Advent Calendars

I’m writing this on November 25. There is just enough time to get an Advent calendar to use for yourself or with your children to work your way through the Christmas season with daily reminders of what it means to us as followers of Jesus.

For children, the idea these days is that you get […]

Angel’s Landing

For those who just want links to the pictures: Here are the pictures from hiking up These shots were from on top of Angel’s Landing. These are the pictures taken on the way down. The story is below…

A couple of years ago I was watching a documentary on national parks. On segment was on […]

South Dakota Trip with Dad and Ben

This is the route we took and some stops that Ben, my Dad, and I made on our trip from Anderson, IN to the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota. There are pictures here. .wpgmza_map img { max-width:none !important; }   Title Category Address Description 48 Pine Ridge Reservation Pine Ridge, SD Oglala Sioux Native American reservation 47 Custer State Park 43.71355,-103.403423 Sylvan Lake, Blue Bell Lodge, deer and turkeys, Buffalo, amazing drives with twisty turns and tunnels 46 Mitchell, SD Mitchell, SD Chef Louie’s and the Corn Palace 45 Blue Earth, MN 43.651393,-94.095261 Green Giant Statue Park 44 Seymour, IN Seymour, IN visit Norm and Rose Bassett on Wednesday evening 43 West Lafayette, IN West Lafayette, IN Purdue University 42 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 41.622505, -87.204688 wooden steps to lookout point, Chicago skyline across Lake Michigan 41 Lebanon, IN Lebanon, IN got on I-65, to I-865 east to I-465 east to I-69 north to 37 north to 32 to Hamilton Road and Anderson 40 Hgwy 32 at Crawfordsville 40.047066, -86.812300 took 32 to I-65; couldn’t continue on 32 because of detour 39 Spring Creek Rest Area I-74 Indiana 40.116480, -87.505172 microwaved cinnamon rolls! 38 Farmland Rest Area on I74 40.27204414419615,-88.67299318313599 great sunset! 37 Iron Mountain Road Iron Mountain Rd, Black Hills National Forest, Keystone, SD loopbacks and tunnels and overlooks of Mt. Rushmore 36 Hot Springs, SD Hot Springs, SD fifth night and Mammoth Site 35 Spoon River Rest Area on I74 40.877967, -90.092633 Covered Bridge and Observation Tower – very cool rest area! 34 University of Illinois Champaign, IL 33 Peoria, IL Peoria, IL Peoria, IL Dunkin Donuts and Bradley University 32 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA University of Iowa and City Park 31 The Machine Shed, Des Moines 11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA best breakfast in America, and crazy big and tasty cinnamon rolls 30 Adair, IA Adair, IA sixth night 29 Norfolk, NE Norfolk, NE U.S. Steak Buffet, Johnny Carson Theatre 28 Bassett, NE Bassett, NE 27 Valentine, NE Valentine, NE 26 Mission, SD Mission, SD 25 Martin, SD – Dakota Mart Martin, SD 24 Wounded Knee Wounded Knee, SD Site of the last major engagement between U.S. forces and native Americans, and more recent incidents. A sad place. 20 Buffalo Corrals, Custer State Park, SD 43.651238, -103.372369 On the Wildlife Loop 19 Blue Bell Lodge Dining Blue Bell Lodge Dining 25453 South Dakota 87, Custer, SD Blue Bell Lodge Dining
25453 South Dakota 87, Custer, SD 18 Needles Highway Needles Highway, Needle’s Eye West Custer, SD 17 Mount Rushmore National Memorial Mount Rushmore National Memorial Mount Rushmore, South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Keystone, SD, fourth night 16 Wall, SD Wall, SD Wall Drug and Cactus Cafe and Lounge 15 Badlands National Park Badlands National Park 25214 Ben Reifel Pl, Interior, SD 31 mile scenic loop with many overlooks 14 Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Contact Center Buffalo Gap National Grassland, Philip, SD 57567 Also, just up the road from Ranch Store and Gift Shop with prairie dog town on highway 240. 13 Kadoka, SD 80 Sd Highway 73, Kadoka, SD Jiggers Retaurant and Dakota Motel, third night 12 Chef Louie’s Steak Hous 601 East Havens Street, Mitchell, SD Corn Palace and Chef Louie’s 11 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls, SD 10 Blue Mounds State Park Blue Mounds State Park, Luverne, MN 09 Austin, MN Austin, MN second night and Spam museum 08 I90 Minnesota Welcome Center 43.858452, -91.302738 Minnesota Welcome Center and Great River Bluffs State Park 07 Wisconsin Dells, WI Wisconsin Dells, WI 06 Madison, WI 23 North Pinckney Street #1, Madison, WI The Old Fashioned and The University of Wisconsin and Camp Randle Stadium 05 Rockford, IL Rockford, IL first night 04 Evanston, IL 1527 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60201 Giordano’s and Northwestern University 03 Chicago 301-335 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60606 Willis Tower, Chicago, IL
(formerly Sears Tower) 02 Anderson, IN 4143 West Cross Street, Anderson, IN my parents’ house


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8. Jesus’ Teaching or Dysfunctional Situations?

I believe the most important teaching for family and church relationships comes from Jesus. I believe that my way of relating as a man to women and as a husband to my wife should meet the standards Jesus taught for all relationships. I expect to treat women the way I would want to be treated […]

To love at all is to be vulnerable.

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; […]

Thinking about sex?

I’ve been asked in past days about whether the standard that sex before marriage is wrong – that Christians must wait for marriage to have sex – might not be a cultural standard from biblical times that doesn’t apply in our context today. I don’t believe the argument that this is a cultural thing that […]

7. Beginnings

While the precise relationship between the original creation and the new heaven and new earth of biblical prophecy is a matter deserving more extended consideration, it seems clear that in the kingdom of God there is a sense of “undoing” the results of sin – of living the ways of the kingdom of God today […]

6. Cultural and Social Norms and Scripture

Some have found it helpful, when seeking to understand the scripture passages that speak of the place of women in the church and in marriage, to consider also those passages that speak of Christians in the context of slavery. These passages assume that there is slavery, and describe how to live the life of Christ […]

13. Further Reading – Links and References

The main evangelical organizations formed to support particular views on women in family and ministry are good sources of references and information. The complementarian organization is the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The egalitarian organization is Christians for Biblical Equality. Both of these organizations are God-honoring and Bible-honoring.

There are many books and articles […]

2. Two Evangelical Positions on Women in the Church and in the Family

Among evangelical Christians in the United States, positions on women in leadership are polarizing into two main camps, most often labeled complementarian and egalitarian. Both camps can at times be uncharitable toward the other, and caricature is not uncommon. Both camps use scripture to justify their position; both are serious about respecting the authority of […]