An Unconventional Family

Posted: 22nd July 2016 by iBarnabas in journaling
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What is a conventional family anyway? And…who cares?!

The definition of a conventional family has changed as often as the wind in the last five-decades (within my lifetime). Yet, somehow, many of us seem to cling to the Norman Rockwell family portraits or some version of a television family we grew up on. Before my time there were TV families like Leave it to Beaver where June Cleaver kept house and the family all shared their day around the dinner table. Happy Days found Joanie and Richie Cunningham had a similar family makeup. I can also remember the Andy Griffith Show at the same time where Andy Taylor was a widower and father to one young son, Opie. Read the rest of this entry »

Fathers Day 2016

Posted: 13th June 2016 by iBarnabas in journaling
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Okay, I hope this sounds different to you. I hope it gives you pause and makes you think a moment. I’d like, especially if you are a Man, even more so if you are a man with a family; responsibility for a wife and/or children, for you to consider and reconsider what I’m about to say. Let it marinate like your favorite grill meat awaiting the fiery heat of your backyard grill. Let this grab your attention like the sound and tantalizing scent of bacon cooking nearby.

I’ve been in many churches throughout my life. Some great, some dwindling, some vibrant and dynamic. This post is NOT, in any way, to be a criticism on any of those former churches. I have gotten something wonderful from each and had the privilege of serving and being in close relationships with many in each. BUT…. I noticed something different in Christ Central Alachua (CCA) starting on the first visit that I’d like to share with you now – almost 1 year later. Read the rest of this entry »

I can pray – First

Posted: 31st March 2016 by iBarnabas in random thoughts

When you find yourself (or a friend or loved one) confronted with a need, do you find yourself saying,”all I can do is pray”? Read the rest of this entry »