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.
22 August, 2012 § 13 Comments
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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”.
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.
8 June, 2012 § Leave a comment
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.