Month: August 2012

The Lakeland Rally

  The Republican convention ended on Thursday evening, and right away the next morning, both Romney and Ryan showed up just down the street from me. For whatever reason, the Romney plane was at the Lakeland Regional Airport; they chose that as their departure place rather than the Tampa International Airport. That means they had to drive from Tampa to Lakeland, about a 45-minute jaunt by bus. Since they were going to be this close, I figured I should travel… Read more »

Voting Republican with a Clear Conscience

Now that Mitt Romney is the official Republican nominee for president, it’s time I shared a few thoughts on why I believe I can support him. As many of you know, he was not my first choice. He wasn’t even my second or third. In fact, as the primary season began, I pointed to two people as non-starters for me as the potential Republican nominee: Donald Trump and Romney. During the primaries, I had flirtations with a couple of the… Read more »

Life Goes On

Tropical storm Isaac never really threatened the Tampa area. On Monday, I was wondering how bad it was going to be when I went out in the car. I found out it was almost a normal day. A little rain, even less wind, no problem. The Republican convention played it safe by calling off all activities that day; that’s understandable. If they hadn’t, the media would have bludgeoned them forever as insensitive. Some will do it anyway simply because Isaac… Read more »

The Challenge from Francis Asbury

I recently completed reading some of John Wesley’s journal entries and letters. I feel a kinship with him. One of his disciples was Francis Asbury, considered more than anyone else the founder of the American Methodist church, and the namesake for a Christian college in Kentucky. I’ve now begun looking at excerpts from his journal as well. His faith was dynamic, not static. He preached a personal gospel with all its social implications, speaking out against slavery, drinking, gambling, and… Read more »

The New Zeitgeist

I’ve been thinking more about how Christianity and the absolute morality it embraces are experiencing a new, and more vociferous, round of condescension. The culture’s disdain for what are usually termed traditional values seems to be increasing. As I told one of my classes this past week, what was considered basic morality forty years ago is now criticized as hateful. I’m not the only one noticing this: In the entertainment portion of our culture, one doesn’t have to search long… Read more »

Gleanings from Proverbs 22–Part II

Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I have taught you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, to make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer… Read more »

RNC Theme: We Built This

I’m a little over half an hour away from the site of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, which begins this weekend. I have no role to play there, and will not be going. I’m not much for crowds anyway. I’ll watch some of it, though. I may even see some people I know personally. I wonder how many of my former students are involved? President Obama gave the Republicans their theme this year. They’ve decided to accentuate his now-infamous… Read more »