People ask "Why did I click here?"
My answer "Read on."
This site is a place I can post my thoughts and musings. And I've included one of my books for you, absolutely free.
I have deep and broad experience. After working for decades, I have traveled through broadcasting, public relations, banking, insurance, real estate, retail, sales, marketing, fundraising, and management at all levels. And I have served in every expression of the Church.
I am a writer. I have written books, articles and papers. Also I have edited and published books and a magazine. Grant writing is in my portfolio. I have written thousands of letters for business interests and fundraising. And hundreds of advertisements.
I am a friend to many (a good one, I hope), a father, and a brother in the world's oldest fraternity.
And I have sat for long periods and thought. New ideas and ways to look at problems (and life) are accomplished mainly by thinking. When it looks like I'm doing nothing, that is when I am doing my best work.
So, I'm here. To talk. To listen. To think. To dream.
I have six degrees, a half-dozen certifications, and decades of experience across a broad range of industries. But there is only one thing I know for sure:
As you are floating down life's river, there is a bend ahead, and you don't know what's around it.
Do not let other people decide what you are to be. Be what you feel that you want to be.
A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves.
Every right-thinking person wants to develop and improve, and to continue developing until the close of life.
The best thoughts that are very new are the best thoughts that are very old.
Do not expect easily to convince men of the truth, or to lead them to think aright.
The mystery which has been hidden from generations is now revealed to you.
Myths to Live By
The Strangest Secret
The Five Things We Cannot Change
Leading an Inspired Life
Our universe is one of grand possibilities. When we realize that we reside, as Carl Sagan put it, on a 'Pale Blue Dot,' then perspective on our relative place among all things becomes readily apparent. When we understand that the universe is truly ancient, and that our pale dot is old beyond our comprehension, then the facts of our relative short time here individually, or as a race, come into clear view. When we accept the mythological foundations of all things pertaining to faith, religion, and culture, then an openness to a multitude of ideas is a natural result. When we see the harmony and unity of all things divine and created, regardless of personal or corporate histories and creeds, then the dialogue is ready to begin, because exclusivity is set aside and oneness is embraced as the only answer to every question that challenges us. GTC
Because of the brevity of our lives, the spans of time and space I am about to describe are impossible to comprehend. But here goes.
First, where we are: As far as we now know the universe is about 13.5 billion years old. We live in one of the galaxies of the universe that we have named the Milky Way. Light traveling at 186,000 miles per second takes 100,000 years to go from one side of the Milky Way to the other. That's how big this one galaxy is.
Less than 100 years ago, we believed that our galaxy was the whole universe. Then, in 1927 Edwin Hubble made a truly remarkable discovery. The Milky Way was not the whole universe, but only one galaxy among many, many galaxies -- More galaxies across more space than we can imagine. The Milky Way has 100 billion stars -- or our Sun plus 100 billion suns like it. And it turns out that there are 100 billion galaxies, each containing 100 billion stars. We live on a tiny, tiny dot on the edge of Erehwon. That is where we are.
Second, when we are: As far as we now know the Earth is 4.5 billion years old. That is a very long time. But imagine that instead of all those billions of years, the Earth was only one day old. That is, the clock starts at midnight, the moment the earth is born, and then travels around the dial until the second midnight and that is right now. The whole of Earth's life in just 24 hours. With me?
So, we look at our clock and it shows midnight, the moment the earth comes into being. And then the second hand, and minute hand, and hour hand begin moving forward. Watch the clock as hour after hour passes -- this is the age of the Earth. It is impossible to fathom. We have to watch all the way to 11:59:53pm -- just seven seconds ago -- to see the dawn of our most ancient direct ancestor, Homo Erectus. Only one and one-half seconds ago our race appeared -- Homo Sapien. Watch the second hand closely, midnight is approaching. As the second hand sweeps past 11:59:59pm and on toward the final second, civilization arrives, less than one-half second ago. You and I were born micro-seconds ago. The clock reaches midnight and it is right now, this very moment. For almost the whole 24 hours the Earth was evolving from sludge to dinosaurs, and making billions of revolutions around the Sun. And just in the final few seconds does anything recognizable begin to happen. That is when we are.
Where? Either in the middle of nowhere, or the edge of forever. When? Either the end of time, or the beginning of something new.
So, remain calm. And stay in your seats with your seatbelts securely fastened. We just got here. GTC
Those three timeless questions have haunted us since the beginning of humanity. Where did we come from? Why are we here? What is our destiny? To each question we must pause and simply answer We don't know.
BUT HERE IS WHAT WE DO KNOW:
-There are Grand Possibilities
-We learn more about our world every day
-We can create our own Why
-Your destiny is what you determine to make it
-And you and I can make a difference in our own lives, and the lives of others, today by choosing to reach deeper within our spirits and farther out to the people who need us most
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Providence Theological School
Master's International University of Divinity
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Valdosta State University
College of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick College)
Human progress is our cause,
Liberty of thought our supreme wish,
Freedom of conscience our mission,
And the guarantee of equal rights
To all people everywhere
Our ultimate goal.