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Call Him what you must

December25

call Him what you will…

“that amorphous deity used to describe the magic, wonder, and beautifully unattainable mystery of our life and universe – describable only in poetry, metaphors, and parables which are often taken a bit too literally resulting in judgement, division, and violence.”

I say God. so, thank you God. but, no religion attached. I’m certain of the one and very open-minded abut the other. just convicted about it all. …all of it.

Merry Christmas.

go listen to, Love Came Down At Christmas, by Jars of Clay. do it!

or, watch it…

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

by the way… I spoke to my brother today. that left me with two thoughts…

I suspect Ken (not my brother) rats me out in a sense without really understanding context.

and,

to sort of quote…  it’s important to forgive.
ask yourself, “what have you had the hardest time forgiving?”
most will reply, “I’m not sure.”
consider, “when have you most needed forgiveness?”
again, most must certainly say, “I’m not sure about that either. I’m not talking about anything big, really. I’m talking about all the small things that need forgiveness. stuff with your brothers and sisters and friends. forgiveness keeps relationships moving. without forgiveness, everything comes to an end.”

let it all; all of it; begin tonight.

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maybe the Lord is God of thunder

December13

I may have George, John, Johnny and Todd back to hands-on-knees. I’ll add Mark to the mix.

so… I started with the simple question:

“How is it, or why is it, the Christians and Jews managed to come up with a “competing” holiday period Christmas and Hanukkah)?
What is the common ground or tension point?
Perhaps the answer is evident and I’m a bit foggy today. However, I’m drawing a blank. And, its a terrific excuse to engage you good men.”

it’s been quite a spell since I posited myself as the Heterodox, eh. the conversation is only getting itself underway. or, it may stop itself cold. perhaps because I answer my own question towards the end of soliloquy (an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, esp. by a character in a play.) below. soliloquy kind of works because I talk to myself and mutter through the thinking process – and, it’s all quite dramatic.

while I want there to be a God, I do sense there is something I can’t fathom that creates triangles that generates purpose (this might make a lot of sense to people that play Soccer and/ or Lacrosse and understand physics) and might assign karma to stuff. maybe not Catholic soccer players from Ireland, mind you.

in any event, I suspect “God” was realized when some cave dweller saw a family friend fried by a lightning bolt and realized they were gone.

really gone.

they had evolved enough to be self, and not just situationally, aware. the concept of fading to black and no longer being conscious gave birth to the notion there is something else we can hope for.

few things inspire like hope.

playing on the need were some form of leader(s) that understood they could control others and this evolved into organized religion that first had to be filtered through a series of pagan rituals.

so, the line of David was divided while a bunch of people were holding an orgy under the harvest moon (although a dear friend suggests: “I believe Christmas which was not highly celebrated actually was chosen during a Roman festival of the sun. So in a way, it was marketing”). by the time they came to their senses it was December, and they picked and chose their favorite rites. but, both lines exert a measure of control with a set of rules that make most people manageable for the hierarchy that get to go to Mandela’s memorial and take “selfies”. God just issues discernment and sorts-out those that don’t use it in an advantageous way.

define advantageous as you will. that might be the holy grail.

something created the universe. it works brilliantly I think, unless its a fatally broken open-loop system that has [fill-in-the-blank] leakage at the end we can’t yet see (AT&T has a data-leakage problem they won’t admit to, and it causes a lot of slower thinking people financial issues). God works. when I finally see Him beyond my minds-eye, I THINK one of my first questions might be, “so how should I refer to you?”, or, “what do you like to be called?”. also, “do ‘selfies’ impact the whole ‘plank in the eye’ conversation?”.

one more thing… who wins if you care enough to keep asking the question(s) as I believe the Heterodox, must? is it a Kobayashi Maru? possibly Russian roulette? are you damned if you do? or, damned if you don’t?

see you on the other side. maybe not. probably.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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connections are as simple as 315

September21

I don’t know how in the hell (thats funny considering the content of this blog post) I come up with these post titles. but you gotta admit this is witty and apropos.

how many of you reading this know what apropos means without looking it up?

most of the following is part of an email exchange where I am working to connect several friends and other types.

read it. do it now! and, I’ll let you sort it out.

voila!

