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Posted on: March 30, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Clearing Planks and Confronting Specks

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke   This blog has developed an interesting personality.to my previous thoughts concerning President Obama’s remark that his bowling style “looks like the Special Olympics.” A few folks asked a question that …

Posted on: March 27, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Specks and Planks

Like many folks, I’ve followed the recent commentary concerning President Obama’s remark that his bowling style “looks like the Special Olympics.” I suppose my seat in a wheelchair increases my interest in the President’s comment and the controversy surrounding it. I think this incident offers an important opportunity to examine …

Posted on: March 20, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Controversy

“If it bleeds, it leads.” It’s a fundamental staple of journalism–bad news sells. Everyone says they want to hear more good news, but objective data tell a different story. Audiences gravitate to controversy, crime, and crashes.

Posted on: March 16, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Talking About Faith

Here’s another insightful question from my recent interaction with high school kids: “Is it hard for you to speak in places where you can’t talk about your faith?”

Posted on: March 13, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Where’s The Healing?

Why doesn’t God heal me? Why doesn’t He fix this relationship? Why doesn’t He stop the pain, the struggle, or the grief? At the risk of sounding trite, I think He does. I’m absolutely convinced that God does heal and fix and comfort. But it’s frequently not the sort of …

Posted on: March 11, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Help or Service?

Last week I spoke with a group of high school students at a wonderful event called Abilities Day. One of the great questions they asked was, “How should we approach someone who appears to need help so we don’t offend them?”

Posted on: March 9, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Who’s Running The Show?

Occasionally I let myself get overwhelmed by the awesome responsibility of representing Christ in the world. Last week I talked about letting my actions speak for me, but I’m afraid that I’m not happy with the message communicated by my behaviors.

Posted on: March 3, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Worry

One of my long-time friends, a guy I’ve known since the prehistoric days of junior high school, had brain surgery this morning. Some undiagnosed physical issues pointed to the possibility of a tumor, so, in my friend’s words, “The doctors are going fishing to see if they can determine the nature …

Posted on: February 27, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

How will They Know Us?

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” I listened as a speaker explained the “60-20” principle, claiming that when we initially meet someone we have sixty seconds to create a lasting impact. The first twenty seconds focuses on appearance, the next twenty on behavior, and the …

Posted on: February 27, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Who Am I?

I am a follower of Jesus.Please leave a comment, visit my website, and/or send me an email at rich@richdixon.net.  I shouldn’t need to say that–my actions and words ought to convey such a foundational aspect of my identity. But I fear that’s often not what really happens.

Posted on: February 21, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

The Choice Of Agape

I recall the first time I encountered the idea that love is a decision rather than a feeling. I didn’t like the notion of removing the romance and mystery from “falling in love.” As anyone who has ever experienced that fall will testify, I suspect there’s little chance of altering the delightful, …

Posted on: February 20, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

What’s Essential?

I think of myself as a rather simplistic guy. I like to discover basic truths and essential principles. In this sort of quest, I frequently recall a quote from another principle-seeker: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” – Albert Einstein Following Jesus sometimes becomes complex. We become …