One Note | Educator, Educate Thyself

2 June, 2013 § Leave a comment


For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2

I love words. Words can mean so many different things in a host of variations, but also mean one very specific thing when in a specific order. This verse from scripture is one of my favorites because I see it so totally passed over so much. Consider–Jesus is God and Man but for his mission here on earth he gave up, or as some would put it, ignored his Godly abilities to be our perfect example in life and in His death. This is exactly what Paul has done here. Paul did not in any way know nothing about the law and the prophets and about life in general. In fact, he was basically a doctor in the law, but he says, I resolved to know NOTHING, but Jesus Christ crucified. I believe that we have lost that singular focus in our churches today in the fact that we require a master’s degree at the least to be a pastor. This isn’t normally a passage preached in the context of pastoral expectations, but maybe it should be. Maybe we should care more about the gospel than about the letters at the end of a man’s name–maybe.

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Tact |Gentlemen & Scholars

30 September, 2012 § Leave a comment


Generally speaking there are three guidelines for the gentleman concerning his conduct and speech and they all start with the letter “t”.  Diagrammatically, truth is the common trait that overlaps in each instance but each has its own lesson to teach as well. A gentleman is  tactful, tasteful, and timely.

Tact, these days, is a trait lacking in the speech and writings of both young and old men. Merriam-Webster.com defines tact as 1. sensitive mental or aesthetic perception and 2.a keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense.   The Apostle Paul in Romans 12:18 exhorts his readers, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men”. Paul is encouraging the church at Rome to display tact. In essence, tact is the truth told in such a way as keeps the peace. It is the soft answer that turns away wrath in Proverbs 15:1. The tactful gentleman, (indeed, without tact I would not call any man a true gentleman) disregards his immediate feelings and answers with what he knows is the truth, for God‘s sake, and in love for the sake of his fellow-man.

Keep your eyes peeled for “Timing,” part 2 of the Gentlemen & Scholars series.

100 Years of Poetry: Re-Reading Reviews by Joel Brouwer

22 August, 2012 § 13 Comments


Joel Brouwer

Joel Brouwer of poetryfoundation.org

Check this out! This is the best review of literature reviews that I’ve read in a long time.

100 Years of Poetry: Re-Reading Reviews by Joel Brouwer.

Sailing Solo | From XYZ

21 July, 2012 § 1 Comment


Reblogged from my new tab XYZ:

Real (analog) people are influenced by the people whom they interact with the most. This means that there should be some traits that transcend generational lines. Daughters turn into their mothers, sons into their fathers, wives and husbands into more a conglomerate person and so on and so forth. The problem that I see is that people do not believe that they are formed in any way by their parents, or anybody else’s, undeclared ideologies and actions.  Furthermore I see that people do not believe that they themselves influence the people that they interact with the most.  Thus you hear such naïve statements as, “as long as I am not hurting anyone,” and “what I do with my body is not anyone else’s concern”. Concerning motives, we love whom we love because we both perceive that the other loved us first.In retrospect, I think, both of us are more in love with ourselves and thus are  flattered that the other feels the same way. To say that love is a choice, which it is, only makes matters worse because of the screwed up intentionality of it all! In Christianity one’s love for one’s self is the bench mark for how much to love another person. In the end, I believe that the greatest disservice that a person can do for the people that he or she interacts with is to believe that they are the “captain of their souls,” sailing solo.

Scratching the Surface

16 July, 2012 § 2 Comments


“In my mind the greatest hubris of humanity is to think that we have discovered all that there is to know about everything able to be known.” –The Last…Frontier

(continued thought) We, the laymen, in an effort to better understand the world around us, have relegated the exploration of what we do not understand to professional scientists, resulting in the glory of the discoverer instead of what has been discovered. My theory is that this significantly reduces the number of subjects studied based on the subject’s  perceived value to their own reputations *ahem* to the wealth of the knowledge of society. We rely on our scientist priests to bring the holy down to the lowly when in reality we have full access to the world around us to poke and to prod and to doc at our leisure, but what once was a ho-hum hobby has become someone else’s lucrative livelihood and thus untouchable to those outside of the world of the scientific professional. Or at best, the hobbiest’s findings are “inconclusive,” which to a real scientist means, “I have only scratched the surface”.

I’ve Looked at Clouds from Both Sides Now

23 June, 2012 § 2 Comments


That old Joni Mitchell song “Both Sides Now,” comes back to me both when I think of Tom Hanks slagging it off in “You’ve Got Mail,” and after thinking tirelessly on a topic that, in the end, I don’t understand at all. My father taught me, growing up, that if you miss the opportunity to learn a lesson the first time not to worry because it will always show up at your door at a later time–you have only to recognize it by its essence.

The Self Worth Excuse | C&E

8 June, 2012 § Leave a comment


English: bud

God doesn’t need me to take care of the environment–plane and simple. He holds the world in the palm of His hand and has entrusted you and I to rule and subdue the earth, but to borrow a line, “with great power comes great responsibility”. God’s attributes are magnified by infinity, thus He is all powerful, everywhere present, all knowing, all sufficient etc. He doesn’t need anything or anybody. He wants you to find your self worth in the fact that He created you and loves you with His entire being. Repeatedly in scripture God tells his children, obedience is better than sacrifice, if you love me you will do what I tell you, etc. God is seeking obedience to His commandments out of love for Him, notout of a vain desire for self actualization.

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