Notes from the Trail

Goin’ to Town

I voted

Four years ago I voted against Barack Obama more than I voted for John McCain. I was concerned about Obama’s lack of experience. However, when he won, I celebrated that America had elected its first African-American President. I prayed for him, and I hoped that his rhetoric would translate into reality. It did not. Instead,…

Statism or Conservatism

This for me was the most compelling and dynamic video in this election season. There have been many political ads I’ve shaken my head over in distress, literally astonished and dismayed by their pettiness and banality. I expect more from Presidents and potential Presidents of the strongest country on earth. This video is truly worth…

Cultural progressivism

One of the most enjoyable and thought-provoking research projects I’ve read during the past several weeks has been George Yancey’s What Motivates Cultural Progressives. It’s a four-part series that I’ve linked below: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 The series is based on his book by the same title, and it seeks to…

A la Carte: Crumb and Get It, Your Pastor’s Marriage, Tats and Academic Bias against Religion

When referring to a menu, something is a la carte if it is priced and ordered separately from other full menu items. For those of you not familiar, my “a la carte” entries are simply that – unrelated, brief entries that have captured my attention over previous weeks. Normally, I use readitlater.com (now Pocket) to…

Chik Fil A: A day less

Over the past week, the Chik-Fil-A controversy reached a fever pitch. Fox News Mike Huckabee suggested to his audience that those who like the embroiled chain should support them on Wednesday. In one astonishing day, the restaurant broke all sales records as people endured long lines for hours to express their appreciation to someone, really…

My Instagram birth certificate

If you use Instagram, here’s a pretty cool little feature from signing up for Statigram: There are some great ways to view and interact with your Instagram account and followers on the web. Here are a few: Webstagram http://ink361.com http://statigr.am/ http://www.gramfeed.com/ http://instagrid.me/ http://instagre.at/ Which one do you like?

Redefining marriage

I was sad. I was sad for the perfect cultural storm of the week. I was sad because of how money runs our country and manipulates the thinking of our leaders. I was sad because wisdom is so lacking. I was sad that people, in general, are robbed of true love. I was sad that…

When inaction is odious

We are being inundated this week with the unfolding scandal of Penn State University’s football program and how Joe Paterno and university officials did (or did not) handle revelations of child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky. The morally abhorrent news continues to come out. PSU students rioted last night because they’re beloved football coach was…

A la carte: Preachers leaving, more beer, divorce & remarriage

Preachers leaving lately Ed Stetzer wrote an article Should “Broader Interests” Preclude Preaching? It’s in response to Rob Bell’s announced departure from his Mars Hill Church. Bell started the church about 12 years ago and was the center of controversy this year with his book Love Wins which denies the biblical teaching on hell, seeking…

Facebookie

In Facebook… sigh and bye, I shared with you my rationale for reducing my Facebook account from a busy stream to a business card. Here are some thoughts I’ve had about how Facebook could have managed its transitions better: Give users options. Rather than forcing wholescale, confusing change on us all, why not roll out…

Facebook… sigh and bye

Last May, Christian author and head of Lifeway Research Ed Stetzer deleted his personal Facebook account. (Read his entry here.) It was in response to Facebook’s seemingly intentional thumbed-nose to its users’ desires for privacy. I was also frustrated with Facebook’s haughty attitude, but I thought, “I really can’t complain. It’s a free service.” Also in…

Ode to Steve

I was recently called a “Mac troll” by a friend. It happened after I posted this link to my “Geeks” circle on Google+. I don’t know if he’s aware that he’s in my geek circle. He should be proud. If it wasn’t enough that we survived an earthquake and a massive hurricane called Irene this…

Back to School Guest Bloggers Week!

This week in Blacksburg has been welcome chaos. Students are back. According to one source, the New River Valley will see the addition of over 8000 new VT students alone, and eventually Virginia Tech will host about 30,000 undergrads, post grads, and professionals. While traffic has increased, so has the energy level of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg…

A la carte: Office influence, Teams and leadership, the Dalai Lama, animated gifs, and global warming alarmism

Here’s my not-so-weekly roundup of interesting posts, tidbits and news.   Office Influence Phil Cooke shares the following points about how to avoid having your voice ignored in your office/work environment. Many of them apply directly to any social group you’re in. I’d encourage you to read the linked post in its entirety for his…