Well, that was a week. Vacation Bible School has passed and as the director, I can only say–thank God. It was indeed a lot of fun and the kids loved it. Perhaps the very best thing that happened was that our church sub-leases our facility to a Korean congregation and they joined us for VBS this year. So we had a nice group of mixed cultures and there was real opportunity to be a Christian community which was rather cool.
As for the VBS company Group Publishing’s Theology, I can only say that if I have a voice in next year’s adoption of a program, it will not be Group. I was wholly disappointed in the emphasis placed on sin, damnation and even physical pain—for a bunch of K-3rd graders. They actually had an exercise where they wanted kids to drive their finger nails into their palms and think about their sins, causing themselves pain. They had another exercise during game-time in which the games leader was supposed to say, “Jesus was crucified and killed on the cross so that you would not have to be.” Now, that may be true—but do we honestly think that this is the very best way to impart the love of God to children? Needless to say, we did a bit of editing in the program. We’re going to scare them into loving God because they’ll be too afraid not to? No–I think it’s time to move away from Group.
The birthday has come and gone. I got a great present–a new house. Yes, we are in escrow on a new home here in Camarillo. However, our house has not sold yet. Smirk not, ye of little faith–I am not so lowly stupid that I have gone half-cocked here. I have worked with my mortgage broker, Mike Hobbes (and he is the very best I can think of in this business), to create bridge financing. No–not a bridge loan per se. Those are too expensive. But we have created a way to work the house on a second mortgage that will provide for payments for both houses through November if needs be. It is not quite July and I am confident my house will move before this fall. However, if it doesn’t, we’ll survive and be OK. And so–this summer that was already busy with Shakespeare Productions, live concerts and VBS preparations, swimming lessons and gymnastics for Peanut, a little travel for the family and some family visiting–will be a summer that we also move. In fact, I think the summer will be busier than the fall—and that is said as the newspaper and yearbook adviser to a high school.