Thursday, December 27, 2012

Anniversary Celebration Welcome 
by William Daniel Jordan, M.D.

Many of you know of my interest in reading alternative history, where the
author takes a pivotal point in history, and writes a story about what would
have happened if the historical events had gone the other way.  It makes me
stop and look for that event in my past that was indeed a pivotal event.

  I believe that event occured a little over fifty years ago when I was faced with a
decision about attending medical school.  In the first part of my senior year in
college, for some strange reason, I had three personal interviews for admission
to medical school in the same week, beginning at the University of Alabama in
Birmingham on a Monday.  Next here at Emory on Tuesday and at Duke in
Durham, NC, on Friday.




  During my interview in Birmingham, the UAB people asked me, "If you are
accepted at both UAB and Emory, which school will you attend?  I paused for a
moment, and said, "I will go to Emory, because Emory has a better clinical
exposure for medical education."  I don't recall any other portions of the
interview.  I finished there, drove over to Atlanta and had my interview with
Emory on Tuesday.  All of which seemed to go well.  The next day,
Wednesday, I received a letter of acceptance from UAB, with a provision that I
must reply within ten days, and requiring a deposit on my tuition.  I resolved
my dilemma by returning my plane ticket to Duke and using the refund for the
deposit to UAB.  Then, one week later, I was accepted to Emory and, of
courrse, began my studies there.

   I believe that the pivotal event in my life was my decision to attend Emory,
because this led me to my wife.  In the last months of college, God placed this
woman in my path.  Some days we argue about just who had designs on
whom, but a little reflection makes it obvious that our marriage was
predestined.  I used various excuses during my freshman year of medical
school, trying to forstall making such a radical move, but in the fall of 1955 (my
sophomore year) I concluded that the only alternative to failing medical school
was to get married.

   So -- fifty years ago, on Tuesday, the 27th of December, we began our true
lives.  The old southern adage of keeping your wife barefooted and pregnant
did not apply -- she wasn't barefooted all the time.  All of you know that getting
a bundle of children in a short time is a life changing experience.  Add to that a
five year residency program of internship and residency at Grady Hospital and it
becomes more like an odyssey.

   I don't believe I recognized the full impact of this odyssey until I watched my
children have their own children.  Then I could see the trials and tribulations of
rearing children, and understand the strength and dedication my wife exhibited
while I was off somewhere operating or trying to straighten out the medical
profession.

   Then, as if caring for seven children (six plus me) wasn't enough, she
decided to let the rest of her see the light of day.  First as a house designer and
contractor, then horticulturalist and landscape designer, then as a paralegal,
and finally as an artist.  Little did I know that the pivotal decision to attend
Emory Medical School would lead to all of this.

   But then I came to the full realization that the pivotal event was not my
choice, but was the Providence of God.  How else could two innocent,
immature young people begin with two cats and a bunch of guppies and have
such a life of happiness and fulfillment.

   I could probably ramble on for a while, but there are two points that I really
want to make:
           1) To acknowledge and praise God for His sovereignty and kindness,   
               and His direction over the years of our marriage.
            2) To offer toast to my wife, that incomparable woman who has     
                nurtured me, admonished me, accepted my faults and loved me
                in spite of them.

May our future years be as bright and beautiful as the past ones.

December 27, 2005 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 25 - unwrapped


Saturday, December 22, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 22 - distress


Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 20 - furry faces


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 18 - it's cold outside

Monday, December 17, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 17 - comforting

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:13-14


Sunday, December 16, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 16 - hands at work


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 14 - black & white



Thursday, December 13, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 13 - 'tis the season


office christmas party

vintage jacket ~

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 11 - on the shelf






Monday, December 10, 2012

Sunday, December 09, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 9 - decorated


Friday, December 07, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 7 - view from here

Thursday, December 06, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 6 - burst of red 

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 5 - someone(s) I love


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 4 - shadows

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.


Read the rest of Robert Louis Stevenson's poem at the Poetry Foundation.

Monday, December 03, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 3 - reading

Learning to use a Kindle has expanded my reading options.

I continue to prefer the real thing, but agree that while traveling e-books win.


Sunday, December 02, 2012

#iheartfaces: day 2 - elf


Elves linked to Christmas were first introduced in the US by Louisa May Alcott circa 1856.

