Monday, January 28, 2008

Heading back to Reality

Well, we are off the ship and sitting in The Admiral Club in San Juan trying to catch an earlier flight home. (Believe if or not, it looks promising for a Monday!) The trip was short but sweet. We flew into San Juan this past Thursday and just "hung out" around Old San Juan and tried some "local cuisine". I will say that Plantains are not my thing, give me good old "southern potatoes" any day! Friday we slept in trying to catch up from the weary day before. We left for the dock around noon and had to wait about 30 minutes before they let us board. After we settled into our cabin we immediately searched for some food and remembered why cruises are so much fun! The food is always fabulous! After lunch I had to find the gym... Believe it or not, there is another "speedo" bet in a few weeks. (not very bright of me to schedule a cruise right be fore the weight in!!) The first night was pretty uneventful. I decided to wake up early Saturday morning to catch the sunrise, and I am thankful that I did. It was a beautiful morning with the sun coming up through the clouds over one of the islands. After a run at the gym I met up with Steph before heading to our first port of call ... St. Kitts. This island was nothing to really "rave" about even though the water was just beautiful. We pretty much just hung out at the pier and shopped. We came away with a few good items but was saving our energy and money for our next port of call in St. Maartin. Sunday morning we docked in St. Maartin and had about 10 hours to do about what ever we wanted to do. This island was incredible. It reminded me of Cancun, Mexico. I think we spent more time in the market place than we did in the "recommended" shops. For lunch we found a local place and had grilled lobster... Oh my! Fresh lobster over looking the Caribbean... You can't beat that!!! That afternoon after just lounging around on the deck basking in the warm Caribbean sun, we dressed for dinner and tried to keep ourselves from getting sick because of the rough seas and the rolling of the ship. Earlier in the cruise we went to the art gallery to kill some time and check out some of the paintings. While there we signed up for a free painting giveaway. Believe it or not, I won! I had a choice of six different paintings to choose from and narrowed it down to just two... the art dealer (whom we came to know from an earlier meeting) just smiled and said just take "both" of them, that way you do not have to choose! Not a bad deal for a 10 second guess.

There are so many things I want to tell you about, but there just isn't enough space to write it all down.

We you get the opportunity, please feel free to call me or Stephanie so we can fill you in the "Pros and Cons" of taking a cruise out of "San Juan"! Trust me... Too Funny!!! P. S. "Brush up on your Spanish"!!!!! ;-)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Mini Vacation Here We Come!!!

Currently I am sitting in the airport in Norfolk, VA waiting on my flight which has been delayed! (I know that's hard to believe!) The weather here is a nice 40 degrees and home is around 31. Stephanie and I leave Little Rock in the morning on a 5:40 flight heading to San Juan. We should arrive to the Island around 4pm. Our plan is to just hang out at the hotel in San Juan for the first night then head to the dock for the ships departure at 8pm Friday. I am really looking forward to getting away just the two of us!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I DID It!!!

For those of you that didn't know, I started running July of 07 to help me with my health. (I have lower my blood pressure, and put my cholesterol in the normal range!) It has been 7 months now and I have made one "long" step towards my goal of completing a full marathon. Today I traveled to Carlsbad, CA to run my first 1/2 Marathon, and I completed it! I was a little off my time that I have been working on, but still completed it in 1:54! My goal was 1:44 but around the 10 mile mark I started cramping in my legs. I was sweating more I thought and didn't get enough sodium in my system. (Oh well, I will be running another one in March.) The coarse was beautiful! At the 3 mile mark the road went directly beside the ocean and you couldn't ask for a better view. I ran with a few guys from work and we all did well. The guy running with me is "Pro-Triathlete" who kept me on my marks. (that is until the cramps set in) I will say it was tough, but well worth it. I like the fact that I can push myself further than I thought possible when the going gets tough.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Tolerance, What is it?

We face situations daily that make us stop to examine ourselves, society, our purpose, our life. I want to share something I've been working on for the last couple of weeks. It seems that we are faced incessantly in a battle, not like a baseball game or some other "athletic event that we walk away from in a couple of hours but one that is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish. We must be prepared. We're up against more than we can handle on our own" (The Message). I keep reminding myself "now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made" (NKJV). He won't fight us in the traditional ways...but those sly, astute ways that we aren't looking for...Oh well that's my 2 cents for the day. Hope you enjoy, and it's not too far out there for you. ~ST

