"I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap before me in favor of the land." Ezekiel 22:30

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Worst. Traffic. Ever.

My latest 9s Mag blog is up. It's been up for almost two whole days.

And I've been so busy lately that I haven't even had time to tell you about it.

In case you couldn't tell, it's about what was apparently THE worst. Traffic. Jam. Ehv-ur. No, not the one you faced coming home from work tonight. That one ACTUALLY has an impact on you.
This traffic jam made national news because it... well... I'm not 100% sure why it made national news.

I know, I know. Apparently New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered allowed it to happen. And I know everybody in the media wants to talk about him because they think he's running for president in 2016.

I still don't care. Read why I don't care over at The 9s Mag.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Don't Complain - Do Something!

My first blog of 2014 over at The 9s magazine is posted.

Here's a brief excerpt:
Sometimes, we have the ability to make a direct impact on the course of things often seemingly beyond our control. When those opportunities are present, we ought to take action.

If you live in Missouri, an opportunity to make an impact on state affairs is presenting itself this week with the opening of the Missouri General Assembly’s 2014 legislative session.
 Read the whole thing over at The 9s by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Stop Talking About Race

I'm a young, middle-class, white male from the Midwest with a graduate level education, and I don't care about race.

Your first reaction might be: “Easy for you to say.”

Okay, so it’s easy to write off my opinion because of the color of my skin, education level, and where I come from. Had I not prefaced that statement with anything about my background, would you have thought different? What if I had a completely different background? Would your gut reaction change if I were a working class, black female from the south with only a grade-school education?

But what if I told you that I actually had a black roommate in college for two years? Or that one of my long-time friends is black, oh, and a doctor.

Either way it shouldn’t matter. The validity of my opinion should not rest on where I’m from, how educated I am, or whether or not I have minority friends. Nor should it matter in the least what the color of my skin is.

Funny thing is, I’m not alone in thinking this. Here’s proof in a quote you might recognize:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

I think we all recognize those timeless words; words which I agree with 110%.

In a few days, our nation commemorates the speaker of those words, the towering figure that was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sadly, to this day, more than 50 years after those words were spoken, we still have not realized Dr. King’s dream.

A prime example occurred back in December when MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and others flatly mocked Mitt Romney and his family for a Christmas card featuring the former presidential candidate and his grandchildren, including a black child who had been adopted by one of Romney’s sons.

Notice anything different about this picture? Nope, me neither.
Why should it matter what color that child’s skin is? The child was adopted and given the opportunity to live with an incredible family. What’s to mock in that? If skin color really doesn’t matter, than a Christmas card with 21(!) grandkids should be something to marvel at, not mock.

Does real racism exist? Absolutely. There are despicable people who immediately classify anyone with different pigmentation as inferior. Such people are a loathsome lot. Those true racists are the ones who need to be mocked; not a loving, caring family. Life is too short to worry about petty stuff like skin color. We are all human. We all have inherent dignity as children of God. We ought to be judged by the outward signs of our character – what we do – rather than the outward signs of our bodily appearance. Politics aside, I have to give credit to the Romneys for adopting and accepting a black child into their family, along with the shameful mockery that apparently comes with it.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Global Warcoolmingange... or, Some Cold Weather Reading For You

Clear evidence of Global Warming
The remarkable weather we're experiencing across a large portion of the United States has put global warming, cooling, climate change, or whatever you want to call it, on the forefront of many minds recently. It is being portrayed in the news as the big culprit for the historic temperatures and snowfall. But, there's a lot of rhetoric used in the debate - lots of empty rhetoric, to be precise - on both sides, as well as biased and incorrect statistics. Together, it makes a discussion of the facts difficult. For starters, there is not universal agree on two basic points: whether or not the earth is warming, and whether any warming we may or may not be seeing is part of a larger trend, or something else.

With so much misinformation, agenda-pushing, and confusion out there, it's hard to differentiate fact from fiction. This problem prompted me to write a somewhat lengthy paper in a philosophy of science class I took in college. As a side note, the class was taught by Dr. Brendan Sweetman at Rockhurst University. I highly suggest you get a copy of one of his books, especially "Religion and Science: An Introduction" and/or "Religion: Key Concepts In Philosophy."

I have included my full 5,000+ word paper here for your reading pleasure. It is a bit lengthy, but since we're all snowed in, find a nice chair, curl up with a warm cup of something, and enjoy!

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Welcome to 2014: The Important Things

It's already the 5th of January, and I haven't made time to write anything until now.

Not that there aren't a myriad of things to write about. But sometimes you have to know what's important in life; sometimes that means writing a blog post takes a back seat for awhile.

With that in mind, my first blog of 2014 features a couple things I've done today instead of writing blogs...

1) I played with this little guy...

2) We got some snow, which required some shoveling, and "hunkering down"...

 (I also made a trek on foot, through the snow, to Imo's for the "oh-so-important" anniversary pizza. #LikeARealMan)

3) ...And today I've been celebrating the first anniversary of this little ceremony...

P.S., the wife and I also watched this movie...

http://www.jackreachermovie.com/

It's very entertaining (the books are pretty good too)...

More posts to come soon(-ish)(hopefully)!