Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Behind The Curtain

This story is from the illusionist Jim Munroe as published by the BGEA. 
"I’m a psychological illusionist. I spend hours thinking up ways to make people think something is happening when it really isn’t. So over time, I’ve developed a bit of skepticism about how things work.
When you’re a magician, you realize that most of what’s going on behind the scenes is fake. One famous magician said, “To become an illusionist is to give up wonder.”
To many, the idea of an all-powerful God seems silly, and as a teenager, when I would talk to people who would go to church, I remember thinking that they were just falling for a simple magic trick. They wanted it to be true because it gave them peace; it was a crutch for them.
When I went to college, I began to think about all of the different philosophies and ways that people believe, and I decided that I was going to answer “the God question” once and for all for myself. I majored in psychology, so I studied the brain and the mind. And I took religious studies courses from people who didn’t necessarily believe in God."
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

God Gave Them Over . . .

Moral nihilism, also known as ethical nihilism, is the meta-ethical view that morality does not exist as something inherent to objective reality; therefore no action is necessarily preferable to any other. For example, a moral nihilist would say that killing someone, for whatever reason, is not inherently right or wrong. - Wikipedia definition.

On the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, New York state passed a law to protect women's access to abortion if the historic case is overturned. People in the chamber cheered, and national media rejoiced in this cultural victory that will ensure death over life in the name of self-freedom.

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Ernie and Bernie Show

In 1975 the Tennessee men's basketball team finally crashed the party. What made this team so exciting was the length of time since their last visit. Tennessee's last conference tournament championship in basketball was in 1949. Their last appearance in the NCAA tournament had been over nine years ago so the fans and program were hungry. They had a respected coach, Ray Mears, but the terms national basketball powerhouse and Tennessee still rarely found its way in the same sentence.

Then came 1974. Coach Mears had an assistant on his staff named, Stu Aberdeen. Stu recruited Ernie Grunfeld, (who lived in New York City) to play for Tennessee with the promise that he would institute a running offense and that Ernie would have the green light to shoot at will. This was an huge concession to the new recruit but Coach Mears was tired of losing. If it meant he needed to create a caste system for his basketball team, than a caste system it was. But Stu wasn't finished recruiting the New York area, and the following year he recruited Bernie King to play for the Tennessee Vols. The Ernie and Bernie show was born.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Lonely Post

One of my favorite places to linger when I was growing up was this beautiful spot atop Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. (See accompanying picture) It didn't take a lot of imagination to visualize the Union army below, surrounded on all sides, their supplies diminishing daily, morale fading quickly and the Confederates standing guard from above, entrenched on the mountains surrounding Chattanooga.

The Confederate forces, had their armies camped on Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain and Missionary Ridge. Artillery was placed in strategic positions to render a direct attack and this status quo remained for around six weeks. Passivity was not the friend of the Confederates and they were about to pay the price for their in-activity. On the sixth week, President Lincoln ordered General Grant to Chattanooga and to use whatever means necessary to open up the blocked supply lines and break the rebel siege.

Friday, January 04, 2019

What To Do When Nothing Is Working Out?

I recently googled this question, "What to do when nothing is working out?" and I received 1,080,000,000 responses. Yes, over 1 billion pages on the Internet are devoted to answering this question. 

It is probably of little surprise that very few of these over a billion pages suggest turning to God in your time of trouble. But if I'm being truthful, I need to confess that my first instincts are not to always seek God in my time of suffering. I'm much more prone to try to fix the situation (s) myself. 

Yet the fact that we have so many words devoted to this subject is a telling display of our own pride and self-reliance. There is nothing that I can do, say, imagine, manipulate, or reason, that will truly answer the question, "What to do when nothing is working out?"

"But still I try."

It seems very foolish when I read those words in print, shouting testimony to my own foolishness, trying to seem strong and wise but sinking deeper in my own quagmire with each retelling.