Sunday, May 31, 2015

Weekend on the Black Crest Trail

Our Mud Run team did not make the run this last April, so our fearfulless leader took us on the trail of our lives. The experience was unmatched and is nearly indescribable. Pictures will be posted later.

No map captures what this trail delivers. It is "black-diamond" expert level that most people do in descending fashion. We climbed. And climbed. And climbed. And experienced everything a human being could possibly experience--it was a ride, inside and out.

We summited 9 peaks in two days: Celo Knob, Gibbs Mountain, Winter Star Mountain, down into Deep Gap, up Potato Hill, Cattail Peak, Balsam Cone, Big Tom, Mt. Craig, then finally ending at Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak on the Eastern Seaboard. Here's a snapshot of maps with elevation details. With calories burned. I am in deep recovery mode right now.

Friday, May 29, 2015

“Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible”

"In “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk lists 50 figures from the Hebrew Bible who have been confirmed archaeologically. The 50-person chart in BAR includes Israelite kings and Mesopotamian monarchs as well as lesser-known figures."
More here

(ht: Dr. Bryan Beyer)

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Homeless people could be some of the smartest people around.

Now you know why an elephant's nose is called a "trunk".

Feeling Sick? Can't exercise? Think again!

Why the insistence that sports injuries only occur in CrossFit? View discretion advised:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Thinking about: "Getting In Tune" by The Who

The 1971 song “Getting In Tune” (written by Pete Townshend) of The Who begins:

I'm singing this note 'cause it fits in well
With the chords I'm playing
I can't pretend there's any meaning here
Or in the things I'm saying
But I'm in tune

As the song progresses, one notices a deep longing from the writer who struggles to find the words he really wants to say. His longing sounds almost spiritual.

I've got it all here in my head
There's nothing more needs to be said
I'm just bangin' on my old piano
I'm getting in tune with the straight and narrow

He’s tired, dissatisfied with life the way it is: hanging out in the same old places, seeing the same people, pretending that everything’s fine. He thinks the object of his attention is “baby” (a woman), but his dissatisfaction becomes evident in “The Song Is Over”, revealing that a woman will not fulfill his deepest longing.

When I walked in through the door
Thought it was me I was looking for
She was the first song I ever sang
But it stopped as soon as it began

“Getting In Tune” is just one example of a person whose conscience is screaming that we desire a relationship with someone greater. One cannot adjust to the correct pitch musically without hearing the correct pitch, or having an indicator that the correct pitch is achieved. We tune to something greater. My electronic tuner shows an orange light if my string is too low and a red light if it is too high. I get a green light when I am in tune. The tone is very specific, “straight and narrow” one might say.

What does that mean, the “straight and narrow”? Pete borrows the term from Jesus who said, "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” [Matthew 7:13-14 ESV]

The kid knows that if he tunes in with the way of life, he will be alright. He knows there is someone outside himself to focus on because that person has placed that longing within him. He seems to want to try . . . but time will tell.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man. I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.” [Ecc 3:11-14 ESV]

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Is For Remembering

This is a day for remembering our fallen. Some of us make this observance by participating in a special training session. At some point in the workout, we receive clues from our body to remind us that what we experience is a tiny fraction of what our heroes experienced.

"Murph" is a workout performed in memory of Lt. Michael Murphy USN. The WOD can be modified to: 
  • one mile run
  • 20 rounds of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squat
Lt. Murphy is just one hero we remember and our gratitude goes out to all who gave their lives. The greatest hero is the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave his life to pay the penalty for our sin, for our lies, lust and adultery, hatred and murder, disobedience, covetousness, idolatry, theft, misdirected love, not setting aside time for God. God will hold us accountable for breaking His moral law unless we turn to Christ by faith. He died, was buried and rose again so we don't have to die in our sin--all we need to do is repent of our sins and ask Him to make us new creations. 

We can't work off our sin with insane workouts like Murph--we can't bribe God. We need Jesus, the greatest hero. 

Take a moment in your day of reflection to remember Christ, and when you are barbecuing, be thankful for all He has given you.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Has Science Buried God?"

"If atheism is true, what is 'thinking'? What is 'reason'? Well the answer has to be that it's merely a chemical process. If atheism is true and there is no God, what's going on between my ears right now are just chemical fizzing, atoms knocking together. But if that's true, how can I trust my thinking?"

