'Goliath' Tagged Posts

'Goliath' Tagged Posts

GROWTH

Some educators talk about child development as ratchet-based.  A ratchet on a windup spring keeps the wheel from turning backward – it can only be turned forward.   So children grow bigger, never smaller. Vocabulary increases, never decreases. Thinking becomes more complex, never more simple.   This “truism” is, of course, not always true.  The child who was enthused…

DIVINE SERENDIPITY

There was a group back in the 60’s called the Serendipity Singers. The word has a neat sound to it.  Serendipity is the making of pleasant discoveries by accident. The word was invented by the English author Horace Walpole in the 1700’s.  He got the idea from a story called “The Three Princes of Serendip” in which these princes were always accidentally discovering new…

“SO THAT NO ONE CAN BOAST…”

St. Paul sums up the chief article of the Christian faith in that oft-cited passage from Ephesians:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast.” When it comes to our right standing with God, our justification, all of this is a done deal.  Our forgiveness is total,…

A FAMILIAR VOICE?

In June of 1940, Hitler’s armies were poised to destroy the cornered British army stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. As the British people anxiously awaited word of their countrymen’s fate, a three-word message was transmitted from the besieged army:  “But if not…” The British public recognized the familiar words from the King James Version of the Bible…the words of…