Showing posts from September, 2012

Competition and Christianity

We each have the right, even the obligation to define success on our own terms.  This reality is a central part of what our Christianity provides... choice and consequence.. but ultimately grace and salvation... we are to live in the world, but not of it... 
Competition is part of living in the world.. how we use its victories and failures is up to us.. We cannot blame a culture of competition for our actions or inaction.  Our culture is up to us.. we aren't here to judge.. 
we are here to love and influence through actions.. Indeed.. we must find "victories in every day". Celebrating others success and striving to do better, be better.. live better.. and love better.
Human motivation and freedom is a tricky thing but no different from other wins really.. financial, etc.. Success must be taken and used for a purpose... the win must be invested in others... showcasing God's blessings... never selfishly turned inwards. 
Recognition is a fine thing.. and being proud of…

Fireside Chat Flyers Fly!


INVITE: Friday Fireside Chats for Fall 2012

For my birthday, my family bought me a new firepit and I've decided to begin using it regularly.. Big shocker there.. ;-)

For the next few months... I've decided to reinstate our Friday Forums... renamed and rebranded...

Friday Fireside chats..

plan will be to sit around a fire... and talk about religion and politics... issues of the days, weeks,  and life...connecting FB friends.. church, work.. and neighbors in real life, face to face contact...

TOPICS... I think there are plenty but we'll start with debts and relationships... 

As I teach on Sunday mornings... "Behind the Open Door" at Huguenot Road Baptist Church... I'll use those lessons and my preparation to inform our discussions... but as class members know... that will just make it even more fun... never a guarantee on where we might go and what we might discuss....

Ideally we should eat together... but that is your call... if you choose to sup with us...
Food... will begin around 6pm... bring …

9/11 2012 Passport

11 years ago, I was a music minister in a church and a "younger" IT manager at Capital One. My family and I were plodding along in a mission to use music to make a difference using my earnings from the corporate world largely to finance that dream.  We were on our first ever family vacation at Virginia Beach and were perhaps not so engaged in politics, power and even a world perspective.

The planes struck and suddenly we were at war.. all of us.  I stood on the balcony of my hotel and watched the Roosevelt battle group of the US Navy go to sea with full knowledge that many more would die soon in retribution for this horrific action against my country. I was sad and proud simultaneously.

I am not a soldier. As a musician and a leader, I resolved even more deeply to make my music and my leadership more meaningful and to strive to teach others. Singing has a mysterious impact. It unifies, it inspires.. it inflames passions.  Leadership forces me to make practical decisions, …


“The natural desire of the human mind is to become special - to become special in the ways of the world, to have many degrees, to have much political power, to have money, wealth - to be special.

The mind is always ready to go on some ego trip. And if you are fed up with the world, then again the ego starts finding new ways and new means to enhance itself - it becomes spiritual. You become a great mahatma, a great sage, a great scholar, a man of knowledge, a man of renunciation; again you are special.

Unless the desire to be special disappears, you will never be special. Unless you relax into your ordinariness, you will never relax.” ~ Osho