Angela Nicely, by Alan MacDonald. Illustraed by David Roberts.
What it's about:
Three short stories. Three funny situations. One single-minded, determined little girl.
Angela Nicely (about 6 years old, I think) is an engaging, if not what you'd call a well-behaved, girl. Her misbehaviour is not malicious (perhaps with the exception of getting her modelling rival wet) as much as singularly focused. Who wouldn't want to figure out if the head teacher is wearing a wig? How else are you meant to get on top in the modelling game? And when a weekend spa turns out to be a weekend arghh!, you have to do something, right?
What is it like?
Daughter: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Dad: I don't know. Why did the chicken cross the road?
Daughter: To visit the ugly man.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (NIV)
Over the last few months, we have looked at a passage that tells us some of the many characteristics of love: it is patient and kind, it does not envy or boast, it is not proud or rude or self-seeking or easily angered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs and doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
And that’s not all. Verse 7-8a goes on to tell us that love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres, and that it never fails.
We might look at this list and get discouraged. How on earth are we to exemplify all that? This is where a favourite verse of mine comes in.
Some worthwhile quotes from this article written in 2003 about a Swiss study published in 2000. However much patriarchy is hated, the picture that very liberal country gives is that patriarchy is more than a learned societal structure.
If both father and mother attend church regularly...
- 33 percent of their children will end up as regular churchgoers
- 41 percent will end up attending irregularly.
- a quarter of their children will end up not practicing at all.
2. The speed is picking up on the redefinition of gender. First it was roles, then it was relationships, now it is re-assignment.
3. I know this church. It's the one my wife became a Christian in back in the day.