Monday, December 05, 2011

OSU Football 2011: It's not about them anymore.

I'm glad that I can say I was there Saturday night when Oklahoma State University won its first ever outright Big 12 Championship title and beat OU. I had noticed that the chant of the crowd was "O---S----U----Cowboys" (twice). I expected them to cap it off with "O----U----Sucks!" like they did when I was a student there. I turned to the younger guy sitting next to me asked what happened to that chant. I think his response sums up the current OSU football program as an example of moving the line (between intention and resolve). He said "I haven't heard that in a long time... it's not about them anymore, it's about us!"

As a lifetime OSU fan and alumni, it is exciting to see this kind of progress. For so many years, even in my own mind, it has been about beating OU, which seldom happened. Now it's "about us", and with the jump start from Boone Pickens & a change of attitude, OSU finally has a national champion caliber team. The fact that OSU won't get to play in the championship game doesn't change that. The team has so much to show for this season and a foundation to build on for the future. This type of success leads to a real rivalry with OU and name recognition on the national level, which formerly was non-existent.

Yes, it is great to win every once in a while, but when you don't (like the crushing Iowa State loss), it is just a reminder that life isn't about football. I will still support the Cowboys, and still be proud to call Stillwater home.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Intention isn't always bad

I started this blog with the theory that our generation, and maybe humanity in general, tends to have "good intentions" that often don't materialize. From my view, being such a logical, black & white type A personality, I often wonder why people can't just resolve... resolve to do what they said they would do; resolve to meet deadlines they have agreed to; resolve to live by the golden rule. Those are things I try to do in my own life. Not that I have or ever will obtain perfection... this morning I slept through an appointment to ride bicycles with my pastor. I hate my own tendencies to allow intention to carry the day, and fading into a forgotten promise.
It did occur to me, however, that sometimes intention is suitable, even preferable to the situation. Every one of the thousands of choices we make daily is loaded with consequences. Being time-limited, we have to prioritize those choices, and it is inevitable that those lower priorities will start out as intentions that may or may not get done. I think the best course of action is to know the difference between the two types of commitments, and try to clarify which is which. I'll work on this and try to develop an organized description to post later.

grace and peace

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fire Power

The Governor of Oklahoma lifted the burn ban this week in most of the counties. Grady County is still very dry, and has been under a burn ban since June (no fireworks this year!). So I took the opportunity yesterday to burn some brush piles along a dry creek on my property before the Grady County Commissioners reinstate a county burn ban. My dad set me to the task noting that if we don't get rid of the driftwood piles that have accumulated in the creek bed, when it does rain again, the creek will potentially go around the piles of wood & debris & cut a new channel. We don't want that to happen.
Fire is so volatile, it takes an extreme amount of caution and preparation. Even though we are still in severe drought, we had received some small rains within the past few weeks. There was almost no wind last night, so conditions were ideal (considering the drought). One of the fires was adjacent to a timbered creek area, so I took extra precautions including calling the County Fire Chief, cutting away any brush on the edges of my pile that could act as a fuse to ignite areas outside of my control, and keeping a shovel on hand to pile dirt on spreading coals. We also camped near the fires to be able to watch them over the night. Though hard work and stressful, it has been a success so far... and we are planting wheat today, so please Lord, bring the rains!

Monday, August 01, 2011

1689 2nd London Baptist Confession Article 4: Creation

Download my teaching from July 27, 2011 at Gatlin Baptist Church on what the 1689 Baptist Confession has to say about Creation.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place is the autobiography of Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983), written in the early 1970s about her life. She grew up in the town of Haarlem, Holland and was there when Germany seized control of Holland and began their persecution of Jews. Corrie was unmarried, a Christian, and lived and worked with her father and older sister in their 100-year old watch shop. She and her family were able to hide and protect many Jews before their underground operation was discovered, and she was sent to a concentration camp herself. She is a master storyteller, weaving small details into the story from a half century earlier. The title link of this blog is to a virtual tour of the home/watch shop she grew up in, and the actual hiding place that was used to hide Jews. You can buy the audiobook from Christian Audio here or the book from Amazon here.
There is also a movie from 1975. I was greatly encouraged by the book and you will be too.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Holy Again Download

This is the link that was posted earlier to my most recent recording, "Holy Again".


Soli Deo Gloria

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Book Review: The Greener Grass Conspiracy

"Greener Grass Conspiracy" Trailer - Stephen Altrogge from Crossway on Vimeo.

The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your side of the fence

Stephen Altrogge is the son of Mark Altrogge, who is the author of contemporary praise and worship songs “I stand in awe”, “One pure and holy passion”, and “I’m Forever Grateful” to name a few. Both Stephen and his dad are songwriters for Sovereign Grace Music, and have written or contributed to many songs that are sung all over the world, with an emphasis on sound biblical doctrine.

Currently, Stephen is a pastor on staff at Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA. This is his first book to be published, to my knowledge. I follow Stephen on Twitter, where he consistently tweets in his comical, somewhat dry sense of humor mixed with an occasional biblical quote or exhortation.
I liked the concept of his book from the beginning. The title is catchy and something we can all relate to. Throughout the 139 pages he offers antidotes and gentle (or not so gentle) reminders that Christians should be content. I like the following quote from page 24-25:

“God shows his glory in different ways through different people. He displays his glory in some people by allowing them to suffer and then gives them incredible amounts of grace in the midst of that suffering. He shows his glory in others by abundantly blessing them and then giving them a heart that overflows with generosity. To some he gives a large family, so that they might raise their children to the glory of God. To others he gives the gift of singleness, so that they might pour all their energies into serving Jesus. God is God, and he will display his glory in us as he chooses.”

Well said, and a key point in my own contentment. Parts of the book do seem repetitive, though I applaud Stephen for making the effort, and for reminding me to be content where I am. It is truly a message that needs to be repeated, because it fits the human condition so well.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Blake White Champion Poland China

Razor blades and Cellular Networks

Always learning, this lesson seems to come up more frequently these days. Specifically the lesson that you get what you pay for, and sometimes it's best to pay higher prices. Two examples:
1) I have bought the generic razor blades for as long as I can remember, but they are increasingly hard to find, and when I do find them, the quality is terrible. In recent months, I have been able to shave once with a new generic razor blade, and even then, it is dull to start with, which makes for a painful shave, then throw it away. I splurged and bought 10 razors for ($18) the other day, and figured out why (apparently) so few people buy the generic. I have used the same blade 4-5 shaves and it's still sharper than the generic one was out of the box.
2) I upgraded to a Verizon iPhone a week and a half ago when they became available. We had been on T-Mobile since 2005 because it was significantly cheaper. The service was poor though, and at my rural home, I had no service with T-Mobile. My plan with Verizon cost about double what I was paying with T-mobile, but I can talk! Fewer dropped calls, and I'm happy to pay for it; especially since I have been working outside on the farm with cattle the past few months, and need to have cell service there.