Archive | January, 2008

Are they even going to PLAY the Super Bowl?

31 Jan

C’mon . . . Lets just give the trophy to the Patriots (like the media says we should, because we ALL know the media is always right and truthful)!

I wonder who the guys at ESPN are pulling for?? Could they possibly film ONE MORE cutey clip on Tom Brady being part of the cast of Gilligan’s Island, or about the injury to his face when he had acne as a teen (and the bearing that will have on his injury status for the game)???

I say “GIVE ‘EM THE TROPHY and give me back the minutes of my life they are wasting! (Don’t kid yourself . . . The slim chance of an upset is the ONLY reason I will watch, but I will watch!)

Parenting 101 – Values

30 Jan

Values play such an important role in raising children. From where do YOUR values come? If Christ is our Savior, we are called to a higher standard, as are our values. And through His word, God is pretty clear about what He expects in us. In other words, He is pretty clear about what is right and what is wrong. Our job is to teach this to our children.

A man and wife need to TALK about their values and be consistent when applying and teaching them to their children. Okay, that is OBVIOUS . . . The next step, while maybe not so obvious, is just as important. A great dilemma in life is the fact that you cannot choose your children’s friends. This is true . . But you MUST be careful to know the parents of those friends when your child starts spending time in other homes. DO NOT ASSUME that all parents share your values, even if they LOOK like you (coming from the same socio-economic background). There are a billion different value systems just in Florence. And some of them, in my opinion, are pretty messed up.

There are parents in Florence who would buy your kids alcohol (and worse). There are parents in Florence who would laugh if their child was caught stealing from a retail establishment . . . (My kids would be grounded until they turn 50). Bottom line, there are parents who do NOT believe the same things that YOU believe about right and wrong, and some of them might be your neighbors and acquaintances.

That is why it is so important to know the parents of your children’s friends. Trust me, if you do not, it WILL come back to burn you (like when your kids do something wrong, you ground your kid for a month and they ground theirs for two days . . . Wait until that happens and see how pleasant it is!)

Previous Post

29 Jan

Several folks have commented to me about the previous post . . . This is a sad time for my family (even realizing all of the circumstances) and I would remind those that know me of TWO things:

1 – I tend to deal with stressful situations (especially personal ones) with humor

2 – IF there is any chance that my grandpa learned to use the Internet in heaven and reads my blog, he KNOWS that I’ve got his back (even in the afterlife). Pa-pa (as we called him) was more than a grandfather to me, he was my buddy. And I KNOW he would want the advanced notice.

Pray for my mom and her sisters and brother as there has been no improvement in my grandmother’s condition. Thanks!

The Circle of Life

28 Jan

A solid fact of life (unless Christ returns before) is that we will all die one day. Different cultures deal with death in different ways . . . We westerners mourn death and celebrate the life of the one who dies (in the best case scenario).

As a pastor, I deal with death almost on a weekly basis . . . In a church the size of Ebenezer, we have our share of funerals. AND, our church families experience death in their own families on a regular basis. Seldom does a week go by without a prayer request on our prayer list for one of our families touched by death.

Well, it looks like it is my family’s turn. My NINETY-SIX (yes, that is 96 to you and me) year old grandmother (technically she is ALMOST 96) is in St Francis Hospital in Greenville right now and will probably pass away in the next day or two. I went up to see her on Saturday and I know she is ready. She has outlived her husband, most of her friends and peers, and she is ready. And as someone who sees people in this place in their life I certainly understand and sympathize with her. And I know my mom and her four sisters and brother do, too.

But, they are still losing their mother. And THAT part of it hurts. Even though they KNOW she knows Christ, and they KNOW she will be in a better place, it still hurts. That is the price of love, and in my estimation, it is worth it.

I am okay, just concerned for my mom. And I haven’t decided yet if they should tell my grandpa that his break is over or should they just surprise him?? God has a sense of humor, so who knows what will happen!

Today’s Sermon Link

27 Jan

Selfish Pride

Fair is fair

25 Jan

I don’t know if you have heard all of the mess surrounding comments made by Dana Jacobson, an ESPN personality, at a recent roast. To make a long, filthy story a little cleaner, she dropped three f-bombs referring to Notre Dame (University), Touchdown Jesus (a well-known statue of Jesus holding up both arms on the Notre Dame campus), and finally one referring to Jesus. The question now is how far will ESPN and ABC go to make this right??

Yesterday on SportsCenter they read the weakest of weak apologies from Jacobson herself. I was extremely disappointed. I am not a fan of Jacobson’s and now will never be, but I am disappointed in ESPN and in ABC (parent company of ESPN). This summer, ABC FIRED an actor named Isaiah Washington for using an anti-gay term referring to a gay costar of his . . .

But, when it comes to God and Christianity, fair is NOT fair . . . Christianity, once again, is an open target to anyone who wishes to take a shot. I know that any kind of celebrity roast nowdays is going to use filthy language and be unwatchable . . . Roasts are not like they were when Dean Martin seemed to broadcast one each week in the 70s. Those could be watched by families. I made the mistake of trying to watch one on Comedy Central a couple of years ago: That ended in about 47 seconds.

The bottom line is this: Neither ABC, ESPN, nor the rest of them are going to show any respect or reverence to the name of our Savior. We need to take THAT into account as we patronize these folks . . . That is the great thing about a free market system: WE decide who is successful and who is NOT.

After all, fair IS fair!

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Dave’s thought for the day:
What you say ABOUT people, and HOW you talk TO people, tells the story of YOUR CHARACTER.

What it is all about

24 Jan

On Tuesday night I had the privilege of speaking at the Francis Marion (and Flo/Dar Tech) Baptist Collegiate Ministry out at the FMU campus. As I stood and faced a room full of young adults, I was humbled . . . What an awesome God to give a lunk like me a chance to share with such a room full of hope and future!

If you’ve never been out to BCM, talk to Justin or Christina and make arrangements to GO. You won’t regret it. For me, as a pastor, that kind of thing is what it is all about . . . Those guys and girls WANTED to be there, and WANTED to open the Word of God together. I LOVED IT! And I am thankful for the privilege . . .