Garden Time

I enjoy garden and yard work.  Growing up, we always had a fairly large garden.  I spent a lot of time working in the garden and enjoyed it.  As I spent hours digging up the garden by hand (we didn’t have a roto-tiller), I would pretend I was a forest firefighter digging a fire break and saving a small city… or a soldier digging up mines and saving the platoon.  I haven’t done much gardening since then, though.  Houston is very different from Kansas and I’m having to re-learn everything. Continue reading “Garden Time”

Crossing the Line

As a dad, I want to help and encourage my kids in all their endeavors.  I want them to learn a healthy work ethic, to do what it takes to be good at what they do.  But there is a line somewhere between encouraging them and pushing them.  The line between having a good work ethic and being a kid.  Sometimes I cross that line and push a bit much, probably because I’m not sure where that line is.

I often hear people say “you have to start them in (sports/dance/music, etc.) early if they are going to be successful at it.”  I haven’t bought in to that way of thinking and do not agree with it.  What five year old knows what he wants to do with the rest of his life? Continue reading “Crossing the Line”

Why Church?

Seems to me we sometimes get confused on the purpose of the church.  We seem to have developed this mindset that “the church” is responsible for reaching the unchurched.  If we have the right style of worship, the right music, the right pastor, or the right programs, people will come and that is all we need to do.  Referring to last week’s post, I do believe that every church has a purpose and each church is going to attract a different group of people.  Programs, worship, and all the other stuff is useful and good, but it is not the main thing. Continue reading “Why Church?”