Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Roger Clemens: Immature Faith Choked by the Weeds of the World?

Retired baseball star Roger Clemens says he's looking forward to fighting perjury and other charges brought against him Thursday and again denied he ever used performance-enhancing drugs. A federal grand jury in Washington has charged the seven-time Cy Young winner with perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements over his insistence to a House committee that he never used steroids or human growth hormone. (CNN, August 20, 2010)

"I know that once you commit yourself really to Christ, you never drift away. I know that's the basis for why I'm here, why I'm able to succeed. I know there's a better life for me regardless of what I do here. I know that my father's always watching over me . . . but there's so much media and off-the-field stuff. . . ." (Roger Clemens, in an interview with Marvin Olasky in 1994)

"Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God . . . as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature." (Jesus, speaking to the crowd in Luke 8:11, 14)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Case Against Summer Vacation

A recent edition of Time Magazine (July 22, 2010) featured an article entitled “The Case Against Summer Vacation” which highlighted studies revealing how much learning loss occurs in students over summer vacation. Here is an excerpt:
The problem of summer vacation, first documented in 1906, compounds year after year. What starts as a hiccup in a 6-year-old's education can be a crisis by the time that child reaches high school. After collecting a century's worth of academic studies, summer-learning expert Harris Cooper, now at Duke University, concluded that, on average, all students lose about a month of progress in math skills each summer, while low-income students slip as many as three months in reading comprehension, compared with middle-income students.
As we are nearing the end of the summer, I must confess to often observing this same effect spiritually on those who take a vacation from attending church. More often than not those who step away from the essential relational “one another” aspect of our faith in Jesus Christ not only stop growing spiritually but also begin to lose the depth they had gained throughout the year.

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)