Saturday, August 19, 2006

I'm reading Billy Graham's new book, The Path. I like and agree with nearly everything he says, and I can almost hear his voice as I read. When he was in Denver for a Crusade I took each of our 4 kids on 4 separate nights, we always found a close parking space and two seats right up front, dispite Mile High Stadium being packed by the time we got there each night.

The title is The Journey-- How to Live by Faith in an Uncertain World. On the back cover Billy says, "May God bless you as you read this book, and teach you through its pages how you, too, can live by faith in an uncertains world."

Reading it right now is helping me a lot. It's in all the book stores and libraries right now, and on Amazon

If you want, I'll send you a copy, just email me your name and mailing address.

Friday, August 18, 2006

My Uncle Scott's funeral is tomorrow. He died earlier this week in the Amarillo Vererans Home where he'd been a resident for the last couple of years. He was happy there with so many of his "greatest generation" buddies. But I hadn't visited him in far too long, with his alsheimers he didn't really know who I was.

He was one of the biggest influences in my life. I doubt if I'd have had any interest in sports without him, and I probably wouldn't play poker, which might be a good thing! He was always bigger than life, seemed to me he always had a great time, and he knew how to get through the rough spots without loosing his sense of humor.

He was not perfect, but pretty close. God bless and keep you Uncle Scott. Maybe we'll get more time for fishing in heaven!

This is from his obit in today's Amarillo Globe.

"(Scott Edwards) joined the U.S. Army Air Corps on Sept. 29, 1941, and was discharged as an enlisted man in December of 1942. He was then accepted as an aviation cadet with the Army Air Corps and was stationed for advanced training in Houston. He graduated from flight school in July 1943 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. During his military career he spent 17 months in Burma, Assam, made 33 trips over the "Hump" and as a pilot, he also towed gliders and dropped paratroopers. Mr. Edwards received three medals and two Distinguished Flying Cross medals, which at the time was the highest honor from the U.S. Air Force.

"He married Juanita Roberts on Oct. 24, 1943, in Canyon. She preceded him in death on April 4, 1962.

"Mr. Edwards accepted the honorable discharge from military service in July 1945. He was an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman. He was named Amarillo City Municipal Golf Champion for 1947 and 1948. He turned professional in 1949 and gained membership into the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) in 1954. The PGA also certified Mr. Edwards as a Class A teaching professional. He was the head professional at golf courses in Los Alamos, N.M., and Odessa before becoming head professional at Amarillo Country Club form 1954 to 1960.

"Mr. Edwards moved to Boulder, Colo., in 1960 and owned and operated golf courses in both Colorado and Arizona until his retirement in 1986. Mr. Edwards was a member of the Amarillo VFW, the "Hump" Pilots Association of America and the Amarillo Senior Citizens. He was lifetime member of the PGA and a 59-year member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

"Survivors include a son, Scott M. Edwards Jr. of Amarillo; a daughter, Sue Soltis of San Antonio; a granddaughter, Kim McCune Jackson and husband Dean of Bastrop; a grandson, David McCune of Denver; a sister, Janie Edwards Wren of Denver; three nephews, John, Randy and Jay Wren of Denver; and three great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Maddie and Dawson."

For the complete obit and his picture, see

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Art of the Interview
National Public Radio

The old saying goes, "There's no such thing as a stupid question." But in the opinion of at least one major television network, there is such a thing, and some of the least effective questions are coming from top broadcast journalists.

ESPN's John Sawatsky is tearing down icons such as Larry King and Mike Wallace as he preaches his guiding principles about how to properly conduct an interview.

Link to the audio:
Franklin and the Morals of Chess
A lecture in Philadelphia
September 12, 2006

Among all his other firsts, Benjamin Franklin also managed to author the first piece of writing on chess published in the United States. In 1786, readers of The Columbian Magazine were treated to Franklin’s essay, “The Morals of Chess,” which began thus: “The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. (...) For life is a kind of chess ...”

In this special lecture, John McCrary, Past President of the United States Chess Federation, and Past President of the US Chess Trust, will explore Franklin’s significance to modern chess and the diplomatic and moral lessons Franklin learned from the game. Mr. McCrary will also speculate on Franklin’s actual chess-playing abilities, and introduce some of his opponents, who included several women chess-players, as well as the sensational “Turk” – a chess-playing machine that took Paris by storm.
A ministry that strengthens Christian families is extending that vision to encourage them in business ventures. Vision Forum Ministries' first-ever "Entrepreneurial Boot Camp for Christian Families," which started today in Texas, is designed to pull those families back to a biblical approach to work.

Vision Forum's founder, Doug Phillips, says each three-day Entrepreneurial Boot Camp uses biblical examples to show the value of entrepreneurial efforts for discipleship in the family setting. "It pictures the family as a place of different generations working together," he explains, and the program teaches that even in the process of working, entrepreneurship is "part of the discipleship model that God gives us."