Yahoo has an interesting article up on their site on Kirk Cameron’s conversion from child star to Christian preacher today. You can read it here: http://potw.news.yahoo.com/s/potw/41/converting-kirk-cameron. It’s pretty fascinating to read the comments that people have posted on this one. Christianity continues to be offensive to the world. I’m praying that as Christians we do everything we can to make Christ look good to the world around us, while unashamedly standing for truth.
We had a couple of opportunities this weekend to spend time with the family of Daniel Olsen. If you read some of my previous posts, you’ll read about the special relationship that I’ve developed with this precious family, who lost their son to sniper fire in Iraq six weeks ago. On Sunday we went to Fort Snelling National Cemetery for a special ceremony honoring Daniel. On Monday, we went to Shaina’s (Daniel’s sister) Graduation Open House. Since the open house was on Memorial Day, the local press covered the event. If you watch this video, you’ll see my son Chris at the tail end of it eating some gelato.
Is it just me, or does it seem like Ken Ham’s brand new Creation Museum in Kentucky is creating more buzz than it should?
I have never seen so many news stories about a museum opening. If you haven’t watched news in the United States this weekend, perhaps you’ve missed it. The Internet certainly hasn’t. You can do a Google news search on “Creation Museum” and see tons of stories from all over the world. There were huge numbers of protesters at the museum’s grand opening yesterday. So, why such a huge deal about this? Is belief in a literal interpretation of Genesis really bad science? Can a true scientist believe that the earth was created by God in a literal six days. Would a cataclysmic flood have any bearing on the fossil record? Could God have created the earth with age? He created people as adults and not children, didn’t He? Is it possible that God could have created a earth that appears to be billions of years old but is really only thousands of years old?
I’ve included a CNN report and a Fox News Debate thanks to YouTube. Check these out and then tell me what you think:
When I tell stories about my childhood, I’ll often times talk about The Little Store. It’s a store in St. Charles, Illinois that is right across the street from where I grew up. My buddies and I had a lot of adventures in and around this location. Here’s a picture of the store that my wife took last month while we were visiting my family.
I’m pretty excited! In less than 3 weeks I’ll be leading another team of students and adults to Central America for this year’s Operation Central America trip. We have an awesome team this year! They have been preparing for this trip since January and are ready to go. Last week I received the incredible news that my son, Chris (that’s Chris in between Grandma and Grandpa at Grandpa’s surprise 70th Birthday Party last month) is going to be able to join us this year. We have paid to expidite his passport, and he needs to raise a lot of money in two weeks time, but we are confident that he is supposed to be on this team. Please pray that God will work on this trip in a mighty way. We’ll be in Campur, Guatemala City, San Marcos, Solola, and Antigua, Guatemala from June 10-24.
I just read that we lost a second major Christian leader this week. On Thursday, May 17, Lee Eshelman (pictured on the right) took his own life after a long battle with depression. I never knew Lee personally, but I saw him perform on a number of occasions as one half of the acting duo Ted and Lee. You may say, “He was an actor, not a major Christian leader.” But, Lee performed in front of millions of people over the past 20 years with her partner Ted. I will never forget the way that Ted and Lee portrayed Peter and Andrew, the brother disciples of Jesus. I’ll miss Lee’s simple lessons that he taught through drama. He helped me awe Jesus in all new ways.
There is a beautiful tribute about Lee written by fellow actor, Curt Cloninger at: http://http://www.youthspecialties.com/lee_eshleman/cloninger.php. Please keep Lee’s wife Reagan, and their children, Nicolas, Sarah and Gabe in your prayers. Keep his acting partner Ted in your prayers as well.
So, what are you doing for vacation this summer? For the past several years our family has spent one week ever summer at Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference in Muskegon, Michigan. Now, I know to some out there, that sounds like a tortuous way to spend a summer vacation, but it’s far from that. I do not think that there is anything that has brought our family more joy, memories and connection time that this particular vacation.
Maranatha is located right on the shores of Lake Michigan. For seven days our family enjoys each other, God’s beautiful creation, and are built into spiritually by some of the finest Bible teachers in America. We’re going August 11-18 this year. James McDonald, Joe Stowell and Martin DeHaan are going to be our speakers. You should consider joining us. You can find out more at: http://www.vacationwithpurpose.com.