Heather and I were visiting with her Grandpa yesterday, and he said something that has stuck in my mind. “Going places is great, but coming home is always the best.” I think that is true. This past week of “being home” has been a great time for the two of us. It has been a time to see family and friends, many of whom we had not seen in at least 6 months. It has been a time of celebration. (We’ve had 7 Christmas celebrations!) It has been a time of relaxing (3 books read on the trip so far). But mostly it has been a time of being home.
Being home is not simply about a place, but it is about a being in a place of mutual love with a sense of security. Continue reading
Monday was a good day. I turned in my final test for my first semester of Seminary. Currently that gives me 12 of 96 hours of Seminary done. 1/8 of my way through Seminary. Since I am now officially done, I thought I would post some of my reflections on Asbury and seminary life in general.
First, There are a lot of people smarter than me especially the professors, but also some of the students. It has been a blessing to be with people who intellectual challenge me. Next, there are a lot of holy people here. I’ve told many people from back in Oklahoma that the people are the most authentic that I have met. They care a great deal about others, and they care a great deal about God. This has humbled me and has called me to “Be Holy as God as Holy” and to work harder. So much of my educational experiences have come so easy, it is nice to be challenged at times. I am thankful for my undergraduate experience at OCU as it did help prepare me in many ways for Seminary, though.
I also learned that seminary is a lot more than classes. Continue reading
It was a sad day not just for baseball, and for sports, but for responsibility in general. As you probably know, George Mitchell released his report on the steroid use in baseball. If you don’t want to read over 400 pages of info read this for a recap. The biggest names were Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, the most dominating hitter and pitcher respectively of the steroid era. We had heard a great deal about Barry Bonds especially in the book Game of Shadows. We had not heard Roger’s name being brought up, but it is no surprise as like Bonds he had just as good of stuff at 40 as he did at 22.
Baseball’s black eye continues to get darker with this report and the steroid usage is significantly greater than the names that were in the report. There are probably hundreds of more cheaters in the game, easily. Many of whom never will get caught. But today the focus is on those who are listed, and so far I haven’t read or heard anyone taking responsibility. I hear a lot of people talking about looking to the future. So far in the whole era, I can only think of one person, Jason Giambi, who has stood up and apologized for what he did over 2 years ago. Of the thousands who have sold, bought, known about, or covered up the use of steroids. I can only think of one person who took responsibility without being backed into a corner or using the steroid era for personal gain, see Canseco, Jose. Bud Selig, commissioner, didn’t stand up today and say I didn’t do enough to stop steroids in the game. The owners didn’t say that they loved the money too much that they were making. The General managers continued to and continue to sign players who they know or suspect to be on steroids. And multitude of players both of high character and low character have seen players juice up and say nothing. Why is that?
Because we (as a society) are afraid to take responsibility for our actions. We don’t want the world to know that we are wrong. Sadly, taking responsibility is a sign of weakness these days. Why take responsibility when you can blame someone else? This should not be. And the truth of the matter is that the world shows grace to those who take responsibility. We forgive those who take responsibility because truly we respect them. We respect them for taking down their masks and being vulnerable to the world. We respect them because we wish we could be like them and be freed from the bondage of our concealing our mistake, our sin. So, I hope that some baseball players will stand up and take responsibility. I hope that we all can.
This just in. Someone taking responsibility.
Moving to Kentucky to go to seminary is a step out in faith for many of us. It’s always interesting when us seminarians talk about leaving our nice jobs (whether we realized it or not) and coming to Asbury and praying that God will find the right place for us. Now while there are a lot of churches in the Lexington area, but not enough for every seminary student, so many of us are left to find other employment to get by. I currently have 3 jobs: 5th & 6th grade basketball coach, before and after school counselor, and server at Tastebuds restaurant in Wilmore. I might blog about my job doing before and after school care some other time, but I want to reflect on my time at Tastebuds.
Tastebuds is an old-school malt shoppe where we serve, milk shakes, pizza, and sandwiches. We have four booths that seats four people, and a counter where 8 can sit. Gary and Beth Hoenicke are the owners. As one of our employees told me, “You have two bosses who can’t agree on anything.” They are great people to work for though, and work very well with us seminary employees who do whatever is needed: washing dishes, making shakes, getting orders, wiping tables, getting supplies from the basement, etc. Continue reading
I just got out of a meeting with my New Testament professor, Dr. Mulholland. I decided to just have a conversation with dealing with the realm on the spiritual life. I was very excited about this because I think like many, my spiritual life struggles, as I get to busy for time alone with God, and instead get focused on external matters. Here are my reflections from that time together:My time should first be an offering to Continue reading
I had the opportunity to coach my first basketball game this afternoon. My 5th & 6th Grade boys team at The Lexington School beat Christ-the-King 13-9! Personally, it was the most exciting 22 point game, I have ever seen.
A few special notes about the league. We have 3 teams at TLS, and we have tried to divide the teams as evenly as we could. During the 2nd quarter, you can’t play your starting 5. You can’t press until the 4th quarter. And no standings are kept in the league. So, this league is set up to try to play as many people as possible and keep the games fairly even.