Tuesday, November 17, 2009
My Invocation - How do you Pray in “Secular” Settings?
Well, Saturday went okay. I have to be honest, I have a lot of “demons” going back to high school. We moved to Vancouver, WA for my sophomore year but thankfully moved back (it was a horrible year that looking back was probably the first signs of my bi-polarism manifesting itself). My Junior year at Wasson High School was great. I loved AP history, I loved wrestling (including breaking Mitchell High School, our arch rival’s 33 match unbeaten streak). It was a great year. But my senior year was dreadful - I was too serious, had too many girl problems, did not know what to do with my future (which at 17 is the way things are supposed to be). And again, looking back my mental health issues were probably already evident.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Twitter and Facebook – Help Me Again: Why Should I Do It? Dangers to the Gospel from Social Media
Let me state up front I am not a Luddite. I love technology, sometimes a bit too much. But in my work for The Navigators we spend a lot of time thinking of how to communicate with and transfer concepts, ideas and meaning to people under the age of 40 (which blessedly, I am still a member of for another 9 months).
One of the key things that all the best thinkers say is that you have Twitter, you have to FaceBook and MySpace. In other words, the Church (by which I mean all Christians but especially leaders) is failing the Gospel if it is not actively working through these media.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Roy J. Wasson 50th Anniversary Celebration - Guess Who is Doing the Invocation?
Tommorow my high school, Roy J. Wasson here in Colorado Springs, CO is having a 50th anniversary celebration. http://www.d11.org/wasson/.
The school opened in 1959, and was at the time the second high school in the city’s biggest district (District 11). The school was well thought of for a long-time, and when I attended we were usually first or second in GPA and test scores.
They are following the same progam as the one from 1959, and that original program had an invocation from the local Unitarian minister at the time. This was 1959, before prayer in school was banned. As this is an event of the Alumni Association, they are including an invocation again this time...and guess who is doing it. I will post tommorow my invocation. It is hard to write a prayer that is both true to my faith (evangelical though with strong Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions) but also acceptable for a larger audience. We shall see how I do on that.
For a nice history of my old school, you can go here: http://www.wassonalumni.com/history.html
Thursday, November 12, 2009
What does the phrase Emotional Reasoning Mean to You?
Seeking advice from a wide audience. I am working on a project on emotional reasoning, but as I have done my research this phrase is generally associated with making decisions based on emotional factors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_reasoning ). But what we are working on is not emotional decision making (which would be bad, though I think is more prevalent today than we want to admit), but emotional reasoning, or processing information through a series of emotional criteria and evaluations. That does not mean you would not make a decision of response from a more varied set of decision making matrices – like logic, tradition, or tribal loyalty.
Okay, beyond the work aspect of this, as one of those people who does a lot of “cognitive” processing through an emotional rather than a rational matrix, the existing understanding of this concept makes me sound like someone who is a danger to himself and others (admittedly, I am clinically bi-polar and when I am not taking care of my condition, I can be). But is not a more integrated approach going to process information through, at least in part, their emotional centre? Let me know your thoughts at .
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Why Iran Matters?
I intend to write more in the coming days on the issue of Iran, but since I have not written in about a year due to health issues, I feel like the need to make a basic point here.
We are facing the very real possibility that Iran is going to have nuclear weapons within in a few years, maybe even as soon as 2010. This is a state led by a man who has spoken openly of removing the nation of Israel off the map. Whatever your feeling about the need for a Palestinian state, and I am in favour of it if they can prove they can govern without corruption, without violence an dmost importanly, without devoting themselves to killing their neighbours in Israel, the fact is that the current regime in Iran has stated its desire to end Israel. This is deeply troubling.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Intersesting Article on California from the liberal New Republic
I have never lived in California (as a resident of Colorado, why would I, and as a matter of fact most residents of my state just hope fewer Californians move here). But as an American who wants to see everyone succeed the current situation in California is one that has to concern me. I do not want to see California become a “failed state.” There are certainly some conservatives who want to see California fail because it would be an indictment on the liberal policies of that state. Lets be honest the state legislature there has been dominated by Democrats for about two decades and the govenors there have been liberal, even the Terminator, who like George W. Bush may have done lasting damage to the Republican brand.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Ethiopia Trip Update
In January Christopher went to Ethiopia and Engalnd on a ministry trip. He took a lot of pictures and had an amazing time. Want to hear how the trip went and how God moved?
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Great Article on Carrie Prejean and 17 year old Mistakes vs. 21 year old Mistakes
You know by now the controversy regarding the Miss USA pagent, when the blogger called “Perez Hilton” who has made a name for himself by outing people in Hollywood and tafficing in gossip asked Miss California “do you agree with gay marriage” which should never have been asked in a pagent at all. Now Carrie Prejean has become a spokesperson for the traditional marriage movement, a movement i might add that is still in agreement with about 60% of Americans. Now they have dug up a picture of her from when she was age 17 that is semi-toppless (I will not post to it, as i think it qualifies as lite pornography).
