Winning the San Diego Bible Bowl
This year I coordinated the Bible Bowl Ministry for our church and helped train a group of about 20 children for the contest in San Diego. We could have the most influence over our own son, of course and Christopher performed brilliantly as we had hoped and expected. Actually the Biblical concept of hope is more like expectation so the previous sentence contains a redundancy. When the Bible speaks of hope it means "expecting something to come to pass" not just "wishful thinking." But even the Bible clarifies this at times. To get back to the topic, Christopher’s little team of 3 once again defeated all the other elementary teams from the other 10 churches involved in the event, though there was some fierce competition out there, especially from Canyon View Church and 61st and Division. I was very proud of him and his competitiveness. He was a little more demonstrative than last year, though, which can sometimes be taken wrongly. There were some people cheering for the 61st and Division team who were a bit shrill and over zealous and it hurt his ears so he motioned for them to be a little more quiet and it seemed to some as though he was trying to get them not to cheer for their team, which was unfortunate because that was not the case, it was that they were hurting his ears. Oh well, he’s just a seven year old third grader, so people should understand…but competitiveness often blinds us. Christopher also placed first among the elementary at our church in the written testing, although a mistake gave him the second place medal and third spot overall instead of second. I was actually a little disappointed with his performance on that part, because he actually correctly placed some events but there is some discrepancy about where a section heading falls and where the bulk of a certain event falls among chapters in the Bible. I was also a little apprehensive about even doing Bible Bowl, because the Bible is the Holy Word of God and is meant to save men’s souls, not to play as a game. And yet I realized that this is an aid for children to enjoy learning the scripture when their parents may be reluctant to push them to study and learn it on their own, not wanting them to develop an aversion to the scripture or to feel that the Bible is just another school book. But it does trivialize the scripture a bit, looking at it as game answers rather than as God’s message of supreme eternal importance to mankind. I was able to set up a study with a fellow yesterday, with Christopher with me, and hopefully Christopher will be able to be a part of some of those studies and will see how the word is meant to be used to transform lives and bring people to Christ. This has been a time of renewal for our whole family, as Tinka and I have started reading the Bible together and praying daily and I’m beginning to train Christopher to do the same.