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Thursday
Sep252008

A few more Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

Wednesday
Sep242008

A few Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

A lie cannot live.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

A right delayed is a right denied.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness


Tuesday
Sep232008

So how does that work?

The Southern Baptist just pulled from the shelves of it's bookstores (Lifeway Christian Book Stores), the latest issue of a magazine that they have carried for years, because the cover on it features Woman Pastors.  Evidently that is a bad thing. 

On the other hand, they endorse and support Sarah Palin for Vice President.  

Now, of course, they do allow for women to serve as "children's ministers" so perhaps Palin is like the United States Children's Minister or something.  Perhaps this is is a way of like getting extra insurance, because surely God would not allow the aging 70 something year old McCain die or go senile, because God knows you need male anatomy for the "Lead Role". Right?

Now there is one redeeming factor, if you go to a LifeWay book store, and you ask for the magazine, they are keeping copies behind the counter.  

Oh wait, isn't that why they once called a boycott on Royal Farms some years ago, because they had dirty magazines behind the counter?  Ok, so now i am really confused.

Sorry to pick on the Southern Baptist, it's my heritage, and I regularly fear what will show up on the headlines next.


Sunday
Aug312008

I SURVIVED

Today i ran my first official 1/2 marathon.  In fact when i rounded the 10k / 15k marks i realized it was their first time for both of those also.  It went pretty good actually.  Unquestionably the first half was faster than the second half.  The hardest part physically was on my knees.  Yet, consider that I did formal training for only a month, I was satisfied with the results.  My goal was to make it by 2 & 1/2 hours.  My final time was 2 hours and 28 minutes.  This works out to be an 11 min 28 second mile.  So, for my first one - i am good with that.

Recovery has been good also.  My knees are a bit sore, but with a 2 hour nap behind me, i am ready to rock and roll!  Since it is the Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon, that is good place to be - off to see the B52's!

Saturday
Aug302008

One Day - Oh NO

this morning i did a warm up run before my 1/2 marathon tomorrow.  I was not prepared for the humidity!  Not so much because of the sweat, but because it was so hard to breath!  As it turns out, this morning was 75% humidity with low winds.  WHile i am running it is supposed to be 90% humidity with high winds (13 miles per hour)

Ok - A bit concerned! 

Monday
Aug252008

Mr Bean Goes to Church

 

 


Sunday
Aug242008

Give me some stories Iron Girls

Alright Iron Girls - how did you do?  Give me some stories! 

Thursday
Aug212008

A Tribute to the Columbia Iron Girls

I happen to know several women competing in the Iron Girl Triathlon in Columbia this weekend. Some are from the "Granite" group my family and i hang out with, some are from the "Historic Ellicott City" group my wife and i hang out with and some are from the "Cornerstone" group that i am honored to pastor.

Now chances are, none of these women will compete in the 2012 Olympics in England.  Now it appears that i just delivered and insult.  Actually quite the opposite is true.  I could not be more proud.

Some of these women are moms, some have overcome some pretty traumatic stuff, some have endured some significant health issues. some are "less young" then they ever expected to be, some are battling weight issues, some never believed they could swim, run or bike much less participate in an event like this, some are scared, some figure "what the hell", some are working without being relieved of all of the responsibilities they had when they were on maternity leave, some we have seen along the roads training, some even run to church on sunday morning...

I did a Triathlon once: i waked my bike up a big hill in the rain - that is as close as i get.

What is the stuff that heros are made of?  Do they need to be super athletes or have the notoriety of a politician?  I don't think so.  i think what we see here are such examples.  Folks who are willing to go against what their bodies desire when it means getting healthier, folks who are willing to go after what is right when they have just as many reasons not to as those who don't,  and those who refuse to be defined by what limits are placed upon them.

On Sunday morning i will be delivering a sermon about a woman who was damned by society, then Jesus in turn freed.  I look forward to the message.  But i also look forward to privately cheering on the unsung heros, the ones i happen to know, who have the guts to defy all odds.

No, they may not be Olympic athletes, but they are heros.  I am proud of each and every one of them.

While i am sure i will leave several out, here are a few i know of: Betty, Sue, Susan, another Susan, and one more Susan, Esa, Michelle, Mary and Sara...

Do you know of more that i know?  be sure to add them on the comments and i will add them in.  Also feel free to comment on a word of encouragement for them.