Since Thanksgiving 2014 I've lost 40 lbs. I figured if I could make that hurdle, then I could do anything. Christmas parties and goodies at work can be overwhelming, but I made the decision to lose weight and by gosh I wasn't going to let a turkey and Christmas cookies sabotage my efforts. I purchased some products based on Marie Osmond and Terry Bradshaw's advice --and it started paying dividends. Also with my daughter's recommendation I got an app on my phone called "MyFitnessPal." It allows you to calculate your calories for the day, scan food packages, look up restaurant menus, and lets you know how well your proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are sizing up.
For me the calories and exercise go pretty well until I introduce work and family responsibilities. I've succeeded in trying to be a good husband, father, son, and friend -- but at times it requires an extra piece of cake. So, what's a guy to do? Quite often it is the mental hurdles that weigh us down -- pun intended. So, I thought it might be a good money making venture for someone with the technology skills to create "MyMentalHealthFitnessPal." Instead of calculating and helping you balance protein, fat, and carbs -- it would calculate and balance contentment, relationships, confidence, self-esteem, flexibility, zest for life, resilience, and meaning and purpose.
On a serious note, if you’ve made consistent efforts to improve your mental and emotional health and you still don’t feel good—then it’s time to seek professional help. Because we are so socially attuned, input from a knowledgeable, caring professional can motivate us to do things for ourselves that we were not able to do on our own. But, putting all seriousness aside you will find many compliments and contributions to your mental health at MoonDog Radio -- because yes...it's entertaining, informative, and what the MD ordered.
MoonDog Radio uses an old school radio principle called having a relationship with your listener now. Live radio is real, relevant, and relational - the on‐demand services haven’t quite mastered this yet.
MoonDog Radio is easy to use and it's run by real live humans. There’s a relatively talented and funny DJ – Mike “MoonDog” Burnette that will get you up-to-date with the latest. Also, you never have to hit a thumbs-up or thumbs-down button to generate your sound, just lean back and enjoy great music and interviews from a huge field of unsigned Christian artists; the 99 percent not being played on mainstream Christian radio.
It’s your companion in the gym, car, kitchen, and out in the garage. Feeling lonely? Looking for positive, encouraging messages? Turn on MoonDog Radio. The station is more than just announcers, news, entertainment, and great music. It’s about connecting a community of believers around the world with entertainment, educational products, and services. You don’t find that on impersonal places that call themselves radio like Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, AGOGO, Stitcher, and Omny. These products are great when you’re engaged, but not when you’re jogging, raking leaves, or mowing the yard.
Metrics has its place, but will never replace our conversations. Use your new media devices to send me songs, requests, shout-outs, or to just check-in from where you are in the world. The technology changes, but genuinely caring about people has been around awhile. I’ve already had friends check-in from Japan, Germany, Italy, and all over the USA. I hope you’ll send me something today to: MoonDog_Radio@yahoo.com
MoonDog Radio has its own voice. It’s a personalized voice that connects our neighborhoods, families, and community of Christian believers around the world with entertainment, information, products, and services. Now is the time to start investing in the next generation of Christian radio -- revolutions need revolutionaries and MoonDog Radio needs them now.
Have you ever watched the movie Good Morning Vietnam with Robin Williams? That's how I begin to explain what I did in the Air Force as an American Forces Radio & Television broadcaster. Whether it was "MoonDog Outside The Wire" or "Mike In The Morning", if you were ever in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Italy, Korea or Japan in the last 26 years you may have heard me waking-up our service members with the hottest entertainment and information from home.
On the air I jokingly referred to my mission as "Defending The Top 40", but I took giving my listeners a taste of home seriously. From the time of the Gulf War, through Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan I took my show on the road-- providing tunes for convoys of Soldiers retaking Kuwait, entrenched with the Peshmerga in Iraq, and flying in Blackhawks through the Hindu Kush. You've never experienced anything like hanging out with your listeners in a Bashir Valley mud hole trading MRE [Meals Ready To Eat] recipes with guys far from home.
