The World According to kcillini77

May 25, 2007

Latest KC Star Column

Filed under: America,Christianity,Church,Ethics,Family,Me — kcillini77 @ 7:05 pm

You can find my latest (and last, for now) column in the Kansas City Star by following this link.

May 22, 2007

They’re at it again

I don’t know if it’s Romney’s bid for president or what, but the Mormons are in an all out media blitz right now. On my drive home from work the other day I saw a billboard advertising the Mormon church as Truth Restored and heard a commercial on the sports radio station I listen to claiming that the Mormon church has the answers to all of life’s questons. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does a great job of masking its advertisements in all sorts of Christian language, and that is exactly why everyone should do some basic research on the Mormon church. The generally high moral values exhibited by Mormons along with the rhetoric lead many Christians to a confused view of the Mormon church (as well as the Community of Christ, headquartered in my backyard – Independence, MO). I won’t go into all the details, but suffice it to say that the beliefs of Mormons are significantly different from Orthodox Christianity. To cite a few of the major offenders; people strive to become gods, people can be baptized after death; the church was corrupted after Christ’s death and needed new revelation through the Book of Mormon.

I highly recommend the book One Nation Under Gods, by Richard Abanes. But in case you don’t have time to read a 600 page book, suffice it to say that since the history of the Mormon church goes back to the time of newspapers its sordid history is well documented. Also, the story of Joseph Smith’s translation of the golden plates (which immediately disappeared back into the earth, and have to this day eluded archaeologists) is honestly laughable. Especially when you consider that the plates supposedly go back to a time period long before Christ but manage to quote the King James Version of the Bible (popular during the time of Joseph Smith).

At any rate, I didn’t intend this entry to be a bash of Mormons. Just an encouragement to be informed as the most recent media innundation begins.

May 8, 2007

The Need to be Needed

Filed under: Baby,Parenting — kcillini77 @ 10:34 pm

Recently Brinton has entered the separation anxiety phase. When we leave him with someone else he cries with an expectation of our return. I strongly believe he needs to learn to be taken care of by others, so it doesn’t pain me to leave him at the nursery at church or with a babysitter. But if we leave him in another room at a friend’s house with someone else and he begins interrupting by endless crying we have to intervene. And I’ve noticed that there’s something intoxicating about the power to calm his cries down. The feeling of being needed is addictive, so I can understand why some parents incessantly come to the defense of their kids. I think that even at the age of one, it’s something I need to fight, because if I get addicted now, it will be too easy to try to fight his battles for him later. Obviously I need to come to his rescue if he’s really in trouble, and I need to shower love on him at times every day. But even at this age he and I both need to learn that I can’t always rescue him from situations he deems uncomfortable. I just wish it was easier. Any thoughts?

May 1, 2007

I’m not a mean guy…

Filed under: America,Beer,Food and Drink,Me — kcillini77 @ 6:08 pm

A photographer from the Kansas City Star took this picture of me at the Parkville Microbrew Festival last Saturday.  I was having a conversation with a fellow beer enthusiast I had just met, and wasn’t aware the picture was being taken until afterwards.  I just want to say if I’ve ever talked to any of you and you thought I looked mean, I apologize.  I will try to work on that.

Matt at Parkville Microbrew Festival

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