Gestational Diabetes

30 06 2008

GlucometerMy wife was recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.  Since we are planning to have our daughter naturally, this poses additional concerns for us.  I am not a doctor, but my understanding is that this condition generally causes the baby to grow larger than normal.  Our last baby was 9lbs 4oz, so bigger than that is scary…especially for my petite little 5’2″ wife.

She met with a dietitian who gave her a nutrition plan.  She also went out and bought a glucometer and is supposed to check her glucose levels each morning and 2 hrs after every meal.

I want to give big props to my wife for her steadfast dedication to the diet and to religiously taking her glucose levels on time.  Good job, honey, you are doing great.

In fact, she lost 3 pounds in the week after going on the plan.  Which is saying something when you are 8 months pregnant!  She met with the dietitian again this week and she asked her how many cokes she has had lately.  My wife said, “None…you told me not to have any”.  The dietitian was flabbergasted.  Apparently, they aren’t used to patients actually taking their advice!

Thank you, honey, for being the best momma in the world to our three children!  I know this has not been easy for you, and it is certainly not over, but I want you to know that you are doing a great job.  And, I know that you will always do what is best for our kids and for our family!  Our kids definitely have the best momma in the world!


Homosexuals in Heaven

24 05 2008

General SuperintendantsHere’s a somewhat controversial question.  Will there be homosexuals in heaven?  I think many christians will be surprised when they get there to find the answer is yes.

I was interested to read in a blog that I have started following called Emergent Nazarenes about a new letter to pastors put out by the General Superintendants in the Church of the Nazarene on the topic of Homosexuality.  I read the post and then went on to read the entire pamphlet for myself.  I have to say I am pleasantly surprised at some of what I read.

You can read the pamphlet yourself here, but some of the quotes are as follows:

“The Bible does not homosexual orientation. What the Bible does talk about are homosexual acts.  We need to be clear about this, and to not say more than the Bible says.  One of the problems in the destructive debates that are taking place is lack of clarity on this very point.”

“What we do know from walking with people in a fallen world is that homosexuality is real, it tends to begin early, and it is rarely a choice.”

“Sexual orientation is not usually a willful choice.  (Can the heterosexual point to a time they chose their sexual orientation?)”

“Americans tend to be greedy as an influence of our consumer society.  We didn’t wake up one morning and decide to be greedy.  We were born into a greedy world and this sticky sin stuck to us.  …homosexuality is a sin because it reflects the fallenness of our world.  Like greed, it is something we are called to respond to by grace according to the character of God.  The person who is homosexually oriented does not need a church that condemns their orientation, but rather a church that calls for a response that is in keeping with the character of God.”

Our refusing to come alongside in the complexity of the journey too often results in two wrong responses.  The first is to naively believe that homosexuality is a simple matter to be fixed by one serious trip to the altar…The second wrong response is to simply cave in to the belief that homosexuality is irreversible, homosexual behavior is natural, ‘just who I am’, and therefore we offer no help at all”.

“The reoriented or celibate single homosexual will be invited to full participation in the life and ministry of the church, leading ministries, serving on boards, and singing in choirs.”

This is just a sampling of the contents of the letter, but I thought it showed the general theme.  I was pretty happy with the tone of the letter.  I think a lot of Christians might be surprised to hear some of what was said.  I know I was.  I was happy to hear them acknowledge that homosexuality is most-likely not a choice.  I don’t believe I have ever heard that inside the walls of a Nazarene church before.  I was glad to read that they make a distinction between homosexual orientation (most likely not a choice) and homosexual behavior (a choice).  And, I think the comparison to greed (in this country especially) is very valid.  It creates an equality for a behavior that carries with it a huge stigma with a behavior that has become extremely commonplace in many christians’ lives.  Finally, I appreciate the statement that homosexuals should be included completely in all areas of ministry in the church.  Not only should they be let in the doors, but they should be allowed, perhaps even expected, to participate in all areas of ministry.

I am pretty happy with the stance the general superintendants in the Church of the Nazarene took with this issue.  So, what do you think?  Will there will be homosexuals in heaven?

My allergy

15 05 2008
OatmealToday there was a company benefits extravaganza at the office.  It’s mostly a chance to walk around and get my year’s supply of new pens and sticky pads.  But, I did learn a few interesting things at a couple of the booths.  First, my blood pressure is fine…actually pretty good.  I would tell you what it is if I could remember it.  I just remember both numbers were a little lower than the normal acceptable levels and the lady told me it was a good reading.  Second, I have 9% body fat which puts me at the “lean” level.
But the most interesting thing I learned today was that I have an allergy.  I had absolutely no idea that I was allergic to anything.  But, I am.  There was an allergist there giving tests.  The test was actually quite interesting.  I laid down on a cushioned table.  He asked me to raise my right arm straight up in the air and push up against his hand.  He established my strength level.  Then, systematically, he began laying certain allergens on my torso while having me repeat the exercise of pushing my arm up against the resistance of his hand.  I had full strength against the first and second group of allergens.  The first one was metals and the second was something else which I don’t recall (maybe grasses).  Then, the third group was food allergens.  When I pushed my arm up against his hand, there was significant loss in power; so much so that the resistance of his hand caused my arm to actually go down toward my body.  From there, he began separating out each of the food allergens until ultimately identifying the one that was causing my loss of power.  And, the winner is???  OATS.I am allergic to oats.  The funny thing is that I eat oats every single morning in my bread and in my breakfast bars.  The allergist recommended that I stop eating those items because he said it could cause unexplained headaches and other miscellaneous symptoms.  It could lead to arthritis and other significant ailments later in my life.

