Friday, May 30, 2008

It's funny that you...

It's funny that you never see sidewalks until you need them. I don't know how many times I've driven on roads and not noticed sidewalk until today where I tried to go a different way home from work on my bike and I gt lost and I am glad I saw the sidewalks because I have to be stay off busy roads and not get hit by cars. I probably biked 3 hours in an hours. Yes, bye. listen

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

To Tattle or not Tattle?

Question: My math partner is taking some kind of pills during class when the teacher is not looking. Today he nearly fell out of his seat and began sleeping on my shoulder. I don't know what to do. I practically don't have anyone to help me with this math, but I don't want to narc on him. What should I do?

Thoughts from the video response above?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I think this says it all

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Go Wings. Go Pistons. Oh yeah, Go Tigers! Where are you at now Penguins! 7-0 after two games. Osgood=Conn Smythe.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

No Country for Old Men and Nothing for a Car Thief

Two things.

I think Old Country for Old Men is one of the most Biblical Movies of the year in showing what happens when Men are left to their on devices with a Justice giving "king". For more on that, go to Cinemagogue to hear his description of the film and theology. Below is the Best Scene in the movie to jog your memory.

Also, I got my car busted into on the church grounds on Sunday night. I think I forgot to lock it. When I went over to it yesterday, the driver side door was ajar and my glove box was opened. When I looked to see what booty they plundered, the list was probably 9 black ink pens and the my car tape adapter. Pictured below. The funny thing is they didn't take the Bible in the backseat. At least, they had some ethics. Enjoy the pens and the tape adapter!

Monday, May 19, 2008

I Believe. . .

In honor of Kevin Costner in Bull Durham:

I believe that the Kentucky Derby is a strange event. Where else can a second place winner get injured, then euthanized and cause a ruckus from beyond the grave. Thank goodness Big Brown won and no one got hurt over the weekend.

I believe that the closer is the most overrated position in baseball.

I believe that the NBA playoffs are actually interesting. The Boston/Cavs game was actually compelling. On the other hand, there is something unwatchable about the game play of WNBA. It is like watching the MLS after watching a European Champions Cup match. It just doesn't compare (yet).

I believe that the episodes of the Office that has Mose are the better ones.

I believe the Red Wings will win tonight against the Stars (and then beat the Penguins in the Cup finals).

I believe that it is hard to hear of people ruining there lives by walking away from Christ and his ways.

I believe John McCain was actually likable on SNL last Saturday.

I believe every one should see Iron Man right now.

I believe the Tigers will turn it around in time for a pennant run.

I believe Stuff Christians Like is the funniest website I've seen in a while. That and Garfield minus Garfield.

I believe that people that leave anonymous negative comments have no class. If you are not man/woman enough to stand behind your words, do not say it. If you can't say it to some one's face, do not say it. Talk about arrogance. I saw a 20/20 piece on (a gossip website started by a Duke Grad that people can post privately about EVERYTHING - notice I didn't hyperlink to it). That website runs on people flame throwing in private while ruining people's lives in public. Granted, this might be some people's private life seeking up on them and one of many reason to live above reproach. However, more importantly this site illustrates there is no way to tell what is real and what is true when it is anonymous. See this about online shamming. Why do you think the Bible talks about having at least two witnesses to back up a claim? That is why I moderate my comments here and if you post an anonymous negative comment, it won't go up.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What me angry?

Question: How should I respond when someone of the opposite sex is yelling at me? I want to yell back but that can't be right. . .

If you have something you want me to try and answer, submit your question here.

Questions about faith is good. The unquestioned life is the one that lacks depth.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Ironman equals awesome...

Ironman equals awesome really enjoyed it. Lorrie and I had a great time seeing Ironman for a date night and I recommend it to all. Robert Downey Jr. was great. There wasn't just a good ____ for her on movie. It was a good movie so EA(?) Ironman [unclear speech, please listen] wait, I'm doing Jott won't be able to understand that. Think black(?) status Ironman. Bye. listen

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Only if this were true. . .

