"As I mused, the fire burned"

Reflection on life as a person of faith.


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I’ve had a varied and blessing-filled life: just under 21 years in the Canadian Forces, retiring as a senior officer. A disabling back injury, that left me a Veterans’ Affairs Canada disability pensioner with chronic pain. 30 years work in aerospace, instrumentation, microwaves, forensics, flight test (but not as a tester), flight operations, command and control and explosives engineering. Ordination as an Anglican priest a few years back. A husband, father, and sharing my home with a cat.  I can’t believe the things I’ve had the opportunity to do: nuclear chemical biological defence, 500 KCAS at 50 ft AGL, blowing things up, fire investigation, launching rocket-propelled ejection seats off the back of a truck [a black RAM 3500], teaching statistics, safety officer, airworthiness authority, choir singer, grad school and so on.  All this which really means little in the big scheme of things, but outlines a bit of what I am…

My main focus in life is the pursuit of truth…through my day job inquiring into and writing decisions about quasi-judicial types of things…through my weekend job preaching and teaching in a Christian context…and through my “hobby job” conducting forensic investigations of fire scenes and things that have failed badly.  Truth here means objective reality, and I would consider myself orthodox in the classical sense of that word: grounded in the objective reality of the creation.  That focus on truth is, in many ways, a direct rebuke to post-modernism.  My particular interest is the intersection of science and faith (or more specifically theology), and to repudiate the dualist perspective that pops up from time to time.  There is no conflict between science and theology.

I also like to pretend I can play more than 6 open chords on either my acoustic (a Seagull S6+) or my electric (an ESP LTD MH-1000NT) guitar, although Bm and anything with a barre still eludes me.

The blog is semi-anonymous, because of my day job.

I reserve artistic license over all these works, which may be freely shared for other than profit purposes, as long as proper attribution is included.  All other use rights are reserved under copywrite.


Written by sameo416

February 22, 2010 at 5:07 am

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