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Don Owens
Living in a Whatever it Takes World
Interests: Christianity, Family, Friendship, Faith, Insurance, Business, Hiking, Climbing, Kayaking, Hunting, 14ers, Travel
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At 46 I am not considered old in the current culture, however, I am getting there quickly. Each year there are new and unique trials: more frequent visits to doctors, less patience with familiar situations and people and thoughts to the coming reality of death and being ready for it. I just finished a book by J.L. Packer, “Finishing the Course With Joy”, a book on engaging with our reality of growing older. Our culture does not prize the old, it prizes: youth, so called originality, the latest tool and tech, wealth, and freedom from all constraints. As you grow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Port Royal Society
“”Few men had developed their powers of correct thinking, and fewer still were willing to employ thought as a means for settling dispute.” – Patricia James (Forward to the Art of Thinking 1964) Liberal, conservative or otherwise, the past few weeks have made your social media feed a much darker place. If you have that special Facebook friend that likes or shares every self-facing article then it is a special kind of frustration. Fake news, bent news, and sensationalized news are your only options. I can’t even read The Economist anymore without throwing it on occasion. It is your job... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Port Royal Society
Here’s my look back on the last twelve months and my thoughts on the best of the year. Best Album Alexander Hamilton: Released in 2015, but I enjoyed it all year Best Song "Can't Stop the Feeling" Justin Timberlake Best TV Program Westworld on HBO: Containing numerous unnecessary scenes, HBO continues to create the best made programs on TV Best Quote “Creative persuasion is a matter of being biblical, not of being either modern or postmodern.” - Os Guinness, (Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion) Best Day April 25th - Alone hiking in Capital Reef National Park Best... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Port Royal Society
Alexis de Tocqueville ends his 1840 review of American society “Democracy in America” by writing, “I feel full of fears and full of hopes,” as he looks into the future of the great experiment. Tocqueville understood the American psyche then and little has changed in the last 176 years. “I know of no other country with less independence of mind...than in America.” He in great detail shares what should concern us in a democracy that is unlike any other in history. Many of his concerns have come true, and others closer to reality in our day. No matter the list... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Port Royal Society
Happy New Year – The Last 12 Months Were a Whirlwind Some of you are familiar with my “mental year”. Institutional education set Labor Day as the start of my year and it still feels that way to me today. A year ago today I was in the same place, Breckenridge, Colorado and thankfully, I’ve returned a few times over the last twelve months. There are few other places I’d rather be to start the year. The past twelve months were nothing short of busy. John Bunyan was the start of my reading this past year. I had never read... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at Port Royal Society
I couldn’t find the trail as I moved through the trees. There were several boulders in front of me and after an hour of following a well-defined trail I knew I had come off course at some point. It was one o’clock in the morning and my headlamp offered a shadowed view of the path, which sometimes makes trail hunting difficult. As I was now at 12,000 feet and in need of a rest from trying to breath in thin air I decided this was a good spot to stop for moment and reassess. When you’re alone in the dark... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Port Royal Society
Over the last few weeks my son and I have been reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. In part II of the book Franklin spends time writing about his pursuit of virtue. Benjamin Franklin was a genius that helped lay the foundations of our country and a man that wrote much about virtue, even writing his own liturgy. Much as politicians, humanist, and religious leaders speak of virtue today, a person’s virtue shows its true face when placed in the slightest of candlelight. Virtue without a solid pedestal is simply, evil. It is important to take all the words of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Port Royal Society
I recently completed two books that converge on the need for change in how we approach evangelism in our modern cultures, “Seeking Allah Finding Jesus” by Nabeel Qureshi and “Fool’s Talk – Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion” by Os Guinness. Both fantastic reads that address so many of the issues facing the church, our management of current issues, and our need for a greater understanding of others. If you grew up Christian as I did, you may have learned formulas for evangelism. There are a wealth of different programs and processes designed to drive someone to faith. I have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Port Royal Society
Twenty-nine years ago today I went on my first date with Danae LeMonde and six years after that date we got married. Since she was 15 and I, 17 years of age, we rode a lot of calm and rough seas together. This weekend we celebrate our twenty-third anniversary while swimming in the Atlantic. Much like life, lots of waves, excitement and this weekend some rough seas. It wasn’t long after our first date that I knew she was the one. I asked God if he would put us together, and He did. He did this even though we were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Port Royal Society
Posted May 19, 2016 at Port Royal Society
April - May 2016 Last week 35 friends of mine set out for our 22nd year of The May Club. It has become a great tradition of brotherhood and adventure, but prior to that I spent a few days alone in the deserts of Utah. About once a year I spend a weekend alone. Last year it was two days in Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. This year I decided to extend the week with a bit of solitude before TMC began. Monument Valley was always within reach on several trips to Utah and Arizona, but I had never quite... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Port Royal Society
At every turn in our politics, families, and faith we continue to let go of liberty. The simple definition of liberty: the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views. Governments impose laws when their charge was to allow each of us to be in our own definition of the “pursuit of happiness”. Parents do not offer reason or purpose for their choices but demand children see things as they do. Churches expect blind faith and separation from the very world we were sent to serve. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at Port Royal Society
