Archive | August, 2007

Who are we to judge?

30 Aug

Michael Vick . . . Most people who have followed news lately know that he pled guilty to federal charges concerning dogfighting and animal cruelty. One of the biggest questions in sports is “What will the NFL do with him once he has served his time?”

In his press conference after the plea deal, he stated that he found Jesus Christ and placed his faith in Him. The press is having a field day with this statement. Many say this is too convenient, he is banking to this to win sympathy with the public. Could be. But, the bottom line is, we don’t really know . . .

None of us are without sin. None of us are QUALIFIED to judge him or anyone else. It is ridiculous for us or the press to even ask the question, “Is this real?” That is an answer only known by Vick and God Himself. Yeah, we all know what this looks like. Maybe folks have a reason to be suspicious. Maybe Vick will have to prove himself in the days to come.

Ultimately, Michael Vick WILL have to pay some type of price for his behavior. And America will forget. And he probably will play football again.

And he will stand before God one say, just as you will and as I will. And just as we will, he will answer for his life.

Man, you guys are OLD . . .

29 Aug

ALL of this will be true UNLESS Richard . . . err. . . I mean “Chip” McCabe transfers there. (“Chip” is his college name)

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THE BELOIT COLLEGE MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011
Most of the students entering college this fall, members of the Class of 2011, were born in 1989. For them, Alvin Ailey, Andrei Sakharov, Huey Newton, Emperor Hirohito, Ted Bundy, Abbie Hoffman, and Don the Beachcomber have always been dead.

1. What Berlin wall?
2. Humvees, minus the artillery, have always been available to the public.
3. Rush Limbaugh and the “Dittoheads” have always been lambasting liberals.
4. They never “rolled down” a car window.
5. Michael Moore has always been angry and funny.
6. They may confuse the Keating Five with a rock group.
7. They have grown up with bottled water.
8. General Motors has always been working on an electric car.
9. Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa.
10. Pete Rose has never played baseball.
11. Rap music has always been mainstream.
12. Religious leaders have always been telling politicians what to do, or else!
13. “Off the hook” has never had anything to do with a telephone.
14. Music has always been “unplugged.”
15. Russia has always had a multi-party political system.
16. Women have always been police chiefs in major cities.
17. They were born the year Harvard Law Review Editor Barack Obama announced he might run for office some day.
18. The NBA season has always gone on and on and on and on.
19. Classmates could include Michelle Wie, Jordin Sparks, and Bart Simpson.
20. Half of them may have been members of the Baby-sitters Club.
21. Eastern Airlines has never “earned their wings” in their lifetime.
22. No one has ever been able to sit down comfortably to a meal of “liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
23. Wal-Mart has always been a larger retailer than Sears and has always employed more workers than GM.
24. Being “lame” has to do with being dumb or inarticulate, not disabled.
25. Wolf Blitzer has always been serving up the news on CNN.
26. Katie Couric has always had screen cred.
27. Al Gore has always been running for president or thinking about it.
28. They never found a prize in a Coca-Cola “MagiCan.”
29. They were too young to understand Judas Priest’s subliminal messages.
30. When all else fails, the Prozac defense has always been a possibility.
31. Multigrain chips have always provided healthful junk food.
32. They grew up in Wayne’s World.
33. U2 has always been more than a spy plane.
34. They were introduced to Jack Nicholson as “The Joker.”
35. Stadiums, rock tours and sporting events have always had corporate names.
36. American rock groups have always appeared in Moscow.
37. Commercial product placements have been the norm in films and on TV.
38. On Parents’ Day on campus, their folks could be mixing it up with Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz with daughter Zöe, or Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford with son Cody.
39. Fox has always been a major network.
40. They drove their parents crazy with the Beavis and Butt-head laugh.
41. The “Blue Man Group” has always been everywhere.
42. Women’s studies majors have always been offered on campus.
43. Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.
44. Thanks to MySpace and Facebook, autobiography can happen in real time.
45. They learned about JFK from Oliver Stone and Malcolm X from Spike Lee.
46. Most phone calls have never been private.
47. High definition television has always been available.
48. Microbreweries have always been ubiquitous.
49. Virtual reality has always been available when the real thing failed.
50. Smoking has never been allowed in public spaces in France.
51. China has always been more interested in making money than in reeducation.
52. Time has always worked with Warner.
53. Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.
54. The purchase of ivory has always been banned.
55. MTV has never featured music videos.
56. The space program has never really caught their attention except in disasters.
57. Jerry Springer has always been lowering the level of discourse on TV.
58. They get much more information from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert than from the newspaper.
59. They’re always texting 1 n other.
60. They will encounter roughly equal numbers of female and male professors in the classroom.
61. They never saw Johnny Carson live on television.
62. They have no idea who Rusty Jones was or why he said “goodbye to rusty cars.”
63. Avatars have nothing to do with Hindu deities.
64. Chavez has nothing to do with iceberg lettuce and everything to do with oil.
65. Illinois has been trying to ban smoking since the year they were born.
66. The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born.
67. Chronic fatigue syndrome has always been debilitating and controversial.
68. Burma has always been Myanmar.
69. Dilbert has always been ridiculing cubicle culture.
70. Food packaging has always included nutritional labeling.

