Month: August 2011

Reporting live from Hatfield on Hurricane Irene

This is Dave Lamb reporting from Hatfield, PA on the extensive damage from Hurricane Irene.  As I braved the 12 mph winds (with gusts up to 15 mph), I was devastated to discover that our mailbox back door had blown open.  It’s a good thing I caught that before Monday.  Can you imagine what could have happened if the mail had come out the back side?

Horrors piled upon horrors, as I walked to the side of the house to find that our basketball backboard was laying on its side in the lawn.  It must have blown over there.   Oh, wait, actually, we set it over there on Saturday, so it wouldn’t blow over.  I guess we can’t blame this catastrophe on Irene.

Here are some tree branches in our back yard.  Probably a result of those vicious 15 mph gusts.  It’s a good thing we didn’t park our car in our backyard yesterday like we often do.  Although, come to think of it those branches may have been there already when Shannon was making the tree fort…

More evidence of wind damage.  This pile of leaves clearly was pulled off one of the pin oaks in our backyard.  Can you imagine what would have happened if we hadn’t spotted these leaves and an unsuspecting person had tripped over them?


Perhaps the most devastating damage — frizz!!! need we say more?  (Shannon came up with the idea of hurricane damage and she originally posted this image on Facebook.)

God, be with people without power and families who have lost loved ones.

What hurricane damage you experienced?  Can you top this? 

Angel cakes and goat stew: Gideon 8

To impress his guest, Gideon makes the angel cakes (presumably not angel food cake?) and goat stew(next time you have an important visitor, I dare you to prepare them a goat–“hmm…this is the best goat I’ve ever had.”).

Gideon has finally stopped arguing that he can’t deliver Israel, but now starts asking for signs.  So, part of the sign involves Gideon making a meal for the angel (Judg. 6:19).  The angel apparently isn’t too excited about angel cake and goat stew, so he torches Gideon’s offering, consuming all of it (Judg. 6:21).

Finally, Gideon realizes he’s been interacting with a messenger of YHWH: “Help me, Adonai YHWH!  For I have seen the angel of YHWH face to face” (Judg. 6:22).  YHWH tells him, “Shalom to you.  Don’t fear.  You won’t die.”  So Gideon constructs an altar, he calls “YHWH-Shalom.”  (God is peace.)

From questioning, to insecurity, to testing, to peace, to praise–not a bad pattern actually.

In the midst of a hurricane (the rain has started, the wind will start in a few hours), it’s good to remember that God is not only responsible for “Acts of God”, but he’s also the source of Peace/Shalom.

How do you find peace in the midst of a storm?  What do you think of Gideon’s pattern (questions, doubts, insecurity, testing, praise)? 

Her.meneutics: The Gender Debates Come to Her.meneutics

Christianity Today‘s Her.meneutics blog hosted two posts on the issue of women in leadership:

William Webb the egalitarian: Her.meneutics: The Gender Debates Come to Her.meneutics.

Russell Moore the complementarian:  Her.meneutics: The Her.meneutics Gender Debates (Part 2).

I think both make good points, but personally, I like Webb’s arguments better (perhaps because of my own perspective on this issue).

Particularly moving is Webb’s story of how he lost his job because of convictions and writings about women.  It’s great to see a man risk his job advocating for women.  I would like to think I’d be willing to do that, but I’m not sure.

Which perspective do you think is more convincing?  Why do you think CT decided not include a woman in the debate?  The interviewer was a woman (Rachel Stone).

“You are that Dad!”

Our younger son (Noah, 14) confronted Shannon and I a few days ago on how we spend our money.  He said we should be giving more to the poor and spending less on ourselves.  Among other things, he listed the new HD TV, exercise bike, kitchen table and kayaks.  He was particularly adamant the money we’d spent on movies at the theater this summer (Pirates 4, Harry Potter 7B, Super 8, Cowboys and Aliens).

It was hard not to get defensive.  “We give a lot to charity…”  “We used coupons for those films…”  “Those new things were gifts…” (replacing things we’d gotten for free or at thrift stores when we moved back from the UK).

But God was definitely speaking through him to us.  I was more radical about my possessions when I was younger, and as we have been doing better financially, it has been easy to become complacent and more materialistic.  Perhaps we are unique in this regard? 

Yes, it could have been more impressive if he started by telling a story about a rich guy with lots of sheep and a poor guy with only one sheep (“You are that Dad!”).   But it was hard not to be proud that our teenage son was willing to challenge us on how we spend our money.