A problem for today, and a bigger one for “tommorrow”

February 9, 2010

Albert Mohler, President of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY posted a thought provoking article today about the disappearance of men from college campuses.  Click HERE to read it.

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Enough already…we have NOT started a new decade!!!

January 5, 2010

As was to be expected, with the calendar turning to the year 2010, many speak in terms of this year being the start a new decade.  My response…only if you operate in some parallel time continuum that uses a “base 9” number system.

Here’s the way to get back on track.  Perhaps this will be news to some of you who are determined to think outside of calendar dating and mathematical norms, but here goes.  There was NO year “0” A.D.!   The first year anno domini was “1”.  Don’t believe me?  Try to find any historical event dated “0” A.D.  And then get back to me on that.

With that numbering system established, the first year of the first decade of the first millennium A.D. was 1 A.D.  The end of the first decade of the first millennium was the last day of 10 A.D.  If  you are fortunate enough to have all 10 digits on your two hands, check me out on this.  Start with a single finger as if it were 1 A.D. and count the remaining digits.  When you get to the last finger (or thumb) you will be at 10 which you should think of as 10 A.D.  You have completed a decade.  In this case, the first decade of the first millennium A.D.

Continuing on, the first year of the second decade of the first millennium was 11 A.D.  The end of the second decade of the  first millennium was the last day of the year 20 A.D. 

There is not enough time or space to go through this entire process of counting fingers or toes to get us all the way to the present, but suffice it to say there has been no mutation of the base 10 numbering system over the last two thousand and nine years, so there is only one ACCURATE conclusion that can be reached.  The year 2010 is the LAST year of the first decade of the first century of the third millennium A.D.

For those who are anxious to start a new decade, you only have another 360 days to wait.  It will begin on January 1, 2011.


I think this establishes a new low-water mark for integrity in college football.

November 2, 2009

Watch the following video.  It shows The University of Florida linebacker (and team captain) Brandon Spikes gouging the eyes of Washaun Ealey, a running back who plays for The University of Georgia, during the game last Saturday.

What has achieved a new low is not necessarily the actions of this player, although his conduct is despicable, but rather the fact that Brandon Spike’s head coach, Urban Meyer has suspended him for….catch this….the first half of the game upcoming on November 7th.  THE FIRST HALF!  What makes it even worse is that Meyer’s first reaction when he was told about the incident was to simply move on.  I’m kidding, right?   Nope, “move on” is what Meyer wanted to do until he saw a replay of the incident. 

Incredible.  I don’t even have to ponder who I have LESS respect for, Spikes or Meyer.  

Meyer wins hands down.


Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Obama.

September 5, 2009

With the scheduled piped-in address by President Obama to school children around the nation next week, we step over a line that I don’t believe has been crossed in this country, ever.  That is, of having a sitting president deliver a message directly to school children, on a forced basis, accompanied by a White House provided curricula, designed to augment whatever message Obama intends to supply.

While this approach by a U.S. President is best described as untested, it is  not without precedent.  The heads of state of the former Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea (the Dear Leader), and Venezuela have all spoken to the school children of their nations.  One can only conclude that the rationale for such an approach is to communicate an age appropriate message, that leans favorably in support of that leader’s policies.  Is there ANY reason to believe that Obama would approach this with a different motive?  The short answer for those pondering the question is “NO.”  And naturally, this will be pulled off without parental consent or the ability to provide an informed response in reaction to it.  It seems to me that this is a form of indoctrination cloaked in the trappings of providing encouragement, or inspiration.  Irrespective of a parent’s political leanings, this cannot be viewed as a good thing.

And for those who believe it is not possible to indoctrinate children, watch this.  (In answer to the question in the title of the video…..CREEPY!)


Get Outta My Face!

March 30, 2009

get-outta-my-faceGet Outta My Face!by Rick Horne, was published earlier this year, and the subtitle, accurately describes the message contained therein…”How to reach angry, unmotivated teens with Biblical counsel.”

Horne holds a D. Min from Westminster Theological Seminary and is a guidance counselor for a Christian school in the Philadelphia area.  As you might imagine, he has plenty of experience in counselling teenagers.  But more important than his direct experience, he brings Biblical wisdom, primarily from the book of Proverbs, which he notes was mostly written by Solomon for his young son, (Proverbs 1: 8) who may well have been a teenager at the time Solomon wrote it.

While Horne’s ultimate objective is to point angry and unmotivated teens to the cross of Christ, he dedicates the lion’s share of the book to Biblically grounded techniques for connecting and communicating with teens.  He does so by first informing the reader that he/she must first understand the teen and importantly understand him/herself in the light of scripture.  This approach offers great theological reminders about the nature of man, and sin’s corruption, irrespective of age.

Then Horne teaches four processes that he acknowledges are fundamental to most any formal counselling.  But he expands on these ideas with very helpful descriptions and dialogue, some of which are real life examples from his own “client base” of students at his school.  The four processes are:

Listen Big – To build a bridge to your teen

Clarify Narrow– to expose the realities of your teen’s experience

Look Wide– to discover your teen’s solutions

Plan Small – to support changes your teen wants

While the narrative of the book often appears to be written to parents who are in the midst of dealing with angry or unmotivated teens, the book is clearly applicable for anyone who deals with teens, whether youth leader, or coach, or simply an interested party.  And while the subject is most explicitly dealing with teenagers, I would submit that the teaching found in this book would apply just as well to the pre-adolescent and the young adult.  And, I would not hesitate to use the techniques on a middle-of-life adult, either.  The wisdom is that broadly applicable

At 171 pages, the book is a relatively quick and simple read.  But much of its good advice that can and should be referred to again and again as we have occasion to deal with teens (of all ages).


Darwin vindicated?

February 12, 2009

Today, February 12, 2009 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin the father of the Theory of Evolution and the author of On the Origin of Species.  His theory, presented as fact, and taught virtually everywhere outside of strictly Christian education settings, rejects out-of-hand, God’s role in creation as clearly revealed in the Bible.  He is certainly no hero of mine.

But perhaps I have been too hasty in my judgment of him.  Based on this evidence, is it possible he should be vindicated?  Is evolution true?

I mean, was THIS going on before Michael Flatley?

Those guys are good!  But look at what it has evolved into.  Clothes and even shoes!

And then, there is this, where it appears that the female of the species has been allowed to come out of the trees, or exit the cave, in order to perform.


Sad!

February 5, 2009

smu-logo1An incredibly sad article about my alma mater.  Sad that a student lost his life through the use of drugs.  But also sad that the administration of the university may not have done all it could, to curb illegal drug use by students through a more thorough and public investigation of the facts surrounding the death by overdose of one student and the near-death by overdose of his roommates just weeks before.