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Jonathan Edwards' Leadership

I'm finding George Marsden's biography on Jonathan Edwards to be quite a page-turner. I've read about half, up to 1742 when the Great Awakening has faded into schisms between various "Old Light" (conservative) and "New Light"(pro-revivalists) factions.   So far, I'm most intrigued by Edwards' church leadership even more than his theological understanding. Here's a leader who presided over two outpourings of God's Spirit in 1735-36 and again in 1740-1741. A deeply spiritual man, deeply biblical, gloriously dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, these revivals were not sustained and led to more trouble than blessing. Were they authentic? They seem to be. Did God intend a blessing that somehow became a burden? Could this have been prevented? Could the blessing have been sustained?...

International Students Learn to Square Dance

The annual event to welcome new international students to the University of Texas continued for a second weekend.  ISFM and other campus ministries hosted a Square Dance in the Texas Union ballroom.  Several hundred students from 27 countries experienced a true American tradition.  Our "square" included students from Spain, Germany, Japan, and Lithuania...

Pre-World War 2 Europe

I just finished reading Chesterton's The End of the Armistice, a collection of essays from the 1920's - mid 1930's.  Chesterton foresaw the coming revival of barbarian paganism in Prussia, and the devastating effect it would have on a continent unwilling to face the reality of this evil worldview.  He distinguishes "Prussia" from Germany, indicting Prussianism as a barbaric pride that will twist everything to its own selfish ends.  Chesterton's foresight unfortunately proved true in the horrors of Nazi Germany.  This is a great "period" historical document helpful in understanding the turbulent, confusing days that were the first half of the 20th century...

When Less is More

In recent years, our family has been part of a large church and now a small church of about 15 families. The dynamics of relationships in these two settings is interesting. One example is when a family in the church moves to a new house.  The response to requests for help with the move illustrate a principle, I think....

Great Book: Home Educating with Confidence

Most of us have said at one time "Why doesn't someone write a book about _______ ?"  Having read dozens of books on parenting and homeschooling and experiencing fatherhood first hand for 14+ years, I felt there was still a need for a book that better combined the principles of parenting with practical ideas that worked.  The book would reflect parenting as a whole, but necessarily focus heavily on discipleship and education.  All with strong biblical emphasis and a winsome readable style.  Having begun to wonder if perhaps I should try to write such a book, I am elated to find that the book is already available! ...

Golf with Dad

Dad and I played golf at Augusta Pines golf course near Houston.  This is the site of the annual Administaff Small Business Classic tournament on the PGA Champions Tour.   Last year we worked on the Golf Channel team during the tournament and were given free vouchers to play the course...

Riding the Creek

The recent rains have made just about any stream or creek in the Austin area a delight for swimmers.  We took advantage of a sunny day to shoot the rapids on a nearby creek...

Austin Farmer's Market

We visited the weekly Farmer's Market in downtown Austin last Saturday, dropping by the Ardoin family's booth...

12 Weeks To Go

Tiffany had a sonogram yesterday. Praise the Lord, all is well from what they can see. The office had a new sonogram machine that makes a 3D photo of the baby...

Pirates of Penzance - CCSA Summer Musical

Grace performed in CCSA's summer musical, The Pirates of Penzance...

Biblical Church

Books I found helpful as I began a more serious study of the Bible's direction on church leadership, structure, and function...

Frio River Vacation

The Frio River was glorious as usual...

  

Universe Beyond Understanding

If things keep going the way they are...in 100 billion years the only galaxies left visible in the sky will be the half-dozen or so bound together gravitationally...Unable to see any galaxies flying away, those astronomers will not know the universe is expanding and will think instead that they are back in the static island universe of Einstein.
“observers in our ‘island universe’ will be fundamentally incapable of determining the true nature of the universe.”  

"...fundamentally incapable of determining the true nature of the universe."  Hmm, the New York Times admits that humanity's scientific endeavor may have fundamental limitations?  Has a dangerous cat escaped from a formerly impenetrable bag?...

Emily's Baptism

Our church recently enjoyed a Sunday afternoon of baptisms, food, games, and friendship.  12 were baptized, including our second daughter Emily.

Father/Daughter Banquet

Several families in our church recently hosted a Father/Daughter banquet. We enjoyed a wonderful meal together. Each father and his daughters shared a table with one other father and his daughters (except for one family which filled a table with daughters from the same family!)...