Nov 302015

Our Upward basketball and cheer practices are starting at church this week. I’m glad for that.

I’m directing the Upward program at our church this year. Our boys have played for six years, and this is my fifth year coaching. It’s important to me. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. I think it’s a wonderful way to talk about Jesus and Christlike behavior with young people, and it’s a powerful outreach ministry for our church.

And directing has, so far, been quite an experience.

I had a boss 15 years ago who would say she had a “personal growth opportunity” for you when she had some crappy job she didn’t want to do that she was going to push off on you. I thought of that phrase when I considered my experience so far.

There are mishaps, crises, and so forth that I handle as well or better than anyone I know. And there are other sorts that are “personal growth opportunities” for me. I’m getting a chance to build some skills of mine that have atrophied, or in some cases weren’t ever there in any significant quantity. That is the approach for which I am striving.

Some of my troubles have been self-inflicted. Others come with the territory. All are opportunities to model behavior for those around me. What choices shall I make?

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Nov 172015

This blog post is making the rounds. It’s hit me from a couple of places. The author took longer with it than I would have, so I’m glad he wrote it. Maybe I’ll figure out how to resonate with the populace to such a degree one day.

God be with friends and family of those lost in the murderous terrorist attacks in Paris.

A sensible foreign policy speaks to both the United States’ role in the world and its border security (which are really two sides of the same thing). The bottom line is that there is going to be a biggest kid on the block. Recorded history bears this out. Either there is an unambiguous strongest power, or widespread war.

Can you name a period to the contrary?

If I may twist a well-known axiom about politics: you may not be interested in foreign relations, but foreign relations are interested in you. It is dangerous and naive to think that minimizing American influence in the world is desirable. There are two big reasons:

  • All countries do not share our world view. For the United States to desire mutually beneficial trade relationships and no “meddling” in others’ affairs sounds great—until you consider that there are a great many people in the world still interested in taking by force, if they think they can get away with it.

    “I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.” – Margaret Thatcher

    Lasting peace tends to result from complete surrender of the vanquished, and nothing short of it.

  • The biggest kid on the block promulgates values more effectively than any other. Fashionable to hate on the U.S., but as bad a beating as personal liberty has taken, where does it still have the best chance in the world? The United States influencing is better than any other country in the world influencing. Do you disagree?

No, I’m not the least bit interested in declaring war on Islam at large. I know too many adherents who are good people.

But I am interested in a president—in a world—unafraid to state the obvious fact that terrorist acts are overwhelmingly committed by radical Islamic fundamentalists. I am interested in a president—in a world—unafraid to point out that even standard grade school curricula in Saudi Arabia contain appalling hatred and intolerance, inconsistent with civilized society.

I am interested in a president—in a world—who shall name the enemy, fearlessly, and defeat it.

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Nov 162015

Facebook wasn’t a great place for political discussion when I left two years ago. I think it’s gotten worse since, actually. I’ve actually lamented here before that the political exchange on Facebook is a dangerous one because, above and beyond the risk of damaged personal relationships, it carries with it the illusion that you’ve actually […]

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Nov 062015

(If your content-free post alert isn’t going off, I’d check the batteries.) Really collapsing into Friday night. The week has been largely a chore. Facebook has been fun. Drama elsewhere, not so much. I hope you have a good weekend.

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