I started my broadcasting career announcing made-up groups and interviewing my playmates into a vintage 1960's Solid State portable tape recorder -- which was fun to hide in the living room when the adults where visiting. That's how I discovered ...well, never mind!
Since my fake interviews of the 60's, I've met and interviewed Kid Rock, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule, Willie Nelson, Foreigner, Patti LaBelle, Paul Overstreet, Big & Rich, Lone Star, Gatlin Brothers, Rudy Boesch from Survivor, and worked with Elvis Duran and the Morning Zoo right after 911, providing trips home for the holidays to our
troops and families. No matter who I interviewed-- it was always the most fun getting local service and family members on the air to play games and give away stuff -- a dinner, a trip, but mostly moments to laugh and smile when nobody from home was close enough to hold your hand. I enjoyed every minute of serving my nation as an American Forces Radio broadcaster, but the time past too quickly. Now as a U.S. Air Force retiree and Christian I'm on fire to bring the same entertainment programming zeal to the Church.
I love the Christian music industry and think that KLOVE/AIR 1 and Salem Broadcasting, just to mention two great organizations, that do a bang-up job. But, there are a host of unknown Christian artists and songs that never get played. Your friends and neighbors -- great artists who don't have labels. visibility or know-how. MoonDog Radio is sort of a farm-team for major league radio stations. The place to get your original Christian music noticed 24/7 by fans and Christian radio stations around the world. If you have a well produced song that you'd like considered for air, then send now to MoonDog_Radio@yahoo.com via Google Drive or leave a message.
DJ's - this is also the place to begin your radio career or host a weekly program for your church group. I can provide the air-time, training, and feedack -- better stuff than you'll get at the Columbia School of Broadcasting -- I guarantee it. If your interested, then send a message to MoonDog_Radio@yahoo.com.
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I thank God for this opportunity to have fun and communicate in a way that glorifies God, educates, and influences our culture in positive ways. I like to laugh and have fun while I'm doing that. This is in no way an exhaustive list; however, in the interest of full disclosure a few of my pastoral, theological, and apologetic influences include Francis Schaefer, Alvin Plantinga, William Lane Craig, J.P. Mooreland, Ravi Zacharias, John Lennox, Alister McGrath, Gary Habermas, Francis Beckwith, Michael Licona, Paul Copan, Norman Geisler, Lee Stroebel, Mary Jo Sharp, David Jeremiah, Greg Laurie, Robert Jeffers, Rick Warren, and the late Jerry Falwell, Sr.,Chuck Smith, and Gretchen Passantino..
Blessings In Christ!
Mike "MoonDog" Burnette
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THE DEBATE
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THE DEBATE AND ALL THROUGH THE HALL
ALL THE THINKERS WERE THINKING, AND SPOKE AS WERE CALLED.
ONLY A PREMISE WOULD STAND BETWEEN A MORE LOGICAL VIEW,
AS CONCLUSIONS WERE MADE, AND ACCUSATIONS WERE SPEWED.
WILLIAM LANE CRAIG BEGAN WITH REASONS TO BELIEVE THERE’S A GOD, THE ATHEIST APPEALED TO A SPAGETTI MONSTER – HOW ODD. BILL SPOKE OF THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE, FINE-TUNING, AND LIFE. HIS KALAM-COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT CUT LIKE A KNIFE.
OBJECTIVE MORALITY AND THE RESURRECTION WAS SHARED. AS HE SILENCED HIS CHALLENGERS WITH REASON AND CARE.
THE THINKERS WERE NESTLED ALL SMUG IN THEIR THOUGHTS,
THE AUDIENCE ANTIPATING HOW EACH CHALLENGE WOULD BE FOUGHT.
WITH VISIONS OF “NOTHING AND INFINITY” IN THEIR HEADS,
THE OPPOSERS DID STAMMER AND WEAVE A BIG WEB. AND BILL IN HIS SWEATER AND COLORFUL TIE
LAYED OUT THE FACTS, NO ONE COULD -- REASONABLY DENY.
