Well, I felt I needed to weigh in on the Super Bowl last night, or more interestingly the commercials. My favorite comercial was, “So, God made the farmer” by Monsanto. There is nothing like the voice of Paul Harvey to make the poisoning of the masses and the raping of the farmers sound sexy. Wait, what? You mean that was a Dodge commercial? Wow, that makes me feel so much better about it.
My religious rant of the day– A few years ago I dug into study on the tithe that is mentioned in the Bible. Most religious Christians have grown up with an understanding of what a tithe is, but it wasn’t until I read a description of it in the Bible, that I started thinking that it has somehow been usurped by religion be something is never was intended. Read it for yourself: Deuteronomy 14:22-29 22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and theRead More →
Many years ago I read a small book that had a real impact on me and changed how I viewed the Christian life, that book was ‘The Practice Of The Presence Of God‘ by Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk. Before reading that book, and during many relapses since then, my relationship with God was like a long distance telephone call that occurred from time to time. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I had any concept of the “presence” of God outside the biblical accounts of His glory as it appeared to the Patriarchs in blinding fashion. My reading of this book corresponded with myRead More →
I consider myself a Libertarian idealist. I have not always been so, but the older I get, the more I yearn for a world that is truly free. I don’t think that I am alone in having these feelings, many people that I talk to have them as well. When my brother introduced me to Ron Paul, five years ago, I found what he said truly appealing and spot on with my personal opinions. Up until that time, I had no idea what a Libertarian was, or how my political belief system aligned with their ideals. One of the more interesting things I find is that regardless of political affiliation, people IRead More →
I may as well admit it, I have opinions… lots and lots of opinions. In the recent past, my opinions were both and asset and a liability. Professionally, people sought my opinions… they paid me good money for them. Personally, I was a person that many people came to for advice on relationships, issues of faith and life in general. I think I got that from my dad, who was a natural problem-solver.
I am sitting in the Dallas/FW airport with Nashville, and a dozen unfinished projects, hundreds of miles behind me. Beginning this weekend I am on a two week unscripted road trip with my old buddy Avery which has no destination, for certain, other than as close as we can legally get to Area 51. This trip is about checking out and enjoying something without deadlines, obligations or restrictions. This trip is about recovering that part of ourselves that is spontaneous and full of wonder. I look forward to many evenings under desert star-filled skies, where I can take a break from all of my failuresRead More →
A MacGuffin is a plot element that catches the viewers’ attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction. The MacGuffin is common in films, especially thrillers. Usually, though not always, the MacGuffin is the central focus of the film in the first act, and then declines in importance as the struggles and motivations of characters play out. It may come back into play at the climax of the story, but sometimes the MacGuffin is actually forgotten by the end of the film. Somewhere in my 20’s I lost any sense of where I was going or what I was doing in life. IRead More →
Sometimes, I just have to vent a little– today just happens to be one of those times. Over the last several thousand years, the Christian church has been through hundreds of different phases. In America those phases seem to occur at a faster rate, especially in the last 50 years or so. It may be possible that my generation has seen more change in the church than any previous generation before it. Now, I don’t mean core revolutionary change, like in the Reformation, but more like seasonal changes. I grew up Fundamental Baptist, a particularly legalistic branch of the Baptist denomination. When we moved to Georgia, my family churchedRead More →
If I was to make a movie about my life, the trailer would contain all of the real good stuff. It would probably be a coming of age story about a child who didn’t fit in, who overcame challenges and had grand adventures. I would put in all the good parts. Even the bad parts of my life would be used, but only to build tension, to set up the payoff. Like the time I had an awesome, high paying job that positively robbed me of joy and how that drove me to change. All the bad stuff would be put on display, so, that it canRead More →
Well, it’s 2011 and I don’t feel different at all. 2010 was a crazy year and full of many ups and downs as well as many new any interesting experiences. Early in December I started getting reflective and thinking back over the year, hoping to distill from it some healthy and productive direction for 2011. Let me walk you trough some of the bigger events this year. In March of last year, I got married. It has been a really up and down year for Kim and I, something that underlined the thought that getting married for the first time when you are older isRead More →