My grandfather was the greatest man I’ve ever known. Truly; he was my hero. Everything good that every developed in my life can be traced directly to my relationship with Christ and the wisdom that my grandfather shared with me.

I distinctly remember my grandfather relating to me about his pride in working at the Ford plant. His job on the line was to put a pin stripe down the side of the Grand Marquis car. He would say “Every time I see one of those cars I realize that that pin stripe is my signature. Nobody knows that I was the one that put it on there but I know”. It was his way of saying that whatever you do, do it as though everyone would know that you did it.

My grandfather also would continually remind me that “if anything you do is not worthy of putting your name on it then perhaps it shouldn’t be done.” This was is way of saying if you have to hide behind a veil because of shame, guilt, embarrassment, or fear of response then you should probably not do whatever it is you are going to do.

Over the last several days, months, years, it has been asked/said “What makes you different? You’re exactly the same.” While it would be simple enough to point that we are in fact different in many ways it never truly satisfies those ask. It would also be simple enough to ask; If you have a problem with what we do then why do support what they do? But again this type of introspection never occurs with those who ask. But in one area that we are decidedly different is that we take ownership of the words that we write. We have lots of discussion about pen names, monikers, abbreviations, etc…and all of us are of the mind that if we have to resort to hiding who we are because of what we write then it’s not worth it to write.

I’m continually proud of the accountability that all of the writers here have with each other. I’m not certain that many readers realize that aspect of this blog. Additionally many of us have contact with those who comment outside of this forum which adds another layer to accountability. We work very hard to be above board in all that we do. With the good stuff and the ugly stuff.

All this to say that it truly is evidence of what you believe when you don’t allow comments, responses to emails or questions, or refuse to put your name on your work. My grandfather would say if “you can’t handle the critique of your work you probably shouldn’t be doing it”.

My grandfather didn’t know Jesus but he did understand what it meant to take ownership over your actions. Regardless of the outcome.

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1   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 3rd, 2009 at 3:52 pm

It is curious concerning the donations. What do they support? Is it researching the internet, or doing the reading and work my oldest son does in Bible College without pay?

But the most paradoxical revelation is when those who do not allow comments on their own blog because of time restrictions related to comment moderation, comment on other blogs.

BTW – Jerry and I have had a falling out over the Miss USA contest issue. (I thought Miss New York should have won, he was rooting for Miss Ohio. :cool: )

2   Brendt Waters    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I don’t know what you mean by “refuse to put your name on your work”. It’s right there — it’s Ed Itor. His younger brother, Jan, also posts now and then (when not busy shooting for Scrubs).

3   ncgal53    
May 3rd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Brendt, it took me three reads before I got the joke. I hate getting old.

4   Brendt    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Beats the alternative. ;-)

5   John B    
May 4th, 2009 at 1:37 am

I just want to go on record and say my name really is John Brown. Kind of meaningless though, with that name I can hide in the middle of plain sight on the internet. Checking into a hotel with your wife is a little more awkward.

LOL

6   iggy    http://wordofmouthministries.blogspot.com/
May 4th, 2009 at 5:02 am

Checking into a hotel with your wife is a little more awkward.

I would hope so! :lol:

iggy

7   Pastorboy    http://crninfo.wordpress.com
May 4th, 2009 at 8:03 am

Well, I am so glad the goodwill extended with the OP ‘Do you still beat your wife’ and the excellent dialogue and repentance/forgiveness demonstrated in the comments a couple of posts ago has officially ended.

Go back now to being like those you criticize..

8   Brendt    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 4th, 2009 at 9:47 am

Checking into a hotel with your wife is a little more awkward.

Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. Say no more, say no more.

9   chris    
May 4th, 2009 at 10:51 am

Well, I am so glad the goodwill extended with the OP ‘Do you still beat your wife’ and the excellent dialogue and repentance/forgiveness demonstrated in the comments a couple of posts ago has officially ended.

PB,

Since you don’t get satire, irony, rhetoric, or any other literary device I was certain that you would swoop in and decry this post as “you do it too”. But please note the linked posts in the OP. Anybody who willing entitles a post “Breast augmentation for Jesus” to slander someone and then doesn’t put their name to it is a coward.

My post calls for a higher standard among “Christian bloggers”. If that is wrong in your eyes than so be it.

Grace and Peace.

10   Neil    
May 4th, 2009 at 10:52 am

Chris,

I am stunned, you post on how we are different and Pastorboy comment that we are like those we criticize. I thought for sure you had shown some difference.

Oh well…

11   Neil    
May 4th, 2009 at 10:55 am

Seriously though, Pastorboy, as soon as any of the ADM’s we address are willing to interact in the manner in which Chris Rosebrough has, we’ll be there to join in a real discussion.

Until then all we can do is point out their errors.

12   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 4th, 2009 at 11:12 am

I would like to suggest, in Christian love, that most commenters here are in need of intellect augmentation. I, of course, have been in desperate need of a reduction since I am walling in my own serotonin. :cool:

13   Brendt    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 4th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Rick (#1):

Is it researching the internet, or doing the reading and work my oldest son does in Bible College without pay?

Without pay, nothing. I bet he is paying them for the privilege of having his tail worked off.

Higher education is the biggest scam man ever made. ;-)

14   iggy    http://wordofmouthministries.blogspot.com/
May 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Well, I am so glad the goodwill extended with the OP ‘Do you still beat your wife’ and the excellent dialogue and repentance/forgiveness demonstrated in the comments a couple of posts ago has officially ended.

Go back now to being like those you criticize..

And apparently you are doing likewise! :lol:

iggy