WHEN OUT IN THE AUDIENCE THERE ROSE SUCH A CLATTER,
AS HE SAID, “OUT OF NOTHING NOTHING COMES” – IT DIDN’T SEEM TO MATTER. “WE JUST HAPPENED” THEY SHOUTED AND "THAT’S ALL THERE IS. STOP BELIEVING IN FAIRY-TALES, AND THIS MADE UP GOD BIZ.”
MOONDOG WAS HOSTING AND DISHED OUT ADVICE -- "PLEASE STICK TO THE FACTS – AND EVERONE PLAY NICE.” WHEN, WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES SHOULD APPEAR
BUT A BEARDED MAN WITH A BOOK “WARRANTED CHRISTIAN BELIEFS” KEPT NEAR.
A LITTLE OLD DEFENDER, SO LIVELY AND BRIGHT,
I KNEW IN A MOMENT “ST. PLANTINGA” WAS IN THE FIGHT
MORE RAPID THAN EAGLES, HIS PROTEGES CAME,
AND HE WHISTLED AND SHOUTED AND CALLED THEM BY NAME:
"NOW MORELAND! NOW HABERMAS!
NOW, STROBEL AND SHARP!
ON, LICONA! ON, TUREK
ON, KOUKL AND COPAN!
TO THE TOP OF THE STAGE!
TO THE TOP OF THE HALL!
NOW DEFEND AWAY! DEFEND AWAY!
DEFEND AWAY ALL!"
INVALID ARGUMENTS FLEW, AS A WILD HURRICANE FLIES. TRUTH OFTEN TRADED FOR A PACK FULL OF LIES. WHEN THEY MET WITH AN OBSTACLE, ABOUT A “BIG DADDY IN THE SKY” UP TO THE MICROPHONE THE DISCOURSERS DID FLY.
WITH COLOR CODED POWERPOINT-SLIDES OF ARGUMENTS GALORE, CASES WHERE MADE FOR GOD’S EXISTENCE, THAT NO ONE COULD IGNORE.
HIS EYES--HOW THEY TWINKLED! HIS DIMPLES, HOW MERRY!
HIS CHEEKS WERE LIKE ROSES, HIS NOSE LIKE A CHERRY!
HIS DROLL LITTLE MOUTH WAS DRAWN UP LIKE A BOW,
AND THE BEARD ON HIS CHIN WAS AS WHITE AS THE SNOW.
THE STUMP OF A PIPE HE HELD TIGHT IN HIS TEETH,
AND THE SMOKE IT ENCIRCLED HIS HEAD LIKE A WREATH. [NO CHANGES NEEDED FOR SANTA OR PLANTINGA ON THAT PART]
THE ATHEIST ALL GROANED WITH EACH POINT THAT WAS MADE, BUT OFFERED NO EVIDENCE IN THEIR AD HOMINEM PARADE. PLANTINGA GRINNED AS HE LAUGHED AND SAID “REALLY?” “THAT’S THE SORT OF THING ONE MIGHT THINK IF THEY WERE SAY, JUST PLAIN SILLY.” HE SPOKE LOTS OF NUMBERS AND LETTERS, TO EXPLAIN -- THAT WITHOUT THE NOTION OF A GOD, WE COULDN’T KNOW ANYTHING. HE FILLED ALL THEIR MINDS, WITH THOUGHTS NEVER HEARD, BUT ALWAYS PROVIDED SOME THOUGHTS FROM THE WORD:
"JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT."
"OH, AND I HAVE 22 ARGUMENTS FOR THEISTIC BELIEF", BUT I HEARD HIM EXCLAIM, 'ERE HE DROVE OUT OF SIGHT,
"MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, IS A PROPERLY BASIC BELIEF!"
