April 1, 2020

Breaking News for April 1, 2020!

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Only a few hours left on April 1st. 
Wish I had seen this earlier, I would have been posting it everywhere!

March 27, 2020

Day 11 of Social Distancing

I miss work.

I am thinking about getting a part-time job. I think that I might actually be more productive at home if I have just a little bit of time where I am working. Plus, I like to be directed. I like having a job... A prescribed set of activities that I must be working on, and I must try to complete.

I never thought of myself as one who worked good under pressure, but I really am. I believe that I didn't view myself that way, because it never really felt like "pressure".  I always interpreted "pressure" as a "challenge".  It is a "challenge" where I subconsciously think that most people are assuming I will fail.

Please don't read too much into this. I don't actually spend any time thinking about this, not really. I am just thinking about it now.

I wonder how everyone else is fairing? I'm just thankful that I have a job that is paid based on a salary. I feel so bad for those who are struggling without jobs right now. I think that is one of the reasons why I haven't tried to get a job at a grocery store. I figure that I might be able to get a job, but I don't want to take a job away from anyone else.

March 20, 2020

Day 4 of Social Distancing

Friday, March 20, 2020: Day 4 of Social Distancing.

We just got word a little while ago that the governor of Illinois was putting in the "Shelter in Place" order. Let's see how that goes. 

A little concerned for all of our fellow Americans that are going to be affected by this, not just physically, with their health, but now financially... How is this all going to work out?

Also recorded episode 10 of my podcast:

March 18, 2020

Day 2 of Social Distancing

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020: Day 2 of Social Distancing

I did somewhat better at social distancing today.

Oh wait, I went to my parent's house... and ... um ... Big Lots.

But other than that, no interactions... other than a second trip to the hardware store!

My normal, day-to-day job is a disciplinary dean at a large high school. This is a busy job. In fact, I would say that it is the busiest that I've ever had. From the time that I arrive at work to the time that I leave to go home, something is happening. Either I'm doing paperwork, talking to students, talking to a teacher or administrator, talking to parents, either in-person or over the phone, or I am dealing with a problem situation. It is just a non-stop roller coaster ride of activity.

I like this about that job. I like to stay busy. Idle time, for a diagnosed ADD person, is hardly ever productive. I love being directed by the flow of events throughout the day. I don't have to plan out my day and try to get everything to stick with the plan... The "plan" is going to happen, I just don't know what it is until I get swept up in it.

With current events and the closure of the schools, I have gone on an early break/vacation. Most people would like this, but I'm not loving it. Without a flow of events sweeping toward me, I am forced to create my own agenda. Once again, most people would love this, but I am not loving this at all. At work, the most important thing is the thing that is happening right in front of me. When I am in this situation, I find it exceptionally difficult to prioritize. Does the closet need attention? should I complete a class that I am working on? Does my wife need help with something? Does the dog need to go out?  I wonder how the teachers are doing? Should I make some tutorial videos on how to do a few aspects of e-learning? Maybe I should make a video to reassure the people at my church. Should I be calling them? What is my son doing? Where is my other son at right now? I could've had those shelves put up by now. I should have just started with reading my Bible and then do the devotional. Maybe I should study for the devotional today. Should I blog about my experiences?

I could go on...

Needless to say, Social Distancing, as much as I love aspects of it, is also a stretch for my mind. I wonder as I type this, does anyone else struggle with this same issue?

More than ever, would love some feedback.

Read Day 1 of Social Distancing

March 17, 2020

Episode 9 - Social Distancing

Some Harmless Thoughts about the CoronaVirus...

Day 1 of Social Distancing

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020:  Day 1 of Social Distancing

I just finished my first day of Social distancing.

I didn't know what "social distancing" was... but I believe (as an introvert) that I have been practicing this for a long time. I don't mind keeping my distance, especially in public places. In small gatherings, I don't mind it that much but have learned that if I practice too much social distancing in these situations that I can come across as rude... But now... with this behavior being practiced by everyone, I don't come across as rude, I come across as conscientious.

Since this is a "journal" of sorts, what did I do today?

I started off the day ... oh shoot ... I went out and I forgot until just now. I went to the doctor to get my blood drawn to check my cholesterol levels. Don't worry, I stayed away from everyone.

I came home after that and ... oh shoot ... I went out again and forgot. I went to the hardware store to get some materials for a closet. I was disappointed, no popcorn at the hardware store. (I think I know why.)

I didn't do much after that, hung out at home and recorded a podcast.

I'm getting antsy already.

February 15, 2020

Episode 04 - Sermon Prep and Saturday Update

Episode 04 is now available!

In this episode, I give a personal Sermon Prep Thoughts and my Saturday Update. If you attend my church, this episode might be helpful as it contains some "reviewing" of the previous few sermons at church.


If you don't go to my church, but would like to listen to the actual sermons online, you can visit Edgewood Sermon Audio on Anchor.FM

February 1, 2020

Just a Harmless Podcast - Episode 1 - Saturday Depression

Here is the first episode of my new (personal) podcast.
This first episode is titled: Saturday Depression.


If you listen to it, let me know: I would love to have some feedback.

(I know that this first one is pretty lame, but I just wanted to start it and see where it goes.)

Help and Hope for a Holy Life - Sermon 1

January 11, 2020

Compelling Community

Stephen Um, in his commentary on 1 Corinthians, is speaking on reconciliation and equality within the church, gospel based and focused equality that flows from all that Christ has done for us. As he speaks on this topic, I believe that he makes a valid point when he is speaking on all that the Church ought to be:
Given our cultural moment, a community like this would be incredibly compelling. It is no secret that we live in a climate where inequality is a growing problem. But the thing is, every proposed solution misses this crucial point. Conservatives typically say that charity or philanthropy is the answer, that individuals should share. Liberals, on the other hand more or less go the welfare route -- the state, with our tax dollars in hand, should share. Now both of these are true -- individuals and the state should share!  But both also miss something absolutely crucial (which is why both charity and welfare come off clunky and arrogant, even offensive when you think about it). Both say, "Let me give you what I think you need without taking the time to get to know you, let alone share life with you, so I can just pat myself on the back and return to business as usual with my conscience clear." If reconciliation without justice is oppression ... then justice without friendship is just arrogance!  But we can avoid both dangers by sharing our goods and our lives.

Stephen Um (Commentary on 1 Corinthians: Preach the Word Series)

January 4, 2020

Not Without Pain

"It is naive to think one can function with the simple formula: People have problems and the gospel resolves them. The fact is, the gospel generates in individual lives and in society a new set of problems. One has only to love impartially and hatred is threatened and stirred to violence. One has only to speak the truth and falsehood takes the stand with pleasing lies. Invite persons of different social and economic backgrounds around the same table and the fellowship is strained, often breaking apart ... Plant the cross in a room and the upwardly mobile convert it into a ladder. Evil, by whatever name it is called, will not sit idly by and allow the gospel to transform a community ... Let the preacher, therefore, be encouraged ... when having to deal with those problems which clearly have their origin in the fact that the gospel has been released in the community. A difference is being made, and that is seldom without pain."
F.B. Craddock "Preaching to Corinthians" ~ As quoted by Ben Witherington III in his commentary on 1 Corinthians.

Breaking News for April 1, 2020!

Only a few hours left on April 1st.  Wish I had seen this earlier, I would have been posting it everywhere!