I’m mostly focused on the “We Make the Road With Kids” project right now, but one of the next places I want to go with this blog is to talk about Geeks and Sex. Because, let’s face it, geekiness was generally not valued as girlfriend/boyfriend material when we were in our formative sexual years, and it made life frustrating. For some of us, being geeks meant being social isolated, and that made our sexual development problematic in a variety of ways. We need to talk about this, especially as we raise our kids. Anyway, I will have more to …
The main playlist this week consists of “Bondage” from Prince of Egypt, a clip from World Vision about child labor, a good visual telling of the story of how slavery is part of our life in the modern world, “When You Believe” from Prince of Egypt, and a story of one boy in India who came out of slavery and now helps other kids do the same. (~15 minutes)
The Bible so far has brought up various theories about how God deals with “bad people” — like how God could just kill all the bad people, for example — but those solutions really haven’t solved the problem of people being bad. This week, another theory arises from these stories about brothers . . .
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This week’s video playlist features various big-picture ideas about life, including Conflict (Conan the Barbarian: “Crush your enemies and hear the lamentations of the women”), Consumption/Wealth, the meaningless Bigness of the universe (from Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life”), Yoda’s ruminations on The Force, an awesome auto-tuned song on how “We are all connected,” George Carlin’s “Stuff” bit, plus video renditions of all our Scripture texts.
Have you ever thought about how God creates? When faced with a dark / formless / chaotic emptiness, the Spirit of God hovered above it, thinking “How can I make something beautiful out of this?” To be made in God’s image is to have the same opportunity to be creative with what life throws at us.
Brian McLaren says “we make the road by walking,” that we discover and build our faith by living it. My wife and I agree with this. But we never thought our kids would be making the road with us. Our children are 12, 9, and 2, and we’d planned to have the road nicely paved by now. Instead, we have a path we’re not entirely comfortable walking with little kids. But it’s the only path we’ve got. And we’re the only parents they’ve got. So it’s settled: The Stonecyphers are making a road.
I have spent a long time hating Bible story books. They tell a little story in isolation from the rest of the Bible’s narrative, and then they draw out some facile and vacuous moral, like: “Go be like Samson,” which happens to be awful advice. If my kids turn out like Samson, I may have to start taking drugs. But little tellings of little stories is how humans make culture. Am I short-circuiting the process by trying to dissolve the Samson story into the Jesus story? Is it perhaps not my job to hand my kids a finished pile of knowledge, but instead to induct them into a process that’s been going on a long time and is not yet finished — the process of getting to know an undomesticated God who refuses to fit into a single story?
Cain & Abel, Noah’s Ark, the Wall of Jericho — These stories are so much a part of who we are; we can’t fathom not sharing them with our kids. It would make as much sense as not telling my kids about Frodo and Sam. Still, those stories are a part of my background that sort of screwed me up, spiritually speaking. What’s a nerd to do?