There are two reactions to debaters who make it to Nationals: (1) Whew! I made it. Now I can relax. (2) Awesome! I made it. Now I need to take full advantage of the opportunity to compete at the most exciting tournament of the year. This post is about the latter, of which I hope you’re a part of.
Many Creationists have come out with barrels blasting against the blockbuster hit Noah. I shared that I liked the movie, and have been bombarded by friends trying to persuade me to change my mind (many of whom refuse to watch the movie themselves). Frankly, I think they should reconsider their opposition to Aronofsky’s Noah.
Noah seems to be the perfect opportunity to show the Bible as much deeper than the childish Sunday-school interpretations that are thrown at us as “biblical.” I’m looking forward to this.
I get a lot of questions about Samaritan Ministries, the alternative to insurance that my family has been members since 2004. We are waived of the Obamacare penalty that many will be filing next year, though self-employed people are starting to pay the tax now.
Here’s a question that came in today to my wife:
Hi Wendy! My husband and I are looking into Samaritan Ministries. I heard that everyone has to have insurance by March 31 with the new Obamacare laws. If Samaritan Ministries is not considered an insurance then how is it going to work under the law? We really like the idea of SM but are trying to get all of the details down. Hope you don’t mind my asking.
I have three points that I would like to make for this person’s questions, and I encourage you to listen into my advice.
Christian friends are telling me Frozen is an evil movie. I saw it — I gave an honest effort to discover the devil in the details — but instead discovered a most profound truth embedded in Disney’s story, one that every Christian can (or should) identify with.
Last year was an awesome year for the work that I do. I streamlined a number of business processes and set up my professional platform to make things much more doable and profitable. There is one soft spot that I very much want to develop in 2014, and perhaps you can help me.
The soft spot is what is becoming a popular fad for platform builders like me: virtual assistants. My friend Michael Hyatt speaks to this quite a bit and I even bought and read his very helpful book, The Virtual Assistant Solution (available on Amazon for only $2.99). I get it: I need someone who will take care of my most remedial tasks. As the subtitle suggests, I need to come up for air, offload the work I hate, and do what I do best.
Hyatt offers some great ideas, probably his best being contracting through a VA firm. That may be in my future, but I’m running into a few problems with this solution.
Last year my wife, Wendy, attended a tournament early in the year. A new debater took the podium, knees shaking, voice barely audible, and she ended up crying. She was 14 years old and had a terrifying experience.
My son Isaiah and I went to see Son of God on Sunday. Not a bad movie, but not a particularly good one either. I was hoping to see a few Christlike interpretations that I never see in Jesus flicks.
Literary interpretation of Jesus is tricky business. It seems to offend people. Son of God is being criticized for all sorts of interpretations, but I cut them slack. They — just like any pastor, theologian, or layman (including you and me) — attempt to fill in the margins of what is revealed in scripture to better understand the personality of Jesus.
Warning: my interpretation is quite different from the circles of movie producers. Perhaps this is a good thing. I wasn’t impressed by the interpretation of Jesus in Son of God, and I have to admit I am seldom impressed when I see Jesus portrayed on the silver screen. Son of God had a few redeeming qualities, but there were three Christlike characteristics that when I read Scripture — and I’ve read the stories of Jesus countless times — show me a unique perspective to the Easter story. These characteristics involved Jesus’ ability to see his future, deal with his foes, and overcome his fear.
I will be joining two title-winning coaches, Matthew Erickson and Cheyenne Ossen, at CCU to train a group of Lincoln-Douglas debaters for next year’s competition.