Some of my favorite readings from the week for your weekend reading.
Learn to Say Yes to Your Children Too. I’ll save this one for any kiddos the Lord may bless me with. “Parents often need to say “no” to requests kids make that aren’t good for them, and that kids need to hear parents say “no” to bad behaviors. But he observed that much of what parents say “no” to are opportunities to play, read or just talk to their kids. “Look for opportunities to say ‘yes’ while you still can,” he said, “before they stop asking.”
Lessons from a 95-Year-Old Warrior. Don’t pass this up. “My 95-year old dad, JJ, who landed on the beaches of Normandy 30 days after D-Day, spent a good amount of time in France in the War. He said when a soldier was wounded or they couldn’t get supplies, or they had to sleep in muddy trenches, they’d simply shrug their shoulders and say, “C’est la guerre.” Hey, it’s the war, what do you expect? My Dad is in the hospital now.”
Three Lessons from Ken Ham’s Debate with Bill Nye (the Science Guy). “I was one of the thousands whose internet browsers were humming on February 4 with the video feed coming from the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky…I found the debate to be instructive, and would like to highlight three points that I thought were of interest.”
The Old Testament in 10 Minutes + The New Testament in 10 Minutes. Two videos with two (very articulate) men explaining the Old and New Testaments in 10 minutes each. Well worth the time.
What One Youth Pastor Did to the Man Who Killed His Wife & Unborn Child. “Erik Fitzgerald was a youth pastor in Georgia when he awoke one day to the terrible news that his wife and son had been killed in a car accident. The video above is the story of what happened after he met the man driving the other car.”
My Favorite Response to Donald Miller. Donald Miller recently wrote a piece where he explained that he no longer goes to church because he doesn’t connect with God through it. There were lots of very good responses, but this one was my favorite. “I don’t know how we can say we love and belong to the church without loving and belonging to a church. Or saying we want to connect with God, but we won’t listen to God’s Word for only 45 minutes out of all the minutes in a week…Our love and unity with the church should manifest itself in a church. Our listening to God means listening to his Word—spoken and sung.” I also recommend Denny Burk’s response as a very close second.
What Does It Look Like When Christians Open their Own Bible for the First Time? Like this. Amazing. May we never take the printed Word for granted.
Never the Same. “The Sawi were headhunters and cannibals when Don and Carol Richardson arrived in their Indonesian village carrying their seven-month-old boy, Steve—and a message that would change the tribe forever…”
Never the Same from Pioneers-USA on Vimeo.