Monday, December 10, 2007

Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.

This was painful to watch, but I could not look away from the trainwreck. I really feel for this gal and hope she was having us on or got stage fright, but this is some heinous lack of geography knowledge.

Check out Gunny's posts regarding the expectation of leaders with regard to giving and the benefit of tithing.

Read some Common Parenting Traps from Johnny Mac.
"If you’ve been a parent for any time at all, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that your child came into the world with an insatiable faculty for evil. Even before birth, your baby’s little heart was already programmed for sin and selfishness. The inclination toward depravity is such that, given free reign, every baby has the potential to become a monster."

Read about Lance's FAQs on the Pastor as Visionary.
"Q: In order for a church to thrive, must it have a stated vision and mission?"

Read Are You Ready for a Mormon President? (What evangelicals heard in Romney’s ‘Faith in America' speech.)
Interesting question. Yeah ... I gotta say, "No. Yeah, that would be a 'NO' for me."

Read Brent's thoughts on Romney's speech.
"I have wondered why Romney would assert that 'freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom.' To me, neither assertion holds true."

Read about Jeff Wright's thoughts on Romney's speech at Conservative Reformed Mafia:
Part 1 - Romney hit a homerun...or did he?
Part 2 - Pandering Pluralism
Part 3 - Romney's Values and Lincoln's Virtues

Read about The Balancing Act of Evangelism (in the Sunday worship service).
"Present the gospel, or motivate them to return for more, or maybe you can do both?"

Read about the Top 50 Inventions of the Last 50 Years listed by Popular Mechanics in December 2005. What did they miss?

Read some historical background on St. Nicholas from Rev.

Check out the 28 Most Recognizable Guitars. (HT Brent)

Read John MacArthur's thoughts on Forgiveness and Repeat Offenses.
"In fact, it is important to be wary of feigned repentance in cases like the hypothetical one just described. Such deliberately repeated offenses, especially when accompanied by phony repentance, are evidence of a profoundly evil character and a cynical hatred of the truth. John the Baptist was justified in refusing baptism to the Pharisees until they showed the reality of their profession of repentance (Matt. 3:8)."

Read Joe Thorn's thoughts on suburbia evangelism, with thoughts on what is wise and foolish.
"3. The evangescript is perceived as invasive and fake.
The unchurched can spot the evangelistic script before you finish that diagnostic question. If not because they are religiously savvy, it is at least because living in a consumer culture allows them to detect a sales pitch with little effort."

Read the Reformed conferences list for 2008 Tim Challies has compiled.

Scope out the chronicles of the recently deceased Evel Kenievel's injuries over the course of his "career" as a daredevil.
Over 16 years of performing, stuntman Evel Knievel was injured numerous times and had the scars to prove it. Various accounts chronicle a range from 37 broken bones over his career to 431 breaks in one season!

Read Mark Dever's 5 Points of [Giving] Criticism.
5. Out of love for them, not to express your feeling or frustration. It's interesting how my "honesty" can sometimes be inspired by my own frustration. Good criticism should not be "my frustration"-driven, but "your need" driven.

Read What the Church Is Not (Part 1 - Part 2) from Michael J. Svigel.

Read about Mark Altrogge's 8 Ways to Get More Out of Your Bible.

Read what David Mathis had to say about Advent and the Incarnation at the Desiring God Blog.

Became does not mean that he ceased to be God. In becoming man, he did not forsake his divine nature.It means that he became a man by taking on human nature in addition to his divine nature. It is essential to the incarnation—and very helpful throughout all theology—to recognize that divinity and humanity are not mutually exclusive. The Son of God didn’t have to pick between being God and being man. He could be both at the same time. The eternal Word became a man. "

Read about Paul Pressler's endorsement of Fred Thompson.
"As a young attorney and family man, Judge Pressler was deeply concerned over the theological drift he saw in the Southern Baptist Convention. He was one of the two chief architects of the "Conservative Resurgence" of the SBC in the late '70s and early '80s. Because of his tireless efforts, he is revered among Southern Baptists as a warrior and hero."

Read John Gibson's response to the recent mall shootings: "No Sympathy for Omaha Mall Shooter" (HT Tank)
"With all due respect to those who think these baby-faced killers need help, I'll volunteer. I'll help walk them to a jailhouse door. I'll help them to a high window to jump out of. I'll help them lift a pill to their lips and gulp it down. But I won't help them clean up their reputations with phony sympathy for their alleged plight."

