1. May 2013 08:41
This weekend I was able to be part of a men's retreat led by Brian Hardin of the Daily Audio Bible. It was a great chance to get away for a day and enjoy God's presence with some other men - some who I share life with, and some that I had never met before. That sounds like the cliche description of a men's retreat, but it really was a great piece of the weekend.
During the retreat we shared a few discussions about the importance of having the Bible in our lives. Not as a ritual or something we check off our list every day, but as a true companion through life. I've come to love the time I spend in the word through the Daily Audio Bible, but have been wanting to find a way to step back and dig in a bit more lately beyond my daily chunk of the Word and a weekly visit to church to hear a sermon.
Brian shared a model with us known as Lectio Divina. It's an ancient method of diving into God's word in a way that, to me, is much more "whole" than the simply reading or listening to of a pa... [More]
26. April 2013 07:32
I'm up early today. Early for me, at least. Nowadays, that's 6:00 AM. When I was young, early was 4:00 AM. Early was Sunday morning when you'd decided NOT to get all the newspapers you had to deliver that morning prepped and ready to go the night before. Early was lugging a wagon full of newpapers around a neighborhood of sleeping people in sub-zero temperatures so that when they woke up, their newspaper would be neatly waiting them between their front door and the storm door... "neatly" being a relative term and all. Early was beating the sun up in the middle of the summer to see how fast you could deliver Tuesday's papers, which were always the smallest. Early gave you chances to practice your newspaper throwing skills from sidewalk to porch.
"Back in the day," early was before podcasts. Before I had the Daily Audio Bible. Even before MP3 players. What did I listen to back then? Seems strange now, looking back. Early truly was... ME TIME. Me and my newspapers.
Nowadays, early is ... [More]
25. April 2013 21:42
Another train story from the Cromer household. These are getting more and more imaginative as we wear out the obvious ones... which is in turn making them more and more fun. This one involves a train the size of a frog, lillypads, a dragonfly, and ... a yellow submarine.
25. April 2013 00:07
Tonight I told the story of Noski the Snow Ski Train. Thought about making a little picture collage for the kids to go with it, but decided to just record it and throw in a picture or two. These will be fun to come back to sometime.
24. April 2013 06:29
There was once a train named Electro. Electro had a special way of travel that was unlike any other train. He did not ride on rails. He did not even ride on roads. Electro was unique because he was able to travel between the earth and the clouds on bolts of lightning. Every time a bolt of lightning struck, it would carry Electro down to earth or back up to the sky. Because he had so little time, Electro could only pull one car of protons at a time, but when big storms came through, he was able to carry lots and lots of loads.
Electro was also special because he did not need a coal car or even a diesel engine. Because lightning is full of energy, Electro simply pulled electricity out of the lightning through his magnetic wheels. This gave him the power and speed he needed to make it down to earth or back up into the sky.