Thursday, March 28, 2019

Early Admission

The recent college admissions scandal has grabbed headlines for the last couple of weeks. Apparently, wealthy parents (some celebrities) have paid large sums of money and falsified test scores and athletic accomplishments in order to get their kids into top schools. I read an article that explains that this highly visible scandal is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to parents overparenting their kids. Caroline and I were blessed with two phenomenal children.  I'm sure we messed a bunch of stuff up along the way, but I remember getting a call from my high school age daughter when she had blown out a tire on our car after she hit a curb. "Dad, I don't know what to do."  I gave her the name of the tire shop that we used regularly and asked her to get the tire replaced.  I remember vividly saying, "You can't just show up and tell them to put on a new tire.  You need to call them before you go and get a price.  They have a different price for walk-ins." She has told me since then that she was horrified to make that call, but we look back on it now and laugh. I hope that story is one of many where we gave our kids the responsibility they deserved to handle things on their own when it was very tempting to drop everything and bail them out.  In thinking back to the current college admissions scandal, I wonder if the kids knew what the parents were doing for them while it was going on and what a terrible scar this will leave on them.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Morgan and Akeptous

Morgan Freeman will be filming the third season of National Geographic's "The Story of God" in Israel.  The show has spotlighted several world religions, but an archeological discovery at a prison in 2005 will be highlighted in this documentary on Christianity.  A mosaic dating back to 230 AD which ascribes divinity to Jesus was uncovered in what is thought to be one of the many "house churches" that served as the seeds for the growth of Christianity.  The mosaic references a woman, Akeptous, which confirms the importance of women  in the early churches.  We had our weekly ConnectGroup meeting in our home last night.  It is comforting for me to be a part of a tradition that has endured and flourished for 2000 years.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Rules and Regs

Last night in our ConnectGroup meeting, we focused on the closing verses of Colossians 2.  In Paul's letter to the church in Colossae, he is warning the members not to be distracted by the people who are adding rules of conduct that would serve to elevate some believers above others.  That sparked a lively discussion in our group about which current day rules are "good" rules and which ones aren't, and more importantly, who gets to decide.  How does this look to people outside the Christian faith who see us picking and choosing which ones to follow and which ones not to?  Well, regrettably, we weren't able to come up with all the answers, but we were are able to lean on verse 17, "These (rules) are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to  Christ."  We believe that He was pleased with our struggle to find the answers last night - and always.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The White Stuff

I got the opportunity for a boys-only road trip with my son, Michael, and my grandson, Levi.   We will be skiing for two days in NC.   It’s a little hard to break away from work, especially when Michael is my real estate partner, but it is so worth it.  I have had two trips with Michael’s older son, Evan, but this is a first for Levi.  I hope Levi is able to manage the white stuff on the slopes as well as he is managing the white stuff at Chick-fil-A on the way up!