Check out the Steven Wright material shared by Rev.
  • Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?
  • I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.
  • If it’s a penny for your thoughts and you put in your two cents worth, then someone, somewhere is making a penny.

Read about Nehemiah’s Wall Found in Jerusalem (At a conference in Tel Aviv, an archaeological discovery is unveiled that proves biblical history true.) (HT Mark L)

Read as Pat Buchanan asks the question, "Can Diversity Destroy Us?"
On the Great Seal of the United States, first suggested by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, there was to be emblazoned a new motto: "E Pluribus Unum" — "Out of many, one." It was in their unity, not their diversity, that the strength of the colonies resided. ... This generation is witnessing the Deconstruction of America. Out of one, many.

Different folks have different reasons for opposing divorce, now there's motivation for those who love the environment. Read about how divorce is bad for the environment.

In the past, I've introduced you to the tombstone generator and the church sign generator, but now you can handle up on some dog tags.

Read Donald Whitney's thoughts on the evangelistic power of asking the question, "How can I pray for you?"
"It's a short, easily remembered question. You can use it with longtime friends or with people you've just met. It doesn't seem too personal or pushy for those who'd rather give you a shallow answer just now, and yet it often leads to a full hearing of the gospel."

Get a personalized Sharpie. (HT Brent)

Read a series of posts on the Emerging Church Movement from Brian McLaughlin. (HT Chris Brauns)

Read about 5 (or perhaps 6) Streams of the Reformed Baptist Renewal Movement.

Read about how the Atlanta School Board Might Ban Sagging (Pants). (HT Non Nobis Domine)

Read about Germany's declaration that Scientology is unconstitutional, which may lead to be its being banned. Kudos to the Fatherland!
"Germany does not recognize Scientology as a religion. seeing it as a cult masquerading as a church to make money."

Read about Brian McLaren's upcoming visit to Dallas. I caught him in 2000 in Dallas where there were about 20 of us, but this looks a bit more organized and to cost more than the FREE admission I got.
"McLaren's insights don't come cheap. Tickets are $99 if you buy them by Dec. 15, and after that. ($79 for students.)"

Click on the image to read predictions made in the Ladies Home Journal (in 1900) about What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years. (HT Paleo-Future)
The following is one of the few predictions that did not come true, but I wish it would, the alphabet revision, that is.
"There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary. Spelling by sound will have been adopted, first by newspapers. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas, and will be more extensively spoken than any other. Russian will rank second."

Pastors, you might want to get in on this sweet Advent sale this week at Desiring God. $5 for the "Brothers—Feel, Think, Preach God" DVD. That's a sweeter deal than I got!

Read about the Cowboys winning something for the first time since 1998, the NFC East Championship. 12-1 is pretty sweet and this Tony Romo is pretty good, even though I've never tried his ribs.

Read about these 14 Offbeat Clauses in Baseball Contracts.
2. Rollie Fingers, Oakland Athletics
Former A’s owner Charlie Finley never thought of a gimmick he wouldn’t try, including a mechanical rabbit that delivered fresh balls to the umpire and hiring a 13-year-old MC Hammer as his “Executive V.P.” In 1972, Finley offered his players cash for growing a mustache by Father’s Day, thereby giving birth to reliever Fingers’ trademark handlebar ‘stache. The A’s went on to win the World Series that season, and Fingers’ contract for 1973 contained a $300 bonus for growing the mustache as well as $100 for the purchase of mustache wax.

Read about Michael Vick getting sentenced to 23 months in prison for his dogfighting slooge.

Read about tribute Gunny's sister (affectionately known as "Grimer Worm Tongue") gave their mom on her birthday.

Comment of the Week comes from Lance of the Scrawny Pulpit on Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays:
"Some of my most memorable Christmas toys were of the Knievel genre, including the pump-up motorcycle and accompanying Knievel "doll" (a G. I. Joe in a white jumpsuit), the travel van, complete with tools and a ramp, and that rocket-thingy, in which he attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon.

Once, my sister attempted to break the legs off of Mr. Knievel, so I gave her the business."

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy."
- Ernest Benn, publicist (1875 - 1954)



At 10 December, 2007 12:13, Blogger Lance said...

"this Tony Romo is pretty good, even though I've never tried his ribs."

I'm still COL (Chuckling Out Loud) over this nugget of literary genius.

At 10 December, 2007 15:23, Blogger Ray Fowler said...

