Feb 282019
 Posted by at 10:56 pm
Feb 272019

Since 2008, it has been my privilege to have David Tubbs as my pastor, as a valuable spiritual leader, and as my friend.

David has believed in me. He has challenged me. He has occasionally frustrated me. Sounds like growth, doesn’t it? His influence in my life has made me a better Christian, husband, and father. He has—always positively and constructively—helped me be more accountable to myself, to my family, and to God.

I have been proud of him many times, but never more so than right now.

Following are his remarks following the United Methodist Church conference vote concerning homosexuality. Our congregation, Good Shepherd, received this statement earlier this afternoon by email, and with his explicit permission I am sharing it.

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I know we all feel differently about the events surrounding the Special Called General Conference. Honestly I was very disappointed in the outcome. I know many of us believe differently about what the Bible says or does not say. Many of us believe differently about how to interpret the Bible. And as I have said on many occasions we all pick and choose what parts we want to believe, what parts we think are important and what parts matter in our lives. We rationalize our faith to the extent that we can feel comfortable with it, so that we can live with ourselves and our behaviors. Then we divide up in teams and try to win folks to our side or at least point out why the other team is wrong.

For years the church (all churches have been going through this, not just United Methodists) has wrestled with the issue of homosexuality and we have not come to conclusions overall. We have wrestled with Baptism as well and many other issues. So, I don’t believe we are going to change hearts and minds over the next few weeks. However, there are a few things that I feel pretty strongly about.

God created everything and everyone and longs for relationship with all God’s creation. For us as a denomination to make 2nd class citizens out of any group is wrong. For us to deny people coming to church and feeling welcome in God’s presence is wrong. When I read about the New Testament Church the thing that boggles my mind is that they kept opening the doors to “new” and “different” folks. People that had been seen as unclean (like us Gentiles) to people that were forbidden by the Law (like the Eunuch) to enemies and oppressors (like Cornelius) to downright terrorists of the new church (like Paul) all found their place in the New Testament Church. That is truly astounding to me and one that I’m sure strained the church while it was happening. It had to be maddening to some Jewish folks to let the Gentiles in. It had to be frustrating to allow Eunuchs and enemies of the church in the doors.

I’m sure then many people disagreed with those decisions and their acceptance. I firmly believe God wants all God’s children and Good Shepherd will continue to be a place where everyone is welcome. I will continue to preach that God’s love is for all—no exceptions. I will continue to realize that we share differing views on a range of theological issues and that we will not always agree. And guess what—it has always been that way! I firmly believe that Jesus would agree with those things.

There were conservatives, liberals and centrists then and there will be now. But guess what, I still want to serve with you, love others with you and follow God with you!

See You in Worship,
David Tubbs

 Posted by at 2:27 pm
Feb 252019

A couple of people have asked my opinion on the United Methodist Church’s current machinations on homosexuality. I’m not sure what to say to them.

(That’s not because I don’t know what I think, but because I’m so weary of this subject.)

Want to read every single rationalization for exclusion of gay people that you’ve ever heard? This Facebook thread is a good one for the purpose.

There’s a big vote coming tomorrow. Early indications are that it will make me sad.

I love my church. I don’t love what my denomination is about to do.

One day at a time.

 Posted by at 11:03 pm
Feb 212019
  • Locals: there are lots of new potholes as a result of the torrential rains we’ve had. Pay attention.
  • RepairClinic.com has been a tremendous help to me over the years. I’ve saved literally thousands of dollars repairing appliances instead of paying someone else to. Now the Amazon monster has invaded there too. The dryer parts I ordered this week were $93 shipped. On RepairClinic.com, my total would have been $152. That’s just too much of a difference. What would you have done? So, with RepairClinic.com, I guess I’ve reached a point at which I’ll still do just enough business with them to avoid feeling guilty watching their videos.
  • Finished The Americans two nights ago. My initial assessment remains: this is not a great show, but it is a very good one. I’ll also say that it definitely doesn’t hold your hand on the way out. Wow.
  • Picking up some work snacks last week, I noticed that Chicken of the Sea had smoked salmon pouches available. Yes, please. They’re not terrible, but they’re definitely not as good as the prettier product sold for hors d’oeuvres. I’ll stick with tuna for work snacks.
  • Lea was a bit lukewarm on the proposition, so I’m going to see Heart with two other hot chicks! (They’re married to each other, so nothing untoward. Heh!)
  • The Daytona 500 was one of the most ridiculous “races” I’ve ever seen, with 93% of the field crashing, and 58% of the field crashing out. If the 2019 NASCAR rule changes propagate pack racing much more widely (as is feared), then it won’t be entertaining anywhere anymore. Sunday’s Atlanta race will tell us a lot.
  • So looking forward to having lunch tomorrow with an old college friend I haven’t seen in 30 years!
 Posted by at 2:05 pm
Feb 202019

Beginning with the 2019 Indianapolis 500, all of the Dallara DW12 IndyCar bodies will include the Advanced Frontal Protection device, or AFP for short.

The AFP is a roughly trapezoidal, three-inch-tall, three-quarters-of-an-inch wide piece of titanium mounted on the centerline of the car, directly in front of the driver. It is meant to deflect debris away from the driver’s head.

The AFP is highlighted in green. Photo by IndyCar.

Clearly this will be some increased protection against some kinds of debris, but anything on an unfavorable trajectory will remain a problem. It’s hard to see this doing much about a detached wheel arriving at 200 mph, for example.

The IndyCar article indicates that a halo could not be fitted to the current chassis, and that there were problems with the windscreen prototype during testing at the PPG facility here in Huntsville. So it sounds like this is a stopgap.

I have christened it The Nubbin.

 Posted by at 10:40 am
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