WOD 3-31-11

Warm-up

50 KB Snatches each arm (12 or 16 kg)

21-15-9

Double KB Clean & Jerk (24 kg)

Burpees

Kettlebell Certification - Bellingham, WA - April 27-28, 2010
Kettlebell Certification – Bellingham, WA – April 27-28, 2010

In the Declaration of Independence, God is mentioned four times:

1) ” The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…” the “Laws of Nature” refer the natural laws God built into man and creation.  The laws of “Nature’s God” references God’s laws are found in the Bible.

2)”All Men are created equal, they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” “Creator” is a reference to the Creator Cod.

3)”Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions….” The Supreme Judge of the world is God.

4)”With a firm Reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence….” A reference to God’s power, wisdom, and sovereignty.

David Barton from wallbuilders.com drives home the important point that a nation’s laws legislation, and policy will reflect it’s theology and belief (or non-belief) in God:

“Of course, considering the spiritual implications of a policy is important only if there is a God, only if He has established transcendent rights and wrongs, and only if He responds on that basis.  However, if one accepts these “ifs,” then public policy must be analyzed accordingly.”

WOD 3-30-11

Warm -up

5 Minutes H2H KB Drills (12 or 16 kg)

5 Rounds For time:

3 Deadlifts (90% of 1 rep max)

3 Pull-ups (32 kg)

3 Handstand Push-ups (Rings or parralettes)

Finish:

5  50 yard Sprints

TGU w/ Mikaela Harf - CrossFit-X, Bellingham, WA
TGU w/ Mikaela Harf – CrossFit-X, Bellingham, WA

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

George Washington wrote: ” We ought to be no less persuaded  that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

WOD 3-29-11

Warm-up

500 meter Row

3 Round for Time:

10 Turkish Get-ups R/L (24kg)

10 Muscle Ups

Finish

500m row

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Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

(March 2010 Family Ministries Newsletter)

How Dr. Spock is Destroying America
by Reb Bradley

In the last 50 years our nation has taken a moral nosedive.

Since 1960 the rate of violent crimes has more than tripled. Every day there are news reports of heinous crimes unheard of in America a generation ago. Children murder their playmates, their teachers, and their parents. Teenage mothers abandon their newborn babies in trashcans, and every year students commit carnage on their classmates. Our culture has sunk so low that children are no longer safe with their teachers in school or at church – scores of men and women are arrested every year for preying on the children under their care.

The sexual revolution that started in the 60’s continues with many casualties. Promiscuity has become so rampant that 1 of every 4 teenage girls now has a sexually transmitted infection. In the last 5 decades practices have become so deviant that the number of distinct STD’s had risen from 5 to more than 50 – a sudden increase of a thousand percent. Obsession with sexual violence has brought a 318% increase in sexual assault.

Our nation is in severe moral decline and the descent is not slowing. The church is not far behind.

As a parenting counselor, it is not too difficult to trace the cause of our troubles back to its origin. I hate to say it, but our problem started with American icon, Dr. Benjamin Spock.

Spock’s child rearing book “Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care,” first published in 1946, sold 750,000 copies the first year, has since sold over 50 million copies, and is sixth in sales only to the Bible. Life magazine certified the depth of his influence, naming Spock among the 100 most important people of the twentieth century.

Within a decade after Spock’s first book, a perceptible change began to develop in American families. Under Spock’s influence, parents were watching their children become sassy and contentious, and increasing numbers were seeing them become juvenile delinquents and criminals. Over the last 50 years this out-of-control behavior has led to a 300 percent increase in the rate of violent crime.

As the crime rate started to crawl up, SAT scores began to drop. Teenagers began to exercise less moral restraint and revealed an increasing contempt for authority. The free-love hippy movement and student protests were the inevitable outcomes of Spock-inspired parenting.

Doctor Spock was aware of his negative influence upon parents. In a 1968 interview with the New York Times, Spock admitted that the first edition of his child-rearing book had contributed to an increase of permissive parenting in America. “Parents began to be afraid to impose on the child in any way,” he said. In his 1957 edition he tried to remedy that, but his rewrite didn’t succeed. Spock failed to see the deeper problems of his philosophy, so subsequent editions continued to promote parenting that cultivated narcissism, entitlement, and victim thinking.

