Blogs by Author: Cecil Van Houten

A Call To Action-The Supreme Court Rules

06.30.12 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[22]

6/29/12 - READ THE LATEST ON THE IMPACT OF THE SUPREME COURT RULING AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE One of the important responsibilities Family Life has been entrusted with through the years is to inform the community of faith on issues that are of ...

Father's Day

06.22.12 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[4]

               Father's Day was on June 15th in 1980.  CNN had been launched just two weeks before.  Mt. St. Helen’s had exploded less than a month earlier in ...

The Kindness Of A Stranger

06.02.12 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[16]

Last fall I wrote a blog about the story behind the song, “It’s A Wonderful World”. http://www.fln.org/media-blog/what-a-wonderful-world/  Not long after the piece was published I received a note from a reader who shared an ...

Maybe It's Just Me...

05.15.12 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[8]

I’m sure many of you do not remember a British TV series in the late ‘60s called ‘The Prisoner’.  It centered on a British former secret service agent who is held captive in a mysterious coastal village resort.  ...

Remembering Charles Colson

04.22.12 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[2]

Many of you are probably familiar with his story; a former Marine captain, successful lawyer and political strategist.

It's Still The Cross

03.27.12 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[10]

I haven’t posted a new blog in several weeks.  Early in February we began following the controversy over the Obama administration’s health care mandate and the response by Christians to this threat to religious liberty.  It ...

The Bottom Line

01.02.12 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[1]

As I write this, the New Year is barely twelve hours old.  It still has that ‘new year’ smell.  I survived the New Year’s Eve jumble – no parties or festivities.  Not that I’m opposed to them.  ...

Thinking Out Loud

12.19.11 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[7]

Amidst the see-saw of who’s up and who’s down in the latest political poll, the early death throes of the Occupy movement and the nerdy debate between the Kindle Fire and Nook Color, something else happened over the weekend.  Two ...

McRibs, McJobs & McCamping

11.07.11 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[3]

RANDOM THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS ON THE JOURNEY OF LIFE AND FAITH I mentioned in my last blog that I felt there is a need for greater humility in the body of Christ, both toward one another and in our outward posture.  Here’s something ...

The Flavor of the Month...Week...ok, Day

10.17.11 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[8]

Well, did anyone see this one coming?  Rick Perry, the latest shining star in a rapidly shifting constellation of Republican contenders has his own Jeremiah Wright.  You remember Jeremiah Wright - the outspoken Chicago pastor whose ...

"What A Wonderful World"

09.22.11 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[14]

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are or what style of music you enjoy, the odds are you recognize those lyrics and can probably hum the melody too. And even though it’s been cut by dozens of artists through the years, the iconic version ...

Bucket Lists, Betty White & The Buffalo Bills

09.02.11 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[11]

Random Thoughts and Observations on the Journey of Life

The Treasure

08.11.11 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[9]

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”  2 Corinthians 4:7 In the first third of the twentieth century, William Randolph Hearst was a media baron and one of ...

It's Sad

07.22.11 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[11]

It’s sad.  It’s sad when people you’ve known for years as faithful followers of Christ decide it’s over.  They’re done.  Often in middle age, they decide that all that stuff their parents taught them, ...

The Soundtrack of Your Life

07.11.11 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[0]

'The King's Speech' was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the last year, winning numerous international awards including four Academy statues. It owes its success to the strength of its individual parts and the masterful way they ...