This one is sitting on my desk at work, making sure I stay on task.

Here's a link to The Wonders of Santa Claus, the poem published in Harper's magazine popularizing their activity.

Do you have a favorite elf story or movie?

Saturday, December 01, 2012

#iheartfaces: me
I will give thanks to You, LORD,

for I am fearfully

and wonderfully made.

Psalm 139

Thursday, November 29, 2012

December Photo Challenge






















Taking a cue from blogging buddy, Miz Booshay, I'm joining the fun!




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Favorite!




















Cranberry Sauce rates high on my list of essentials at this time of year.  I've already shared this easy recipe three or four times this week.

Not only do I slather lots on my sandwich, but also do I stir some into my yogurt.  I've been known to use it in a cheesecake recipe.

Here are the details ~

16 oz fresh cranberries
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup honey (clover)

Combine in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until all the berries have popped.  Stir occasionally, skim foam, if desired.  The whole process takes about 15 minutes.  Cool.  Refrigerate.  Freezes well.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hearty Shrimp and Roasted Vegetables

20 oz baby potatoes, halved
16 oz green beans, snapped (2")
9 mini-sweet peppers (yellow, red, orange)
6 slices thin pre-cooked bacon, coarsely chopped
1 heaping tsp minced garlic in oil
2 Tbs herb-garlic butter
1/2 cup julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes
1 Tbs zesty garlic/herb seasoning, divided
24 oz peeled/deveined shrimp, thawed
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 425.  Line large (12"x16") baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Halve potatoes and snap green beans.
Chop peppers and bacon.

Place potatoes in 3-qt oblong Pyrex dish and cover (seal) with saran.  Microwave on high for 5 mins.  Stir in green beans, bacon, and butter.  Cook 3 more mins or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.

Add peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and seasoning to potato mixture.  Stir until blended/coated.  Then spread on baking sheet (large roasting pan) in single layer.

Toss shrimp with remaining herb seasoning and spread on top of potato mixture.  Bake 6 more mins or until shrimp turn pink/opaque.

Serves 4 adults

PS  I used the skewered shrimp only because it was on sale at Publix the day I walked in at 5:30 with no idea what to serve for dinner.  The nice lady had everything stocked in one place.  I was out the door and had dinner ready to serve by 6:30 pm.   Definitely a hit.  May even fix again soon.

PPS  If you find the recipe card in your local Publix, you will realize that I increased the amount of veggies, as I had 2 skewers of shrimp leftover and no veggies. Also, I saw no need to toss the raw shrimp in olive oil before setting atop veggies, so I omitted that from the original recipe.

PPPS  Here's a link to another shrimp favorite.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Curves Circuit Training

Top 10 reasons I exercise at Curves ~

 Safety -
 The location is well-lit and close to home.  I feel comfortable driving home even after dark.
All Girls
 I just feel less self-conscious exercising around women.
Climate Control
Neither inclement winter weather nor scorching summer heat impedes my workout.
Plus the HVAC is pretty consistent indoors :-)
Camaraderie
I've made some friends who help make the task more enjoyable.
Weight Control
Losing pounds was never my first priority.  But after 2 1/2 years of consistent training, my shape is firmer. I've only lost 6 pounds, but that includes 2% body fat.  Update: 2017 - I lost 6 more pounds after writing this post and have been able to keep it off by continuing with the Curves Circuit.
Improved sleep
On the days that I exercise I am less likely to wake up in the middle of the night.
Improved metabolism
Lab results to prove my numbers.
Improved mood
If perhaps I arrive at the club a little out-of-sorts, I always leave feeling better... even accomplished
Improved digestion
Indigestion/gastritis symptoms are fewer and far between.
Low-pressure sales
The staff doesn't push products.  Even though there are clothes, vitamins, protein powder, etc displayed prominently, I appreciate that I don't feel compelled to buy.   2017 pdate:  I have enjoyed snacking on Curves bars and wearing a couple of pieces of their clothing.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Random About Me

