I love to hear the voices of children at play. I don’t know if it because I am from a BIG family or what, but a child’s voice gleefully playing together with other children always brings a smile to my face. Maybe it is part of being the oldest of 7 children. With 26 grandchildren, … More Children at Play?
I started this post some time ago (2 years). I hope it is completely irrelevant. Gun violence isn’t a left or right issue. It isn’t even a law versus more laws issue. There is more evidence all the time of a deep sickness at the core of American society in these shootings in Columbine, CO, … More The Next Shooting
We all have different ways of studying and making appropriate application of the word of God. One of the things that I do is I try to think how I would teach the pasage or material to someone else. How would a non-Christian respond to this? How would a man respond to this truth? How … More Ten Commandments for Children
It happened again. Sometimes you find the strangest things when you are looking for something else. I was cleaning up some computer files today, deleting this, moving that, editing and saving something else and I stumbled across a file that is obsolete, misplaced and hard to let go of. It’s a note I left for … More Back in 1996 She was Just Eleven Years Old
One of the delights of being the pastor of my current church is the maturity and wisdom of our people. I have never been involved with a church which had so many men and women with advanced degrees in Bible and Theology. At last count, I am aware of 8 other men and women in … More A Summer Book for Parents
Despite the title, this is not a blog that is either pro or con on gun control. My position on the issue is irrelevant. This video reveals a MUCH bigger problem at the escalation of the shootings, stabbings, fights and overall violence in our culture. When children are allowed to do these things to other … More A Much Bigger Problem than Gun Control
I was driving back from Illinois in a rented truck to my new home in South Carolina. Talk radio and country music stations were all I could get and I was tired of both. So I turned the radio off and started praying for my kids and the kids of a former staff member from … More What if Teardrops are Blessings?
We had just approved our next budget with a unanimous vote and voted on our new elders. The pot-luck supper was in full swing and the Q and A with the new pastor (that would be me) was drawing to a close. There was time for just a few more questions. Then it came. “What would … More A Haunting Question from My New Church
The Poetry Project Continues Poems for Psalms (Part of the “Poetry Project”) Suggested by Psalm 127 In December of 2009 or thereabouts, my son, Marty Schoenleber III (aka Marty S. Dalton), put a video up on Youtube.com. It inspired me to keep working on a project I thought of a couple of years ago. The idea is to … More Delighting in Undeserved Gifts
Part of “The Poetry Project“ Read Psalm 103 “Bless the LORD, o my soul,And all that is within me, bless His holy name.” (vs. 1) You Wouldn’t Fit There Now You wouldn’t fit there nowBut when you were smallSo small you fit in a dark and secret placeSo small you hid from us and … More You Wouldn’t Fit There Now