Thermoplastic vs. Kindness

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(This post first appeared at Theological Matters)

My truck this morning is carrying a large box filled with countless pieces of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, commonly known as Legos. Yes, every Lego my four children own—and I do mean every little brick, special piece, and Lego people part—is in a large box encompassing half the back seat of my truck. Wow, we have a lot of Legos! My retirement fund is secured not in gold bricks but in Lego bricks.

I confiscated all the Legos this morning after the children were arguing at DEFCON 1 over a particular Lego piece. They were not embodying the derivation of the word Lego, namely “play well.”[1] Altercations have periodically been going on over several weeks, each time a different piece of thermoplastic the focus of the argument. So, I informed the children that the Legos were going into “time out” until they have a chance to reflect on Ephesians 4:32, “be kind to one another.” We are not going to sacrifice brotherly love for a piece of plastic. Continue reading

Abortion Opposition – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

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(This post first appeared at Theological Matters)

Immediately on the heel of a stellar turnout for Evangelicals for Life and March for Life in spite of snowy and freezing weather, and Sanctity of Life Sunday last weekend, Monday appeared to usher several blows for those who oppose abortion. First, the Harris County District Attorney’s office announced that a regional franchise of Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, has been surprisingly cleared following a two-month-long investigation into the harvesting and selling of tissue from aborted fetuses and that instead two undercover videographers associated with the Center for Medical Progress were indicted for wrongdoing.[1][2] In addition, the Supreme Court blocked North Dakota’s fetal heartbeat law from taking affect by announcing it will not review a lower court’s decision.[3] What are we to do in light of these apparent set backs? Here are four actions for every believer of Jesus Christ: Continue reading

I Received a Black Eye – and I’m Proud of It

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(This post first appeared at Theological Matters)

Recently, I came to work with a periorbital hematoma, also known as a black eye. Everyone wanted to know what happened—did I run into a door, was I mugged, etc. I do not have an elaborate or heroic story explaining the black eye that would permit me to state, “You should see the other guy.” No, the story is much more straightforward. Simply stated, my 7-year-old son gave me a black eye … and I am proud of it. Continue reading

Table for Six, Please

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(This post first appeared at Theological Matters)

My family consists of six people—two adults and four children. Needless to say, in today’s economy, we do not eat out often. However, when we do eat out, there are numerous restaurants to which I cannot take the “Patrick 6.” First, there are the restaurants that possess tables bolted to the floor that fit a maximum of two or four people—there is no option of moving tables together short of breaking concrete. Then, there are the restaurants that possess large enough tables or the ability to move tables together, but they make it quite clear that they do not prefer children. I’ve even been coldly told, “We usually don’t have children here.” Finally, there are the restaurants that “tolerate” my family size but place us in the farthest corner a mile away from the other customers, afraid the children will make noise, throw food, or infect them. Yes, we’ve had other guests actually get up and move after we sit down.[1] Continue reading

Modern Day Molech

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This post is a rendition of a previous post published at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

With the release of an undercover video this week, the world learned, I hope, that a modern day Molech exists. Molech, as described in the Old Testament of the Bible, was an Ammonite god who required propitiatory child sacrifice. A couple sacrificed their firstborn by burning the child on a metal idol of Molech, believing that Molech would ensure financial prosperity for the family and future children. The Israelites were strictly forbidden to practice this form of worship (Leviticus 18:21, 20:2-5; 2 Kings 223:10; and Jeremiah 32:35) as it is in stark contradiction to the sanctity of life espoused throughout the Bible. Today’s Molech is the abortion industry, sacrificing babies for the idol of financial greed, veiled in the hopes of the development of new cures through biomedical research. Continue reading

Parental Authority: Embrace or Abdicate?

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FoxNews reported that 15-year-olds can obtain state-subsidized sex change operations without parental consent. That’s right – Johnny can leave home for school one morning and come back that evening as Jenny without parental notification. As disturbing as this is, the paramount issue is not about what the Oregon Health Authority will or will not permit nor is it an issue about gender dysphoria. The real issue is one of parental authority. Continue reading