Here’s my look back on the last twelve months and my thoughts on the Best of the year. Best Album Vance Joy "Dream Your Life Away" Best Song “Sedona" Houndmouth Best TV Program “House of Cards" Frank Underwood is delightfully evil Best Quote "It's not your fault that you were born affluent and sheltered. But now you need to take responsibility for it. You can start by recognizing that you're not in fact, more valuable than other people, no matter what you've always heard. Your pain does not hurt more. Your soul does not weigh more...God does not love you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at Port Royal Society
Jerry Falwell Jr. continued his dead father’s legacy of unchristian behavior last week. The Falwell’s leave a legacy that lacks Christ’s ability to communicate Truth to a world in need. Both are failures as Christian leaders and do not represent the faith well. In fact, their words, and the words of others, are the language of frightened little Christians. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Port Royal Society
She taught me to be "comfortably melancholy" and reflective. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am posting about the most influential women in my life. Sarah Platt Owens Sarah Owens was a modern women and paved the way for women in the workplace many decades ago. She did it simply through dedication to her craft and a willingness to stay engaged. She brought change without standing with the misguided Feminist movement. Sarah worked for the Richmond Independent School District in Augusta, Georgia all her life. I remember going to her retirement party as she exited the workforce as a leader in her organization at 70. She was a determined woman and she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am posting about the most influential women in my life. Danae Owens Danae Owens is the toughest person I have ever met. She is not willing settle, look back, fear or risk it all for her visions. She has always been more comfortable around the boys, since for the most part, women are not direct, aggressive, assertive or like to play rough. I have shared long stories of her past in other posts so you can look back in the archives to learn more, but I don't know anyone that grew up to succeed from such insurmountable... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am posting about the most influential women in my life. Linda Owens Linda Owens is my mom. While she gave birth to me, she also helped me discover Truth, so that I might be "born again". My mom lead me to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. She followed a pattern that we all can learn from in sharing our faith. She did not instantly tell me to make a decision about faith. First, she loved me. Second, she spent time telling me about how and why God made the universe, how he showed who he was through... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am posting about the most influential women in my life. Nancy Pearcey Nancey Pearcey was a disciple of Francis Schaeffer who once said, "In passing, we should note this curious mark of our own age: the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute." Today many people I meet start and end as a "skeptic". Nancy was instrumental in saving me from an endless loop of skepticism with her book, "Total Truth". She looked at the prevailing worldviews and their lack of reason and their lack of a place in reality, and she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am sharing about some of the most influential men in my life. Cicero The best way to describe Cicero is, "Bold". I met Cicero though his writings, "On Duties", "Treatises on Friendship and Old Age",and "Paradoxas". He is known by the Catholic church as a "righteous pagan". He is known to all of us in our political systems and modern philosophies. Cicero is a part of the voters in my life in the "Democracy of the Dead". His boldness in defense of the Republic, his skill as an orator, his willingness to pick sides and face the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am sharing about some of the most influential men in my life. David Bertch The best way to describe David Bertch is, "Engaged". The impact of David Bertch in my life over the last ten years is immeasurable. Each week he carves out time to meet with me and discuss faith, family, old books, and business. Once again, he is an older gentlemen that has not gone off to the golf course, but is engaged with countless individuals and investing in their lives. He has introduced me to the ancients, and in doing so has taught me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am sharing about some of the most influential men in my life. Elton Trueblood The best way to describe Elton Trueblood is, "Prophetic". Trueblood wrote the book "The Company of The Committed" in 1954 and it remains relative today, in that he cited what must change in the Christian Church in order for it to impact the world. Unfortunately, denominations have not read or listened to the words of this Quaker and the church is now in an even more devastating position in the U.S. and Europe. Trueblood saved me for being a pew sitting kool-aid drinker... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am sharing about some of the most influential men in my life. Don Staton The best way to describe Don Staton is, "Leader". Don did not go quietly into retirement, he turned it up as he and his wife Helene invested in the lives of young couples with fervor. Don spent time with me and many other men my age as a teacher and guide. He taught me what true Christian discipleship looks like, a part from him, this root action of our faith may have been lost to me. Through Don I developed a love for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am sharing about some of the most influential men in my life. Al Boenker III The best way to describe Al Boenker, "Disciplined". I have never met an individual with Al's zeal and energy. He is everything good about a true American as written by Alexis de Tocqueville. He is first a Christ follower, second a family man, and third a real life - in action - perfect use of the word...entrepreneur. He has built not only an insurance power-house, but a legacy of right thinking mixed with hard work. We all are hoping for that someone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Port Royal Society
This week I am sharing about some of the most influential men in my life. Peter Kreeft The best way to describe Peter Kreeft is, "Brilliant!" He has a legacy of work that could keep you reading and thinking for the rest of your life. A follower of Christ and a committed Catholic, he is responsible for my discovery of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Further, he saves me from the secular sacred split as he brings philosophy and faith together in unison. Through Kreeft I have come to better know Socretes, Pascal, and Descartes. His work, "Christianity for Modern Pagans"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Port Royal Society