Monday, January 28, 2008

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

If you really want to obey Proverbs 6:6-11, start with this video.

Read these Phrases from a Man's Thesaurus.

Read about Why people believe weird things about money.
"Would you rather earn $50,000 a year while other people make $25,000, or would you rather earn $100,000 a year while other people get $250,000? Assume for the moment that prices of goods and services will stay the same.

Surprisingly -- stunningly, in fact -- research shows that the majority of people select the first option; they would rather make twice as much as others even if that meant earning half as much as they could otherwise have. How irrational is that?"

Read about Starbucks experiment with $1 coffee with free refills. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

Read about 10 actors who died in their 20s.

Read about the cost of raising children.

Watch a video of Bill Clinton nodding off at a MLK event. (HT Jade)

Scope out a list of the 31 Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions on Racism (Race Relations) from the SBC Annual Meetings.

Read about Diane Keaton's UNCENSORED use of the "F-Bomb" on Good Morning America and what such action represents about our country's entertainment industry. (Personally, I've been down on Diane Keaton ever since she killed Michael Corrleone's son via abortion in Godfather II.)

about what should a growing church do: Satellites v. Church Plants.
"With respect to satellite campuses, I think one of the reasons churches don't plant churches is that there's a danger that the mission and message of the sending church will get diluted through the generations. Satellite campuses address that problem by keeping the church plants on message."

Scope out the 50 greatest fictional weapons of all time.

Read as Rev takes us through a discussion of "Why stay in the SBC?"

Read about how the Dallas Cowboys were originally the Dallas Rangers, the team that snagged the defensive coach of the NY football Giants, Tom Landry, with a 5-year coaching contract. This new team would be in direct competition with the Dallas Texans, who would leave after a while, since they couldn't take the heat.
"The landing of Landry was the second major coup scored over the fledgling American League by the Murchison-Wynne combination in the fantastic battle for professional football patronage in Dallas next season.

They snatched up the coveted No. 1 draft choice of the Dallas Texans, Don Meredith, the Southern Methodist forward passing star, by signing him to a “personal services contract” even before the National League held its annual selection meeting. Meredith generally was regarded as the top pro prize among graduating collegians, with Billy Cannon, the Louisiana State halfback, his only close challenger in evaluation of talent scouts."

Read as Johnny Mac asks & answers, "What is the pastor’s responsibility, besides preaching and studying?"

46 MILLION aborted babies since Roe vs. Wade
35 years ago. Check this out in an attempt to get your mind around such a figure. Be sure to click on the "grid" graphic and the little blue dot at the bottom. (HT Ray Fowler)

Read about the greatest understatement ever made. (Hint: see Genesis 1:16)

Read this Christianity Today review of Brian McLaren's Everything Must Change. The review is entitled, Everything Hasn't Changed. I've yet to finish the book, but will try to weigh-in as (or if) I do.

Read Why price promotions aren't the best marketing strategy - Discounts don't drive up sales.
"An increase in sales at a lower price frequently came at the expense of future sales at the full price."

Check out a recent interview with Amy Grant about her success, her marriage, and advice to young starlets.
"The Christian music superstar says she made mistakes when she was younger--they just weren't shown on YouTube."

Read How We Would Fight Steroids If We Really Meant It.

100 books that every child should read:
Part 1: Early years
Part 2: Middle years
Part 3: Early teens

Read The New Testament: Final Answers to Rhetorical Questions.

Check out some FREE Lingonier Ministries audio & video archives, including some Together for the Gospel 2006 action (with more to come).

One has to wonder about the power of an endorsement. Here are some recent endorsements.

Read about the 5 Nastiest Presidential Elections in History.
"What you may not know is that mudslinging isn’t exactly a new tactic. And I’m not talking as recent as Nixon and Kennedy… nope, the nasty rumors and talk of mistresses and morals go as far back as George Washington."

