Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Squared Circle: The Art of Selling

Describing pro wrestling as "performance art" may strike some people as ridiculous! But I don't know of any better description. It is a performance in the sense that the action in the ring is not designed to be a legitimate contest but a form of entertainment for the audience. And it is an art in the sense that an evocative performance requires skill. Not every painter is an artist, not every singer is an artist, not every wrestler is an artist. But those who excel in the skills to paint a beautiful painting, or sing a moving song, or execute an entertaining match, are truly artists.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Philosophical Fridays: Intelligent Design, the Nature of Science, and Truth

Many of you know that my wife was diagnosed with cancer last August, and since that time she has undergone chemotherapy and radiation to reduce the tumor, successful surgery to remove the tumor, and is now in the process of follow-up chemotherapy to prevent recurrence of the tumor. We appreciate all the prayers we have received, and all of the tremendous care we have been given by our fantastic doctors and nurses.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Traditional Conservative and the Fiscal Cliff

In his discussion of the influence of Edmund Burke on conservative thinking, Russell Kirk made this observation: 

The modern spectacle of vanished forests and eroded lands, wasted petroleum and ruthless mining, national debts recklessly increased until they are repudiated, and continual revision of positive law, is evidence of what an age without veneration does to itself and its successors. (The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot, Kindle Locations 779-781). 
Kirk's comments on careless stewardship of the environment deserve more attention in a later blog post, but for today I want to focus on his trenchant critique of debt, "national debts recklessly increased until they are repudiated." 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sermon: The Perfect Work of Adversity (James 1:2-4)

I have been preaching on maturity, and yesterday I focused on the Book of James. Here is a skeleton outline of my lesson:

I.  Count it all joy when you encounter various trials (James 1:2)