March, 2008

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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Cultivating seeds to plants…

Perhaps this blog should wait a few weeks, when green grass is abundant and the dogwoods and crabapple trees are ripe with flowers. But it could not, because Spring is coming, in fact it is already peaking around the corner. My green thumb began itching and there was nothing that could be done: except to

Weekend Reading…Reviews

1. My wife and I took the kids to see Horton Hears A Who this week. I slept through a portion of the movie so imagine my surprise when I read this interesting and thoughtful review. Why didn’t I see that? 2. A few months ago I read Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David

Who Teaches Kids To Lie?

Everyone knows that kids lie. They lie for all the same reasons that adults lie: to avoid trouble, gain an advantage, or increase their happiness. But why do kids lie? Po Bonson used some recently published research to answer that question in a recent edition of New York Magazine. Much of the article was devoted

More on Worry: A Simple Children’s Lesson at 3:30 a.m.

3:30 a.m. glows the green clock on my bedside table. I shift positions and let out a sigh. One quick glance at Nathan sleeping peacefully next to me reminds me of how alone I am in the dark with my thoughts. Then, the stream of irrational worrying begins. “Not another one of these nights!” I

A Brief Meditation On Worry

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Worry is dangerous because it is connected to self-exaltation. The sinful flesh loves the rush that comes from believing that all

Common Grace-Pt. 2

In the previous post, I listed several biblical examples of God showering grace upon even those who don’t truly worship and follow him. And before I point out a few practical applications of this doctrine of common grace, I wanted to draw attention to two more places in which we see it supported in the

Do you see like God sees? Part 2

In the last post, I referenced this image of a spinning woman to illustrate the fact that even though 2 people are looking at the exact same thing, they may see it very differently. The same is true of our world, our reality. There is only one commonly shared reality in which we all live,

Subliminal Influences

Watch this 6 minute video. It’s well worth the time. (HT: Jollyblogger) Clearly the point of the video is that we are constantly being influenced without even recognizing it. It’s especially enjoyable to see this “trick” played on two advertising gurus since advertisers no doubt use this kind of influence for their client’s advantage. But

The Pet Aisle

43 billion. That’s a lot. For the time being, stick that number in the back of your memory banks as I tell a little story: A Kenyan family, let’s call them the Smiths (probably not many Smiths in Kenya, but just roll with it), was visiting a pastor here in the United States, let’s call

Evolution, Eliot Spitzer, And World View

By now everyone is very familiar with Eliot Spitzer’s adulterous relationship with “Kristen” from the high priced Emperor’s Club and his subsequent resignation from the New York Governor’s office. What you might have missed is an opinion piece in the L. A. Times by David P. Barash, an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at