All posts by Tom Vander Well

Wayfarer, husband, father, consultant, thespian, writer, thinker, and back porch musician. Pressing on through the journey one step at a time.

Are You Serious?!!

I’ve got to rant here for a minute. Wendy and I were watching TV Saturday night and an ad came on for Superstation TBS’s showing of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which played Sunday. In the ad, they showed a montage of the hobbit characters Frodo and his friend Sam. Underneath the montage they were playing the song, "Secret Lovers" making the not so subtle inference that Frodo and Sam were gay. Are you serious?! I’m sure TBS was trying to be funny, but the whole thing is an insult to Tolkein and the millions of LOTR fans across the world. TBS has no class, man – no class at all.

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Happy Easter!

4_of_us_easter_2006_lr_1We had a really nice Easter yesterday. Went to church in the morning and then to my folks for dinner in the afternoon. Tim was home, as well as Jody and her family. It was what family gatherings should be: great food, good conversation and lots of laughter. One of the things I noticed was that all the kids are growing up. Instead of the chillins all taking off to play by themselves in another part of the house, they sat around with the adults and talked. It was nice. Before we headed home, the family gathered around to lay hands on Madison and pray for her mission to Thailand. It was one of those days when you look back and think, "Man, I’m blessed."

Chapter-a-Day Hosea 1

The first time GOD spoke to Hosea he said: "Find a whore and marry her. Make this whore the mother of your children. And here’s why: This whole country has become a whorehouse, unfaithful to me, GOD." Hosea 1:2 (TM)

I was trying to imagine the reaction Hosea received from his family when he brought Gomer home for the first time. "Son, are you nuts?" How many of Hosea’s relatives stopped talking to him? How many "friends" avoided him in the synogogue? I have to believe that Hosea suddenly became a social outcast and the object of intense ridicule. I’m sure his explanation – "God told me to" – didn’t go far, either. In fact, I can hear the scornful response of well meaning friends and relatives, "God would never tell you to marry a whore!"

Yet, God doesn’t live inside the box of our acceptable religious and social mores. Life is messy, and God often pushes our comfort zone to make His point.

Kudos to Hosea for having the faith to obey, even when it most likely made life very difficult and very messy.

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Chapter-a-Day Hosea 1

The first time GOD spoke to Hosea he said: "Find a whore and marry her. Make this whore the mother of your children. And here’s why: This whole country has become a whorehouse, unfaithful to me, GOD." Hosea 1:2 (TM)

I was trying to imagine the reaction Hosea received from his family when he brought Gomer home for the first time. "Son, are you nuts?" How many of Hosea’s relatives stopped talking to him? How many "friends" avoided him in the synogogue? I have to believe that Hosea suddenly became a social outcast and the object of intense ridicule. I’m sure his explanation – "God told me to" – didn’t go far, either. In fact, I can hear the scornful response of well meaning friends and relatives, "God would never tell you to marry a whore!"

Yet, God doesn’t live inside the box of our acceptable religious and social mores. Life is messy, and God often pushes our comfort zone to make His point.

Kudos to Hosea for having the faith to obey, even when it most likely made life very difficult and very messy.

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When God Calls, God Provides

Madison sent out her support letters for her summer missions trip to Thailand just over two weeks ago. I’m so happy to say that she is just a few dollars away from raising her entire support. IN TWO WEEKS! I spoke with Madison this morning after opening three more support envelopes that arrived in the mail. She was so humbled. "Dad, I feel like I haven’t had to work for this at all."

Sometimes, in our good protestant work ethic, we anticipate that everything we do for God must require sweat, toil and pain. We forget that we have a loving Father who loves us extravagantly. He will not call us to do something without also providing for us all the we need to accomplish it.