Tolerance, what is it? One would assume that the definition of a word would not change over time however in society today the word tolerance now has two definitions. Tolerance today means different things to different people. Why was there a need to change the meaning of this word? Is the general public aware of this change? Or has this meaning been so subtly introduced to society that we are unaware? What is the reason for this dual definition? Could it be evidence of the denial of something greater like “knowing right from wrong” (Wegter & Lorenzini, 2008, p. 1)? Why is identifying this important to society? What can it mean? Several years ago the word tolerance meant to “bear or put up with someone or something not liked” (McDowell & Hostetler, 1998, p. 2). Today the word has been redefined to mean that “all values, all beliefs, all lifestyles, all truth claims are equal” (McDowell & Hostetler, 1998. p. 2). Today however, if a person denies the fact that “all values, all beliefs, all lifestyles, all truth claims aren’t equal” (McDowell & Hostetler, 1998. p. 2), then that makes that person “intolerant and thus worthy of contempt” (McDowell, 1999, ¶ 1). How does one combat this new twist to tolerance? Is it important for individuals to recognize this clever redefining of terminology? According to Josh McDowell (July 2001), in our present culture, there is a new “virtue” which undermines and opposes everything Christians believe. The new “virtue” is tolerance (personal communication).

Traditional “Negative” Tolerance vs. New “Positive” Tolerance

Webster’s dictionary gives the traditional definition of tolerance which is now identified as “negative tolerance” (Wegter & Lorenzini, 2008, p. 2). This definition says that tolerance “recognizes and respects the beliefs and practices of others without necessarily agreeing or sympathizing with those beliefs” (Webster, 1984, p. 719). In simple terms, everyone has a right to his own opinion. That definition has been the manner in which individuals have looked at tolerance for years. Every individual has been entitled to his or her own opinion regarding their beliefs. Every individual has been given the right to understand that someone else my have other beliefs, all the while not consenting that beliefs other than his own are correct or true. This definition of tolerance has been understood however today a new definition of tolerance has been introduced into society. Traditional tolerance is “respecting and protecting the legitimate rights of others, even those with who you disagree and those who are different from you. Traditional tolerance exhibits that kind of loving acceptance of people as individuals, while not necessarily accepting their beliefs or behavior. Traditional tolerance differentiates between what a person thinks or does and the person himself” (McDowell & Hostetler, 1998, p. 16-17).

The new tolerance is known as ““positive tolerance.” This tolerance can be summed up as follows: Every single individual’s values, beliefs, lifestyles, and claims to truth are equally valid. So if a person claims that any individual’s values, beliefs, etc. are better or more correct than another’s; that is hierarchy and constitutes bigotry. Thus a bigot is one who believes in moral hierarchy thus saying that there is a lifestyle, belief, etc. that is greater than another’s” (Wegter & Lorenzini, 2008, p. 2). This new definition of tolerance is based on the belief that “truth is relative to the community in which a person participates. And since there are many human communities, there are necessarily many different truths” (Grenz, 1996, p. 43).

Don Closson (2008) of Probe Ministries says that “Since there are multiple descriptions of reality, no one view can be true in an ultimate sense…Since truth is described by language, and all language is created by humans, all truth is created by humans”( ¶ 4). “If all truth is created by humans, and all humans are “Created equal” (as the American Declaration of Independence says), then what is the logical next step? It is this: All truth is equal” (McDowell & Hostetler, 1998, p. 19). Each individual is given the right by the United States Constitution to hold his own belief. Positive tolerance contradicts that by saying that “all beliefs are equal in the sense that they are morally equivalent” (Wegter & Lorenzini, 2008, p. 3). This is in direct contrast to traditional “negative” tolerance, which asserts that everyone has an equal right to believe or say what he thinks is right; the new tolerance says that what every individual believes or says is truth.

Problems with New Tolerance

As a Christian, the problem with this new view of tolerance is that this belief is unbiblical, and it and the new positive tolerance makes the “Christian claims to exclusivity 'intolerant', which supposedly justifies much of the anti-Christianity in the media and the education system” (McDowell, 1999, ¶ 3). The author of this paper remains amazed at the blatant intolerance of the new “positive” tolerance emitted today. How is it justifiably okay for society to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Ramadan, the Muslim holiday, however Christians cannot openly celebrate Christmas? How is it that in the name of art one can clearly and explicitly deface Jesus or the crucifix and that be permissible? Yet if an artist were to deface a homosexual person that would be intolerant. How can “Christian employee’s requests to start a prayer group be stalled by the United States Federal Aviation Administration when gay activists groups are allowed and encouraged” (McDowell & Hostetler, 1996, p. 39)?
How is it that “"Mom and Dad" as well as "husband and wife" effectively have been banned from California schools under a bill signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who with his signature also ordered public schools to allow boys to use girls restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, if they choose” (World News, 2007, ¶ 1)? How did saying mom and dad become intolerant of alternative life styles? Is this very law not intolerant to conventional lifestyles? Also in California, “homecoming kings now can be either male or female – as can homecoming queens, and students, whether male or female, must be allowed to use the restroom and locker room corresponding to the sex with which they choose to identify” (World News, 2007, ¶ 21). Students in California can also decide to change their names to better identify with who they wish to be sexually and school officials are not allowed to contact the student’s parents regarding the name change. These and many more ludicrous laws have been signed into effect all in the name of new tolerance. In the very nature in which they are written, are they not contrary to the new definition of tolerance?

