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Children and Questioning the Faith

'Questioned Proposal' photo (c) 2008, Ethan Lofton - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ever get stumped by a question from your kids? Questions from our kids can be annoying at times especially when our kids are in the toddler stage. But sometimes the questions our kids ask are an eye into their soul. Asking questions and how we react to their questions is an important part of our child’s faith development.

Our youngest daughter Norah (5) blurted out a question one Sunday after church that just surprised us. We were talking with the girls about communion and what they learned in Children’s Church. Read the rest of this entry

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Thank You Missy and Gabby

These London Olympic Games are the first Olympics that my two daughters will remember. At 7 and 5 years old, my daughters are drawn to the female swimmers and gymnasts. After watching their new heroes Missy Franklin and Gabby Douglas, they are both asking when they can join a gymnastics team and a swimming team. Our couches have become diving boards and balance beams. They even used their legos to build their own Olympic venues as you can see above.

As a father, I am so thankful that my daughters are looking up to and finding role models in women with excellent character like Missy and Gabby. Here are two Olympians who love the sport they have devoted themselves to and find joy in excellence. Both Missy and Gabby have given God glory for their success on the Olympic stage. They have competed with smiles on their faces. Their joy is contagious.

So thank you Missy and Gabby for exemplifying the kind of women I want my daughters to grow up to be. Thank you for showing my daughters that sports can be fun and that women deserve to be spotlighted in the Olympics.

Movements of the Spirit

I am on a quest to experience deeper movements of the Holy Spirit in my life right now. Through Him I can have the power to become the man God wants me to be.

Paul writes to the followers of Christ in Corinth, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Hillary and I don’t know exactly what the future looks like for our family. We are seeking God for a job in Denver and a place to lay down roots in a place that really is home for us and the girls. We are taking it day by day knowing that God is along with us to provide. There isn’t a better place to rest. My prayer this morning is that with the power of the Spirit I will move from:

WORRY to

FAITH

DISCOURAGEMENT to

HOPE

SELFISHNESS to

LOVE

Tim Tebow and Bad Theology

I love the Denver Broncos. So much so, that it is actually good for us to live in Illinois so I can’t watch the Broncos every Sunday. My kids don’t have to see me yell at the TV anymore on Sunday afternoons. This year I have not missed watching the Broncos play because the first few games were awful. Recently the tide has turned for the Broncos thanks to the “messiah” Tim Tebow. The Denver Broncos are now 4-1 with Tebow at quarterback.

When Tim started as QB I was not a believer. How can a NFL quarterback be successful if he doesn’t have a passing game? Right now I don’t care about Tebow’s stats because he is winning. Last year Kyle Orton had great stats but he couldn’t win games when it counted. Now Tebow’s stats aren’t great but he is winning games. Last night’s last minute drive was unbelievable. I’m now a believer! Though he is unconventional, he is the QB for the Broncos. AFC West title here we come!

But here is what I don’t like about the Tebow phenomenon. It has nothing to do with Tebow’s deep faith. Honestly I think his testimony is great and his faith in the Lord is giving him the strength to stand up against immense criticism.

But what frustrates me is how some Christians say that God is blessing the Broncos with wins because of Tim’s faith. What kind of theology is that? What about guys on other teams who have a deep faith but their team doesn’t win? Do we actually think that God is concerned with football teams winning? It seems that the theology of God’s blessing is based on an equation. If we have a deep faith in God then God will bless us with success.

Tell that to believers in Iran who are suffering for standing up for Christ. Tell that to the eleven disciples of Christ who suffered and died for their faith. Tell that to impoverished believers all across the world who don’t have shelter or food to eat tonight. I don’t know where this flawed theology comes from but it frustrates me. We are selfish to think that God will bless us with success if we have a deep faith.

I think God smiles when he sees Tim Tebow play great football have practice a consistent faith in front of his critics. But I don’t think he is blessing the Broncos with wins because of it. The Broncos are just playing great football when it counts and the Jets fell apart at the last minute.

Am I wrong? Where does this bad theology come from?