sure what point the movie was trying to get across--trust in a candle? trust in prayer? everything turns out the way you want it to when you pray? Anyhow, if you watch it with children, be prepared to discuss the meaning and compare/contrast what the Bible says about prayer.

11/10/2016

On Voting and Racism

I have encountered "You are a racist if you voted for Trump" type statements on facebook a number of times since the election. It seems counterproductive to make a blanket statement like that. I'd much prefer a discussion of beliefs so that even if I didn't agree with the other person, I could at least understand and respect differences. Here are the thoughts I posted in response to one such statement:



"I don't vote for people because of their race or sex. I would have voted for another woman who agreed more with my viewpoints--a Condoleezza Rice or Carlee Fiorina for example. I would have gladly voted for Ben Carson (black), Marco Rubio (Cuban), or Bobby Jindal (Indian). I vote for people because of what they believe and say they will do. I mainly voted for Trump because he is pro-life and the Republican party stands more for the ideas I believe in. I wish he were a more upstanding person, and I pray for his success and that he will surround himself with good people. Most people I know who voted for Trump believe the same way. Some of my friends did not vote for either person because they felt that neither was worthy to be president, and I respect that decision. The important thing as a Christian is to love and serve God and to love others. If we seek God first, everything else will fall into place." (edited)

8/04/2016

Apathy rules. Few people pay attention or care. Even fewer vote. Perhaps we don't know how to think anymore, perhaps because we've forgotten how or never learned. We are sheep being led to the slaughter.

6/27/2016


We made recycled trash bag balls in GA when we studied Argentina. To make them, you need lots and lots of plastic bags and scrap paper to make a ball shape. Then cover the ball with duct tape or decorative tape. In Argentina, children who can't afford soccer balls make them out of trash and tape. Of course they don't have fancy tape!

6/20/2016

Will Christian colleges bite the dust?

California may soon legislate the extinction of Christian universities who stand for traditional marriage and for the integration of Christian beliefs in all of their studies. This is an interesting article that lays out the future:

https://mereorthodoxy.com/biola-california-non-discrimination-law-religious-liberty/