Two weeks ago I began a new chapter in my life with the addition of a new job. Instead of just reading, thinking, and talking about politics, I am now actually working actively to change and improve the political landscape in Texas. I am proud to join the Todd Staples Campaign for Lieutenant Governor, and know that he is the right man for the job. In addition to continuing to sell Real Estate, I will be serving as their East Texas Field Representative, traveling all across East Texas to visit with folks about the future of our state and the importance of choosing conservative, Godly leaders like Todd Staples. Staples has served Texas well as a City Councilman, a State Representative, State Senator, and currently as our Commissioner of Agriculture. He serves with conviction and purpose, and always has Texans’ best interests at heart. I encourage you to visit his website – http://toddstaples.com – to learn more about the Commissioner and his commitment to the future of Texas.
You may have noticed that the RPC website and FB page have seen less activity the last 2-3 weeks. My excuse is that we had the blessing of welcoming our second child – another daughter – into the world on April 16th. The days leading up to and following that joyous occasion have been a blur, and it’s only been the last couple of days that I’ve really been back in the saddle and able to spend some substantial time at my office, handling contracts, doing some reading, and catching up on important news. So I apologize for the hiatus, but plan to keep you busy reading as much material as I can to further educate and inform as to how we as Christians and conservatives can reform our culture, and therefore our politics.
With that in mind, I am happy to announce that the RPC Facebook page passed 100 “Likes” over the last 24 hours! As I’ve mentioned in the past, if you’re interested or like the content you find on this website, you really should be following our FB page, as the majority of the content we recommend is found there. And there are handy links over to the right where you can “Like” the page and/or follow us on Twitter.
As a bit of a Library update, I’m busy trying to finish a couple of books right now, but in my “Must Read Soon” stack I have the following biographies. What have YOU been reading lately?
In case you haven’t noticed, March has largely passed by unnoticed by RPC. I must regrettably take the blame for this, but in doing so, I’ll give you a few excuses for the absence of content here.
The first full week in March was spent preparing for and then flying to the Northern Virginia area for my wife’s cousin’s wedding. And I assure you, flying with a 14-month old and a pregnant wife is not for the faint of heart. Thankfully, we all arrived in one piece to find snow on the ground (thanks to a recent storm) and winter alive and well in the Northeast. I’m still not sure why people want to live there. We were able to spend the next couple of days driving around NVA, and have decided that our next trip should be in early summer or early fall in order to see the real beauty of the area. Following the wedding, we spent a couple days on the northern side of DC and Annapolis. We were able to drive around the Mall and briefly see some of the main sites, pointing out a few key monuments and edifices. Next time we go back we’ll be sure to hit the museums, as I haven’t been to any for almost ten years.
Our return to God’s Country provided us with warmer weather and greener pastures, with a burst of pollen to boot. We spent the next couple of days recovering from our trip, trying to rediscover a more normal schedule, and preparing for a busy weekend, because…
On March 16th, I drove up to Dallas to pick up Dr. David Erb, of New Saint Andrews College and Christ Church in Moscow, ID, from the American Choral Directors Association Conference so that he could spend the weekend with us and our Church. Dr. Erb gave a great Sunday School lesson on a Christian Vision for Church Music, encouraging us to learn to sing, to sing better, and to sing like we’re going to be doing so for all eternity (because we will). He then led a Church Psalm Sing that evening and facilitated a discussion on church music and further discussion of a proper vision for Church Music on Monday morning. After he spent an hour with the Regents Academy kids, I headed back to DFW with Dr. Erb in time for his afternoon flight.
By this point, I had reached a point of complete exhaustion, and spent the following week doing battle with a nasty cold while trying to return to daily real estate work. As a result, I’m still fighting off the lingering effects of sickness, but lo, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
And now you are caught up.
However, much occurred around the rest of the country and around the world that I have wanted to comment on, or share articles about. These topics include:
- The election/selection of the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
- The Rand Paul filibuster (which occurred while were in the DC area)
- CPAC – highlighted by a great speech by Rand Paul
- The Next Four Years of Conservatism
- Growing opposition to Abortion (in ND and Texas)
- The Ted Cruz Phenomenon (I got to meet him, and Cornyn, in DC)
- The Iraq War Anniversary
- The Great Marriage Debate
I hope to return to my regular sharing and commentary this week. And for more active participation, be sure to always watch the RPC Facebook page.
My friends and family can testify that when I get the opportunity to go to IMAX theaters, I usually prefer to watch the films about the shuttle program, the planets, stars, moon… or just space in general. It’s truly amazing that we have the technology to blast ourselves off the face of this earth at 25,000 miles/hr to escape our planet’s atmosphere and travel to distant bodies in the universe. Simply unbelievable. C.S. Lewis and his character Ransom, from The Space Trilogy, would be in awe of the photos and videos collected. Over the years we’ve seen the unimaginable beauty of the heavens and wondered at the glory of God’s creation. Although our society has since largely removed “God” from the realms of science and discovery, during the age of the space race there was no doubt Who had blessed us with such heavenly opportunities, as you’ll hear in the video below from Apollo 8. And in regard to all of our space ventures, I can only say as Mrs. Armstrong did following the lunar landing of Apollo 11, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”
Sadly, today is the 10th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. My family’s house shook as it disintegrated over Texas and landed in pieces all throughout our county. In the words of President Bush, it was a day that “brought terrible news and great sadness to our country.”
I’ll always think of our country’s accomplishments in space with pride and pleasure. We have indeed been mightily blessed. I”ll always smile every time I hear Walter Cronkite say as he anchored the Apollo 11 landing: “Armstrong is on the moon. Neil Armstrong. 38-year old American. Standing on the surface of the moon. On this July 20th, 1969.” But it is events like the Columbia disaster that remind me that despite our accomplishments and awards, the God who made the moon and gave us the ability to walk on its surface also holds us in His hands. As the apostle James says, “You don’t know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.” At one moment we may be perfectly healthy and completely normal… the next moment gone.
He who fashioned the heavens and the earth – does He not know our footsteps? Does He not care for us? Did He not fashion the entire universe for His own glory and our enjoyment? Truly – we can only look up to the heavens and marvel because He made them just for us.