This new positive tolerance demands that everyone praise and approve all beliefs and lifestyles. It (new tolerance) demands that “I do not disagree with you”, therefore if one cannot disagree, then obviously one cannot hold his own beliefs. Not only can one not disagree, but he is not allowed to state his own beliefs in the process of disagreeing because that too is being intolerant.
“The confusion inherent in “positive tolerance” is captured in a quote by National Public School administrator, Frederick Hill, “It is the mission of public schools not to tolerate intolerance.” This is a logical contradiction. To be intolerant of intolerance is itself an act of intolerance which is wrong. The position of positive tolerance violates the traditional view of tolerance. Now postmoderns no longer recognize and respect someone who has a differing belief when it comes to the issue of tolerance. Instead, in their quest to be “tolerant” they are unjust because they are being intolerant of someone simply because they have a different belief when in the past under negative tolerance that would have been accepted. Subsequently justice and “positive tolerance” are incompatible. They are, in fact, antithetical. This is because to make justice possible, one must make a moral judgment on right and wrong. But “positive tolerance” does not allow one to make moral judgments. It actually forbids moral judgments. So the irony here is that the more open-minded you become (not making moral judgments), the more close-hearted you become (don’t care about justice for people). The end result of positive tolerance is moral and intellectual intimidation or bullying to get you to no longer hold to moral standards or pursue objective truth. The insight into the cause behind this trend and where it will lead our society can be found in Romans 1:18-32 (Wegter & Lorenzini, 2008, p.4).

18-23But God's angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn't treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.

24-25So God said, in effect, "If that's what you want, that's what you get." It wasn't long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!

26-27Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn't know how to be human either—women didn't know how to be women, men didn't know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.

28-32Since they didn't bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it's not as if they don't know better. They know perfectly well they're spitting in God's face. And they don't care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best (Romans 1:18-32 The Message)!

What does this mean?

“Issues arise whenever an individual or a group attempts to check or to interfere with the behavior or practices of others which they dislike or of which they disapprove. They also arise when an individual or group resists the interference and control of others regarding their own behavior. These questions acquire a political dimension when two opposing parties fail to find an accommodation, either by tolerating each other’s views, or by means of repression. If neither party gives in, political authority is called upon to solve the conflict. Questions of toleration become directly political when the third party is a government or a political agent” (Galeotti, 2008, p. 1). The very nature of bringing in the government to solve issues of intolerance is introducing political liberalism. “Political liberalism, on the one hand, adopts a minimal approach to ensure that citizens can exercise their rights to form or endorse their own conception of good in their private domain. On the other hand, political liberalism demands a higher degree of “tolerance” of diverse cultural values in the public domain” (Li, 2005, p. 24-25). When tolerance is forced by the government via laws and regulations extreme, special care should be made to ensure that all groups are protected. That is not happening in today’s society. Today conservative, Christian views are being opposed while liberal views are welcomed. Parental views are opposed. Heterosexual views are opposed. If this type of tolerance is continued, tomorrow another group’s view could be added to the intolerant list.
A conscious effort must be made to identify and expose this new view of tolerance which clearly is in opposition to Christian beliefs. It appears that the one common denominator to teaching new tolerance is to contest Christianity. New tolerance promoters cannot accept Christianity’s view that “moral principles are eternal, universal, fixed truths. Like the stars, they exist whether we discover them or not, and they offer steady points of light for reliable moral navigation” (Waller, 2008, p. 9). They refuse to “tolerate” those principles. When in fact what they are being is intolerant of Christianity and absolute truth. What could this lead to one day? Persecution of Christians? Outlaw of Christianity? “Culture has changed; relativism has ushered in a deadly perspective that believes we no longer have morality, only differing opinions (Wegter & Lorenzini, 2008, p. 7). This argument is irrational. “Tolerance advocates are rejecting Christianity and by that rejection, they are not treating this belief as equal. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm he said, all beliefs are equal, but some beliefs are more equal than others (paraphrase). With these “beliefs” in practice, the result is extreme intolerance towards Christianity from people who talk so much about tolerating all views. In short, they are intolerant of intolerance” (McDowell, 1999, ¶10).