MoonDog Radio will enhance your media outreach and ability to communicate your unique personality, promotions, and programming. I produce radio commercials, promos, comedy, provide feedback, book reviews, and engage with your social media sites. I'm also quite capable of interacting with you as an alter-ego or producer. Write me at MoonDog_Radio@yahoo.com or email@example.com to schedule a consult today: https://www.moondogradio.com/
HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TWO GREAT APOLOGETICS BOOKS THIS CHRISTMAS: "Reasonable Faith" by William Lane Craig and "The Resurrection of Jesus" by Michael Licona. All you need to do is send me a YouTube link of you reading my poem "TWAS THE NIGHT OF THE DEBATE" creatively as possible. A winner will be chosen and announced by January 6th. Mail to: MoonDog_Radio@yahoo.com
I hate being interrupted by commercials – unless they’re actually really good. But, what makes it good? In life we intuitively know that great communication requires a trusted relationship. We spend time developing emotional bonds with our friends that are honest, simple, inviting, memorable, and fun. Isn’t that why you enjoy spending time with good friends? Real friends listen without trying to sell you something – they’re there when needed. Our friends give us trusted advice about house repairs, plumbers, mechanic, and restaurants. That’s how relationships work, and that’s how good media communication works too – building emotional bonds of trust.
So if you really want to connect with your audience you’ve got to go beyond a simple message of awareness that merely sells your benefits and features. You’ve got to grab their emotional attention. Become a part of what's important on the platform they're viewing -- entertainment, information, and education. It should all converge into what matters most to your audience.
Slice-of-life commercials trigger our emotions. These mini-dramas capture elements we can all relate to -- the things that make us laugh, cry, fear, angry, surprised, and disgusted. You’re tapping into emotions, meaning, and purpose – not intruding on your audiences most valuable asset – time.
As an example I’ll use the most mundane, boring subject I can imagine: suppose I own a store that sells the vegetable Kale, and I want to sell more of it. Should I tell you that “we have a friendly staff that sells fresh Kale at reasonable prices” or that “Kale is a ‘powerhouse food’ full of anti-oxidants which may prevent cancer and add years to your life – and we always have an organic bunch that we’ll save for you.” The first example was just being aware of what “we” have; the second example was making you aware of “why it matters to you” – emotional attention.
That’s a sample of how MoonDog Radio tells your story; marketing your unique messages in the media (radio, TV, and social media platforms). Let me enhance your ability to communicate your personality, promotions, and programming. I will consult with you, and produce what you need for your unique style, messaging, and platforms.
MoonDog Radio can also produce commercials, promos, comedy, provide feedback, book reviews, and engage with your social media sites. I'm also quite capable of interacting with you as an alter-ego or producer. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consult today: https://www.moondogradio.com/
Once or twice in my life I have been told to "go to hell." To my regret, in less spiritual moments of my life, I have also blurted the command at others. In everyday language we use expressions like this easily and angrily -- "there'll be hell to pay", "hell yeah", "that's a hell of a thing to say..." You get the point. As an emotive expression we embrace the word, but as a real destination place -- not so much.
Is Hell a barbarous realm of torture where the Devil lives or just a word to express anger and elation -- or something else? A friend told me he wouldn't become a Christian because of the cruel concept of hell -- which he believed to be a fiery, painful place of suffering and torture. In our conversations I gathered that most of his information and descriptions of hell were what he was taught as a child or had seen in a movie -- not the Bible. It was apparent that he had never actually studied what is said in the Bible about Hell.
He didn't believe it was logical, justified, or equitable -- there was no acceptable reason that, in his words, "God could be so inhuman." He didn't have a framework for an objective standard for morality other than using the word "Universe" as a God replacement, and clinging to the random odds that some unknown forces would work in his favor -- if he lived as good as he thought he should be.
Even though many Christians differ on this interpretation, I like what Christian philosopher William Lane Craig says about hell: "I don't think hell is what is depicted in medieval paintings of torture wracks, pinchers, and red hot irons. It seems to me that the essence of hell is what Paul describes in I Thessalonians. 1:5 "they shall suffer the punishment of *exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might. I think that is the anguish of hell -- the separation from God from all that is good and beautiful and lovely -- to be left with one's crabbed and selfish heart forever."
*"destruction": ὄλεθρος/ólethros does not imply "extinction" (annihilation). Rather it emphasizes the consequent loss that goes with the complete "undoing."