George Landolt (www.georgelandolt.com) meet Mark Pendleton (http://the315project.com/stories/mark-pendleton/ and www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-pendleton/1/907/864).

I consider George a dear and long-standing friend.

I coached Mark for awhile and have come to genuinely admire and respect him. I also suspect that he and I are destined to be in some form of business together. Meanwhile, God clearly is working diligently within him and girding him for epic battle on a plain most can’t comprehend; but I believe George is well-equipped to appreciate.

I’ll trust you good men to get acquainted. Only good will come of it.

Meanwhile, I am also throwing Todd Miechiels (http://the315project.com) into this fray. Although Todd kind of bugs me, I value the potential in this effort and believe it can be transformational. I walked with Todd for awhile but he can’t hear me very well. To be fair to Todd he has often asked me to connect him with certain types of people. And, for reasons that remain unclear to myself I often could not hear him. Although I did connect him with Mark (and Chip Brackley (www.linkedin.com/pub/chip-brackley/3/201/a11), with whom Mark is also connected [and, copied on this email as well just because the mood strikes me, and I kind of miss Chip]). While this is a convoluted message, I feel that it’s point needs to be George putting love on both Mark and Todd. My heart tells me George knows a lot of good men that will appreciate what Todd does. The power realized within his talents are clear and evident with Mark’s video.

Thank you, and all three (four, really) of you, for inspiring me at a level that is currently beyond measure.

By the way… My personal Blog is all “wonky” at the moment. I suspect it’s a WordPress update. but, George asked me recently why I’ve neglected it of late. My lame response was essentially, “I’ve been rather a bit uninspired”. However, I’m probably going to cut-and-past all of this into it to see what happens (and, I did just that).

For several reasons this makes me feel like a “tower jump”. So, now I gotta do it.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

NOTE:

ap·ro·pos  (pr-p) = Being at once opportune and to the point. See Synonyms at relevant.

 

 

 

 

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The 3:15 Project Needs a Tomato Cage – what ever the hell that means

May13

so…

is Heaven a tomato patch? read on and let’s sort it out, shall we.

the 315 project Todd Miechiels is rather a hip and weird (in a good way) dude that is an awesome Dad that coaches his kids in soccer, creates pretty slick videos for secular business, and is trying to strap-on a pair of massive balls by integrating a ministry called The 3:15 Project with his business capabilities.

I’m coaching Todd and (ironically) challenged him to craft a video for his own purposes (and, Gods) telling his side of the story. I did that because he needs capital to fuel his vision. and, if you buy the notion that people should publicly profess their faith, and the video medium is a slick, profound, and bold method for doing just that, you should financially support his efforts. do it!

here is an otherwise (ponder that choice of words) description of Todd, that I did not generate:

“Todd Miechiels is the guy that was handed the vision for The 3:15 Project. He is in love with his high school sweetheart Kim, and the proud father of 3 sons. Todd lives in Tucker, GA, and attends StonePoint Church.”

he created the above video for all the right reasons. but, he called it: The 3:15 Project Needs a Tomato Cage for reasons that, at the moment, elude me. but, my question is whether he was actually handed Kim, and is just showing-off. I posit that because he is doing good work. and, most of us fellas do that because we are inspired by the fair sex (a gift from God) to perform at our best. never mind that I’m currently in the guest room (mine, not Todd’s).

I Googled, “what is a tomato cage” and discovered that if you want to build a tomato cage you should follow these instructions (just click, here). oddly, the title of that piece is “how to cage tomatoes”. so, it’s possible that people that support ministries are some form of tomato. or, tomatoes are both delicious and good for you, and me, and God. or, all of that. let’s just let God sort it out. but to support Todd and The 3:15 Project you can do that, here  (“help fan the flame”).

NOTE: just pouring over Todd’s site has given me a lot of “coaching to-do’s” for Todd. he is a terrific talent, with a genuine gift that will help all of us – but, is awful about asking for help. so… I’m doing it for him (and, Him).

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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