Instead of stressing the importance of teaching self-denial and respect for authority, Spock emphasized accommodating children’s feelings and catering to their preferences. No longer did children learn they could endure Brussels sprouts and suffer through daily chores. Using Spock’s approach, parents began to feed self-indulgence instead of instilling self-control – homes were becoming less parent-directed and more child-centered. As parents elevated children’s “freedom of expression” and natural cravings, children became more outspoken, defiant, and demanding of gratification. In fact, they came to view gratification as a right.

Don’t get me wrong. Spock did not intentionally set out to sabotage America. He was a sincere man who wrote his book in response to a cold, authoritarian philosophy of parenting that had been dominant in America. For years, parents had been told to withhold affection from their children — not to touch them too often — not to respond to their tears. Understanding of children had not been encouraged and fathers had held a minor role in their nurture and care. These things distressed Spock, and they would have upset me had I been born back then. Children need our tender affection, understanding, and respect. However, Spock’s solutions reflected total ignorance of the hedonistic bent of human nature, and fostered an over-exalted sense of self-importance in children.

One of the flaws in Spock’s approach was that he promoted conflicting goals. He wanted children to learn to follow the leadership of their parents, but he also wanted them to be outspoken and independent from a young age. His teaching was inadvertently skewed in favor of raising children to think more of themselves than others — particularly those in authority over them.

In the 1968 New York Times interview Spock actually admitted that he hoped he had contributed to the contempt for authority demonstrated by teens in the 60’s. “I would be proud if the idealism and militancy of youth today were caused by my book,” he said.

Is it any surprise that Spock participated with teenagers in protests and was arrested multiple times in the 60’s because of his contempt for governmental authority? And was it any more of a surprise when he entered the 1972 presidential race as the candidate for the socialist People’s Party? His political actions revealed the underlying philosophy of his book.

As Spock’s radical parenting ideas grew in popularity other “experts” jumped on the bandwagon and promoted their own versions of indulgent child rearing. Since 1946 parenting approaches that foster narcissism and contempt for authority have become the accepted norm in higher education and subsequently in society. It is a simple matter to trace the dominant hedonism of our adult culture back to Spock’s influence.

Although many will read this and readily distance themselves from Spock or any secular philosophy, too few grasp the seductive nature of modern ideas. What Spock did was appeal to parental love. He steered parents away from the seemingly cold, objective pursuit of character training and toward their own feelings of nurture. Rather than tell parents the truth that love means doing what is right for our children despite our feelings of empathy, he directed them to let their feelings guide them. “Trust your own instincts,” he said. Before people realized it, he had redefined love as indulgence.

This has left the majority of mommies feeling that to love their children, they must make them happy. If little junior doesn’t want to stay on Mommy’s lap, they let him down. If he refuses to eat his broccoli, they give him pizza and a sugared vitamin. If he loses a toy, breaks a window, or receives a parking ticket, they pay for his negligence. In current generations, to love means to rescue children from pain, deprivation, and the consequences of their actions.

For most of history, such indulgence was considered “spoiling a child.” Modern practices are outrageous, since to spoil something is to ruin it. Our culture now suffers great moral decline and our lawmakers legislate like indulgent parents, because of such a significant misunderstanding of love and discipline.

This modern idea of being guided by feelings stands in contrast to the Bible. Solomon instructed us to “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying“ (Prov 19:18). God made clear that our feelings cannot always be trusted, particularly in the area of parenting. He went on to say that the proof of love is the willingness to bring pain through discipline:

For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons… 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Heb 12:6-8,11).

Benjamin Spock died in 1998, and my intent is not to malign a man in the grave — it is simply to identify and abandon the polluted well from which we have been drinking. America may be sinking, but we don’t have to go down with her. Believers must turn away from the wisdom of the world and look to the Bible to devise a plan of training and discipline that will bear good and lasting fruit.

For a more extensive discussion on how parents have the power to shape culture and politics of a nation, order Reb’s book “Born Liberal Raised Right: How to Rescue America from Moral Decline — One Family at a Time.”

