The purpose of this blog is to provide insight into one life seeking to follow Christ in a world system pitted against Christ.
I have four children, three sons and a daughter.
I work with professional engineers as an electrical designer in the power industry. The power industry: fossil, nuclear and wind power generation, power distribution and transmission.
An autodidact, I am also a romantic rationalist.
Born on the Democrat plantation called Illinois, I am a lifelong Chicagoan & Libertarian.
Because I am a member of the America’s ‘country class’ I am in the resistance movement against the Ruling Class. See here for further info:
As a NRA member I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Gun control means using both hands and knowledge with self-control.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and pro-Israel.
I believe in theistic evolution – a finely tuned theistic universe, a personal cause of the universe and a theistic objective morality.
I attend an Anglican church. I like Anglicanism’s combination of Authoritative Scripture along with the informing elements of tradition (the practices of the historical church) and reason (the intellectual and the experience of God). I benefit greatly from The Book of Common Prayer. I need to hear the words of these prayers and Scripture read to me. I also desperately need the Eucharist – the REAL Presence of Jesus Christ – each week.
“When Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean simply something mental or moral. When they speak of being “in Christ” or of Christ being “in them” this is not simply a way of saying that they are thinking about Christ or copying Him. They mean that Christ is actually operating through them: that the whole mass of Christians are the physical organism through which Christ acts –that we are His fingers and muscles, the cells of His body. And perhaps that explains one or two things. It explains why this new life is spread not only by purely mental acts like belief, but by the bodily acts like baptism and Holy Communion…There is no good in trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it.” C. S. Lewis
I am becoming one of the Solid People, who are full of love, and dwell in the joy of the Reality of Heaven (vide: The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis).
I have noticed that the more solidly REAL I become the less attracted I am to the ways of the world and the ways of the world are less attracted to me.
“The reason we are all being disciplined is that we will know God is real. As soon as God becomes real to us, people pale by comparison, becoming shadows of reality. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever upset the one who is built on God.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Vision and Darkness
I do oppose the liberal positions held by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams: his liberal interpretation of Scripture and the Archbishop’s allowance for homosexuality. (I would also posit that homosexual relationships should not be granted legal parity with heterosexual marriage. The purpose of such a marriage, as I see it, is to bring marriage down to a secular level, thereby increasing atheism.) Because of this unholy stance by the TEC and the Archbishop, I pray that our church will leave The Episcopal Church and become united with other Anglican churches which “rightly divide the Word of Truth.”
(Added 2/3/2014: I stand with Uganda’s Archbishop Stanley Ntagali.)
I enjoy most the writings of Anton Chekhov, Flannery O’Connor and John Steinbeck. Each is concise. Each is a storyteller with profound human insight.
Like Chekov, I make no apologies for the difficulties posed to readers of my stories or for their lack of moral finality. I see my role as a writer to be that of an artist who poses questions and mystery.
“There is nothing like being pleased with your own best efforts…before it is published and begins to be misunderstood.”—Flannery O’ Connor
I am free in Christ and I am turning the world upside down because of Him Who loved me and gave Himself for me.
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