Archive for January, 2011

Belmont action cause for sadness

January 27, 2011

The Tennessean newspaper reported Jan. 27 that Belmont University trustees have added sexual orientation to the school’s nondiscrimination policy. Click here for the story.

The action took place about a month after Belmont’s women’s soccer coach left her position after it became public that her and her same-sex partner were expecting child. The decision was reported as a “mutual agreement.”

Marty Dickens, Belmont’s trustee chairman, came out in December and said that the school adherred “to our values as Christ-centered and we don’t want to make apologies for that.”

I publicly applauded his stance in the Baptist and Reflector. Yet, Belmont President Bob Fisher waffled on that position later. Now, we have the Jan. 27 decision of the board of trustees.

I am saddened by the Belmont action. Belmont leadership had an excellent opportunity to make a strong case for biblical values and Christian principles, but did not do so.

We must continue to pray for Belmont and its leadership.

An extended version of this blog can be found in the Feb. 2 issue of the Baptist and Reflector.

Ready for summer

January 14, 2011

It has been a cold, cold week in Nashville.

Snow that fell on Monday is still visible on many yards, especially those that do not get direct sunlight. But even with the sun, snow is unlikely to melt when the temperature doesn’t get above 30 degrees.

As a youngster I remember hearing my grandparents and other elderly folks talk about how they were affected by the cold weather. For instance, they seemed to ache more in the winter time. I used to laugh (to myself of course) and think they were imagining it. But by the same token, I remember my grandfather, “Pop,” always seemed to have an extra spring in his step once the cold weather moved out and he could get outside and work in the warm weather.

Now, I guess I am an “old folk.” The phrase “bone-chilling” cold has a new meaning for me. I do seem to move a little bit slower when it is so cold outside. The muscles seem to ache just a bit more than they did in cold weather 25 years ago.

But the good news is that God gave us seasons for a reason. Spring and summer are coming. I, for one, am ready!

The resolution that matters

January 3, 2011

A new year has begun and countless numbers of people have made resolutions.

Some will keep their resolutions, but I suspect there will be thousands upon thousands of people whose resolutions will fade away after a few months.

One of my yearly resolutions is to try and lose weight. I usually start off well and lose weight. But, unfortunately, it seems that at the start of each new year the weight has returned. Thus, the ongoing resolution.

One of my primary personal resolutions this year is to dig deeper into God’s Word than I have ever before. That doesn’t mean I have not read my Bible or studied God’s Word in years past. I have. It just means I know that I have a lot of room for improvement in that area of my life.

When next year rolls around, I will probably be resolving to lose weight once again. But my prayer is that I won’t have to resolve to dig deeper into God’s Word again. If I don’t have to resolve to do it next year, it means that I showed considerable improvement during 2011 and prayer and intense Bible study has become more entrenched in my life.

Resolutions are good in the sense they help people focus on areas of their life that need improvement.

I will continue to try and lose weight to improve my physical condition. But the the most important resolution is the one which affects my spiritual condition. That’s the resolution that really matters.