Quick Takes – 8/2/2008

Abraham Piper had a fun discussion over at his blog on “What do you call your in-laws?” “For four years, I wasn’t comfortable calling Molly’s dad ‘Dad’ or ‘Bob.’ So I’d just start talking and hope he was listening.”

Tony Kummer gives some great tips on how to read the Bible aloud for children. “Bible reading is one of the most important activities you can do with children. I believe that every Sunday school session, family devotion and children’s church meeting should include a time of Bible reading. Since the Bible is God’s Word, we should do our best to listen to it.”

Vern Poythress warns against the potential idolatry of technology. “I love science, because it displays God’s wisdom (Proverbs 8:22-31). I love technology, because it shows what great gifts God has given to us, and what great human capacity God has given us to exercise dominion (Genesis 1:28-30). But I see hopes placed in science and technology that they cannot fulfill.”

Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar shares about the single biggest money mistake he ever made. “The single biggest money mistake I’ve ever made was the day I decided that my future self would pay for stuff that I wanted (not needed, but wanted) now … This one choice, the seemingly simple decision to go for it and buy something I wanted without really thinking about the long term consequences, shaped my life in a negative fashion for years.”

John MacArthur gives his answer to the question: If God is sovereign, is He responsible for evil? “God is certainly sovereign over evil … It did not take Him by surprise. It is not an interruption of His eternal plan … But God’s role with regard to evil is never as its author. He simply permits evil agents to work, then overrules evil for His own wise and holy ends. Ultimately He is able to make all things–including all the fruits of all the evil of all time–work together for a greater good (Romans 8:28).”

Jim Martin encourages parents to give your children time. “One elementary school teacher told me recently about watching some parents pick up their children after school. The parents wait in line in their cars at the school until they get to the designated pick-up spot. Then the children can get in their car. This teacher told me about the number of parents who are talking on the telephone as their children get in the car. They continue talking on the phone as they drive away. This after not having seen their children the entire day. Children need time. There is nothing that a parent can buy that will substitute for giving a child time and attention.”


  1. David Porter says:

    My first visit. I enjoyed poking around your blog. Lot’s of great stuff.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    David – Welcome aboard! Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself. It is always nice to meet new readers. I stopped by your blog and read a little of your story. Sounds like God has been bringing a lot of changes your way. All the best as you continue to follow him – it is always an adventure!

  3. Sharon Gamble says:

    OK. Our in-law story. When our daughter got engaged, I immediately said, “Call me mom! I have always wanted sons!” My husband said, “Call me Ray until the wedding.” So, we were Ray and Mom until they got married last month. We were in the receiving line and hadn’t even left the church when our new son grinned and called Ray “dad”. Fun moment!

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Great story, Sharon. Thanks for sharing. And it was a beautiful wedding!

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