November 07, 2008



Good stuff regarding the election.

Regarding Randy Pausch, I'm worried. I watched "The Last Lecture" on PBS and felt it was filled with worldy wisdom and a hodgepodge of eastern-mysticism platitudes. I grew even more concerned when I learned that he was specifically leaving this as his legacy for his children and he never went into Christ, although he seemed to have a worldview that did not have room for Christ.

In an interview a few months before the lecture was taped, a reporter asked him about his faith and he refused to answer.

So, what's my conclusion? I'll tread carefully - as some hold their faith as a desperately private issue. But when I listened to the volume of this man's wisdom. . . it was all missing something. He had a lot of inspirational and good ideas, but they were largely just quips and one-liners of good advice. Given the fruit available to me in trying to discern where this man's coming from, I'm cautious about recommending his work and scared for his soul while timidly avoiding proclaiming him to have died without God's grace with any certainty.

I say this in all humility, but I did think was important enough to throw out there.


Brandon - Thanks. I recommended the book, not the PBS broadcast that I have not seen. The "advice" in the book is not new. It is a hodgepodge of homespun cliches from another era (primarily his father's). I think it valuable for adults to understand the culture in which they live and understand it through the lens of the "pop" philosophers. There is also a program for churches that is very, very similar to this and I would not be surprised to find out the idea came from Pausch's book. I am endorsing neither. I am just giving a 'head's up'. :)


I definitely agree on the importance of understanding your own culture. It's amazing how two people who have never met can recite an opinion verbatim and believe they came up with it. I also agree with you regarding the program for churches (although I don't know which one you're referring to, I'm not surprised). I think that's where my alarm is set to be more sensitive regarding Pausch. . . because he doesn't say anything "bad". In fact, most of his points are pretty good ideas. . . but woe to the church if we allow things to creep into our doctrine just because they pass the litmus test of sounding good.

From a sociological and anthropological standpoint, I definitely enjoyed watching the lecture. He showed courage and shared his gifts with an audience beyond that of the students who have interacted with him over the years.

I don't think you're mixing him up with true theology. In my personal life, however, I've already seen professing Christians quoting Pausch in times of grief where the Bible would've made more sense, given more comfort, and communicated something of eternal value. Specifically, at a funeral. I shuddered.

I'm afraid the less discerning among our flocks have difficulty separating true Biblical wisdom from "Chicken Soup for the Soul" stories.

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