Reposting here from a 2009 Facebook note, I am including a summer photo. DD#4 and I were on a 12-mile hike around Callaway Gardens and she snapped this from behind. Yikes!
1. I have two blogs with the same title, HiddenArt, borrowed from Edith Schaeffer's book.
2. I am disciplined, realistic, predictable, and honest, according to a personality test. 
3. I am a pack rat, but feel better about it since I found out that Ruth Graham was too.
4. I like black coffee, diet Coke, and Beefeaters Gin - separately!
5. I am directionally-challenged, which means if a wrong turn can be taken, I'll choose it.
6. I finished high school in three years and college in three years.
7. I met Princess Grace and her family when I was fifteen.
8. I had a root canal when I was 10 yrs old. It forever changed my feelings about dentists.
9. I lived at 11A Elm Street, Mtn Home AFB, ID when I was five.
10.I am a morning person.
11.I try to use both sides of a piece of paper.
12.I prefer salty over sweet, crunchy over smooth.
13.I dont have much of a sense of humor.
14.I used to speak French fluently.
15.I like to cook and have taken lessons from Nathalie Dupree.
16.I am very near-sighted and have worn contacts since I was eleven.
17.I asked Stansfield Turner if he worked for the government.
18.I have 28 nieces and nephews.
19.I saw the movie Mary Poppins at a drive-in theater in 1967.
20.I cant draw and was kicked out of a 7th-grade art class.
21.I have lived at my current address since May 1988.
22.I prefer the color orange over red.
23.I used cloth diapers for all my children.
24.I can read while riding in the car without adverse effects.
25.I am related to two people who have Wikipedia pages.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Reinhardt/Waleska

Statistics below represent only half of this morning's ride, since I forgot to restart my iPhone after a short water break.  I figure I road at least another 30 minutes mainly in and around the college campus:  circling the Falany Performing Arts Center thrice, circum-navigating the new football field and baseball diamonds, and encountering the nursery/maintenance outbuildings.

Initially, I was expecting to ride Reinhardt University's Trail, but it was roped off.  Not wanting to abandon my efforts, I just took off riding around campus and the small town of Waleska (Fincher Rd).  I road on the street, some dirt and gravel paths, but mainly sidewalk, clocking close to ten miles.

Very.pleasant.ride.



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mosquito Flats

Not embarassed to post these meager stats, I am just pleased as punch to be *active*  This trail is always busy, so I purposefully road on a weekday before 5p.  I'll need more practice before I ride there on a Saturday.  Oh, and I saw a deer  :-)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Iron Hill Trail

Nice wide path, lots of gravel, beautiful scenery around Lake Allatoona.  Highly recommended!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Right vs Left-Brained

I am not surprised at my results.


Perhaps some of my readers will take the quiz and let me know which side of their brain *dominates*

Which Side of your Brain Do You Use?
Your Result: Left Side
 
The left side of the brain processes information in a linear manner. It processes from part to whole. It takes pieces, lines them up, and arranges them in a logical order; then it draws conclusions. You look at the details not the big picture. You use logic not imagination. The left brained person is a list maker. You would enjoy making master schedules and and daily planning. Learning things in sequence is easy for you. You are probability a good speller. Left-brained people memorize vocabulary words or math formulas better. You also use logic. When you read and listen, you look for the pieces so that you can draw logical conclusions. The left side of the brain deals with things the way they are-with reality. When left brain students are affected by the environment, they usually adjust to it. Left brain people want to know the rules and follow them. So basically you are smart! Congratulations!
Right Side
 
Which Side of your Brain Do You Use?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day Menu


Freshly Caught Wild Georgia Shrimp
(purchased at Harry's - Whole Foods)
(boiled for 3 mins in seasoned water, drained then chilled)
Louis Sauce (homemade)
Pesto Pasta (fettucini)
Grilled Summer Squash
 'n Sweet Peppers
Rosemary French Baguette (Harry's)

Pinot Grigio (Italian everyday)
Sweet Tea for DH



Harry's Fresh Fruit Tart w/whipped cream 
(strawberries, blueberries, blackberries)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pine Log Creek Trail

WHAT HIKERS HAVE TO LEARN

Take time to get the pebble out of your shoe.
Anywhere you stop you’ll get a new perspective.
It’s not a race.
You won’t flunk if you don’t reach the top.
Slow steps are more restful than sitting and starting.
You need fewer words on a mountain.
Never underestimate water.
The uses of the bandana have never been fully catalogued.
Bring light reading–you can get a lot of poems per ounce.
Most wild creatures aren’t after you.
Some are.
Urban is another language.
On a mountain gorp is better than gourmet
Stamina is a higher gift than speed
Obstacles are an occasion for creativity
You can take different journeys on the same path.





