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Metonymy & antinomy – words

I learned two words today.

Metonymy is a literary device.

It is a figure of speech that replaces the name of a thing with the name of something else with which it is closely associated.

Antinomy \an-ˈti-nə-mē\

1:  a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences correctly drawn from such principles

2:  a fundamental and apparently unresolvable conflict or contradiction
For example, it is hard to resolve the concept of ‘election’ (from Reformed theology that some are predestined to be saved and some are not) and ‘Christ died, that all who believe will be saved.’
*Not to be confused with ‘antimony,’ which is a brittle silvery-white metalloid.

Lead From Where You Are And With All That You Have (Lolly Daskal)

Lead From Where You Are And With All That You Have

Themes: (other) people, communication, connecting, dialogue


How many times have you heard yourself say If only I had the right role … the right job … the right business … the right opportunity, then I would step into my leadership.

But that role, position, opportunity, or business may never come along. So when is the right moment to start leading? That moment is now, right where you are.

If you can’t start from where you want to be, how do you start from where you are?

Here are some ways to clear the path:

Develop yourself. To lead others, you must first learn to lead yourself. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves. Who you are and what you learn about yourself is more powerful than where you are.

Develop alliances. Nothing great was ever done alone. To be successful you need to be able to get along with others, which means building strong relationships and deep alliances. We are all as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided. The best leaders know the importance of alliances and do everything they can to cultivate them.

Define your worth. Everyone has a unique talent and their own way of expressing themselves; learn what yours is and it will be your worth. The best competitive advantage you have is you. Your talent determines what you can do; your motivation determines how much you do; your attitude determines how well you do it. Lead by your worth and make your mark.

Engage in constant dialogue. When dialogue is constant communication is easy, instant and effective. The most important aspect of dialogue is usually hearing what is not being said. The art of reading between the lines is a lifelong quest of great leaders because it leads to understanding, connection and mutual appreciation.

Seek out experience. Experience as much as you can. People never truly learn anything by being told; find out for yourself is much more powerful. Once you’ve experienced failures and successes you can begin turning those experiences into wisdom.

Invest in other people. People matter—especially when it comes to leadership. Find what is good about others and do everything you can to illuminate their work, support their development and nurture their success. Invest in other people’s successes and groom them to be leaders too. When they win, you win.

You don’t have to wait until you get to the top, until the right role is available, until you’re in the perfect place at the perfect time. You can reach everything you need, and everything you need to accomplish, right where you are. Then when opportunity knocks (and it will) you’ll be ready.

Lead From Within: Everyone has the potential to lead successfully, regardless of the positions they hold and the title they have. Be ready today by leading from right where you are and with all that you have.

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Youth Group Mission Trip 2015

Wesley (Macomb), Savoy, and Pekin First UMC churches.

July 18-25, 2015.

Denver. Stayed at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO.

DICP Day Camp

  • Monday: met Geogina, asst. Director. Stayed at school most of the day. Watched Lion King. Went to performing art center for voice and actions games.
  • Tuesday: a.m. Scavenger hunt at Colorado Mills Mall, swam mini water park, performing art center for voice and actions games. Given a theme groups made two tableau scenes. Rained
  • Wednesday: p.m. WenPut on skit and did craft on the Creation Story.

One Word transformation. 

Describes how to pick one word a year to focus on.

Kinda like, in a way, my Christmas boxes.


Curating 21st Century Faith Formation

Nice list of e-resources for Faith formation.

Five Great American Paintings

In 2008 a series highlighting five great paintings by Norman Rockwell appeared on the site.

Author, Nicholas Provenzo, begins with the words, “The American painter Norman Rockwell ranks among my favorite artists.”  I whole-heartedly agree!

Provenzo describes, in nice detail, five great Rockwell paintings.  They are:

Part I: The Scoutmaster
Part II: The Homecoming Marine
Part III: Lincoln the Railsplitter
Part IV: The Problem We All Live With

Part V:
Freedom of Speech

Provenzo’s descriptions are on many levels and well-written and thought-provoking–and still relevant in 2015.

While all five are excellent.  I’ll highlight two.