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WOD 3-28-11

Warm -up

5 Minutes H2H KB Drills (12 or 16 kg)

5 Rounds For time:

3 Deadlifts (90% of 1 rep max)

3 Pull-ups (32 kg)

3 Handstand Push-ups (Rings or parralettes)

Finish:

5  50 yard Sprints

Tactical Athlete Cert March 2010, NNSA
Tactical Athlete Cert March 2010, NNSA

Sir William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1827-1907), the famous scientist who developed degrees Kelvin to record temperatures on an absolute scale, held the chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow for 54 years.  He formulated the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, introduced the Concept of Energy, and made enormous advancements in the areas of mathematics and physics.  Among his great contributions were the invention of a ship’s compass which was largely freed from the magnetic influence of the iron in the ship, as well as helping to design and lay the first trans-atlantic telegraph cable.

On may 23, 1889, in his address as the Chairman of the Christian Evidence Society in London, Lord Kelvin explained:

“My primary reason for accepting the invitation to preside was that I wished to show sympathy with this great Society whcih has b een established for the purpose of defending Christianity as a Divine Revelation.

I also thought something was due from Science. I have long felt that there was a general impression in the non-scientific world that the scientific world believes Science has discovered ways of explaining all the facts of nature without adopting any definite belief in a Creator.  I have never doubted that impression was utterly groundless.

It seems to me that when a scientific man says – as it has been said from time to time – that there is no God, he does not express his own ideas clearly.  He is, perhaps, struggling with difficulties; but when he says that he does not believe in a creative power I am convinced he does not faithfully express what is in his mind.  He is out of his depth…

I may refer to that old but never uninteresting subject of the miracles of geology.  Physical Science does something for us here.  Peter speaks of scoffers who said that “all things continue as they were from the beginning,” but the Apostle affirms himself that “all these things shall be dissolved.”

It seems to me that even physical science absolutely demonstrates the scientific truth of these words. We feel that there is no possibility of things going on forever as they have done for the last six thousand years.  In science, as in morals and politics, there is absolutely no periodicity.”

Day of Rest 3-27-11

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Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), was renowned as the “Father of the Science of Hydrostatics.” He helped establish the principles of hydrodynamics and made invaluable contributions in the areas of mathematical treatment of conic sections, the theory of probability, and differential calculus, with the invention of Pascal’s triangle for calculating coefficients of binomial expansion.  He also helped develop the barometer through his discoveries in fluid mechanics, known as “Pascal’s Principle.”

In his work, Thoughts, Letters, and Opuscules, Blaise Pascal declared:

“We know God only through Jesus Christ.  Without this Mediator, is taken away all communication with God; through Jesus Christ we know God. All those who have pretended to know God, and prove Him without Jesus Christ, have only had impotent proofs.

But, to prove Jesus Christ we have the prophecies which are good and valid proofs.  And those prophecies, being fulfilled, and truly proved by the event, indicate the certainty of these truths, and therefore the truth of the divinity of Jesus Christ. In Him, and by Him, then, we know God.  Otherwise, and without Scripture, without original sin, without a necessary Mediator, we can not absolutely prove God, nor teach good doctrine and sound morals.

But by Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ, we prove God and teach doctrine and morals. Jesus Christ, then, is the true God of men. Not only do we know God only through Jesus Christ, be we know ourselves only through Jesus Christ.

We know life, death, only through Jesus Christ.  Except by Jesus Christ we know not what life is, what our death is, what God is, what we ourselves are. Thus, without Scripture, which has only Jesus Christ for its object, we know nothing, and we see not only obscurity and confusion in the nature of God, but in nature herself.  Without Jesus Christ, man must be in sin and misery; with Jesus Christ, man is exempt from sin and misery.  In Him is all our virtue, and all our felicity.  Out of Him, there is nothing but sin, misery, error, darkness, death and despair.”

After His death, this writing was found in Pascal’s effects:

“The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,” not of philosophers and scholars.

TOWARD A THEOLOGY OF WORK

WOD 3-26-11

ABS/TGU Combo

AMRAP in 10 Minutes

Arm Bar Stretch/TGU – R (24 kg)

Arm Bar Stretch/TGU – L (24 kg)

Note: Hold the Arm bar stretch for 3 seconds, reset to starting point, then flow into the TGU.  Be smooth, strive for perfect form during each rep.

