At our church, we take communion every Sunday. I have grown up doing this and I find that when I visit another church that doesn’t do this, I miss it. But what is this about? Why do we do this? It is really kind of an odd thing. We eat a little cracker or baked bread (sometimes very baked bread) and drink a tiny little bit of grape juice and were done. A whole 20 seconds of this “meal” that often takes 5-10 minutes or so as someone rambles on with their mini-sermon and then we wait for everyone else to have their 20 seconds of “feasting” on the cracker and thimble full of grape juice.

So why do we do this every Sunday?

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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”