Conclusion and How to fix it?

People are not “born with bias, prejudice or intolerance - it is a learned behavior. When an individual decides to fly a plane into the World Trade Center because of his learned values, beliefs, life-style and truth claims are we to say, “Its OK, he just believes differently than we do. This act is neither right nor wrong. After all he really believed in what he was doing” “(Paquet, 2002, ¶ 17). This argument is ridiculous. As a Christian to fix this problem of an askewed view of the world, we must seek truth. Even though sometimes the truth may be difficult to speak to others, we must. The Bible says that the truth will set you free. So in a chase for the truth Christians can, no, Christians must, speak the truth in love with gentleness and respect.
We should love others as Christ loved us, realizing that they have immeasurable genuine value as a human. What they believe, how they behave, the lifestyle they live nor their declarations make them a person. Humans are made in the image of God. Christ died for all of them. Whether they have similar beliefs or not, they have worth. Christians understand that they are to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5 New King James Version) but we must also remember to “…Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39 New King James Version).
Love combines with the new definition of tolerance like oil mixes with water. “Tolerance says, "You must approve of what I do." Love responds, "I must do something harder; I will love you, even when your behavior offends me." Tolerance says, "You must agree with me." Love responds, "I must do something harder; I will tell you the truth, because I am convinced 'the truth will set you free’.” Tolerance says, "You must allow me to have my way." Love responds, "I must do something harder; I will plead with you to follow the right way, because I believe you are worth the risk." Tolerance seeks to be inoffensive; love takes risks. Tolerance glorifies division; love seeks unity. Tolerance costs nothing; love costs everything”. (McDowell, 1999, ¶15). I believe the dreadful potential of the new tolerance can be averted, but only with a renewed commitment to truth, justice, and love. And, as it happens, that powerful trio of virtues can do more than prevent disaster; it can bring about true community and culture in the midst of diversity and disagreement.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Back to work!

Well today I started back traveling for work. I came to Pensacola, FL for a quick trip to meet with two different clients. Any other time the weather is great, but not on this trip. The high here today is 44 with gail force winds. There will not be a walk on the beach this trip! It will be a very busy travel schedule the next few weeks. I will be heading home in the morning, then heading to San Diego Saturday for my 1/2 marathon. (I will keep you posted on the results!)
I return Sunday night then leave Monday for Virginia Beach. I then return Wednesday night then Stephanie and I leave Thursday morning heading to San Juan and departing there for a 4 day Cruise. We will be sailing to St. Kitts and St. Maarteen then back to San Juan. This is a "present" for Stephanie finally graduating college! I am very proud of her!
We return Monday January 28th then I head to Tampa January 30-31, Jacksonville, FL Feb 6-7, then San Diego Feb 12-16. At some point, I will be needing a break. The sad part is that that is just the trips I have scheduled so far. Trust me, there are many more to come.

I will keep you posted.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Stephanie!

For those of you that didn't remember... Saturday was Stephanie's Birthday! I called a few of our friends to meet us at Red Lobster for "Lupper". (I never thought I would hear the end of it from Steph about having everyone meet so late in the day to eat. Not lunch, not supper... but Lupper! ) The meal was great, and getting to see everyone was even more special. I had our friends Joel and Jason Whittington come in for the occasion to help celebrate. Joel and Jason used to play with us in a band years ago, so after "Lupper" we went to a church function and actually got to play together. Joel never let up on Stephanie and Jason kept us in stitches. It was like old times. I must say that I am VERY happy that Jason doesn't live too close now, because he and Clay are kindred spirits!!!! Trust me... very SCARY!!! As far as Chandler is concerned, the highlight of the evening was when we put ALL the candles in the cake and lit them together as one big candle. By doing this the flame was so high and the smoke /heat was so strong that the smoke detector went off. We all had a good laugh over it.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Cabin update... We Now Have Electricity!!!!

