Wednesday, July 15, 2009

From Order to Disorder

I started this morning early as usual. The sun could barely be seen over the eastern horizon from my back yard. I poured a cup of coffee from the coffeemaker my wife set up the night before. Immediately after sitting down, I glanced around at the living room which was was in total chaos and disorder. It was a literal mess.

We had child-proofed our home for a visit from our one year old grandson, my daughter, and her husband. We blocked stairways to prevent the toddler from falling and put our delicate collectibles out of reach. But my grandson was more than we expected.

A cursory inventory of the the living room revealed three balls that varied in color and size; a fire truck and dump truck; bean counter; musical tambourine; rocking horse; picture books; miniature chair that belonged to my daughter when she was his age; three puppets (wolf, rabbit, bird); a toy barn turned over and small animals all over the floor; and an assortment of other things to entertain a one year boy.

While doing this quick survey of what looked like the results of a tornado, I was reminded of what my grandmother said to my mother when I was a young toddler: “Charlotte, don’t bring that boy over here again.” I disturbed my grandmother’s orderly world. I understand more clearly what she meant now. One year old grand kids bring delight but disorder.

Although I usually like order, I will take my grandson and his disorder anytime.

Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm Back to Blogging

Sorry for leaving this page quiet so long. This last year has been a time to pray, think, and plan about what God has for me.

My heart is still leans toward reaching out to men. I'll be talking more about this later.

I also started a Twitter page. Click on the link to read my Twitter page and follow me.

To celebrate such a momentous day I went out to lunch with my grandson. We did a video interview:

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My Worldview

What is your worldview? Do you ever wonder why people behave the way they do? Would it be that they behave based on what they believe. Let’s try to define what a world view is, tell you what I believe and discuss options for later. Here we go:

Let’s define a worldview for our discussion as a set of presuppositions or assumptions which you could hold consciously or subconsciously about the makeup of world or the society you live in and you apply it to your life and for the most part behave accordingly.

Just watch television. The drama, performance, story line is written and played out from a worldview. The movies, music, magazines, newspapers, education are affected by a world view.

In his book, The Universe Next Door, James Sire identifies the most dominant. They are:

  • Christian Theism (Biblical Worldview)

  • Deism

  • Naturalism

  • Nihilism

  • Existentialism

  • Eastern Pantheism

  • New Age or New Consciousness

I personally hold to a biblical world view. Let me highlight this view:

  • Absolute moral truth exist

  • This truth is defined by the Bible

  • It is confirmed in six specific views:

1) Jesus Christ lived a sinless life.
2) God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He still rules.
3) Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned.
4) Satan is real.
5) A follow of Jesus Christ has a responsibility to share their faith with other people.
6) The Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A New Chapter

If you had a second chance on life what would you do?

Last year I survived cancer and several hospitalizations. This sort of experience really gets a man thinking about life and death. I know that I won't live forever. Even after many years in ministry this gets me thinking about eternity. It also makes a man think about his life and the impact he will leave. I feel like I have been given a second chance. I also just held my first grandchild in my arms—a powerful experience.

I am 60 years old but my grandson is only a few weeks old. I want to invest myself—my faith, my wisdom, my perspective—into my children and grandchildren, but not just my own "flesh and blood" I also feel a burden to speak my mind to the upcoming generations. That is how this blog was born. I want to share my mind with you.

This is not a publication of Promise Keepers. This is a personal publication of my own thoughts, my vision, my heart. Given that my ministry is to men, I will often discuss men's issues but I hope to also discuss culture, ethics, race, justice, Christianity, politics, business, news headlines, etc. in the light of the truths I know. I may not be the most eloquent man (my training is in business) but I will speak genuinely about what matters to me. These are the thoughts I want to leave to the world...