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today’sTHOT============================
Don’t judge a book by its movie.

Some people will do anything to win

28 Aug

I watched a co-ed church softball game last night and heard some interesting observations: A church in town, notorious for their willingness to win at all costs in any sport, was playing and had a really good team. The problem, said a player from another church, was these were a bunch of college softball and baseball players they recruited just for the tournament. In fact, he said several of their players had NEVER BEEN OUT before last night! Of course, they waxed our team (of people that actually ATTEND Ebenezer) and went on the championship game. Yes this is against the rules: But rules don’t matter to some people.

This kind of behavior makes it crummy for those who play church softball and play by the rules. I could have called Frank Reid or Curtis Hudson and fielded a team to win . . . But, our guys and girls played by the rules and at least their class and dignity is still in tact.

I guess in this world, some people really will do anything to win. You have to ask yourself: IS winning everything? Am I willing to compromise my principles to win?

One down, thirty-five to go

27 Aug

I cannot believe summer is over. Our FSD1 kids have already completed their first week of school. Some have already had massive amounts of homework, tests, and have even won a couple of FOOTBALL GAMES!

It is great to see West Florence doing so well in football. It has been a long time. This year we have a tough defense, a quick offense, and a quarterback that looks like Shaq at a 12&Under basketball game at the EBC gym.

I hope this is an indicator of this being a good year for WF. Maybe a good year in basketball, baseball, and softball. Who knows, we might just wax South Florence in softball the way the football team did it Friday night?? (I can always dream, right??)

The Difference between Arrogance and Confidence

22 Aug

I was talking to a friend yesterday about my line in Sunday’s sermon about arrogance (He was accusing himself, but I don’t see it). Anyway, it started this thought trail in my mind about arrogance and confidence. There IS a difference. Simply put, confidence is believing you are good . . . Arrogance is believing you are better than EVERYONE ELSE.

Confidence is IMPORTANT . . . If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you, either. Confidence is knowing you can get the job done. I liken it to a pitcher in baseball or a point guard in basketball. You have to believe you can get the job done before you can step up there and make a difference. If you have no confidence, you are toast before you begin.

Arrogance is DANGEROUS . . . I have known many talented, arrogant people whose walk could back up their talk but ONLY FOR A SEASON. Eventually, we all meet our match and thensome. Yes, even Michael Jordan has been beaten . . . Even Tiger Woods has lost a match . . . If I were foolish enough to believe there was no one better than me, my fall would be great. And so would yours.

Sunday I made the statement that “humility and arrogance cannot co-exist in the same person.” However, humility and confidence CAN. Which are you?

Today’s funny from Mikey

21 Aug

EXCERPTS FROM A DOG’S DIARY
Day number 180
8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm – OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!
Day number 181
8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm – OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!
Day number 182
8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm – OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
1:30 pm – ooooooo. bath. bummer.
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

EXCERPTS FROM A CAT’S DIARY
DAY 752 – My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture.
Tomorrow I may eat another house plant.
DAY 761 – Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded. (Must try this at the top of the
stairs.) In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair. (Must try this on their bed.)
DAY 762 – Slept all day so that I could annoy my captors with sleep depriving, incessant pleas for food at ungodly hours of the night.
DAY 765 – Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was. Hmmm. Not working according to plan…
DAY 768 – I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called “shampoo.” What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.
DAY 771 – There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of “allergies.” Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.
DAY 774 – I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The Dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The Bird on the other hand has got to be an informant. He has mastered their frightful tongue (something akin to mole speak) and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the hanging metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time.

today’sTHOT============================
A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together.

(From www.mikeysfunnies.com)

The Video I would not show

20 Aug

I love this video, but it steps on toes . . . Here it is!!