Despite the weatherman's predictions for oppressive heat (high 92) today, a good friend and I sent out EARLY for a morning hike.  We have actually tromped through these woods before.


But each time is new and interesting.


Three hours later, five and one half miles were behind us, and we're looking forward to the next jaunt.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Roots of American Order Book Club
Chapter XI - Declaration and Constitution

Still reading along with Cindy's online book club and enjoying Kirk's perspective on American Order, I have today neither witty summary nor succinct acrostic for my friends.


However, I do have some links to share.


Here's the one for Hillsdale College's online course on the U.S. Constitution.  I think Brandy of Afterthoughts knows about it.  Every Hillsdale graduate must take a course similar to this one.  As of Saturday, May 12th, we (graduates ourselves) will have graduated four daughters from Hillsdale College.


Here's a review of Dr Larry Arnn's, Hillsdale College President, newest book, The Founders' Key.


Here's a You Tube version of a lecture by the same title.  DD#4 sang with the Chamber Choir for this event.


While we know that the chapter is an essay about two historical documents, I hear the double entendre in the title.  I'm referring to another meaning for *constitution* - that is, the physical character of the body, as to strength and health, etc.


And for *declaration* - something that is announced, avowed, or proclaimed.


What exactly constitutes Americans?


What are we declaring?


For some, it is a far cry from what was intended originally.


For others, we have a duty to uphold (rebuild) our foundations.


So, I *read* 


and thereby *lead*.




PS  One more link for those of you who may not have figured me out yet  ;-)
One of my previous employers wrote a book about the U.S. Constitution.  Here's a link to my most recent reference to it.


PPS  Something to think about ~ While Dr Kirk taught serminar-type classes on a regular basis at Hillsdale College (and other institutions), he never sought tenure at any institution, preferring to earn his living *independently* (no strings attached).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Salutary Neglect

Spring fever hit me hard this year.

That means, I'm a little behind on my reading.

The neglect has been salutary.

Here's the link to what others have to say about Chapter IX of Russell Kirk's The Roots of American Order.




This past Saturday DH and I tromped through some north Georgia woods which look much like they did during the early days of the colonies, at least according to the guidebook.

We covered 9.7 miles in 4 hours 25 minutes in the wilderness of this last of the Thirteen Colonies.

We Georgians love our General Oglethorpe whom Dr. Kirk considered an American gentleman ~
Christian soldier and friend to the unfortunate, admired by Samuel Johnson, conspicuous in London clubs, founder of the fortress-town of Savannah, full of fortitude and ability until he died at the age of ninety.
We Georgians can also claim bragging rights to the New World's Christianity in the Wesley Brothers:  John and Charles - planting seeds that erupted in the Great Awakening.

However, I am more of a Jonathan Edwards/George Whitefield kind of gal, if you know what I mean.

During this era, Americans demonstrated that they knew what to do, when and how.

They acted rightly.... even when no one was looking.

Now that's the root and order of true character.




Monday, April 09, 2012

The Roots of American Order Book Club

Chapter VIII - The Constitution of the Church and State



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Dear Cindy,


I am not ready for this week's book club *meeting* on Tuesday (4/10), and am posting this Lancaster/York bouquet with a request for a week's Spring Break.


Love, Dana

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Collect


O God, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the Cross,

and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy;

Grant us so to die daily from sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection;

through the same thy Son Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Poetry Month 2012

Someday I hope to create my own poetry anthology.  In the meantime, every April I try and highlight a few that I encountered throughout the  year.  

Here's the link to the ones for 2012...

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Roots of American Order Book Club
Chapter VII - The Reformers' Drum


If you have never read this book and think you dont have the time, please reconsider.  We're making it easier for you.  Read Cindy's applications as well as others.  Here's the link to our roundtable discussion.


