Don Owens





January 21, 2020

It was freezing outside in Northern Michigan last summer as Trevor Sabsook and I stepped outside to stare up the night sky.  It was early September and we had a weekend of adventure planned with friends from Texas and Michigan in and around Charlevoix.  As we looked up, we both saw something different.  We would not agree on the birth place of the stars.  Our worldviews didn’t match.   Such differences would send most people in different directions.

Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote one of the great treatises on friendship two thousand years ago. He...

January 10, 2020

“There’s people been friendly, but they’ll never be your friend.  Sometimes this has bent me to the ground.” – Rich Mullins “Elijah”

Each time I hear this lyric sung it drags up a wealth of memories and it stings a little.  I am reminded of people that are no longer in my life that I thought were friends, and I am reminded of times where my actions with others were damnable.

I have recently been engaged in a continuing discussion with a mentor concerning friends, or people I thought to be friends, and the way they have faded out of my circles or only sit on the far fringes. I’ve also...

December 20, 2019

Alexis de Tocqueville ends his 1840 review of American society “Democracy in America” by writing, “I feel full of fears and full of hopes,” as he looks into the future of the great experiment. Tocqueville understood the American psyche then and little has changed in the last 176 years. “I know of no other country with less independence of mind...than in America.”

Alexis de Tocqueville

He in great detail shares what should concern us in a democracy that is unlike any other in history. Many of his concerns have come true, and others closer to reality in our day. No matter the list of negatives, h...

December 3, 2019

The rain lifted after 48 hours and I was able to leave my musty hotel room for a walk.  I stepped out onto the wet pavement with my mind frozen on the last words of a book I spent the weekend reading.  It read: 

“Avoid vice, Therefore, and cultivate virtues; lift up your mind to the right kind of hope, and put forth humble prayers on high.  A great necessity is laid upon you, if you will be honest with yourself, a great necessity to be good, since you live in the sight of a judge who sees all things.”

I’d never had even a verse from the Bible strike me so directly.  The...

November 3, 2019

Sit quietly in a room alone and eventually you’ll encounter the dark recesses of your soul.  Blaise Pascal said this is why people filled their lives with busyness.  Reading Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” will take us to the dark places inside ourselves. 

The leering Lord Henry Wotton is the dark whispering voice in our ear pushing us to seek excess, leisure, and gain with no regard of the means.  Unlike Dorian Gray, when we follow his advice the adversity it creates in our soul is soon recognizable with no hope of a surrogate painting. 

We meet Lord Henry in a beautiful garden, muc...

November 1, 2019

Of the things I have from my father after his death, there is none I prize more than his old shoe shine rag.  

My dad, Donald Owens Jr. spent thirty years working in the automotive aftermarket industry and twenty years in petroleum products.  He lead sales departments within those industries over his 50 year career and worked until two weeks before his passing. 

As a child I remember countless Sunday evenings wandering into my parents room and dad would be on the floor with some newspaper spread over the carpet and his dress shoes lined up.  His shoes would be in felt sleeves and each shoe with...

September 28, 2019

Good Afternoon.  This is a celebration of Marty’s life……so as I share please participate with me.  If there is an Amen on your lips let it out, a Hallelujah in your heart let it go, a tear in your eye let it fall, a laugh in your gut, laugh out loud, an applaud in your hands, clap.  

We are here today in solidarity for you Monty as you begin to step through life without your loved partner.  We are all here today for you Amanda, Ryan and Aubrey as you are separated from a dedicated mother.  For you Scott and Hyldia at the loss of a child – it doesn’t matter how old our...

September 20, 2019

A month ago our daughter set out on an adventure, walking the 800 km of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint. James) in Spain.  Yesterday she successfully completed her walk across the country.  The pilgrimage was most used in the middle ages along and old Roman trade route.  The remains of Saint James are said to be in the cathedral in Satiago de Compestela.  Click here for more history.

Sarah on the Camino de Santiago 

The following is a letter I sent Sarah as she set out on her walk.  As someone who has spent hundreds of miles alone on a trail its some advice of how t...

July 12, 2019

Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, and Mark Burns will not help you live well as a Christian in the modern world.  Their political agenda silences any useful message of the Gospel to the secular world and forces their followers into cloisters with nowhere to go and nothing to talk about but a political battle and an attitude of “us vs. them.”

Don’t be surprised.  From Pope Gregory IX, John Calvin and Martin Luther, many Christian leaders have attempted to push “Christ against culture”with catastrophic results. This however, for the Christian and the non-Christian alike should be no refle...

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