Monthly Archives: July 2012

A few things theological

I wanted to point folks to [a friend’s site], Seeking Restoration. The site’s main subject is  Christian belief and doctrine, with a side helping of cultural items with a connection to the faith. In his most recent post, Adam explores the logical inconsistencies underlying some of the attacks on Chick-fil-A for its president’s support of biblically-based marriage.

Another site I will add to the blogroll is Ryan Pelton‘s of New City Church, where I am a member. Based at 87th & Wornall in the Waldo neighborhood, the church’s mission is to foster community among believers, to reach others with news of the gospel and to serve and renew the city. explores Christian belief and practice and also delves into life generally. One recent post questions the utility of multi-tasking, and gives three little words that will boost your productivity.

In his latest entry, Pastor Pelton writes about “how to become a better preacher.” Beyond the head-learning and practical training that should take place, working effectively as a preacher mean loving the people you teach and serve, getting outside the normal church setting to do those things, and ministering to your own family in real and understandable ways.

[This post has been redacted, 09/18/12].


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Chivalry lives as four men die…

These guys’ actions do men proud. The New York Daily News reports that three men died while protecting their girlfriends during the weekend shooting spree at a Colorado movie theater. Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves lost their lives while shielding their girlfriends. The Denver Post reports that another man, Jesse Childers, dove in front of his female friend to save her and also lost his life in the carnage.

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Good customer service is aways rarer than you’d like, so sometimes I like to recognize it when it happens. The other week I bought a product called “O-liminator,” designed to keep your shoes smelling oh-so-fresh. I’ve been working out a lot recently and needed something for my running shoes.

You put a little sachet filled with pellets in each shoe which absorbs moisture and emits a pleasant, clean-smelling odor. Pretty basic, but pretty cool if it actually works. And these little guys have worked very well so far.

Unfortunately, one of the little packets came open, and I couldn’t use it anymore. Today I called the customer service line listed on the package and described what happened. A live voice picked up after a couple rings and politely asked how he could help, then listened to my explanation and my request for a replacement product. I half wondered if I was talking to to the owner of the company, such was the demeanor of the man on the other end of the line. He was curious about what happened, explained that very rarely that does happen, and took my mailing information to send me a new set of O-liminators, which he assured me would arrive next week. He thanked me for calling.

Even though one of the packets came apart in the first set, I liked how they worked well enough to buy a second set only a few days ago. They’re a bit expensive (I paid around ten bucks for one pair), but I think they’ll extend the life of my shoes, not to mention make them smell a lot better! The customer service today has given me a good impression of the company, one that is proud to stand behind their product.


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No you didn’t…

I’m having flashbacks of Mr. Obama‘s “share the wealth” comment in 2008.

“Cause, if you got a business – that – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” So says President Barack Obama, on the campaign trail in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday. The comment has gotten a lot of play and has come under fire from groups like the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses).

I love these moments of transparency from the president. When he reveals who he really is. Even though I feel like I know the president’s politics, it still shocks me sometimes when I hear things like this. The man  has a fundamentally and deeply ingrained collectivist worldview, which shows itself in a callous disregard – some might say contempt – for the entrepreneurial spirit.

I’d like to comment more on this later, because I think this story has legs for the fall, and it’s significant. Hopefully this, along with the campaign’s overreach on suggesting Mitt Romney is a possible felon for misrepresenting the timeline of his tenure at Bain, will help turn the momentum of the last several weeks back in Romney’s favor.

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Dems unload on potential VP picks

Democrats have unloaded opposition research profiles on three key potential Republican running-mates of presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The ABC News Blog reported the story yesterday morning, which shows up on the Drudge Report today.

The American Bridge 21st Century SuperPac – the official dirt-digging machine of the Democratic party – launched a website yesterday detailing the supposed dastardly deeds of Ohio Senator Rob Portman, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. VeepMistakes also casts Romney as the less-than-enthusiastic choice of Republicans, and reminds us all that Sarah Palin was on the ticket in 2008.

Wow. I’m underwhelmed.

Whats interesting, though, is the timing. It’s speculated Romney will announce a running-mate soon, possibly even this week. Those kinds of suggestions usually rely on a stray story here and there, but mainly all it takes is a look at the calendar to know that an announcement can’t be too far away. (For reference, in 2008 Obama announced Biden on August 22nd, McCain announced Palin August 29th. Four years before, Kerry announced Edwards on July 6th. In 2000, Bush announced Cheney on July 25th, Gore tapped Lieberman August 13th.)

It’s clear Democrats published these dossiers now to influence media coverage of the expected announcement. It’s also interesting that they put out the longest report for the potential pick with the shortest public record – Rubio. Either they really believe it’s going to be him, or he’s the candidate they most fear.

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Conservative conference recap

A beautiful sunset on the road in Wyoming, near Cheyenne.

I previewed the Western Conservative Summit in my last post. It was a great few days in Denver. Now, most of that was because I got to see my nephews, one not quite three and the other just under a year – but I guess the conference was pretty good, too! My brother and I also drove to my aunt and uncle’s farm in western Nebraska and visited my grandparents in Scottsbluff.

Highlights for me: I had not heard Star Parker speak in public and she had to be one of the best in the lineup. She spoke with charisma, warmth and good humor and her compelling story of escaping a morally bankrupt dependency culture captured the audience’s attention. Parker has written several books including an autobiography entitled Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats: From Welfare Cheat to Conservative Messenger.

Star Parker, policy advocate and author, spoke at the Summit. (

Glenn Beck gave a lively presentation/informal history lecture – no surprise there – and nearly teared up by the end of his speech – also no surprise.

It was neat to see Geert Wilders up close – I was only a dozen yards or so fom the podium when he spoke. He speaks with a fairly thick accent but his English is good. He of course is the Dutch parliamentarian who has agitated some with his criticism of Islam and its influence on the European polity.  He lives under constant armed guard due to the serious death threats he receives from Islamists (who have killed or tried to kill others who dared speak against Islam). While I’m not in line with everything Wilders said (he would prohibit the building of mosques, for example, whereas I believe our freedom of religion protects that right), he is a man of tremendous courage and was a major addition to the conference.

Dick Morris – There’s something about Dick Morris that must resonate with old souls everywhere and all those who have ever felt chastened by life. He’s obviously very excited by politics. He lives and breathes it. And he’s passionate and smart. But we also got to see for a few moments the scars and wisdom that Morris accumulated through the course of his spectacular success, fall from grace, spiritual renewal and political transformation. The former presidential advisor was optimistic for Republican chances in November. Among his prognostications for the evening: Sen. Claire McCaskill will go down in Missouri. And he joins the chorus advocating Florida Senator Marco Rubio for the Republican VP slot.

My brother Caleb shooting clay pigeons with a 12-guage shotgun at the farm. Lots of fun.

There’s more but I’ll leave it at that. The conference was attended by 1300+ people, representing solid growth again in its third year, and it was announced that it will most likely be held again at the Denver Hyatt Regency next year (where capacity is something like 1600 or 1700 attendees, which is what they’ll be shooting for). Along with the speakers of course I met a number of interesting people, including Leslie and Lee Strobel, Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries, Paul Eldridge of Colorado Christian University and representatives from groups like Young America’s Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.

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