Origins =  Humanism gained ground.  The primary representative of this new-found religion was a count, one Pico della Mirandola, who borrowed philosophical tenets from Plato, Christianity, and sorcery,  He wrote The Dignity of Man, a manifesto declaring man's god-like capabilities.  This philosophy found expression in churchmen like Erasmus in The Netherlands and Thomas More in England.  Five centuries later America's poet Ralph Waldo Emerson would echo Mirandola's sentiments. 





Reformers = Kirk diplomatically explains that both Protestants (Luther's 95 Theses) and Catholics (Council of Trent) reacted to the excesses of the Renaissance culture which exalted man's egoism (humanism).  Renaissance concupiscence, power politics, and pagan worldview contrasted with the Reformation's Christian morality, principles of justice and freedom, and Biblical worldview.  What started as debates among theologians became a forever breach in Christendom.



Divine Comedy  = makes me think of the Lord, our God, laughing as in Psalm 2 at all this earthly turmoil.  In fact, Kirk wants us to recognize Dante Alighieri, a most imaginative poet.  That Divine Comedy joined scholastic philosophy and medieval imagery synthesizing knowledge and belief.  I have never read this great poem, but aim to acquire not only John Ciardi's translation but also Anthony Esolen's.


Ecclesiastical Eruptions = Knotty questions starting with Mirandola's 900, spurred by Luther's Bondage of the Will, and systematized by Calvin's Institutes effected the break from The Pope, most notably in King Henry VIII's boldness and the establishment of The Church of England.  This seems to be the beginning of today's myriad of Christian denominations.

Renegade Churchmen = Kirk gives us Richard Hooker and John Knox, both fascinating minds who fathered national churches, The Church of England and the Church of Scotland, respectively.  Hooker, more moderate, was the proponent of "via media" (a throwback to Aristole's "golden mean") which characteristic is very English to us Americans.  Knox, a more forceful personality, preached incessantly against the wickedness of the Church (Kingly) Establishment in favor of Biblical Authority.  


Ever interested in history, I am truly appreciating Dr. Kirk's even-handed survey. It so explains me, as I was reared Anglican (I love, love, the Book of  Common Prayer) and became Presbyterian (The Westminster Confession of Faith answered more questions than The 39 Articles) at age twenty.  Our family roots are Scotch-Irish.  We've been Americans since the War for Independence.   


Marching to that different drum,  it's gonna be hard to uproot me.




Added later ~ 
In honor of National Poetry Month, here is a Link to a 16th century poet who marched to a different drum and made a difference:  Marguerite de Navarre




Monday, April 02, 2012

The Roots of American Order
 Chapter VII Favorite Quote


Rather, colonial America generally shared the Reformers' detestation of Renaissance notions and ways.

The early Renaissance they rejected as the blending of a resurrection of licentious paganism with a corrupted Catholicism.  page 228

What commenced as a debate about theological questions and church discipline soon made an open breach in Christendom; and there followed a century and a half of devastation, the Wars of Religion, Catholic against Protestant, and one Protestant sect against another.

In the name of the Son of Man, the Redeemer, zealots took the sword against other Christians, illustrating practically the Christian dogma that all men are sinners.

Yet out of that long agony of religious fanaticism (mingled with national political rivalries, class warfare, and ruthless private ambitions) emerged the religious pluralism and toleration of the United States.  page 232


Illustration Information ~
Portrait of Leo X
by Raphael
Oil on Wood, 61 in x 47 in

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Roots of American Order Book Club

 Chapter VI - The Light of the Middle Ages 


Reading along with Cindy and others, I hope our conversation informs and inspires.  


Here's my *orderly* synopsis ~


Origins = 
Gallia est divisa in tres partes: Normans, Anglo-Saxons, and Franks.  Toss seafaring Norse/Vikings into the mix and we can all trace our roots.  These folks conquered the island, if you will, and established a town.


Situated on a large navigable river, London became The Center not only for the administration of Roman authority in faraway Britannia, but also for the development of commerce:  a "nation of shopkeepers" spawning sailors, soldiers, lawgivers, and poets.



