August 24, 2010

let me be honest. i feel a little awkward proclaiming on my blog that i have read and am reviewing this book.

i’ve been married for six years and my wife and i have a soon-to-be-three year old and a one year old. at first this seems like the kind of book for folks who are older and who have kids older. however, it’s a great resource for couples of all ages and life stages.

the subtitle lays out the goal of the book: “Discover how to enjoy life with your spouse while raising your kids.”

Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham wrote the book.

GREAT PARENTS, LOUSY LOVERS is a great read for married couples.

it’s funny. it’s full of sound advice and wisdom. it’s also very practical.

read GREAT PARENTS, LOUSY LOVERS; your marriage and all-around family life could use it.

*NOTE: Tyndale Publishing gave me a free copy of GREAT PARENTS, LOUSY LOVERS for a review posting on my blog. For more information check out the Tyndale Blog Network.


Abraham and Isaac

August 22, 2010

this is a painting by Rembrandt. it depicts a scene from Genesis 22 when the angel of the LORD stops Abraham from killing his son Isaac.

this is one of the most challenging stories in the Bible. it is extremely demanding; theologically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. 

God asks Abraham to kill and sacrifice his son, his only son, Isaac, whom he loves. 

it’s a “test.” and as with any test there is the possibility of passing or failing.

luckily, Abraham passes. a ram is provided for the burnt offering instead of Issac, and the promise first given to Abraham in Genesis 12 is reaffirmed here in chapter 22.

there are so many things to think about and so many questions to ask in this passage.

this is a dark passage; cold and cruel. our North American and 21st Century ears would call it barbaric. how could God ask Abraham (or anyone) to kill and sacrifice his son (or anyone)?

beyond the horrific nature of this story, there are beautiful allusions to the Gospel.

Martin Luther once read this passage for family devotions (awkward) and his wife, Katie, couldn’t believe it. she said God would never have treated his son like that. Luther replied: “But he did.”

he did.

God did treat his son this way. God sacrificed his son, his only son, Jesus, whom he loves, on the altar of the cross to bring salvation to every child, woman, and man on the face of the earth.

celebrity look-a-like: Micah Braye and Harry from Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs

August 15, 2010


August 3, 2010

Inception is filmmaking perfection.

this is the movie of the summer; the movie of the year; the movie of the decade.