It is such a beautiful thing being able to walk in the door and "hit the switch" instead of having to light the lanterns! I will say, I was very nervous adding wires to the Service Panel since the power has been turned on! (Just ask the boys, I was not in the greatest of moods during that time!!) Last night was "boys night out" at the cabin. Since we have electricity, the boys watched TV while dad was working. We had to take a small break to watch the deer out by the pond, but other than that, we/I accomplished quite a bit! Joel Whittington came up to see the place yesterday and while he was there he help me to unload the refrigerator and put it in it's place. I love the thought of not having to take a cooler every time we are heading that way! I replaced the stairs, put up a few cabinets, installed steps leading to our "outdoor" shower, and worked on the outdoor plumbing coming from the well. We now have water leading to the cabin, now I will need to re plumb the interior. We are slowly but surely getting there. One of my next projects will be the interior walls. Since the insulation and "most" of the wiring has been completed, I should be able to start on the walls. I am wanting tongue and groove cedar, and I really think that will make the place look great. Speaking of looking great... I purchased a "electric" heater for the downstairs. I was really wanting a wood burning stove but after much thought, I decided against it due to the high risk of fire... (with our history of fire at the cabin, I thought it would be better if we didn't go that route!!) I will keep you posted as things progress! :-)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

It's that time of year again... Baseball Season

Today was the first official day of baseball practice for Chandler's team. Now understand, Chandler did not make it to practice because of his recent "run-in" with the mumps! Although he has NO symtoms, we decided to keep him away from the team. From what I hear, the team looks great having been off for a few months. We are really looking forward to the new year after taking some time off.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

What was & is to come! Happy New Year!

Last night as we celebrated the ending of 2007 & the beginning of 2008, we talked about our accomplishments of the year past and goals for the future. We each took a turn to tell what we felt was an important accomplishment for us individually. Tom lost 27 pounds, began eating healthier, ran six 5Ks, and bought a cabin & 10 acres of land. Chandler hit a grand slam, 4 home runs, ran five 5Ks, trained to run 6 miles, memorized loads of scriptures, and played 12 baseball tournaments plus a world series. Clay was excited to ride his first roller coasters (Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Space Mountain & Everest). He “ran” two 5Ks and won awards for his age division in both. I think one of my biggest accomplishments was to finish a degree in Organizational Management. I was also able to start, with one of my very good friends, the Enrichment Academy, a K-12 hands-on home school academy for local home schooled students. We have about 50 students enrolled, and it is a huge success. I was able to coordinate our Pioneer Clubs at church for the 5th year, and I've prayed more for my extended family than ever before in my life.

We then discussed what we had done corporately. We got our passports! We purchased season tickets to the Travelers games in the new Dickey Stephens Park in NLR and spent many days watching the Travs play. In March we traveled to Dallas to a Mavericks game to watch Dirk Nowitzki & Josh Howard play. Chandler participated in his last Easter egg hunt at church, which is a big deal! We traveled to TN for the Tanner Reunion. We spent a week in McKinney, TX, for the Super Series World Series. We were fortunate enough to be able to direct another youth camp and minister to many young teens. We traveled to Tupelo, MS, for the Thompson Reunion. We celebrated our ground-breaking for our new baseball complex. We made a trip to Oklahoma to visit with Tom’s family for Thanksgiving. Clay had plastic surgery on his lip to repair damage from the bat injury. We spent 7 fun-filled, exhausting days in Disney World and then 7 relaxing ones in Hawaii. In December, we lost my grandfather and our 17 year old cat. We passed around an intestinal virus, Chandler got the mumps, and I caught a cold from Debbie. Other than that, we’ve had a pretty slow year.

After we discussed what we had done, we talked about our goals for 2008. We want to travel. Tom is planning a graduation trip for me. Chandler wants to do more hunting, specifically, kill a buck with his bow at the cabin, and be a better power hitter & pitcher. Clay wants to save his money to buy a recurve (bow). Tom is running a ½ marathon this month in Carlsbad, CA, & wants to run a full marathon in March. (Why anyone would want to run 26 miles 385 yards when you could drive it is beyond me.) He also wants to finish the cabin. He is getting close. He has the electrical wiring almost ready for the electric company to attach to it…then he has to finish the plumbing. What will we do when we have a real toilet to use? Do I hear angels singing in the background? As far as what I want to accomplish, hmmm, well I would like to do all of the things I’ve neglected in 2007 finishing up my degree, scrap booking, reading, and lying on the couch eating bon bons. No, seriously, I haven’t really thought about my specific goals for this year. I have a list of goals. I’ll just have to see which ones I think are worth my time and energy this year. For now, I’ll just home school my boys, continue to try to be a Godly example to them, & have fun.

May 2008 be a year of new beginnings for you & may you "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind"! I will leave you with this Old Irish Blessing.

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!