July 22nd, 2010


Writer's Block: Old enough ...

Do you think parents have a right to know if their teenager is taking birth control pills? What are the potential consequences of requiring parental consent?

Parents not only have a right to know, but a need to know. Sex education begins and ends in the home, and if it doesn't start there, nothing that the rest of society teaches will be of any value.

Letting God Lead The Way

Over the past two months or so, I've been helping to build a church. The buidling is for a church I attend. The really amazing part isn't that I'm working for free, it's what God has done for me and to me while I've been working on it.

One of the biggest things is my acrophobia. I hate heights. I hate ladders even more. I still don't really like either, but I've been able to overcome both because of strength and courage given to me by God. He didn't have to do that for me, but because I was willing to do what was necessary to build His church, He blessed me with the means to do so. A friend to pick me up and work with, courage to overcome irrational fear, and skill to do what needs to be done without getting (seriously) hurt. I can't help but praise God for what He's done.

He's grown my faith in other ways. At one time or another the enemy has sent up walls that seemed insurmountable. Even now we've overcome everything that the enemy has thrown against us. Not because of any strength or ability or resource we provided. Those familiar with the intimate details of what has been going on are aware of just exactly what the problems are (or were). On 1 August 2010 Bridges of Hope Fellowship in McMinnville, TN will be celebrating our first service in God's house. We will be winning souls to Christ so that a greater part of humanity may share in what our Heavenly Father wants for all of us (that is, for us to have perfect fellowship with Him).

Praise God!

Loco Moco: A Food Ninja Review

It's interesting the places where we learn of new foods. I was playing Cafe World on Facebook when I came across this food called "Loco Moco. I thought it was a made up food when I first saw it and never gave it a second thought. Lo and behold, how wrong I was. I finally decided to Wikipedia it, figuring if it was real, there was a good chance I could find an article about it there. I couldn't believe that I actually found an article about a real dish. I found it even harder to believe how simple it was. I was flabbergasted. How could I have not come up with such a simple dish? Or even thought of it, for that matter.

That was about three days ago. Today, I finally made the Loco Moco and I am utterly surprised at how good it is!

First, the recipe I used.

1/2 cup white rice
1 lb ground beef
brown gravy
1 egg
4 cubes of beef stock
2 cups water

Take your rice and cook as normal. Take beef stock cubes and add water, boil until dissolved, set aside and let cool. Pat out your ground beef into 1/4 lb patties, cook on the stove top, reserving the fat in the pan. Remove the patties and fry your egg. Remove the egg and, while whisking, add flour until you get your basic roux (roux is defined as a flour and some sort of fat or oil). You can cheat and use a packet gravy, but it won't be as good. Once your roux is thickened, add the beef stock, slowly, while whisking, until desired consistency is reached. Layer as follows:

White rice
hamburger patty
fried egg
brown gravy

Whether you use a fork or spoon, keep some bread handy to sop up the gravy. While mine was a bit salty, it was one of the most delicious (and simplest) dishes I've made in a long, long time. Praise God for creative cooks (and poor folks looking for a filling meal!)