Superheroes, Children & Us

superheroesThis week, my son (and I, vicariously through my son’s experience) received some rather difficult news to swallow. That news is this: Superheroes don’t exist.

Plain and simple.

How was such news announced? At school, following my son expressing his desire to be a super policeman when he grows up, supposedly his first grade teacher proceeded to share the deflating message that superheroes aren’t actually real. The carpet was pulled right out from under his feet. He was left very confused. Everything he wanted to be when he grew up was impossible to be.

Now, before anyone wants to throw stones at this teacher (or perhaps you’re in agreement with her), let me say that she seems a pretty good teacher. My son has enjoyed his first two weeks of first grade. He’s doing well. So we’re on the right track.

Not only that, but I must remember we received the report from my 6-year old. Something could have been misunderstood on his part, though I do wonder if the topic was broached with as much care as it should have been, knowing my son’s dreams were dashed.

So, I’m not exactly certain how it all played out. But there is a part of me that would be irked if his teacher had actually shared such information. To tell a 6-year old, or 36-year old as myself, that superheroes don’t exist is a flat out lie. Yes, you heard me. Of course, superheroes exist! To tell anyone they don’t is a problematic statement, if you ask me.

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When All Around Is Falling

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When all around is falling, you think it must be your time;
To feel the pain of others, it must be the clock has chimed.
Drawing you in with a scent that seems so sweet;
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Change for the First Time, Again: My Book to Be Published

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In recent years, I’ve had a growing desire to write. I started this blog nearly 7 years ago as an avenue to write short articles centered around theological issues, though adding in thoughts on various other topics.

The ultimate goal was to one day write books, but not only write lengthier works, but to have them published. One is willing to self-publish, just as a musical artist might be willing to self-produce, publish and market. With social media avenues, the internet, and Amazon, that’s not a difficult feat.

However, this past week I received a surprise email. Wipf & Stock Publishers have offered me a publishing contract on a book proposal I had recently submitted to them. Continue reading

Crosstown: Breaking Ground

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This coming Saturday, February 21, there is a pretty special event taking place in the Crosstown area of Memphis. It’s centered on the renovation project of the old Sears Crosstown Building. The city has seen a renaissance across many neighborhoods and areas of the city for the past 10-15 years. This will continue the restoration of our city – a city that is rated #5 to start a new business.

Work began a couple of months ago on the building, but the groundbreaking ceremony is this Saturday. The renovation project has the vision of seeing this 1.5 million square foot facility (yes, 1.5 million!) become a “new ‘urban village,’ complete with housing, restaurant and retail businesses, health clinics, and even a charter high school.”

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