Month: December 2010

The painful good of saying sorry to kids

The painful good of saying sorry to kids

December 7, 2010

I am tired of saying sorry to my kids. Many times a day. Everyday lately. But there have been two interesting patterns develop (and it’s terrible that there has been enough experience for there to be a pattern). Face buried in a pillow, in tears, after an awful outburst, before I have said sorry, one child puts […]

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A life of real worship (the Calvin club)

A life of real worship (the Calvin club)

December 5, 2010

I am finally resuming my reading of Calvin’s Institutes. This isn’t a summary, but some thoughts provoked by what I read in chapter XII of Book 1. When we ascribe service and honour to anything or anyone other than God, we dishonour God (I. xii. 1). We are spreading his worship among lesser gods. Calvin […]

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The Australian poor

The Australian poor

December 3, 2010

Christmas is a time when concern for the poor seems to be sharpened a little. It’s easy to find ways to give to the vulnerable in other parts of the world. I have been concerned about the vulnerable in my local community. As I look around, I wonder who the poor are in my region. […]

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Simpler Advent Bible reading plan

Simpler Advent Bible reading plan

December 2, 2010

I have just added a simpler option onto the Bible reading plan for our Advent Present Calendar. This is the one I came up with for the younger kids. On the days where there is no package to open, you could write the instructions on a card and put the envelope among the set of parcels. It […]

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Little Christmas conversations (1)

Little Christmas conversations (1)

December 2, 2010

In the first package for our Advent calendar I had put some glow in the dark stars. As we put them on the wall, we talked about Genesis 1:1 and Colossians 1:15-17. The same baby who we will be reading about over Christmas is the one who made all things. The big, clever God who put stars and planets into space […]

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