Finish

100 1-arm swings (alternating hands each rep)

Brandon Millsaps fine tuning the KB Snatch
Brandon Millsaps fine tuning the Kettlebell Snatch

Sir William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1827-1907), the famous scientist who developed degrees Kelvin to record temperatures on an absolute scale, held the chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow for 54 years.  He formulated the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, introduced the Concept of Energy, and made enormous advancements in the areas of mathematics and physics.  Among his great contributions were the invention of a ship’s compass which was largely freed from the magnetic influence of the iron in the ship, as well as helping to design and lay the first trans-atlantic telegraph cable.

WOD 3-25-11

Warm up

50 KB Snatches each arm (12 or 16 kg)

5 Rounds for Time:

5 Power Cleans (85% 1 rep max)

5 Muscle ups

Cool Down

3 sets of 5 reps

Reverse Hypers

Glute Ham

Hanging Leg Raise

Vanessa coaching Alicia in the TGU at Atlanta KB cert
Vanessa & Alicia fine tuning the TGU

Thomas a’ Kempis (1380-1471), a writer during the Middle Ages, became well-known for writing the famous devotional, Imitation of Christ, in 1420.  This work has greatly influenced western writers, including Martin Luther, Samuel Johnson, George Eliot and Lamartine.  In it, Thomas a’Kempis wrote:

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”

“Man proposes, but God disposes.”

“Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, longsuffering, manly, and never seeking her own; for wheresoever a man seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.”

TOWARD A THEOLOGY OF WORK

WOD 3-24-11

AMRAP 20 minutes (i.e. As Many Reps as Possible)

3 Muscle ups

5 KB swing (32 kg)

7 Box Jumps

Sweat angle of new Tactical Athlete T-shirt - courtesy of Dale King
Sweat angle of new Tactical Athlete T-shirt – courtesy of Dale King

John Milton declared in his True Religion, Heresy, Schism, Toleration, 1673:

“No man or angel can know how God would be worshiped and served unless God reveal it: He hath revealed and taught it us in the Holy Scriptures by inspired ministers, and in the Gospel by His own Son and His apostles, with strictest command to reject all other traditions or additions whatever.”

In Paradise Lost, written in 1667, John Milton coined the lines:

“A heaven on earth.”

“All hell broke loose.”

Psalms 119:134 “Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts.”


WOD 3-23-11

Static Hold Strength Builder
3 rounds (50% of max hold time for each exercise)
Hand Stand Holds
L-sits
Back Lever
Front Lever
5 rounds (3-5 reps)
Deadlift (80% of 1RM)
Front Squat (80% of 1RM)
Double KB MP, PP or Jerk (32 kg)
Knees-t0-elbows
Finish
5 – 40 yd sprints
Kettlebell Cert - CrossFit on the Move - Atlanta, GA
Kettlebell Cert – CrossFit on the Move – Atlanta, GA
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.- Galatians 5:22-23

James Madison, in 1778 wrote:

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it.  We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self- government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

WOD 3-22-11

KB Fran

21-15-9 For Time:

Thrusters (2 -16 or 24 kg Kettlebells)

Pull-ups

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Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), was the French scientist who developed the process of “pasteurization” for milk, the vaccines for anthrax and chicken cholera in 1881, and the rabies vaccine in 1885.  As a physicist and chemist, he revolutionized the medical field by establishing the germ theory of disease, organic basis and regulation of fermentation, and bacteriology. His research laid the foundation for the control of tuberculosis,, cholera, diphtheria, tetanus, and many other diseases.  In 1854 he was appointed dean of the faculty of sciences at Lille University, and in 1888 the Pasteur Institute was founded to treat rabies and for advanced biological research.

In describing anaerobic bacteria, Louis Pasteur commented:

“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.  Into his tiniest creatures, God has placed extraordinary properties that turn them into agents of destruction of dead matter.”

Being one of the first European scientists to reject the theory of spontaneous generation and evolution, Louis Pasteur insisted that life only arises from life.  He explained:

“Microscopic beings must come into the world from parents similar to themselves… There is something in the depths of our souls which tells us that the world may be more than a mere combination of events.”

He declared in one of his lectures:

“Science brings man nearer to God.”