Hell is a fire, but not in any sense that we're aware of. The Bible describes the reality of hell in forceful figures of speech. It is said to be a place of darkness (Matt. 8:12; 22:13), which is “outside” [the gate of the heavenly city] (Rev. 22:14-15). Hell is away from the “presence of the Lord” (Matt. 25:41; 2 Thess. 1:7-9). Of course, these are relational, not necessarily spatial, terms. God is “up” and hell is “down.” God is “inside” and hell is “outside.” Hell is the other direction from God. The nature of hell is a horrifying reality. It is like being left outside in the dark forever (Matt. 8:12). It is like a wandering star (Jude 13), a waterless cloud (Jude 12), a perpetually burning dump (Mark 9:43-48), a bottomless pit (Rev. 20:1, 3), a prison (1 Peter 3:19), and a place of anguish and regret (Luke 16:28). To borrow the title of the book by Lewis, hell is the “great divorce”—an eternal separation from God (2 Thess. 1:7-9). There is, in biblical language, a great gulf fixed” between hell and heaven (Luke 16:26) so that no one can pass from one side to the other (Geisler).
Nowhere does the Bible describe it as a “torture chamber” where people are forced against their will to be tortured. This is a caricature created by unbelievers to justify their reaction that the God who sends people to hell is cruel. This does not mean that hell is not a place of torment. Jesus said it was (Luke 16:24). But unlike torture which is inflicted from without against one’s will, torment is self-inflicted. Even atheists have suggested that the door of hell is locked from the inside. We are condemned to our own freedom from God. Heaven’s presence of the divine would be the torture to one who has irretrievably rejected him. Torment is living with the consequences of our own bad choices. It is the weeping and gnashing of teeth that results from the realization that we blew it and deserve the consequences. Just as a football player may pound on the ground in agony after missing a play that loses the Super Bowl, so those in hell know that the pain they suffer is self-induced. Hell is also depicted as a place of eternal fire. This fire is real but not necessarily physical (as we know it), because people will have imperishable physical bodies (John 5:28-29; Rev. 20:13-15), so normal fire would not affect them. Further, the figures of speech that describe hell are contradictory if taken in a physical sense. It has flames, yet is outer darkness. It is a dump (with a bottom), yet a bottomless pit. While everything in the Bible is literally true, not everything is true literally (Geisler).
Norman Geisler offers some good theological and philosophical arguments for the existence of Hell. First, the Bible, Jesus, and Apostle Paul taught it. Secondly, God's sovereignty, love, justice, human dignity, and Christ death on the cross demands a Hell. Third, God cannot force free people to love him if they choose to ignore or disbelieve. Also, there would not be real justice were there no place of punishment for the likes of Stalin and Hitler, who initiated the merciless slaughter of multimillions. As C.S. Lewis said, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done”’ (Screwtape Letters, 69).
Want to get some funny looks -- next time your angry or elated just yell, "Heaven Yeah!"
Religious literacy is at an all time low -- many are totally ignorant of the content and meaning of the greatest classical pieces of art, music, and architecture in the history of the world. Have we failed to educate ourselves and our children? Also, have the schools become so fearful of the "separation of church and state" debate that they've failed to communicate and educate the next generation properly?
Play you're own version of "Jay Walking" and show a few people a picture of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and ask them why it's called "The Last Supper" and who is sitting around the table -- is it One Direction, Menudo, or New Kids On The Block....no...try again. Have they ever heard of the 12 Disciples, Peter, Judas -- have they ever read the Bible -- the best selling book in the world -- every year. Reading is educational friends -- whether you embrace the message or not. At a minimum you'll read stories that are reflected in historical art, music, and architecture about love, joy, peace, forgiveness, redemption, restoration, kindness, mercy, and grace.
