Friday, October 13, 2017

On the National Anthem and Protests

Check your heart. Check your moral outrage. Check your attitude. 

What if players were kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of the government for failing to take care of veterans who fought for the very freedom our flag represents? 

Or what if players were kneeling in prayer during the Anthem in protest of the hundreds of thousands of children aborted annually by Planned Parenthood?

Would the public, press, politicians, NFL, celebrities, and news media be drawing much different battle lines?  Would you feel differently about the situation? 

If you can admit that you might indeed feel differently, then hit the pause button. Check your spirit. 

All sides can learn something here about their own motives and biases. 

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord” (Proverbs 16:2). 



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Yosemite. August 3, 2017.

After a long morning hike, our guide took us over a small rise to the place he had selected for lunch and rest. Before me opened up a sight so beautiful, so otherworldly, that my heart began to race. Tears unexpectedly welled in my eyes. I felt an emotion oddly similar to fear. The view was so immense and magnificent as to be frightening. The moment caught me completely off guard and I felt so very small. I quickly took this picture (which doesn't come close to capturing the grandeur) and stepped back to catch my breath and meditate on these words:

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the foundations of the earth? It is God who sits above the circle of the earth...who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in. (Isaiah 40:12, 21-22).  



Sunday, July 2, 2017

OBU Arboretum Accredited

One of our OBU's seven strategic initiatives in our plan, "OBU 2020," deals with improving University relations. Specifically, the plan calls for the following:  

OBU will increase and improve external relations with its diverse constituencies including the local community, alumni, donor, and denominational relations. This initiative includes intentional efforts with local schools, community service and learning, and environmental stewardship. Vision: By 2020, OBU will be identified as a leader in community outreach and involvement with specific targeted programs that reach area school systems, home school families, and the general public. OBU programs in service and learning that reach out to underserved and impoverished individuals will be a model for other institutions. Environmental stewardship and creation care initiatives will be cited regionally and nationally including new facility construction and remodeling with specific goals to include conservation and green efforts. By 2020 the OBU campus will be regionally recognized as one of the top arboretums in the state (https://www.okbu.edu/2020/initiatives.html).

This last week, the University reached a major milestone in our environmental stewardship and creation care efforts. OBU received recognition from ArbNet of our accreditation as an arboretum, to date, Oklahoma's only accredited arboretum (https://www.okbu.edu/news/2017/06/obu-arboretum-earns-national-accreditation-from-arbnet.html).