Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day 2011 - Wherever you are...

Louis (l) and Dad (r)
I will not be able to see Dad on Father's Day. While I'll be staying in his house after meeting #1 daughter on her return from Italy, Dad will not be there. I'm not absolutely sure where he's going to be. See, he's on a road-trip of his own...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan - A Summaview

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless GodCrazy Love is a book I've had on my "to read" list for quite some time. I wish I had gotten to it a lot sooner. Published in 2008 when Chan was serving as pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA, this book is not unlike David Platt's Radical in calling Christians to a lifestyle of total, sold-out obedience to a soverign God. Today, Chan's ministry is one of full-time writing and speaking and I'm greatly anticipating his next book, Erasing Hell: What God says about eternity and the things we made up, which releases in July.

I read this book because I am not immune to creeping staleness in my walk with God. There, I said it.

Let It Rain

photo © Michael Jastremski
There were thunderstorms overnight. Given our extreme drought, they were very welcomed. As I drove to the office this morning, a flood of reflections washed through my mind. Without a great deal of polish, I present them here.
  • As soon as the lightning and thunder began, I saw the light across the hall come on. I knew #1 son would soon make his way to our room. Sure enough, he crawled over us and snuggled in for the rest of the night. When storms come in our lives, it's good to have a place of comfort and people who we trust to reassure us that all is well. He went back to sleep. I did too - well, sort of.