Rockwell’s Breaking Home Ties

As a number of us send our children off to college this August, I have Norman Rockwell’s Breaking Home Ties painting in my mind. It’s a classic.

In the painting a father takes his son out to where the farm road meets the railroad tracks. They wait for the train to stop and pick up the son to take him to State U.

Dad and son are sitting on the running board of a Ford Model A pickup. The Ford Model A pickup truck was the rugged workhorse of farmers at the time. Model A production ended in 1931.

Railroad track seen in the foreground. The flag and lantern will signal the engineer to stop.

The son sits eagerly looking up the tracks for the train—toward the next chapter of his life. He’s holding some sandwiches Mom made and wrapped up for him. He’s ready. Ticket in pocket and packed suitcase between his feet. I wonder where he got the books and what their titles are.

The farm dog sadly knows something is up.

Watch fob hangs from the father’s pocket; a symbol of waiting and anticipation of changes.

Father sits contemplative. Dad looks down the tracks into the distance, wondering about the future of his son—and who will help with the harvest this fall.

The family ties are strong in the painting. The father holds two hats—his own work hat and his son’s hat, for the soon-to-be college student. The father’s last act when the train comes will be to put the hat on his son and say good-bye.


Breaking Home Ties, by Norman Rockwell. Saturday Evening Post cover, September 25, 1954.


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Three (Defining) Components of a Christian Faith

On OpenLine today (8-15-15) Michael Rydelnik – Listen here.

This is an answer to the question, “What is saving faith? How do I know I have full faith in Jesus?”

3 Components:


Component Description What We Have What We Do Our Responsibility

(What We Do)


(What We Do)

Mind Intellectual Knowledge Know Appropriate Learn
Heart Emotional Conviction Believe Appreciate Love
Will Volitional Commitment Act (decide and do) Apply Live

Most all of the Bible talks about these components.

Luke 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

We see ‘mind,’ ‘heart/soul,’ and ‘strength’ (doing, acting, will).

I choose Luke 10:27 because it says it all.  These are the two great commandments. All of the law and commandments follow from these.

The words in the Responsibility column are from Warren Wiersbe’s sermon (1975) titled ‘Our Responsibility to the Word of God.’ Podcasted Aug. 17 & 18, 2015 on Today In the Word.

Lifeline Productions – the comic strip of Radio

This site has a long list of 60-second audio comic strips.  Each has a life (Christian) message. – Downloadable clips. #Humor #Funny

Nice list giving the Title, the Situation, and the Key Line.

The Best of list is the top 52 (most popular) clips.

A few of my favorites are House on Fire, Give It All, and Kids Today.

Priorities (example)

This has many potential uses.

  • Discussion starter for Youth Group or Sunday School or Bible Study.
  • Tweetable.
  • Can embed on webpages (as I’ve done above).

Metonymy & antinomy – words

I learned two words today.

Metonymy is a literary device.

It is a figure of speech that replaces the name of a thing with the name of something else with which it is closely associated.

Antinomy \an-ˈti-nə-mē\

1:  a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences correctly drawn from such principles

2:  a fundamental and apparently unresolvable conflict or contradiction
For example, it is hard to resolve the concept of ‘election’ (from Reformed theology that some are predestined to be saved and some are not) and ‘Christ died, that all who believe will be saved.’
*Not to be confused with ‘antimony,’ which is a brittle silvery-white metalloid.

Lead From Where You Are And With All That You Have (Lolly Daskal)

Themes: (other) people, communication, connecting, dialogue


How many times have you heard yourself say If only I had the right role … the right job … the right business … the right opportunity, then I would step into my leadership.

But that role, position, opportunity, or business may never come along. So when is the right moment to start leading? That moment is now, right where you are.

If you can’t start from where you want to be, how do you start from where you are?

Here are some ways to clear the path:

Develop yourself. To lead others, you must first learn to lead yourself. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves. Who you are and what you learn about yourself is more powerful than where you are.

Develop alliances. Nothing great was ever done alone. To be successful you need to be able to get along with others, which means building strong relationships and deep alliances. We are all as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided. The best leaders know the importance of alliances and do everything they can to cultivate them.

Define your worth. Everyone has a unique talent and their own way of expressing themselves; learn what yours is and it will be your worth. The best competitive advantage you have is you. Your talent determines what you can do; your motivation determines how much you do; your attitude determines how well you do it. Lead by your worth and make your mark.

Engage in constant dialogue. When dialogue is constant communication is easy, instant and effective. The most important aspect of dialogue is usually hearing what is not being said. The art of reading between the lines is a lifelong quest of great leaders because it leads to understanding, connection and mutual appreciation.

Seek out experience. Experience as much as you can. People never truly learn anything by being told; find out for yourself is much more powerful. Once you’ve experienced failures and successes you can begin turning those experiences into wisdom.

Invest in other people. People matter—especially when it comes to leadership. Find what is good about others and do everything you can to illuminate their work, support their development and nurture their success. Invest in other people’s successes and groom them to be leaders too. When they win, you win.

You don’t have to wait until you get to the top, until the right role is available, until you’re in the perfect place at the perfect time. You can reach everything you need, and everything you need to accomplish, right where you are. Then when opportunity knocks (and it will) you’ll be ready.

Lead From Within: Everyone has the potential to lead successfully, regardless of the positions they hold and the title they have. Be ready today by leading from right where you are and with all that you have.

– See more at:

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Youth Group Mission Trip 2015

Wesley (Macomb), Savoy, and Pekin First UMC churches.

July 18-25, 2015.

Denver. Stayed at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO.

DICP Day Camp

  • Monday: met Geogina, asst. Director. Stayed at school most of the day. Watched Lion King. Went to performing art center for voice and actions games.
  • Tuesday: a.m. Scavenger hunt at Colorado Mills Mall, swam mini water park, performing art center for voice and actions games. Given a theme groups made two tableau scenes. Rained
  • Wednesday: p.m. WenPut on skit and did craft on the Creation Story.

One Word transformation. 

Describes how to pick one word a year to focus on.

Kinda like, in a way, my Christmas boxes.