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You Know, I’m Not That Much Different Than a Three Year-Old

The water on my kitchen faucet gets hot.  I mean, scalding hot.  You’d think after living here for four and a half months, I’d figure out that if the handle is too far to the left, it will give my hand a second-degree burn.

Yet, I keep the handle over too far.  I contemplate.  I can hear the loving voice of my younger mother saying, “Honey, don’t touch.”  I reach into the sink, and put my hands under the water.  The pain increases.  I think about it, and all I can get out, as I pull my hands away quickly, is a faint whisper of, “Hot, hot.”

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That Guy Might Be a Father Someday

While walking on the University of Johannesburg campus today, I saw a male student wearing a t-shirt that said:

I’m Sotally Tober.

In case you missed the joke, it’s supposed to be a quote from a drunk guy saying, “I’m totally sober.”

I couldn’t help but say, “That guy is going to be a dad someday.  He might even be one already.   How sad.”  That’s what men in our society — not just American society — are like.  I’m in South Africa.  I’m talking the world’s society.

Most men are simply “males,” not real men.  They are typically good at getting drunk, looking at porn, avoiding hard work, and macking on women.  That’s sad.  And do you know what type of guy a person who wears a shirt like that becomes (unless God’s grace saves him)?

They become the guy at the rugby game I saw last week.  This guy is at the game with his wife and 6- or 7-year old son.  The “Bulls Babes” cheerleading team comes right in front of us (we are in row 7).  This guy stands his kid up on the seat and gives him a camera and tells him to take a picture of the cheerleaders (who weren’t dressed for the weather, if you follow me).

That was bad enough.  But it was magnified even more because his wife — the boy’s mom — was sitting right next to him.  I wanted to go up and grab his collar, get into his face, and say, “Why don’t you just punch your wife in the stomach?  Why don’t you spit in her face?  Why don’t you just mock her and say, ‘You aren’t pretty enough!  Why can’t you be a cheerleader?”

It was abuse in its most subtle form.  It was disgusting and disgraceful

And non-Christians say that men who love Jesus support the oppression of women.  Give me a break.

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Fifteen Pro-Life Truths

John Piper offers 15 wonderful truths about pro-life in order to persuade pro-choice people.  The best part about these truths is that they are not “Christian” or from the Bible.  They are truths that no one, in their right mind, should be able to argue with.

I’m getting married in less than a year and someday, Lord willing, I’ll be a daddy.  For me, as that becomes more and more of a reality, I cannot help but become more and more firm on this issue of protecting unborn children.  Pray for redemption and reconciliation and change with this issue.  God is working, even if it doesn’t seem like it.

It may be hard to see, but Jesus will have supremacy in everything, and abortion is not outside of everything.

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Unless You Become Like Children…You’ll be Bored

I was baby sitting the kids of some good friends of mine tonight.  They have four kids and when I was putting them to bed, two of them in particular started a conversation with me.  Daniel is six years old.  Allison is three.   They both wanted to tell me about certain dreams they’ve had.  This conversation happened about 20 minutes ago.  It went like this, word-for-word.

Daniel: “Sometimes when I dream, it sounds like a big train.”
Me: “Wow.”
Allison: “Me too. And I have dogs and pigs.
Me: “Really?”
Allison: “It’s very big, too.”
Me: “The pigs or the train?”
Allison: “Uh, both of them.”

I’m sure those have some sort of theological insight.  It probably has to do with eschatology.