This is so wrong ... and ill-advised. Read about the adulterating woman who wanted to rub out the wife of the man she was adulterating with.
"A US woman was arrested this week after she allegedly tried to hire a hitman to murder her married lover's wife by posting an ad on the popular website craigslist, law enforcement officials said Sunday."

Read about the guy solicited an undercover police officer to rub someone out.

I've heard of maternity leave and perhaps bereavement leave, but read about "heart-ache" leave in Japan.
"Staff aged 24 years or younger can take one day off per year, while those between 25 and 29 can take two days off and those older can take three days off, the company said."

This is NOT SMART! Read about the man who stole from a charity ... Chuck Norris' charity. Oh, it's on!

A generation or two ago, these probably weren't necessary. But now I have to urge everyone everywhere to stop what you're doing and view these baby dos and don'ts.

Ever heard of couples who never fight? They may not live long to tell about it. Read about how arguments among couples could prolong their lives.
"Preliminary results from a survey of married couples suggest that disputing husbands and wives who hold in their anger die earlier than expressive couples."

Read about one preacher's distinction between preparation & presentation.

Surely this is met with appreciation. Read about Mexico's innovative efforts to provide grope-free bus rides for its female passengers. What a world we live in!

Read about the "Tiger Woods Effect."
"When he's in the field, everyone else plays worse. How Tiger throws off golf's incentive structure."

Read about the surprising end to this police escort.
"A police officer agreed to escort a car containing a pregnant woman to the hospital only to find the car was stolen — and the woman wasn't pregnant."

Comment of the Week:
"O great. I come over here for a noble cause, to find out more about the persecuted church for my pastoral prayer, and end up satisfying the flesh watching [hockey] fights! Now there is some irony. :)"(Timothy)
" ... I can't get away from the fact that embryos are tiny, little human beings. They're tiny little people. ... And you cannot take human life to make somebody else's human life improved."
- Anne Graham Lotz on her opposition to embryonic stem cell research



At 28 January, 2008 16:19, Anonymous Chris said...

Is it hard to learn how to tie a bow tie?

At 28 January, 2008 16:41, Blogger GUNNY said...

In many respects, a bow tie is easier than tying a slooge tie.

With a slooge tie I was always trying to figure out the best way to go (e.g., half-windsor, double-Windsor, Shelby, etc.). I was also alway worried about the tie length. As a shorter man, I didn't want my tie hanging to my knees, but I also didn't want the Herb Tarleck (of WKRP in Cincinnati fame) look with 3 inches of shirt showing above the belt.

I had a guy show me a few times in the head while at seminary. I immediately went out and bought one and practice and haven't looked back since.

Beau Ties LTD of Vermont has some resource videos online, including a DVD, which includes 2 free ties.

I would suggest getting one so you have one to practice, if you're fortunate enough as I was to actually get a real life tutor.

I can tie mine in the car or otherwise on the go without a mirror. Once you get it, you've got it.

Let me know how it turns out!

Semper Bow Tie,

At 28 January, 2008 17:16, Anonymous Chris said...

I watched the video - - a bow tie in these parts might cause suspicion - - - we aren't real cosmopolitan.

At 29 January, 2008 09:13, Blogger Timothy said...

THE drawback to a bow tie? You have to iron more of your shirt. With a regular tie, you only have to iron the collar, then put on a jack and your good! :)

Loved the ant colony video. I also noticed how the scientist miss the fact that their is a designer behind the colony that is greater than the colony itself.

At 02 February, 2008 12:16, Blogger randal said...

I'm sadden by the fact that there are some Christians that will be voting for Romney. Huckabee may be " in bed with Copeland" but have they checked out what Mormans believe? Last I heard Mccain dosn't even believe that the U.s.a. is a soveriegn country. He said that America is just a large land mass between Canada and Mexico. The next thing is if he is the next Pres. we will have the North American Union and no countries so there is only one clear choice Huckabee.

At 02 February, 2008 12:22, Blogger GUNNY said...

Perhaps this shouldn't be as important to me as it is, but that Mormon thing is a REAL obstacle for me.

As soon as I found that out, I haven't given Romney a second thought.


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