What do they know of The Vatican [St. Peter's Basilica & Sistine Chapel], Notre Dame, Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood [perhaps one of the most iconic images of Russia], Wittenberg [Martin Luther, 95 Theses], Mont Saint Michel, Sagrada Familia, Las Lajas Sanctuary, The Church of St. George , The Great Synagogue, The Monasteries of Meteora, Borgund Stave Church, Durham Cathedral, Pieta, Leonardo da Vinci, Veronese, Michelangelo, Titian, Veronese, Luini, Bosch, Bellini, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rembrandt, Bach, Beethovan, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Straveinsky, Verdi, and Vivaldi.
If half those names, places, and works are unknown to you, then perhaps the entertainment industry and educational systems have cheated you too. Don't let ignorance and hate rob you of your heritage -- visit a museum, listen to Haydn, read the Bible, visit a church -- they don't bite -- normally!
There are a lot of military terms we use in everyday life like "fight", "battle", "out-maneuver", "threat", "pre-emptive strike" and "gather intel". We are relating our ministry or business to war when we compare and contrast these sayings -- looking for ways to win.
The late Colonel John Boyd, known as the “Fighter Pilot who changed the Art of War”, was an F-86 fighter pilot and commander who believed that "when at a disadvantage a competent pilot could still overcome that disadvantage by 'Attacking the Mind' of his opponent." His studies helped him better understand human reaction time and coin the term O.O.D.A. Loop [Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act]. His model for decision-making in air combat soon became an organizational business model.
Boyd's analysis demonstrated there are many cases when you're "out-gunned", but can still gain competitive advantages that bring victory. His example is that of an F-86 Fighter which was slower than the Soviet MIG-15. The MIG was faster and
could turn better -- but the American plane won more battles because the pilot's field of vision was superior.
The fact is that from where you sit you may not be as strong as the next guy, but may have a better view of what's really going on -- that helps you assess a situation better and faster than your competition. As a result you gain a clear competitive advantage that allows you to out-maneuver others -- who may be caught by surprise, put off balance, and not know what to expect -- that's when "playing with their mind" starts them second guessing themselves and making mistakes. Is that a Christian attitude -- well, it depends on the degree of character and application.
There is no doubt that our successes and promotions come from God -- sometimes despite ourselves, but most often using the creative mind and skills He gave us. That's where MoonDog Radio steps in -- I use that mind, talent, experience, and programming knowledge to help pastors, apologists, and personalities stay one step ahead of the competition through radio-social media production and consulting. A Chrisitan production and consulting firm like this can lift the media outreach burden from the pastor, apologist, or personality so that they can concentrate on research, writing, and teaching.
An effective media outreach keeps you relevant and engaged in the current discussion -- staying one step ahead of the competition and, at he same time, being prepared to react to what they do. With world-wide, real-time communication, and on-going rapid improvements in social media and technology, you need someone at the helm who can keep updating and revising your strategies to keep pace with the ever-changing environment.
Boyd's O.O.D.A. Loop is a useful lesson for any ministry or business.
His model outlines a four-point decision loop that supports quick, effective and proactive decision-making. The four stages are:
1. Observe – collect current information from as many sources as practically possible.
2. Orient – analyze this information, and use it to update your current reality.
3. Decide – determine a course of action.
4. Act – follow through on your decision.
You continue to cycle through the OODA Loop by observing the results of your actions, seeing whether you've achieved the results you intended, reviewing and revising your initial decision, and moving to your next action. The OODA Loop was modeled closely to the PDCA "Plan, Do, Check, Act" that William Deming championed from Walter Shoehart -- who was fond of the "classical pragmatists" Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914), William James (1842–1910) and John Dewey.
I'll speak more to their influences and the historic philosophies under-girding LEAN & SIX SIGMA methods in a future article.
Assess your situation today and learn how to have a better, faster, and more attractive media outreach. Allow MoonDog Radio to help you that clear competitive advantage today.
Blessings in Christ! MD
Should a Christian production firm like MoonDog Radio practice The Art of War principles, written in 6th Century China by Sun Tzu -- it's not as gruesome as it sounds. Sun Tzu's principles are embodied first in "capture your market (subdue the enemy) without destroying it". MoonDog Radio is doing this now by attacking parts of the Christian market that are under-served. How many creative, experienced media experts do you know that are familiar with the works of Francis Schaefer, Alvin Plantinga, and William Lane Craig?