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Freedom of Speech and the Bible. "5 Reasons The 'Draw Mohammed' Contest is Unbiblical"

Stop and reflect on the importance of the Ascension of Christ.

Ever heard of a "Spite House"? Me, either (until today, that is).

Friday, May 08, 2015

A Few Collected Statements on Reading and The Rational Mind

  • Some read just enough to keep themselves misinformed. (Amish proverb)
  • The man is sure to go wrong in his thinking whose aim is to get for himself. (possibly H.L. Mencken)
  • Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. (G.K. Chesterton)
  • There is no worse error than to seek intellectual remedy for moral grief. (Gaston Frommel)
  • Beat not out thy brains to fathom the un-revealed. (Harold Will)
  • It is not honking your horn that keeps you out of trouble as much as steering wisely. (Headline in the "Butter, Cheese & Egg Journal" July 12, 1922)
  • Knowledge is power under three conditions: if it is knowledge of things worth knowing; if it is known by a person worthy of using it; if it be used. (anon)
  • A brain is as strong as its weakest think. (Thomas Masson)
  • Hell hath no fury like a zealot trying to prove a theory. (anon)
  • True wisdom is seldom gained without suffering. (Sir Arthur Helps)

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Randoms: Birthday wishlist

Would like one of these, please:

Or maybe this . . .

Or maybe this . . .

But this has GOT to be my FAVORITE (start at 0:25)!

(ht: IO9)

Monday, May 04, 2015

The Forgiveness Factor (part 8): The Faithful Messenger of Forgiveness

A recent article of interest is “How To Spot The Charlatans In The Personal Training Business” providing helpful instruction on how to discern a fitness trainer from one who only says they are a fitness trainer. When folks tell me, “I want to train with you,” I make very clear from the outset that I am not a trainer, but they are welcome to join me at their own risk.

The con-men and grifters on TV and in movies have become anti-heroes--but the reality remains: we must be careful. There are people out there who seem to be successful in ministry but they are actually charlatans.

The Bible is filled with warnings against false teacher, starting with the 2nd commandment where taking the Lord’s name in vain means much more than a warning against dropping God’s name as a curse word. This foundational warning is against those who take God’s name on themselves then misrepresent Him to the world. The apostle Paul makes a clear distinction between a true minister and those who Satan uses to deceive the flock of God.

Paul writes “For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God” (2 Corinthians 2:17). Paul does not preach the gospel for profit but in the power of God. He has no hidden no hidden agenda. He does not polish up his ministry into an appealing product that sits on the mantle of every household. The gospel is not for sale, so opponents of the gospel should not be able to place him in that category. The gospel is free for the giving, free for the asking!

Notice that Paul is clear concerning his sincerity "For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ." (2:17). The gospel Paul brings is unmixed, pure. Back in 1 Corinthians 5, Paul described his ministry in the three words that also apply here: “ministry of reconciliation.” The goal of the gospel is to bring two opposing parties face-to-face once more and this starts with forgiveness.

The faithful messenger of forgiveness speaks "as commissioned by God." When one receives truth and the love that delivers it, one is able to repent and receive the forgiveness God offers. We cannot truly forgive until we first receive God's forgiveness. What Paul says stands as truth before God and His Christ, the judge who knows the minds and hearts of all men.

Friday, May 01, 2015

There MUST Be Another Option

“If moral statements are about something, then the universe is not quite as science suggests it is, since physical theories, having said nothing about God, say nothing about right or wrong, good or bad. To admit this would force philosophers to confront the possibility that the physical sciences offer a grossly inadequate view of reality. And since philosophers very much wish to think of themselves as scientists, this would offer them an unattractive choice between changing their allegiances or accepting their irrelevance.”

“Has anyone provided proof of God’s inexistence? Not even close. Has quantum cosmology explained the emergence of the universe or why it is here? Not even close. Have our sciences explained why our universe seems to be fine-tuned to allow for the existence of life? Not even close. Are physicists and biologists willing to believe in anything so long as it is not religious thought? Close enough. Has rationalism and moral thought provided us with an understanding of what is good, what is right, and what is moral? Not close enough. Has secularism in the terrible 20th century been a force for good? Not even close, to being close. Is there a narrow and oppressive orthodoxy in the sciences? Close enough. Does anything in the sciences or their philosophy justify the claim that religious belief is irrational? Not even in the ball park. Is scientific atheism a frivolous exercise in intellectual contempt? Dead on.”

David Berlinski, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions

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