Hmmm, I miss Tony Roma's ribs. I used to love their onion loaf and four-rib sampler.

At 10 December, 2007 23:33, Blogger GUNNY said...

Lance, like mybadself, appreciates the subtle nature of good humor.

Ray, I would have thought he would have trouble throwing a tight spiral with excess BBQ sauce on his paws, but apparently not.

Is that onion loaf anything like the bleeding onion at Chili's or Outback Steakhouse?

Those are GOOD!

At 11 December, 2007 09:09, Blogger Timothy said...

The video was priceless! I couldn't believe it... they think France is an actual country! :)

At 11 December, 2007 14:59, Blogger samurai said...

I've decided that id we were ever to meet, and maybe sit down to play some kind of trivia game with you... I'd just give up and read you questions... :)

At 12 December, 2007 10:04, Blogger Blackhaw said...

I like the video but do you think the girl was really that stupid or was she just acting? I tend to believe she was acting. It seems if you are a ditsy blonde you can make money in Hollywood. i.e. Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton (although she is famous for other things)

At 12 December, 2007 10:19, Blogger GUNNY said...


When I was home from college, Jeopardy was on twice a day and I watched it both times. The second time when my folks were home to watch it too. They were VERY impressed with my prowess, until I let them in on my secret.

Still, perhaps you and I can take our dog & pony show on the road!


The first time I watched it, I was confident she was having us on, but the more I've seen it, I don't think so.

It's just too convincing to be an act. You know what I mean?

She would either have to be a really great actress or a really geography challenged human.

She really doesn't seem to have stage fright as much as I might think. It doesn't seem a nervous, "Oh, I forgot and can't think straight at the moment" type of experience.

Still, it would be reassuring to know that she couldn't really be that out to lunch.

Maybe she's making an argument based on experience. I've been to France, and I'm not sure it's really a country either.

At 12 December, 2007 14:33, Blogger Jade said...

Gunny wrote:
The first time I watched it, I was confident she was having us on, but the more I've seen it, I don't think so.

It's just too convincing to be an act. You know what I mean?

But Gunny, doesn't it look too convenient that she happened to be blonde?! Or maybe she dyed her hair. What I'm saying is that too much of the stereo-type! I must say, it was quite painful to watch though... I couldn't watch the rest of how she was humiliating herself on national tv.

Now on politics. This Huckabee factor is not to be ignored. What are your thoughts on Huckabee?

At 13 December, 2007 03:18, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How 'bout them Cowboys.

One thing I've noticed, though. The Cowboys barely pull out a win in the last seconds of the game and we say, "Those Cowboys always find a way to win. That's what good teams do."
The Patriots barely pull out a win in the last seconds of the game and we say, "They're beatable."

At 13 December, 2007 09:15, Blogger GUNNY said...

Yeah, I've noticed that as well and would have to say that the Cowboys are beatable.

I'd much rather be winning 38-7 like the Packers, but I'll take the "W" anytime.

Still, it reminds me of when the Cowboys were winning Superbowls in the 90s. Even when they'd win by a touchdown or 2 Barry was having to field questions about why the Cowboys were so bad and wasn't he unhappy with "the way they won" the game, etc.

I guess it's based on the expectations of the team. The Patriots are expected to win the Superbowl and every game up to that point. Anything less and they're failures.

The Cowboys had much lower expectations on them, so folks are somewhat (pleasantly) surprised (with the Packers as well).

My confidence in the Cowboys this years is a hesitant one.

First, I don't want to set myself up to be disappointed.

It's not so much that I'm a pessimist, but If you start out depressed, everything is kind of a pleasant surprise.)

Second, *almost* losing to Buffalo and the Lions (which are not good teams) leads me to think they could do more than *almost* lose to a good team in the playoffs.

In particular, though we've beaten the Vikings and the Packers, I do feel a little heat from both of those.

Still, we'd be playing at home, which is much better than playing on the road.

If we can just make it to the Superbowl, then we've at least won the East and the NFC Championship and anything can happen in one game.

Just as the NY Jets and Joe Namath.

At 14 December, 2007 12:38, Blogger GUNNY said...

I like a lot about Huck, but I don't think he's electable on the national stage.

Here's a good National Review article asking if we're willing to commit "Huckacide."

At 17 December, 2007 11:11, Blogger Jade said...

Gunny writes:
I like a lot about Huck, but I don't think he's electable on the national stage.

Are you sure about that? He's certainly making better strides than what's the guy on Law and Order.... ;o)


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