Secondly, "avoid your competitor's strength, and attack their weakness." That's what I call the David & Goliath strategy. MoonDog Radio is a new Christian radio production and media consulting business that can't compete now with large secular organizations; however, the price, talent, skills, and Christian foundation combined provide clients with a superior service.
Thirdly, “know the enemy (competition) and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.” You have to use media strategies that exploit your unique strengths. What is your unique selling proposition (USP)? The reason others should use your services, information, or products as opposed to someone else's or nothing at all?
Fourth, “To rely on rustics and not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues.” Preparation, concentration, and moderation in planning and execution provides you with the greatest potential for swiftly overcoming the competition. Speed requires a lot of preparation -- eliminating waste, reducing operational defects, and adding value to your customers.
Fifth, "...those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.” In communication plans in particular it is important to form "Survival" like alliances and strategies that shape, influence, and educated your customers, clients -- and opponents. It means seizing control of the market, event or medium -- skillfully putting it in your own hands. Take control of your campaigns, key themes, and messages. Mahammad Ali was brilliant at this with his famous "rope the dope". Let your competition wear themselves out if they choose and then strike with precision.
Sixth, “when one treats people with benevolence, justice and righteousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders.” Develop your integrity and character as a leader in the Christian community and look to production and media consulting firms that have a vested interest in evangelism, strengthening believers, and shaping culture -- that's the beginning of an effective media outreach.
Sun Tzu wanted his leaders to be wise, sincere, humane, courageous, and strict. That's something we also embrace in the Christian community. Most of us are trying to "fight the good fight", not a literal war -- never-the-less, these are strong principles used in the business world to build creative strategies and sustain success. MoonDog Radio is "the premiere Christian radio production and media consulting firm in America." Our goals are to glorify God through the highest caliber of radio-social media production and consulting to pastors, apologists, and personalities. We call our friends "MoonDoggers" and ask for your prayers and voice in telling others about us. God has called Mike "MoonDog" Burnette to establish an organization of talented, creative broadcasters, writers, and social media experts schooled well in theology, apologetics, and philosophy. Working together we are strengthening believers, evangelizing, and shaping our culture. Prepare for battle!
Blessings in Christ! MD
TRUE TRUTH: "UNTRUMPABLE: HOW BETTING AGAINST THEISM IS A FOOLS BET OR WHAT PASCAL SHOULD HAVE SAID"
The cards have been dealt and the stakes are high – God, hope, afterlife, and everything that matters to you is in the kitty. The game could be rigged and all the players bluffing, but all real indications are that you’re holding a Royal Flush that’s worth betting on – you have to make a decision, even if you walk away with nothing. Kevin Moore asked MoonDog to review his work for social media -- and I am obliged to offer my opinion .
Kevin Moore dedicates his new book Untrumpable: How Betting Against Theism Is A Fool’s Bet or What Pascal Should Have Said to “the Godfather of theistic apologetics” Alvin Plantinga, which captured my silly imagination at the onset. Even before I dug in to read, I imagined Professor Plantinga lecturing as Marlon Brando playing Don Corleone -- “He (God) can’t give creatures the freedom to perform evil and at the same time prevent them from doing so.”
After walking around the house impersonating The Godfather saying “maximal great being” I settled-in to read.
Moore, a Christian, ponders how one begins to believe in theism, why one believes, why you might feel like you need understand, and why certain arguments are considered rational, compelling or not. He says, “I must admit that I think that this is a very strange practice, namely, having to defend our beliefs, for we should only ever defend a thing to the degree for which we are responsible for it.”
He contemplates whether one is directly responsible for a belief by “trying”, “wanting”, and “imagining” -- and that “…while it may be within our power to make it such that some belief is either formed or not formed in us (by creating an event) it is not within our power to just, at will, form a belief or prevent a belief being formed.” Moore’s book seems to circle around The Godfather’s [Alvin Plantinga] epistemology of the idea that belief in God is a “properly basic belief”, no less reliable than our 5-senses, and that the ontological truth of something is true whether or not you know it – and there’s no need to know how you know. Thus starting the infinite regress spoken of often by William Lane Craig of “how do you know that you know” and “how do you know you need to know”, and “how do you know that?” Enough already!
