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I dare you to Cross ME

December12

Hey Boys (defined as, Arol Wolford, Barry Morrow and Jim Eckstein*).

So… I stumbled upon a gallant group of inspired men that very much remind of you (other) three.

This group meets here in Alpharetta. I thought this was a simple small group for Bible study. However, these fellows are extremely bright, articulate, and full-on Catholics. Indeed, their focus is Regnum Christi. A far cry from the typical Southern Baptist dicks-on-the-table and tissue-box fair that defines many things Atlanta.

I joined them this morning and was instantly galvanized, inspired (kind of intimidated) and very much enthused. I immediately valued and loved the traditions and rituals I witnessed. While complicated, it occurred to me (maybe reminded) that religion is also fun and interesting. Key words: History, Perception, and Discernment.

I’m ever so confident they are taken aback somewhat by my sophomoric evangelistic “Christian-ness”; and, decidedly unschooled, at that. However, they appear determined to live-up collectively to the designs of Regnum Christi, and are pondering the appropriate training wheels for me. They have an App!

So… This is probably a big mistake. And, I may set the Catholic faith, and certainly their tolerance and patience back a century or two. But, I am going to pursue this effort with vigor – and you three are gonna help me!

I am lifting Arol up(!) today, with his dear and departed Ralph Paradise.

I know I see Arol next Friday. And, I hope Jim and Barry thereabouts.

With that, hugs abound.

NOTE: I’m having lunch with Durwood Snead on the 30th. I plan on talking about you all with enough vigor to make your ears burn.

brian patrick cork
– sent from my triumphantly and technologically advanced albeit unapologetically large iPhone 6+ mobile device

* Nope… Not Jewish. However, he would be a really cool Jewish dude.

who is your Father now

August28

on this earthly plane we often have one Father pulling and another father pushing.

I threw that into an email exchange about our children I was having with the inestimable John Stein, who says thats profound.

I was thinking it was merely apropos. and, based upon growing experience.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

Calvin Coolidge and Instincts, Convictions, and Best Practices

August15

I was recently asked, “why would you care about someone like Calvin Coolidge?”

perhaps one reason the question was asked was because we were discussing Thomas Jefferson, and how the geo-political stage is so different today, set for Hilary Clinton (I’m just throwing that out there…), as compared to the era of our Founding Fathers.

earlier this week I published:

Instincts, Convictions, and Best Practices by brian patrick cork
Published on Linkedin August 12, 2014

it is dangerous to make decisions based on pleasing people. when we please the person in front of us and then change directions to please the next person we encounter, we’re not living according to moral convictions. we’re choosing what’s easy in the moment rather than being fully committed to righteousness.

for a vital point-of-reference ponder Revelations 3:16.

outside of Revelations here is a book that might find itself an example of my point, today:

Johnson, Charles C. (2013-03-12). Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America’s Most Underrated President.

Excerpts and thinking:

with vital input from George Landolt.

it was the legislators’ “solemn duty” to “think last of themselves.” Otherwise their decisions would “lack authority.” Calvin Coolidge wished to protect the legislature from itself and to guarantee that a republican spirit would continue in the state’s government.

although he had stood fast against attempts to raise the salaries of legislators, Coolidge favored increasing them for schoolteachers, believing that bad teachers would imperil republican government by failing to teach the convictions essential for republican life. He also exalted good teachers throughout his career.

as vice president, he said: The standards which teachers are required to maintain are continually rising. their work takes on a new dignity. it is rising above a calling, above a profession, into the realm of art. it must be dignified by technical training, ennobled by character, and sanctified by faith.

so…

for the most part, every president has their own rap. some have rhythm, others a dark legacy. but, every man (until Hilary) got that office based on merit that was needed at the time. circumstances change, and that platform often creates an unkind legacy.

Coolidge was something of an intellectual. He was not interested in politics. he wanted to make a point. he had money and influence. he was probably more of a throw-back that values the role of a founding father. I suspect he was be a fan of Thomas Jefferson. thusly, he had few friends. that said, he was a champion for important threads in the fabric of our culture and society.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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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