Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My Invocation - How do you Pray in “Secular” Settings?
Well, Saturday went okay. I have to be honest, I have a lot of “demons” going back to high school. We moved to Vancouver, WA for my sophomore year but thankfully moved back (it was a horrible year that looking back was probably the first signs of my bi-polarism manifesting itself). My Junior year at Wasson High School was great. I loved AP history, I loved wrestling (including breaking Mitchell High School, our arch rival’s 33 match unbeaten streak). It was a great year. But my senior year was dreadful - I was too serious, had too many girl problems, did not know what to do with my future (which at 17 is the way things are supposed to be). And again, looking back my mental health issues were probably already evident.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Twitter and Facebook – Help Me Again: Why Should I Do It? Dangers to the Gospel from Social Media
Let me state up front I am not a Luddite. I love technology, sometimes a bit too much. But in my work for The Navigators we spend a lot of time thinking of how to communicate with and transfer concepts, ideas and meaning to people under the age of 40 (which blessedly, I am still a member of for another 9 months).
One of the key things that all the best thinkers say is that you have Twitter, you have to FaceBook and MySpace. In other words, the Church (by which I mean all Christians but especially leaders) is failing the Gospel if it is not actively working through these media.
Roy J. Wasson 50th Anniversary Celebration - Guess Who is Doing the Invocation?
Tommorow my high school, Roy J. Wasson here in Colorado Springs, CO is having a 50th anniversary celebration. http://www.d11.org/wasson/.
The school opened in 1959, and was at the time the second high school in the city’s biggest district (District 11). The school was well thought of for a long-time, and when I attended we were usually first or second in GPA and test scores.
They are following the same progam as the one from 1959, and that original program had an invocation from the local Unitarian minister at the time. This was 1959, before prayer in school was banned. As this is an event of the Alumni Association, they are including an invocation again this time...and guess who is doing it. I will post tommorow my invocation. It is hard to write a prayer that is both true to my faith (evangelical though with strong Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions) but also acceptable for a larger audience. We shall see how I do on that.
For a nice history of my old school, you can go here: http://www.wassonalumni.com/history.html
Friday, November 13, 2009
What does the phrase Emotional Reasoning Mean to You?
Seeking advice from a wide audience. I am working on a project on emotional reasoning, but as I have done my research this phrase is generally associated with making decisions based on emotional factors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_reasoning ). But what we are working on is not emotional decision making (which would be bad, though I think is more prevalent today than we want to admit), but emotional reasoning, or processing information through a series of emotional criteria and evaluations. That does not mean you would not make a decision of response from a more varied set of decision making matrices – like logic, tradition, or tribal loyalty.
Okay, beyond the work aspect of this, as one of those people who does a lot of “cognitive” processing through an emotional rather than a rational matrix, the existing understanding of this concept makes me sound like someone who is a danger to himself and others (admittedly, I am clinically bi-polar and when I am not taking care of my condition, I can be). But is not a more integrated approach going to process information through, at least in part, their emotional centre? Let me know your thoughts at .