here are not necessarily final.
March 14-19,2005 Blogification interruptus
Man, reading and pondering in preparation for writing
my midterm exam has cut into the happy blogging mode I sought to establish.
But first things first...
Yah, I must needs dump some stuff from my Charter site
to upload any more content, so I will judiciously cut something since
I am not ready to go with a domain.
More March Madness!
Here is the final stage of the Anthony makeover-
featuring the darker, more sinister look. Beware the Ides of March!
I'm not ready or qualified for the Gandalf the
White look- it's Gandalf theGrey for me. OK for now,
The Chronicles of Anthony's Hair must desist!
This has been quite an interesting, if hectic
week. It is spring break at work and midterms at Seminary, which
is cause for a bit of consternation on my part. Spring break is
typically a very busy time for me at the college.
Monday I went to buy another vehicle since my old 93
Saturn was giving up the ghost. Small wonder at 205k miles. It has been
an old standby for many years now and still LOOKS great. It didnt
make it into the dealership to be my trade in. The clutch burned out completely
and Earnie picked me up and we proceeded to the Saturn dealer, who had
the car towed to the lot.
||I bought another
nifty Saturn for my work car- at 80k miles, it should last for a while.
This is the first RED car I have ever owned. Ten minutes before the
purchase became final, the lights went out at the dealership and two
hours later, I was able to close the deal. By that time it was too
late to go into the office, and the license bureau is closed on Monday.
I went home and exercised to decompress and de-stress.
Tuesday I downloaded the systematic theology midterm
exam and perused it briefly, I just could not get focused on it during
the evening. Went to an Adobe seminar at Forest Park and saw some features
and uses of Acrobat and InDesign I had not seen before. I also got THREE
calls from headhunters this week, but ALL wanted my services in St. Louis.
Think I will give MONSTER a Kentucky address just in case on monster and
A Tribute to a Friend
We got word recently that a dear friend from Dallas is not doing well
at all. Last time Earnie was in Dallas she made a special effort to visit
with Forrest Bryant, one of our heroes of the faith. If he heard that
he would blush. So it goes with godly men. On that occasion, Forrest was
lucid and wanted to pray over Earnie from there in the hospital bed in
his sons home. Amazing!
I remember the time I realized the book I was reading Keep in Step
With the Spirit by J. I. Packer was dedicated to Forrest and his lovely
wife Richie (who preceded him in homegoing) how impressed I was. Not with
the dedication of the book, but with the way God works in mighty ways
in the humble.
Forrest is a hero to us for many reasons- he is one of that rare breed
of men who survived the Argonne Forest in WW2 and lived to not want to
speak of it. He built a family business into a successful venture. He
raised a godly family and instilled the values he lived his life by in
a very obvious way in those children. I remember meeting one of his sons
and was instantly cognizant of the character of the man- when I found
out who he was, I immediately thought- of course, how else for a son of
Forrest to turn out?
I hope Forrest lingers long enough for us to get to visit with him again.
I know he would much prefer to be with Richie. Several of our friends
form those days are gone now: Richie, of course, but also Clark and Edith
Breeding, and others as well. It was a distinct privilege to have sojourned
among these folk and we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to them for
what they taught us and how they embraced and encouraged us in the faith.
Knowing them changed my whole perspective on what it means to be active
agents of redemption in the kingdom of Heaven.
March 16, 2005 It was staff development day today.
We had a motivational speaker to spend the day with and I am amazed at
the admixture of pseudo-spiritual talk, feel-good cheerleading and psychological
manipulation we were put through. Somebody thought this was a good idea
I suppose. I kept feeling I was in the Crystal Cathedral or listening
to Benny Hinn..
I was told we about the five steps to embracing change- like I needed
to hear THAT. In the Foster household, embracing change is like holding
onto the handles of the rollerocoaster- we hold on for dear life!
|I learned I am supposed to
Live by the law of the slight edge
Keep a positive attitude
Listen and communicate effectively
Imagine my greatness and create it
Celebrate my accomplishments.
Then I will learn the essence of effective leadership!
I tried to disconnect and have a positive attitude but the folks around
me were not having any of it. We were supposed to share our challenges
and changes with each other- actually we were experiencing crowd manipulation
techniques- can I hear an Amen- like a Jack Hayford sermon- so I couldnt
Anyway, it made for a curious sense of irony as I took the afternoon off
to write my one hour midterm essay on the problem of evil. Ill post
it here after the grades are all in
Thursday was a day spent in wrestling with the
powers that be to get through a check up and labwork, then on to the tax
man to file with Uncle Sam, then on to the DMV to take care of sales tax
and licensing my car. That made for a total of 8 hours shot. At least
UK beat EKU today, I hear. And Illinois looks less daunting every time
I see them play.
Friday- I hope to take the second hour essay
this evening after pondering and praying this week- even with the distractions,
I have been unusually lucid and organized in my thought life- partly because
the topic I will write on is something that has consumed much of my teaching
over the past year- the doctrine of Sin. We shall see how it goes.