Kevin makes the point that we have certain “involuntary beliefs” – and that we’re no more responsible for our belief in God than we are our belief that we are functioning in a real world. He calls “wisdom” and “the nature of wisdom” an Untrumpable Method for evaluating “voluntary actions” like putting a gorilla in your living room, so that it's true we believe that there's a gorilla in the living room. He says “wisdom” is “maximally inclusive” in our metric of evaluating actions and “it is always able to get our interests right, whatever they are.” I find it an interesting thought that wisdom is always able to do such a thing, but I'd need to hear a little more of his thoughts concerning the genesis and power of wisdom.
The foundational argument of this book is that (i) voluntary actions are the appropriate objects of our evaluating judgments and (ii) that the metric of wisdom is an untrumpable standard for evaluating such objects.
Kevin asks “what are the earmarks of truth…for actuality?” According to him there are no “global” earmarks for our ability to know the truth and that our world could be very different than our beliefs. Again I see this as him moving between ontology and epistemology – and what he calls “the problem of our evidential gap” or “the problem of uncertainty.” He says “…we all have the necessary sufficient ingredients for something that is quite possibly very significant for our ultimate well-being: we have room for betting, wagering or gambling on the afterlife.” Was that just me or did you hear Don Corleone whisper “Warranted Christian Belief” in background. Moore says that “wagering” or choosing not to do anything is just how we are all forced to “bet” or respond to “uncertainty, especially in regard to the afterlife.” And that all we can really do is our best.
“The best we can do is wager wisely” with the assumption that we can trust our senses – knowing that “we can afford for things to work out in our favor, but not always so against it.”
His “wisdom decision theory” explores the cost analysis for bet-hedging or risk minimization and “foolish and non-foolish bets.”
According to Kevin More the gamble is whether or not “the possibility of an afterlife possesses any serious threat or expose us to any potential risk that could be detrimental to an interest that we can’t not value, that is, an unshakeable interest. And, second it depends upon whether we either have enough information or could be found blameworthy for not having enough information, despite all our uncertainty, in order to know how we should wager on the afterlife by dint of our voluntary actions.”
Moore discusses “our standard of judgment” as well as certainty and uncertainty of consequences and knowledge of consequences -- “…we really only need to fear a justly retributed afterlife.” To him that is key to assessing the wisdom of such an afterlife gamble.
His book is about the common-sense argument that we can only be held responsible for our “voluntary actions and inactions.” I agree since our involuntary actions like sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste are for all intents and purposes built into the hardware -- there's no apparent reason to question it. His second point that wisdom is the metric to measure and evaluate these actions also seems to follow logically as a self-protection method. In his card game of life there are four things significant to bets we make on our lives and ultimate well-being: (1) uncertainty (2) voluntary actions, (3) interests worth protecting and (4) enough knowledge about our world, despite our uncertainty, to know which actions are riskier to our interest than others. In his words “all the ingredients for gambling are present…and we are in control and responsible for the wellbeing of our interests.”
Moore discusses whether or not the possibility of an afterlife exposes us to any risk that we have reason to worry about. Also, do we have enough information to wager wisely? Moore lays his cards on the table with a “wise fear” trump. He also presents a compelling Defensive Case For Theism, Christianity, and presents some alternatives – acknowledging that it’s impractical, if not impossible to hedge against “alternate universes”, “many gods” and “multiple afterlife” beliefs. Exercising his own “wisdom decision theory”, he seems to wisely know when to hold them and know when to fold them -- embraces the game as real and meaningful -- and makes his bet.
In conclusion Kevin Moore deals from the top of the deck – portraying God as our hope of eternal life -- untrumpably good and worthy of our allegiance. Now, “that’s an offer you can’t refuse."