“I like TV church, Pops” – Penelope

PenelopeThe Sunday routine has been drastically altered.

I have enjoyed gathering with friends and acquaintances to talk, sing, learn and seek collective inspiration on a weekly basis most all of my adult life. As recently as 3 months ago, I would have thought the absence of this social routine would have left a great void in my life. While I do look forward to reuniting in with the Church for church, it is different now – more like the way I look forward to a coming concert or sporting event. The anticipation is exciting and the event will be great…

…once, and probably on some infrequent occasions. Continue reading ““I like TV church, Pops” – Penelope”

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

I picked this up as part of my desire to understand more about the history of socialism. I fully expected to find everything written repugnant, but found this was not the case. The core ideology, however misguided, is simply the outcry of the less fortunate, oppressed class (proletariat) against the ruling class (bourgeoisie). While the terms have changed, the opposition between the haves and have nots continues today.

I find of utmost interest that the earliest movements of socialism were based on a fully nationalistic mindset whereas today’s socialist are very anti-nationalism. Continue reading “The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels”

Thoughts and Quotes from “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks

The subtitle to this book is “The Quest for a Moral Life”. Based on that alone, I would have never planned to read this book. I am a fan of David Brooks, but I am not an advocate of performance based spirituality. This book cover leads me to believe that the book falls squarely into that exact category of religious literature. No thanks!

So, why did I read the book?

I have a great friend and mentor in my life. He brilliantly guides me and causes me to think through a calculated process of questions and conversation. If my recollection is correct, he has never given me a directive. Yet, at the end of a recent lunch, he closed with, “What are you reading?” … “Read The Second Mountain by David Brooks next.” That was it. No explanation. No conversation. Just instruction.

I heeded. I am glad I did. Continue reading “Thoughts and Quotes from “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks”

“Wanna Dance?”

Penelope 2yr BDayCommonplace activities morph into lifetime memories when experienced alongside the wonder of a child.

I have been called a lot of names through the years. My forever favorite is “dad” or any variation thereof. Stacey and I have 3 wonderful children. I have loved every phase of their lives. As of late, my role has changed from caregiver to counselor. They are magnificent humans seeking to live life well. I am so proud of who they have become.

Over the last couple of years a new name has surfaced for me – “pops”. Continue reading ““Wanna Dance?””

Thoughts on Fear and the Future

I came across a quote today. It comes at a time in life when I have trouble looking to the future with faith. All my past experiences lead me to understand that God is faithful in all things and that He desires to prosper me and my family to His glory. This review of personal history should provide ultimate confidence in the steps I am taking. However, I find myself lying sleepless with fear of future failure.

When the past becomes more glorious than the future, we’ve got a problem.

– Greg DePriest Continue reading “Thoughts on Fear and the Future”