Six Reasons to Pray

According to John Calvin (see The Institutes 3.20.1), there are six principal reasons to pray: First, that our hearts may be fired with a zealous and burning desire ever to seek, love, and serve Him and to take refuge in Him in a time of need. Second, that no desire and wish may enter our…

Surviving the Death of a Daughter: Epilogue

Like a well-trained dog, I would sit in their bedroom doorway to protect them against any potential intruders. Remember Elizabeth Smart? I did. Some crazed Mormon fundamentalist climbed through a second story window and kidnapped her at knifepoint. It was nine months before her parents got her back safe but not sound. No one was…

How to Ruin Your Sons

“If you want to ruin your son, never let him know a hardship. When he is a child carry him in your arms, when he becomes a youth still dandle him, and when he becomes a man still dry-nurse him, and you will succeed in producing an arrant fool. If you want to prevent his being made useful…

The Beaches of Tatooine

Here are a few more pics from our recent Michigan trip. Most of them were taken at Warren Dunes State Park. After walking up one of the dunes, I concluded that life on Tatooine would be absolutely miserable. Anyways…