Only slightly Amusing…
March 8, 2010, 2:19 pm
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There is something about reading an article about a bias from the perspective of another bias that makes me want to laugh.

Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin

Two of the best-selling biology textbooks stack the deck against evolution, said some science educators who reviewed sections of the books at the request of The Associated Press.

“I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids,” said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago.”

…One of the books doesn’t attempt to mask disdain for Darwin and evolutionary science.

Surprise, Surprise…
February 17, 2010, 10:08 am
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So… This type of post has become the most common. It is where I write to the non-existent readers that it has been a while since I last wrote and it seems like a lot of things have changed in my life. While that is the truth- I refuse to do that this time.

Hmmmmmm… Is the Blog due a redesign?

Friday Proverb:Covering Offense…
October 16, 2009, 12:24 pm
Filed under: General, Personal Lessons...

Ripped from Resurgence

Covering the Offense

I am Man… But…
October 16, 2009, 10:17 am
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… I am married to a Woman.  So, that is why when I come across a resource like this it strikes my interest.

True Woman

Nearly 25% of the World…
October 8, 2009, 9:01 am
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How are we going to respond?

Nearly 1 in 4 People Worldwide

Praying for my Girls…
October 1, 2009, 1:09 pm
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After a lot of back and forth, wading through some uncertainty, reading and praying my Wife and I decided before Emery was born that we would go through with the vaccination route. While for some this may not seem like such a big issue, when you consider the debate that revolves around the topic, it becomes a much bigger hurdle to jump.

On the one hand, you have years of Vaccinations (my Wife and I included) with no apparent negative impact. On the other, you have more and more cases everyday claiming that as a result of Vaccinations children are being “sentenced” to a life of Autism.

While there are Staunch Opponents and Passionate Advocates of vaccination, when it comes right down to it, the issue is one of those gray areas that comes down to a personal decision and prayer.

If the case against was cut and dry (1+1=2) this would have been a very easy decision.

If the case for was cut and dry (1+1=2) this would have been a very easy decision.

Unfortunately, neither of these are the case. So, today I am trusting God and Praying for both my Girls…

He is in control and knows what is best. He loves my Daughter far more than my Wife and I ever could. And above all else, HE is always Good, Loving, and Holy.

I realize that this issue is not that big of a deal for you Seasoned Parents out there, but it is something that is pretty weighty to my wife and I.

Emery will be getting her shots in about an hour and my Wife will have to endure the tears. After that, I am sure a few days of fussiness will follow. So, if you think of it… We would appreciate your prayers on our behalf.

Rationally Resistant vs. Graciously Giving
September 29, 2009, 11:03 am
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An interesting post as my thoughts drift toward my desired future ministry.

I Have not Always Obeyed…

Transparency and Image…
September 29, 2009, 10:13 am
Filed under: General, The Walk...

“All too often, our online identity is very different from our offline identity.Our Facebook status projects what we want others to think of us, not who we truly are. Our blog posts are shrouded in airs of intellectualism or edginess. We all face the temptation to project a false image of ourselves because we find the real image inadequate. If we are honest, the real image is nowhere near as attractive as we want it to be. We want to be more beautiful, more successful, more creative, more virtuous, more popular, and more intelligent than we actually are. We all have an image problem. The problem, however, is not that we lack beauty, success, creativity, virtue, popularity, or intelligence. The problem is that we believe the lie that obtaining those images will actually make us complete, happy, and content people.

Believing the lie, we fight rigorously to obtain (or retain) our image of choice. We discipline ourselves to lose weight, climb the vocational ladder, learn new techniques, make moral decisions, and strive to be in the know, all to gain the image we so desperately want. The image we believe will make us truly happy, content, and complete. We will fight with whatever it takes—money, time, sacrifice, overworking, and the occasional white lie. We fight and scrap to obtain our desired perception. Why? Because we believe that being perceived a certain way will make us truly happy. We believe a lie. We express faith in what is false. We depend on the undependable. Once we realize that we are building our identity on things that are untrue and unreliable, we can begin to sink our identity into what actually is true and reliable. This kind of image building moves us towards Jesus.

Christianity is about image. It affirms that we were created in God’s image (Gen 1:26-28), which was wrecked in our fall with Adam (Rom 5:12-21), and so desperately needs renewal in Jesus (2 Cor 3:18). The gospel restores and renews our image. It holds up the image of Jesus as most glorious and desirable (2 Cor 4:6) and aligns us with him. Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15) and his face reflects the refulgent beauty and glory of God. The gospel is about correcting our vision and reshaping our image so that we can see and reflect “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:4).”

(Dobson, Jonathan. Fight Clubs: Gospel-Centered Discipleship 14-15)

Back [B]Logging…
September 29, 2009, 9:56 am
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My last post came from the Labor & Delivery Room while my wife was sleeping (as a result of this amazing thing called an Epidural). In those moments leading up to the birth of Emery Grace I was, needless to say, lacking the ability to think clearly.

Since that day my wife and I have enjoyed the New Normal. We have logged a total of 2 months in our Parenting journey together that have been fraught with new challenges, interesting situations, a lack of real Parenting (really, do you actually parent a 9 week old?). I would like to say that I have undertaken this new responsibility like a duck takes to water (or like Emery to the Bottle) but I am painfully aware (at least at times) how irresponsible I have been or am being.

People ask how the past 2 months have gone. We respond that they have been pretty smooth. Emery is a happy baby who sleeps the vast majority of the night. She grins most of the time that I am home and makes the best noises when I sing my rendition of “A Peanut sat on a Railroad Track.” Amber and I were married for a month short of a year when she was born, but it is hard to imagine what it would have been like to not have her with us right now. Children really are a Blessing for God.

Personal failures now seem much larger now. Those things that I viewed as being bad habits or little hang-ups have become the battles that they should have been my entire life. Those areas of selfishness which appeared to me as entitlements now show to be a true hindrance to my marriage relationship. How do you correct 20+ years apathy? Only by God’s Grace…

“Life…” from the L & D Room…
July 29, 2009, 11:30 am
Filed under: General

Yes… you read the title correctly. No… you do not need to work on your reading comprehension skills. I am, truthfully with no hint of falsehood, writing this post from the Labor and Delivery room in a Hospital.

My thoughts right now… FRAGMENTED!

Am I processing what is going on right now… PROBABLY NOT!

If my wife weren’t sleeping right now, would I be doing this… ABSOLUTELY NOT!

So, since I shouldn’t be on here long and I really am not thinking all to clearly I am going to give some thoughts in bullet points:

  • My wife is amazing! I realize we haven’t been married for more than a year (11 months tomorrow), but I have never been more proud of her (or anyone else for that matter) than I am right now. Both of us are scared, uncertain, anxiously awaiting the arrival, yet she is the one who has endured the discomfort and pain with enough strength after a contraction to smile at me and laugh at my poor attempt to make her laugh. She is wonderfully amazing.
  • I am a tad bit frightened! Talking with my Dad yesterday he asked me if I was ready. Really? Can someone be ready? I think I have been more concerned with the outward details over the past 9 months that I have forgotten what all of this means: A new life… A Baby girl… A daughter. Though frightened… excited.
  • Tears pretty randomly come to my eyes! Majority of the time they come as a result of me thinking of holding the Baby. Imagining looking at her wrapped in a receiving blanket in my arms is enough to send a strange chill through me.
  • God is so good! He blesses beyond measure. He protects in all situations. He has had this all planned out since the beginning of time for our good and His Glory.