Aug 19, 2019
Feb 26, 2019
May 31, 2017
Apr 27, 2016
In his book, The Plot to Kill God: Findings from the Soviet Experiment in Secularization, author Paul Froese explains the aims of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party regarding the destruction of religious faith, and reveals their utter failure in attaining that goal. He begins by examining a set of six assertions, developed by a number of philosophers and upheld by Soviet secularist proponents, regarding the nature and origin of religious belief. Each of these assertions are examined in the first chapter, which lays the theoretical groundwork for the reader to better understand the historical record of Soviet attempts to develop supporting policies, whose results were believed would approach a completely atheist state. According to Froese, “the Secularization Experiment tested the extent to which religious vitality or decline are a product of ignorance, ritual activity, social institutions, social rewards, salvation incentives, and church-state relationships” (24).
Apr 27, 2016
This April I recorded ten songs concerning the life of John the Baptist. It is not an album of worship, and not necessarily an album intended to teach. Rather, it is a series of related songs to inspire one to go and learn what this means – John the Baptist lived an incredibly powerful life and yet Jesus said the least in the kingdom is greater than him (Matt 11:11, Luke 7:28).
Dec 31, 2015
Aug 26, 2015
The Bible is a precious gift. In addition to the good news it heralds, that Jesus has paid the price for our transgressions with His own blood, and how through Him alone we might stand justified before God, in its pages we also find instructions about how to live our new life in Christ in such a way that we might please Him (2 Corinthians 5:9, Colossians 1:10, 2 Timothy 2:4, Hebrews 11:6, 1 John 3:22). The Bible is written for our benefit, that we may be fully qualified and equipped for every good work (1 Timothy 3:16-17). Its life-giving instructions, written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, have been preserved for us for almost two thousand years. Each person, then, should give the utmost attention, as of the gravest concern, to heed these precious words which teach how to remain in a relationship with the One who has been so merciful and generous to us, while we yet stood as sinners before Him.
Week of June 23, 2019
Persian food with a great host!
Week of June 16, 2019
Preparations are being made for our upcoming trip to the Philippines. More information is available on the following site: https://oneservant2go.com
Week of June 9, 2019
Mother Neff State Park date night
Last trip for twins to Bandina
Week of June 2, 2019
Fishing with brothers on Lake Sam Rayburn. Had our limit before 10am!
Walking in the park
Week of May 26, 2019
A week full of wedding showers, dinners with family, dinners with friends, and lots of programming. Had to say hard goodbyes to Luke (heading to NM) and to Marissa (heading to Spain) for the summer. Took a trip to Austin for state choir meet, and made a Saturday of it there. Enjoyed a family movie night (Aladdin), and ate Guatemalan pupusas for the first time at Centro-America (👍). The kids started summer work, and we worked on our fund-raising for the upcoming Philippines trip we have planned. Got the truck fixed that broke down on the twins heading to their graduation ceremony (funny story behind that, which wasn’t very funny at the time). A good long week.
Week of May 19, 2019
A calm in the wake of May with friends from the other side of the world.
Sam’s Signing Day.