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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

food for thought

February27

If all of the media was controlled by one group, and they chose to replace all images of skinny or athletic people with images of people who were more chubby, would we start to find fat attractive?

Obviously some people do, already… But I’m talking about the majority, who don’t.

Could majority opinion be swayed by the glamorization of portliness? If Tom Cruise were replaced by John Goodman, and Angelina Jolie by a Hairspray-era Rikki Lake, would we begin to fancy flab?

John Goodman’s a much better actor than Tom Cruise. However, he’d never have fit in the cockpit of that fighter jet in Top Gun, though, so I suppose movie plotlines would have to be adapted to accommodate the new regime.

Just food for thought (sorry).

Peace be to my brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

have Faith in your demons

January25

In a recent email exchange, my friend PJ Bain said:

“On another topic, don’t lose your Faith – you seemed to be bending gray matter and fighting some demons around this the other day.”

I am always fighting something.

I am, I fear, my own demon.

However, I am also convinced this is how God keeps me sharp and on my toes.  I never rest and am always vigilant in my quest and commitment to serve others.

This often comes in the form of “stirring the pot”.

Fortunately, this has become a terrific filter.  Men who care to know me are often drawn to my heart, and then later, my deeds.

I work so very hard to reflect and represent what I feel is the “image”.

More later.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

God's Secret

December25

Even though God is in my life (what choice do I have?), I don’t know for sure that Christ rose from the dead. However, I can see that he changes the world every day.

The inspiration; the challenge; the secret is living your life like Christ. Its such an ambition, if you will, that can rally and unite men of all faiths – be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim.

For background, and the sake of this post, let’s assume that Christ was a real person.  

Though nobody knows when He was born (and the exact date is not important – especially given the “spirit” of this post) … the fact that He brought light and good news into the world during a time when the world was under the oppressive yoke of the Roman empire and other oppressive foibles of religion – both Jewish (NOTE: I feel my Jewish Brothers) and pagan. How strange must have been this good news – wise men, Magi, and kings bowing down to an infant they were compelled to believe radiated divinity. What an inversion of man’s power to rule! The world was turned right side up on that night. For no flags were unfurled when GOD – as He is understood today – crept into the world, from the arms of a little girl (that would be Mary).

It’s the world’s best known secret.

You might also consider:

“Defending Belief” – http://briancork.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/brian-cork-defending-belief/

“Jesus Christ and Santa Claus Smackdown” – http://briancork.wordpress.com/2008/12/05/jesus-christ-and-santa-claus-smackdown/

“Image” – http://briancork.wordpress.com/2005/03/14/image/

I am listening to “You’re So True” (go to iTunes) and “You’ve Been Loved” by Joseph Arthur.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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Image

March14

There is a lot of information in the Bible that can be interpreted in many ways. I think this is good because “questioning” and “seeking” mean you care.

What is image? Or, what is an image?

The answer might begin in some of our most common questions about ourselves:

“Who am I?”

“What am I here for?”

“What is the purpose of life?”

So, I went to work in an effort to divine some clarity. And, the answer (for me any way) came pretty quick (yet continues).

If you are a Christian you are taught to interpret the Bible and believe that we are supposedly created in Gods image. Meanwhile, I happen to be a “Christian that drinks Beer” (I got this from Craig Butler). Of course, this fuels lots of interesting debates amongst my friends and myself (there are always a lot of kids and parents at our house). My friends know that ‘image’ concept has frustrated me at times because I try to apply a physical perspective to God. And, I used the existence of extra terrestrials, and their potential alien appearance (what if Aliens resemble Dolphins?), as my argument.

So, here I approach my point:

Lets assume you believe in God (I do). It’s worth taking the stance that God is bigger than the universe, and every thing in it. He is everything and every where, right? We aren’t like that.

So, lets say image is a reflection and/ or representation.

God created us to REPRESENT Him to one another in order to REFLECT Him. God probably possesses (certainly invested) every attribute we know of, and many more we may not be able to fathom (yet). For example, Love, Grace, Trust, Unique, Wonder, etc… These are words that describe God represents in part, and certainly things we can reflect. So… When the Bible says:

“in HIS image He created him”

[…]

…maybe it’s more about ‘WHY’ we are created and ‘WHAT’ we need to do, than how.

We were made to reflect Him into the lives of others.

I appreciate it when people ask me what makes me different. It probably means I am making an impact – an impression, and they want to learn more about me. Maybe even emulate me in some fashion. So, now my integrity and character are important because of accountability, and a sense of responsibility – providing I want to be “Part of the solution – and, not part of the problem”./1

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ Chuck Schmidt, one of our Battalion Chiefs at the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department said that, and I think about it’s application with every thing I do.

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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