Predestination and Free Will (Part I)

Recent comments on my blog have caused me to realize that a misunderstanding of how predestination and free will work together can be an impediment to belief. I hesitated to attempt to address this in my blog. It's a complicated subject, and Christians have been arguing (sometimes not very nicely) about it for centuries. In…

My Experience with the Police

Having been on the planet for a while, I've had the occasional experience with the police. Some of those experiences have been positive, some less so. I thought it might be instructive to describe some of those experiences and what I learned from them. The Breakdown While one my way home driving down the interstate,…

Interactions

We were "zooming" with our children when my oldest son became agitated upon learning that in some states, pig farmers are on the verge of slaughtering and then burying their pigs. Why? Because meat processing plants are being shutdown because of fears of COVID-19. They can't sell their pigs to the meat processing plants. You…

Don’t Lose Your Courage

When our family was young, we went on vacation. At that time, we had three children: two girls 7 and 2 and one boy of 5. We were eating outside our KOA (Kampgrounds of America) cabin when a number of yellow jackets who had nested near our cabin, attracted by the food, descended upon us.…

Fear

Having lived through the Hong Kong Flu, the Swine (or Avian) Flu (H1N1), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and a previous outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), I have to say I have seen nothing like this. My first Reaction To me, it appeared that we were over-reacting. Some of…

Me and Smite

In case you, like me, have no idea what "Smite" is, let me enlighten you. Smite is a video game in which you, the player, get to pretend to be one of the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse, Indian, or any other god. Two groups of players, five on each team, each assume one of these…

Grandchildren at Christmas

Our daughter and granddaughter, who I will call "Brenda" and "Sophie" in this blog (obviously not their real names!) have been living with us and will do so until later in 2020 when Brenda marries her fiance, "Peyton." (Also not his real name.) Sophie calls my wife and me "Oma" and "Opa" which is German…

The New Basket Weaving

When I was a young man, one of the big scandals of the day were classes in Universities and Colleges that instructed students in the difficult and taxing skill of basket weaving. Now, I have nothing against weaving baskets by hands, and I acknowledge it takes skill, but these were college classes. According to the…

Misadventures in Childrearing

Because I'm on vacation and couldn't think of anything else to do, I've decided to print an except from my book Misadventures in Childrearing in an attempt to entice you to purchase it. My wife and oldest son convinced me to start this blog because they said more people might purchase my books. (They were…