Feb 212017
 

I would guess some people will compare Milo Yiannopoulos to Icarus.

I am reminded instead of one of my stepbrother’s years-ago adventures. Long story made very short: bunch of buddies together, one had a go-kart, and oh yeah, there was some beer. Every time they refueled the kart they were using a bottle of 104 Octane Boost in the gasoline. Then someone got the bright idea to run the kart on only 104 Octane Boost. Holy shit, that made the kart go fast!

(For 30 minutes or so. Then the engine burned up. I believe I remember the words “melted piston” being tossed around.)

I was momentarily fascinated by Milo Yiannopoulos. I appreciated a lot of what he had to say about the scourge of political correctness and the warped objectives of fourth-wave feminism.

But mostly I watched because his numerous detractors blew through “dislike” so quickly. He fostered near-immediate visceral hatred in liberal ideologues, at an intensity I really hadn’t seen since Rush Limbaugh 20 years ago. It was hard for me to see why. He told you right to your face that he was an asshole and a provocateur. If I tell you I’m trying to piss you off, and then you get pissed off to the point of meltdown, then…?

Thing is, you could always smell the heat. This was not a guy who ran any slower than 6,000 RPM. The engine had some power, but it was also operating at most of capacity all the time. As that olfactory cocktail of hot metal and stressed oil became richer and more pervasive, it wasn’t hard to guess that we probably weren’t headed for an orderly gear-down and cool-off.

Turns out Milo’s melted piston was saying it was just dandy for adult men to have sex with young boys.

I had been intrigued enough to want to read his book, but Simon & Schuster isn’t going to publish it now. That’s the right call. You can’t make extensive comments attempting to legitimize pedophilia and still expect to sit at the grown-up table (however tenuously you were doing so).

We’ll have some disingenuous machinations now, during which his very blithest fans will try to reconstruct a rational base on which to support him, and some number of his detractors will try to install him as the universal leader of all conservatism, now that he’s been unambiguously discredited. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Next!

 Posted by at 10:38 am
Feb 192017
 

We are about to conclude our final season of Upward basketball and cheerleading at Good Shepherd. There will not be a 2018 season.

Many of you know that this Upward program is rather dear to me. Lea and I began attending Good Shepherd in 2008. We had one or both boys in the program from 2009 to 2016 (when Aaron aged out). I coached from 2010 to 2016. I assisted the program director in 2014 and 2015. And, I directed the program last year and this year.

It was not my idea to end the program, and part of me is quite disappointed. Personally, it is a blow; no question. While the director position is not an easy one, it has always been important to me to be a happy warrior; to do it with a smile on my face and a song in my heart. (I dare say no one ever heard me complain except Holly and Lea, and even then I kept it brief and infrequent.) Demonstrably, the program means something to at least several hundred people, and that means someone has to direct it. I would have been happy to do it again in 2018.

So why is it ending? Well, there are two main reasons—one immediately addressable, but one not.

The problem we probably could have overcome is that several longstanding contributors to the program are tired of it. That is understandable. Upward at Good Shepherd is a little bit of work for hundreds of people, but it’s a lot of work for a handful. We would have needed different people to step up and take their places. Alternately, we’d have needed to scale parts of the program deployment back. These are navigable paths, except…

…Upward at Good Shepherd isn’t delivering on its core mission anymore. That’s its fatal problem. Unfortunately, Upward has not been an effective mechanism for growing our body of Christ in several years. We are running a basketball program that remains Christ-centered, but that pays no apparent dividends the rest of the year.

The 14-year-old program certainly remains a positive thing for our community. However, we can no longer measure church growth as a direct result of Upward, and it has always been intended as an outreach ministry. It is therefore reasonable to question the wisdom of continuing to invest our blood, sweat, and tears in the program.

I’ve known since the start of this season that this was a possibility, so I’ve had some time to get used to the idea. (I’ve needed it.) Upward Saturdays are some of the happiest times of my life, and I know I’m going to miss them terribly. Nevertheless, I understand the rationale of church leadership in making this decision. I have already pledged to contribute at a similar level to any new ministries Good Shepherd pursues with this sudden surplus of energy and resources. If you’re reading this and you’ve contributed to Upward’s success in the past, perhaps you would consider doing the same.

It’s not always easy to trust God. But it’s always the right thing to do.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. I am proud and humbled to be here with you, and I look forward to spending these last few Upward weeks with my fellow volunteers, my church brothers and sisters, and most of all these wonderful children and their families.

God bless you all, my friends.

 Posted by at 1:53 pm
Feb 142017
 

Happy Valentine’s Day, dudes and dolls! Been tough to get anything down here lately. Was a little under the weather, then had grown-up church and home improvement stuff to do all weekend. Couple all of that with an ever-dicey sleep regimen, and it’s BoWilliams.com that must suffer first. I’m not sure I have anything of […]

 Posted by at 1:23 pm
Feb 042017
 

Nathan has had the flu once—when he was just about a year old. It’s a serious illness for anyone, but particularly for a young child. At the height of it, his fever was climbing a degree an hour with acetaminophen. When it got to 104º with a bullet, we had to give him a cool […]

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