Rainbows as Reminders

Rainbows as Reminders

Have you ever had moments of desperation? Seasons of life that drive you to your knees? To your face? Not necessarily a moment or season of difficult circumstances or outward trials, but an inward hunger and thirst for righteousness – right-ness with your Lord. The anguish of heart, as you desire to know that you are pleasing Him first and foremost – not yourself and not merely a people-pleaser. Do you ever have an overwhelmingly keen sense of your own inadequacy? The “Whom am I Lord…?” syndrome? Who am I Lord… … to steward the lives of these children? … to respect and help my husband? … to teach your word to others? … to minister to other parents? … to lead areas of a national homeschooling organization? … to teach my children at home? … to manage the monthly grocery bill?!!! Often times these roles and responsibilities overwhelm me like a flood! My frailties floating higher and higher around me. How about you? Do you ever feel that you will drown in the sheer volume of responsibilities contained in your day-to-day life? Do you ever need a reminder that He is in charge? That He oversees the affairs of your life? That He will not allow the flood to overtake you? Well… these last few months have been like this for me. This morning I intentionally cried out to God and poured out my heart before Him! Wrestling with Him for His perfect work in my life, in lives of our family, in our community, in our church, in Classical Conversations and beyond. As I went out to...
Memorials Help Us Keep Perspective…

Memorials Help Us Keep Perspective…

Have you ever noticed how easily we forget the blessings that have been bestowed upon us? How quickly your day, week, month or year can turn into a series of difficulties or frustrations? Depending on our personality and upbringing, we either have a tendency to see life as a glass “half-empty” or as a glass “half-full”. Regretfully, the first describes my mode of thinking more often than the later.   Perhaps you have heard attitude determines altitude, I have come to embrace the idea that my thought-life and the filter through which I view life – must continually be cleaned and adjusted! Several years ago, when my children were very young and through a series of  “parenting refinements”, I was introduced to this idea of a memorial box. As the Lord often commanded his people to remember (crossing the river with Joshua, feasts, the Lord’s supper, etc…), so the Lord commands us to remember. So here is our modest, authentic and rather tacky-looking memorial box… So what has our family put in it? It has to meet one of two criteria: (1) It reminds us concretely of a situation or circumstance where the Lord uniquely worked in the life of our family or a family member or (2) Provide a significant or pivotal memory in the life of the family member. Here you see our overflowing ten-year-old memorial box. (We need to store some of the contents to make room for more.) Driver’s license plate reminds us an old car we received as a GIFT when we desperately needed a second car. The Bible is a memorial to when...
Christianity – Science’s Cultivator or Crippler?

Christianity – Science’s Cultivator or Crippler?

Where and when did scientific thinking rise on the canvas of God’s landscape of history? What was the scenery like? What was to soil composed of? For hundreds of years, civilizations rose and fell without the benefit or discovery of scientific philosophy.  Historians divide history into three stages: The ancient world – regarded as brilliant though limited in its scientific understanding The medieval world – dismissed as a time of intellectual and cultural desolation (the dark ages) The modern world – heralded as a time when reason and enlightenment arose to dispel the myths of medieval superstition. History is not a pond, it is a stream, and in recent years this simple outline has been challenged, particularly the negative characterization of the medieval period and its role in providing the fertile soil for modern science. Following the stream of history, we find modern scientific thought sprung forth in western, christianized Europe. People in pagan cultures who see nature as alive and moved by mysterious forces are not likely to develop the conviction that all natural occurrences are lawful and intelligible. (Soul of Science p26) The world does not have its own inherent rationality, but it is intelligible because it reflects God’s rationality. (Soul of Science p 33) God’s creation, set in the proper context of a biblical world view,  is reality and revelation. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:20) Creation could be studied and in that study men could be pointed back...