Category Archive for: ‘Three Young Warriors’
Okay, so I don’t read it every day, but almost. Have all my life. I probably started reading it pretty seriously when I was about 12 – now I’m, uh, 50. So I think that’s 38 years of reading the same book. Over and over. I’ve read it straight through several times but I find that painful – as some parts are boring.
I mostly pick and choose. Sometimes I’ll spend a half hour sort of flipping back and forth and letting my eyes fall on certain portions and then either moving on quickly or allowing myself to be pleasantly distracted and get lost in that passage. Not often, but sometimes I lose track of the time and realize I’ve read through a whole book – maybe an hour or even more.Read More
Be careful what you wish for. That’s what.
We went to see “Brave” last night. I liked the title and Chris thought it would be cute. It was okay. But the message rang loud and true that we need to be thankful for what we have.
Egypt, Libya and Tunisia toppled their dictators. Yemen changed its President. Syria is trying to do the same. I was not a fan of any of those leaders – no more than I was of Saddam Hussein. But be careful what you wish for, especially in the realm of politics.
Remember the landslide won by Obama almost four years ago. Now many Americans are wishing for something new. Better. Something or someone to rescue them from these tough times. It’s an understandable emotion and a completely logical one. Only problem – the new thing usually isn’t any better than the old thing.Read More
Think of all the things you “knew” growing up. My list is long of things I knew to be true – without a shadow of a doubt. (That’s how we always said it). You know, self-evident truth. I grew up in a town of 6000 people in Western Nebraska. Never knew anyone who wasn’t white and mostly Protestant.
1. Catholics meant well but were part of the end time plot of the Babylonian Anti-Christ called “Rome.” We could associate with the Charismatic ones since they seem to “know Jesus” but the rest were for sure doomed.
2. Baptist didn’t have the Holy Spirit (I grew up Pentecostal), so they were pretty far off. Obviously Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians and other main-line liberals were wrong about almost everything. We should be nice to them, but from a distance as their values could rub off on us.Read More
A Reframing of Justice
Oh where to begin…
I suppose I should introduce myself. My name is Zachary Eastburn, and I hail from Wisconsin, home of the best football, motorcycles, and brats (sorry Germany, I ate one of yours during my ten hour layover in Frankfurt—they don’t beat Johnsonville brats!) in the world. I am one of seven on this trip, and I am sure you will hear from each one of them. I just graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
You’ve probably heard of it…maybe not.Read More
About six years ago when our now 17 year old son Jon got serious about playing baseball we set up a net in the back of our garage. It’s about 8’ by 8’ and can stop a speeding baseball. Here’s what we do: I sit on a bucket five feet in front of the net off to one side. Jon stands directly in front of me – facing me – ready to swing the bat towards the net. I then take a pile of baseballs and throw them about two feet in front of me and one foot up in the air so it slowly arcs towards him. He crushes it. Into the net. He can’t miss. We do that 100 times a day. That’s called “Soft Toss.” Even professional players do this. It gives the batter lots of easy repetitions so they can improve their swing and strengthen those specific muscles.
You’ve probably heard someone say “Wow that was a soft toss,” in reference to an easy question that allowed the one answering to give the best possible response. Let’s look at two soft tosses pitched to Jesus.Read More
I’m sure there are a 100 kinds of criticisms, but that won’t fit into a blog (at least not one you’d read). So here are the two types that I get and how I am learning to respond.
I simply call them Critiques from the Outside and from the Inside.
“Outside Criticism” comes at me from people I either don’t know at all or I know, but am not “doing life” with. These are public critiques for me as a public figure. They are on Facebook, Twitter, comments on my blogs or emails through my website. Just this week I was called “a member of Al Qaeda” since I “loved Muslims too much.” That’s a classic “outside critique.”
Oh, it still affects me. Hurts. So here’s what I do with outside critiques – I categorize them into three sections:Read More
If you know me, you’ll know that making and keeping good friends is a top priority in how we do life. However, I’ve noticed something slightly alarming here in the States since we’ve been back from our 12 years in the Middle East. Many people are not good and making friends. So, how do you make a friend?
First, some misconceptions about friendship.
1. Friends don’t just appear. You don’t “just have” friends.Read More
2. Friends take work. They don’t come easy.
3. A good friendship always goes two ways.