Daily Archives: June 12, 2005


Beginning With God

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

I wanted to start this morning looking at the whole family as a unit of faithfulness.  It is frequently stated that the family is a microcosm of the world, of government, of church, really the family serves as the smallest building block of any social structure.  The quality then of that building block is important. One of the features of Haitian living that sticks out almost immediately when you enter the country is that every structure is made of either poured concrete or concrete blocks.  But it’s not the same kind of concrete blocks that we would use here.  Oh, they might look the same – but they are not. In fact a regular bag of concrete be about 2/3 of a cubic foot. Haitians will add sand and gravel to make it stretch to about 3 cubic feet (no, I’m not kidding.)  The result is that a wall of blocks will break with much less force.  That’s one reason why OMS has already started making their own bricks in preparation for building the new Emmaus Seminary location. Likewise for us.  If we want a solid country, a solid government or more directly a well built and well-functioning church than we need to construct it with well-built families.  We want […]