I've been thinking about heroism...

This blog is a shout-out to some of the individuals who have stood with us in our transition from Scottsdale Bible Church.  They have stayed connected and helped us succeed at Phoenix Seminary.  In our home we use the expression, they have "skin in the game!"  Meaning, they have not only cheered us on from a distance but they have also walked alongside us in camaraderie and fellowship.

I've been thinking about heroism...

Christopher Reeve, the Superman star, defined a hero this way, "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."  Christopher came to understand the nature of heroism after he was paralyzed in a riding accident in May 1995.  For the rest of his life he  remained dependent on a ventilator to breathe and was unable to move any part of his body below his shoulders. 

I've been thinking about spiritual warfare...

Remember the tongue twister you learned once upon a time, "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?"  Of course, a woodchuck doesn't chuck wood but does chuck around 35 cubic feet of dirt in the course of building a burrow.  It follows then that if a woodchuck could chuck wood, he could chuck an amount equivalent to the weight of the dirt, or 700 pounds.  BTW - Cecil Adams provided this answer on a website called The Straight Dope - A Straight Dope Classic from Cecil's Storehouse of Human Knowledge.  I loved the byline - Fighting Ignorance Since 1973 (It's taking longer than we thought)!

I've been thinking about proficiency...

"It is only when you are alone that you can engage in something called Deliberate Practice, which has been identified as the key to exceptional achievement" by research psychologists.  "When you practice deliberately," (meaning when you do the application opposed to speculating about the theories relating to it!), "you identify the tasks or knowledge that are just out of your reach, strive to upgrade your performance, monitor your progress, and revise accordingly."