I could not have been more surprised.  I intend to do some more research on this and talk to my doctor about it.  But, apparently I am in fact allergic to oats.  Guess I should adjust my diet accordingly.

Anyone else allergic to oats?  Is this test even reliable?  I am interested in what you have to say.




B-Rex feels hungry, scientist claims

12 05 2008

B-Rex is hungryToday at lunch I asked my son what I should blog about today.  He said I should talk about his toy dinosaur, who he has named B-Rex (don’t ask me why).  He said I should talk about B-Rex because B-Rex wants to eat but he can’t because B-Rex is just pretend.

Which leads me to a thought that I often have.  I don’t trust everything scientists tell me.  Why am I expected to take everything a scientist tells me as fact?  My kid is really into dinosaurs and he has books that tell him all about life on this planet as it was x million years ago.  And, everything is written as fact.  When I read these books to him, I always add in the caviet phrase “according to scientists” at the end of each statement that strikes me as utterly unprovable.  I mean, there is no way to prove or disprove some of the statements made, and yet, we are expected to accept all of it as fact.  And, not only that, but we are expected to just start teaching it to our kids.

My son had his 4th birthday party at the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science.  It was a terrific party and he and all his friends had a super time.  (I recommend it if you are looking for a unique party idea for a young child).  But, even there, I remember thinking more than once, “How can they possibly know that?”

And, it certainly isn’t limited to theories on dinosaurs.  I have heard and read all kinds of crazy things stated as fact.  I have heard all about how the planets came to be.  There are detailed accounts of how our own planet has evolved and changed over the millions of years.  Give a scientist a rock and they can tell you its age.  (Carbon dating in particular is something that gets on my nerves because it is so widely accepted as complete and utter fact beyond any possible debate).  They can categorically state when the Artic will run out of ice.  They know how much our climate is warming and can tell us with amazing precision how temperatures will change over the next 10 years, 20 years, etc.

A quick google of “scientists claims” gave me the following results:

Life on Mars Likely, Scientist Claims

Black people ‘less intelligent’ scientist claims

Scientists Claim Infrared Helmet Could Reverse Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Men Smarter than Women, Scientist Claims

And, these are just on the first page!  The list of unbelievable and un-provable claims goes on and on.  (Of course, Men being smarter than Women is really more of a commonly accepted fact than any sort of breakthrough scientific discovery…just kidding).

I remember the exact moment about 5 years ago when I finally decided to officially quit believing anything that was stated in the name of science.  I read a headline that “There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth.”  Come on, how in the world can they possibly know that?  And yet the article fully documents the total number of stars in the sky (70 sextillion to be exact) as compared to the much smaller number of grains of sand on the earth, which ironically they don’t even state…it’s as if we are to assume that they have known that all along.  I knew when I read that article that they are completely full of crap.

Don’t get me wrong.  I do think there is validity to a lot of things that scientists discover.  Many advancements and truly proven discoveries have been made in all areas of science.  But, my point is, that our society is expected to just fall in line with whatever is said in the name of science.

Well, I, for one, can’t do that.  In my mind there is always room for other explanations no matter how remote they may be.  For instance, I believe that God created the world.  It is certainly possible that the Grand Canyon was carved into the rock over millions and millions of years by the Colorado river.  But, it is also very possible in my mind that God created the Grand Canyon in just a single instant in all its beauty and glory.  But, I have never heard the latter as a possible explanation to how the Grand Canyon came to be.

It’s possible that Dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago, sure, but isn’t it also possible that God created the world with fossilized dinosaur bones and footprints and even droppings just because He’s God and He can create the world anyway he chooses with dinosaur droppings and all?

I personally think that the Grand Canyon was, in fact, formed over thousands of years and that dinosaurs actually did roam the earth.  But, I would just once like to see scientists to acknowledge that there are other possibilities when they start to make their informed statements of fact.

This entire blog started because my 4 year old said I should talk about his pretend hungry dinosaur.  Here’s hoping he will continue to be interested in dinosaurs.  Here’s hoping he will continue to ask questions that will lead him into a further thirst for truth.  Here’s hoping he will channel his interests and his curiosities into finding out more about this world and how it came into being.  Here’s hoping he will always keep his mind open to a whole “world” of possibilities.