Christian brotherhood is a wonderful yet complex relationship between individuals saved by grace and in continual need of spiritual help from God to live godly lives in a world devastated by sin. Our common heritage as God's children makes it possible for us to help one another, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be victorious over Satan and his wicked forces. This is why we are instructed to "carry each other's burdens," "instruct one another," and work at "building up one another."
Q: Our two sons are in the fifth and sixth grades at a private school that just held a father-daughter dance. Now the school has announced that it's putting on a mother-son dance so as not to leave out the boys. I really don't want to attend this. It's just not my thing. One of our boys says he doesn't really want to go. The other one says he'd like to go but doesn't mind if I don't want to. What are your thoughts?
The sign over my head identified it as the Express Lane. The crowd pressing around me suggested that the designation might be a bit optimistic. I wondered for not the first time what exactly had made me think that I could not live one more day without banana bread yogurt and that, because I'd just left the gym, I was aptly armed to brave the Saturday afternoon mob of shoppers. There were, though, only two people ahead of me, so it was entirely possible that my good humor might actually survive the expedition.
Q: For the past several weeks, our just-turned 3-year-old has been waking up and coming into our room at all hours of the night with the usual excuses: He's scared, hungry, thirsty, lonely, can't sleep, has to use the bathroom, wants a kiss and so on. He goes to bed at 7:30 p.m. if he takes an afternoon nap and 6:30 p.m. if he doesn't. We are a marriage-centered household, so evenings are for Mom and Dad. Neither of our kids has ever even napped in our bed. When we take him back ...
It's hard to believe we're more than a month into the year 2013. (And it's even more incredulous what beautiful spring-like weather we've had while approaching the half-way point of winter in early February!)
Local restaurant entrepreneur Heath Robinson is at it again. When New York City Pizza in the Market District didn't work out as he had planned, he simply stepped back, and decided on a new concept for that location - Big Show Burger.
The Bible is literally full of not only interesting but, in many cases, gripping stories about God and his relationship with people. The Old Testament book of Jonah is such a story. A prophet of God, Jonah lived in the small town of Gath-hepher in Galilee, some five miles north of Nazareth in the eighth century before Christ.
Q: What should I do when my 9-year-old daughter loses all of her privileges because of her misbehavior but refuses to go to her room? I tried to physically force her, but she put up too much of a fight. I feel like she's in complete control of our family. I'd have never disobeyed or disrespected my parents. What have I done wrong?
For the first time in days the landscape is still and silent. The wind chimes outside my bedroom, like icicles, hang hard and motionless. The empty fields, rolled out like bolts of unpressed linen, the edges fringed with caramel-colored broom sedge, are empty. No flocks of blackbirds to be flushed by the sound of a door being opened, a car being started. No dead leaves rattling. Just stillness. Just silence.
Recently, Statesboro Parks and Recreation director Mike Rollins presented an overview of Splash in the Boro's operating results from the summer of 2012 at a Board of County Commissioners meeting. He very kindly forwarded that presentation to me, and I am going to share some of it with you.
Q: How can we help our 7-year-old twin girls stop fighting? They constantly provoke and antagonize each other. We thought this was just normal sibling conflict, but it seems to be developing into actual resentment. One of them is now saying we love the other one more, and the other one bullies and intimidates her when we're not looking. We seem to be doing nothing but mediating their fights. Help!
Note: The following is the sixth in a series of columns on the origin of currency in the American colonies and Georgia.
I write quite often about new businesses opening whether it be retail, restaurants, or professional. The one I am reporting on today is kind of unique.
My friend died.
Q: My 10-year-old daughter is having thoughts about other girls. She says she's worried because she notices and admires other girls' figures. I know this is normal, but I'm not really sure how to say this to her. She seems to be obsessing about it. What's your advice?
This is a story about how quickly parents, if they are determined enough, can make significant changes in parenting policy.
Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the establishment and evolution of the banking system in Georgia and Bulloch County.
A young woman wrote a letter to her former fiance.
Question: What is the difference between an insect and a bug? Is there a difference?