Rule of Law = The law, which is no respecter of persons, stands supreme.  This legality cannot be overstated.  The rule was hard-won, but it illuminated the Dark Ages. The Roman Corpus Juris, the English De Legibus Angliae, and Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England are featured in this section.  Coupled with the development and refinement of common law, The Reign continues today, albeit encumbered.  Those who ignore the law harm society and themselves.  Sometime those who stand up for the law get hurt.

Declarations  = Documents like the Magna Carta and lesser writs addressing parliaments, impeachment, electors, contracts, and taxation gave birth to what is now known as representative government.  More Latin here - Quod omnes tangit ab omnibus approbetur - wise words with current application.  I hate to give Hollywood any credit for teaching history, but I have to mention the most recent Robin Hood movie (2010).  I really liked it because it dramatically drove home the plight of the people who sparked the signing of the Magna Carta.   Feudalism framed the vast canvas of this era.


Education = two English universities and three Scottish ones established during this period exist to this day.  Kirk's alma mater, St Andrew, boasts a small foundation writ large in America.  Providentially, I encountered Kirk at my alma mater, Hillsdale College.  The medieval university was an independent corporation unlike our modern ones whose hands are tied to government funding and whose policies promote diversity. Nowadays American institutions of higher learning do not resemble their origins.


Religious Crusaders = our squire-author is knight-errant himself in the fullest, most complimentary sense of both terms: a scholar and a gentleman engaged in adventure and tragedy (disappointment) whose object was to rescue his country and faith from invaders within and without.  Heroes from this era inspired American leaders like Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain John Smith, President George Washington, and General Robert E Lee.  These stories make interesting biographies.


We are at the halfway point, having read six of the twelve chapters.  Here's a link to our schedule.


Hope you will join the conversation (link).



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Roots of American Order Book Club

 Chapter V - The Genius of Christianity

Nothing drove home the message of this chapter more than viewing  Passages  (link to website) this past weekend. 


Passages (link to newspaper review) is an exhibition honoring the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and is considered a 'tour de force' of the most-banned, most-debated, best-selling book of all time.

That's why I went twice and hope to go again.


Preserving the written revelation of God to man through human scribes is an arduous journey, as narrated by Kirk in this chapter and as demonstrated by  The Green Family of Hobby Lobby fame.


It's encouraging to see such concrete testimony to one of the roots of American order.


Furthermore, there is an associated speaker series  which may provide me the opportunity to hear culture-maker Andy Crouch on May 1st


Now for my acrostic ~ 


Origins = Jesus, The Incarnate God, is The Genius, if I can be so presumptious as to call Him such.  We (bookclubbers) all know He is incomparable, but Kirk relates how others came to know Him.  I always like reading about that, making this section particularly enjoyable.


Rebirth = Reordering the soul through the power of the Gospel created new beings with a fresh outlook on life.  It affected how they saw themselves and how they related to others in their society.  Because Kirk had explained previously how lack of order in citizens' souls contributes to the downfalls of civilizations, it was inspiring to read how the tap root of Christianity was planted; and to recognize how difficult it will be to uproot it.


Dogma  = confident Christian creed. Two were established during the time period:  the Nicene and the Apostles'.  Practically speaking, these helped codify the faith and cohere the followers.  Crucial!


Experience = eternal life - the promise of this immortality was the most appealing concept or powerful attraction for espousing the teachings of Christ.  Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, a product of old school, ancient philosophy and Roman high virtue wrote extensively.  His influential works, Confessions and City of God, excoriated the dilemma of how to live with one another and with the State.



Resurrection = Rome began to flourish again, to transcend the circumstances of time, mainly due to Christianity.  Church leaders (bishops/popes) came to this city eternalized by the martyrdoms of disciples Peter and Paul.  The classical world had a habit of referring to this city for direction.  Pope Gregory preached and pastored at the end of this time period.  Also known as Gregory the Great, his efforts built the bridge that allowed Christian patrimony to cross over, spreading faith and culture... all the way to America.


Reflecting on Kirk's efforts to preserve the roots of American order creates clearer vision for me.


I wonder if Scott Green has read Kirk.


Or Kirk Cameron?


Cameron's new film, Monumental, (movie link) scheduled for release next Tuesday, March 27th, appears to be another concrete testimony to American order.


Supporting these two cultural endeavors translates into watering our thirsty roots.


Let's do it!