What to make of all this? Well Kathreen Jean Lopez of National Review and Seth Leibsohn of the Claremont Institute have a great piece entiteld “Naked in the Naked Public Square.” You can read it here:
I agree with most of what they had to say (I think they were harder on Miley Cyrus and her dad then I would be, since I think they got snookered and simply trusted the wrong person), but it got me to thinking about Ms Perjean and what good will come of this for her. After the jump you will find the email I sent to Madam Lopez, the queen of Nationalreview.com
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Why the Chrysler Bankruptcy Deal is Dangerous
I have never owned a Chrysler vehicle. Actually, I am not sure I have ever been in one. Maybe a Jeep Wagoneer, but it was not owned by Chrysler when my friend had one. I am also not particularly pro-union, though from a historical view, I think they played an important role. But whatever your view of unions, the Chrysler name, or President Obama, you should be very worried about the deal worked out between the Obama administration and Chrylser last week that has now gone to the bankruptcy judge.
Friday, May 01, 2009
On Trying to Find Meaning through Swine Flu
Why did our country go crazy over this recent out break of the dreaded swine/H1N1/Mexican/resort flu? Yes, the 24 hour news cycle contributed, but why would ordinary people run out and spend good money on fac masks they neither needed nor will likely ever use?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A Christian Perspective on “Torture” and the U.S. Interogation Methods
What does it mean to both create a safe society and yet love your enemies? Can we love our enemy if by our acts of love we allow them to kill thousands of people? And how to really define torture?
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
My Take on Global Warming - Going back to 2007
I have promised repeatedly to put up my large response on Global Warming that was necessitated by my support for the admittedly flawed documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle. That documentary has gotten a lot of crticism, and it is not without cause. It does have an incorrect graph, it does make some overstatements, and it famously used quotes by Dr. Wunch that, while correctly, and in line with his pervious statements, we made not knowing this was an anti-global warming documentary and he felt lied to. However, what Wunch is not a proponent of the alarmist Global Warming viewpoint and, as I just said, what he says does here and in his other writings (yes, I have read some of them) is true about higher temperatures come first and then the oceans release their CO2, which in general (there are periods with this was not true) shows that CO2 comes after and does not cause warming.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Is the Global Warming Crowd (sorry, Global Climate Change) finally headed for defeat
Since the day in 1989 when Al Gore called Dr. James Hansen to the Senate hearings to tell us of the coming threat of Global Warming we have seen a twenty year battle for the minds, souls, and economies of the world. No, I am not being melodramatic. In the name of global warming we have had heads of countries pushing “global governance,” heads of enviro group and journalists calling for the death of airline executives when there are floods in Bangladesh, and many saying democracy has to be put to the side (and with it free speech) in the name of stopping global warming.
Despite all their best efforts they have not been able to convince the majority of average Americans this is a priority. Now around the globe many others have begun to notice one big problem - the world stopped warming in 1998 (which was not the warmest year ever, or even on record), and we have now had 10 years of slight cooling. All this despite tons more CO2 going into the atmosphere (of course as one of the great British enviromentalist and now global warming skeptic said, CO2 is natures fertilizer, not a pollutant). Look, as a theologian I am a great believer in stewarding the globe so that it honours God and supports best the diversity of life on it. But we live in a finite world. We could easily reduce the problem of man’s impact on the globe by committing species-wide suicide of ourselves. And don’t laugh, there are some in the enviro movement who see that mass human depopulation is a good thing.
But we live in a world where there are tradeoffs. To get to the levels specified by the 2008 Liberman/Warner Senate bill we would have to reduce our economy to the levels of Haiti or Somolia. Is it worth it to do this? Especially for no appreciable change in overall temperature (in the computer models, which have not predicted the last decades temperature fall, so you know what they are worth).
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
A Changing Society - Socialization of GenerationMe
In my work with The National Training Team of The Navigators I have gotten to be an advisor to the very fine work they have done in creating a new Bible Study and related tools (really, a whole new way of doing ministry) called Connect. The series tries to take into account the major shifts in a whole series of important sociological trends, from post-literacy to postmodernism to post-guilt. If you read this website, you already know that I think one of the most important books of the past few years is GenerationMe by Dr. Jean M. Twenge. Well, much of what she writes about I have tried to encapsulate as an explanation of the changes that underlie our new Connect Series (available at NavPress.com here:
If you are interested, please read this paper and itneract with me on these socialization trends and others you think I should have addressed. I appreciate all any feedback you want to give me.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Is the Book Dying? An Interesting Piece on Reading in America
Come to our house and you will know instantly that we love books. They are everywhere, especially of course in my office. When I married my wife 13 years ago (and before I went to seminary, but while I was finishing my MBA), I had one small book shelf, and books were one shelf of it. Today...books have taken over! We love books. I am a word person. But...the book we hear is dying, and so is reading (not literacy, the ability, but actually reading something more than just a web post). And in special trouble is the printed book. Is this our future?
Well there is a very intersting artile on the website The New Atlantis on the printed page vs electronic. Read it here:http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/people-of-the-screen
And for an interesting read on the subject of the end of literacy, you really should check the well written if insultingly titled The Dumbest Generation:
Hugh Hewitt, the great political commentator and radio host has been asking whether the Republican Party can close the technology gap, but a bigger issue for both parties is not how they use technology, but whether a technophile culture is going to be able to understand ideas, ideology, history and economics enough to be the kind of populace that can keep itself free and prosperous.
As for me...I have my doubts