“Part IV” is noteworthy because it is of an actual six-year-old child, Ruby Nell Bridges, on November 14, 1960.  It is the first day black children in New Orleans would go to school with white children. There is a photo, similar to Rockwell’s painting — but the painting is better, more meaningful.

ROCKWELL_Norman_The_Problem_We_All_live_with_1964This was a major historical day in my lifetime. It rates up there with the Berlin Wall coming down.

As an educator, I appreciate Rockwell’s piece and the history — and am well-aware that we have much work to do to give all children the quality education they need to be successful.


The second one I’ll highlight is “Part III” Lincoln the Railsplitter.  Again Provenzo’s description is excellent. LincolRockwell_Norman_Lincoln_the_Railsplitter_1965n’s work ethic is clear. He’s a hard worker physically and as a scholar–with a plumb bob over his shoulder. While I have no desire to be in politics, I can learn much from Lincoln as a railsplitter, scholar, and thinker. (I also chose this one because, for me, it is a lesser-known Normal Rockwell work.)

The painting also reminds me of one of my favorite Lincoln quotes:

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

 More: the NY Times had a nice article ‘Norman Rockwell, the Storyteller’ here


A Principled Pluralism

A few comments following the Obergefell v. Hodges SCOTUS decision handed down 6/26/15.

I’m intentionally not commenting here on the decision itself.  My concerns are the bigger picture.

The decision handed down is contrary to the beliefs of many Christians and it is also consistent with the beliefs of many Christians.

I’m concerned that Christians could be limited in what they can, and can not believe.

I’m concerned that loving Christians will be unfairly and incorrectly labeled for what they believe.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson wrote a nice opinion piece in the Washington Post.

He is calling for “a principled pluralism in which gay people can enjoy the institution of marriage and religious institutions can organize, educate and serve according to their beliefs. In a post-Obergefell world, this is an outcome many of us could welcome.”

I Hope Churches Can Choose

The Crossing Church (of Quincy, Macomb, and elsewhere) has posted a statement on their website stating their opposition to redefining marriage.  A couple quotes:

“We will reach as far as possible with the grace and love of Jesus without losing a firm stance on the foundation of God’s unshakeable truth.”

“The Church thrives counter to culture. It is the refiner’s fire where the Church is purified.”

See also a statement here.

There are many Christians and Christian churches who favor same-sex marriages.

I’ve heard that there have been gay marriages already performed in a (at least one) church in Macomb (prior to the SCOTUS ruling).

I think it is a good thing that gays will have the opportunity to marry in a church, as per the new SCOTUS ruling and that there are churches that have decided that they do not support gay marriages and will not perform them.

Kennedy’s Words for Believers

Here‘s an article that begins with words from Justice Kennedy’s majority decision:

Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons. In turn, those who believe allowing same sex marriage is proper or indeed essential, whether as a matter of religious conviction or secular belief, may engage those who disagree with their view in an open and searching debate. The Constitution, however, does not permit the State to bar same-sex couples from marriage on the same terms as accorded to couples of the opposite sex.

I like the sound of this.  It supports my main premise in this posting and  Michael Gerson’s call for a “principled pluralism.”

The author of the article goes on to claim that, over time, Christians will not be allowed to practice their beliefs against same-sex marriages (or if they do, they’ll be punished or persecuted).  I hope that this will not be the case.  Some will say I’m naive. I do see the possibility that this is a slippery slope. I hope that First Amendment rights will be maintained.

I like to take Kennedy’s words at face value.

This is a Legal Definition of Marriage

The SCOTUS decision makes a new legal definition of marriage. This legal definition does not have to be accepted as the Christian definition of marriage.

No the Name-Calling from Either Side

People are entitled to their decisions. Name calling should be avoided.  It does not accomplish anything, but is divisive. Here’s something that was posted on Facebook that is rather crude (OK, it’s Facebook), but puts it quite succinctly:


To repeat, I am neither supporting or disagreeing with the SCOTUS decision itself. My main concern is that I hope individual churches can continue to practice what they believe and not be persecuted for it.  In fact, churches on both sides of the issue need to be respected.

I’m happy for my friends who are gay because they can experience the fulfillment of marriage.