Thursday, April 07, 2011

Friday, September 03, 2010

This is A Test

I'm trying a new feed to my facebook account.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Something New

Early this week I purchased a used Gibson SG (electric guitar) from a downtown shop in Lafayette. I plan to use it often during Connexion’s worship gatherings. Me being in school and not working, this type of purchase would have been most unwise. However, I recently received a modest inheritance from my grandfather, money that would have gone to my mother had she been alive. Before I spent this money on boring stuff like a new lawn-mower (which we need), a new furnace (which we need), and a down payment for a new vehicle (which my wife will soon need), I thought a guitar would serve as a great reminder of Grandpa and Mom. Both loved music and the Church. Thanks Grandpa.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009

Something Beautiful

A few months ago I was studying at the IYV Tech campus library. On the second floor, north side I noticed a hand written poem on the windowsill. It was/is titled “Window Watching.”

Window watching makes you realize
That this world is big
That things move around you
And you have to choose
To either stay behind
Or move with everyone else
The world is moving quickly
You hurry to keep up
You wish there was time to sit
To relax, look back
But there is rarely enough time
You have to keep up or be left

The poem was dated April 4, 2009. I guess the custodial staff liked the poem well enough not to have cleaned it for the past four months. And I find that beautiful.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Thought

It is amazing how God dispenses Truth. I was reading for classs a chapter titled “Deal With Your Irrational Mind.” It states that there are two impulses behind human irrationally. They are…

1. Human Egocentrism – the natural tendency “to view everything within the world in relationship to oneself, to be self-centered.” (Webster’s New World Dictionary)

2. Human Sociocentrism – Simply think of group egocentrism. The natural tendency to view everything within the world in relationship to one’s group – to be group-centered.

Then I read a paragraph that made me sit down to blog it word for word…

In short, people are either born into or join groups. They then egocentrically indentify with those groups. They rarely dissent. They rarely think for themselves. They rarely notice their own conformity and irrationally. Humans seek what is in their selfish interests and see the world from the perspectives of the groups to which they belong. Both egocentric and sociocentric though represent enormous barriers to the development of rational thought. This is true, in part, because these two tendencies in the mind appear to the mind as perfectly rational. Unless we fully understand these tendencies and fight to combat them, we can never full develop a rational, autonomous, fair-minded thinker.

“Father in Heaven...May your Church be perfectly united in it’s mission but never become so selfabsorbed that it becomes sociocentric...Amen."

Sunday, June 14, 2009

8 Elements of Thought

(p 14, Paul & Elder)
1. Whenever we think, we think for a purpose…
2. …within a point of view…
3. …based on assumptions…
4. …leading to implications and consequences.
5. We use data, facts, and experiences…
6. …to make inferences and judgment…
7. …based on concepts and theories…
8. …to answer a question or solve a problem.