FOLLOWUP: brendakh was kind enough to let me know that Jim Denison was pastor at First Baptist in Midland, Texas. I have corrected my text accordingly. On a related note, Denison is no stranger to our local blogosphere, either.
"What inconsequential frustration is nagging at your serenity today," Dr. Jim Denison asks in this post at God Issues. "What distraction is irritating your spirit?"
Author, educator and commentator Dr. James Denison has been pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas since June, 1998. Prior to that, he was pastor at churches in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Midland (at First Baptist!) and Mansfield, Texas.
His discussion on inconsequential frustrations and distractions - which came up during Pastor Steve Schorr's sermon at First Prez this past Sunday - not only addresses matters of faith in particular, but, at the same time, matters of our society, our culture and our values in general. It speaks not only to those of us who produce the news, but those of us who consume it, as well.
"Russia invades Georgia; America signs a weapons treaty with Poland, which Russia severely criticizes; the president of Pakistan resigns as economic and military chaos escalates in that nuclear power; the Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan; the Olympics are winding down in Beijing," Denison observes. "Meanwhile, news sources across America are obsessing about the residential merits of the candidates."
Please take the time to read the rest of Denison's post ... and his other posts, while you're at it. In fact, you might strongly consider subscribing to his daily e-mail devotionals.