If it were a McCain/Schrute Ticket were a reality, I just might have decided on my president vote (after all, he works hard). The Schrute buck to replace the dollar. What a great idea!

See video around 5:36 for the announcement.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"Jesus made me puke"

My brother recently pointed me to a story written by a reporter for Rolling Stone Magazine named Matt Taibbi. He went "undercover"at a retreat sponsored by John Hagee's church in San Antonio. Some of his perceptions were pretty interesting.

Here are a couple of excerpts from it:
When most Americans think of the Christian right, they think of scenes from television — great halls full of perfectly groomed people in pale suits and light-colored dresses, smiling and happy and full of the Holy Spirit, robotically singing hymns at the behest of some squeaky-clean pastor with a baritone voice and impossible hair. We don't get to see the utterly bat[dung] world they live in, when the cameras are turned off and their pastors are not afraid of saying the really dumb stuff, for fear of it turning up on CNN. In American evangelical Christianity, in other words, there's a ready-for-prime-time stage act — toned down and lip-synced to match a set of PG lyrics that won't scare the advertisers — and then there's the real party backstage, where the spiritual hair really gets let down.
I totally agree with this stereotype of Christianity. As a "public" Christian, I have to watch what I say. I hope that I can be the same in "public" as I can in "private" but that can be hard.
again, there is something very odd about modern Christian men — although fiercely pro-military in their politics and prehistorically macho in their attitudes toward women's roles, on the level of day-to-day behavior they seem constantly ready to break out weeping like menopausal housewives.
I couldn't help but nod my head again. If men think this about the Church/Christ, no wonder why they don't want to come check things out.

After two days of nearly constant religious instruction, songs, worship and praise — two days that for me meant an unending regimen of forced and fake responses — a funny thing started to happen to my head. There is a transformational quality in these external demonstrations of faith and belief. The more you shout out praising the Lord, singing along to those awful acoustic tunes, telling people how blessed you feel and so on, the more a sort of mechanical Christian skin starts to grow all over your real self. Even if you're a degenerate Rolling Stone reporter inwardly chuckling and busting on the whole scene — even if you're intellectually enraged by the ignorance and arrogant prejudice flowing from the mouth of a terminal-ambition case like Phil Fortenberry [the leader of the weekend]— outwardly you're swaying to the gospel and singing and praising and acting the part, and those outward ministrations assume a kind of sincerity in themselves. And at the same time, that "inner you" begins to get tired of the whole spectacle and sometimes forgets to protest — in my case checking out into baseball reveries and other daydreams while the outer me did the "work" of singing and praising. At any given moment, which one is the real you?
I wonder how much this is true for a normal Christian. How much is it just "goin' through the motions"?

You can read the whole article here.

What are thoughts? There is an interesting part when he tries speaking in tongues. I know this is not a typical interaction with the Church and there are some things I disagree with the Deepak/Tony Robbins methods with the Bible comparison (just wondering what came first). It does lead to good conversation.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo...

Happy Cinco de Mayo and the way I celebrate Cinco de Mayo is $5 Burritos at Moe's Southwest Grill. Hooray. Thanks(?) my buddy Eddie a call out to let me know to go to Moe's. Hooray, $5 Burritos, chips and drink.Boo ya listen

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

A couple of interesting Posts recently

First, I'm Dan and I'm a PC guy. I've always thought Apple people get a little cultish in they way they talk. Good to see cool guy Dan Kimball is a PC Guy too and wrote a good summation of why (which I totally agree with). He sums it up like this

So for those who still use PC's - you are not crazy and you are not alone. Perhaps PC users are the new emerging rebels. Don't be fooled into the pressure and propaganda that you cannot be cool if you do not have a Mac. Coolness, innovation and creativity come from within, not from the type of computer you have. So do not be embarrassed if you use a PC. When you are in a coffeehouse, proudly and boldly open your laptop screen and do not be ashamed you don't have a logo image of a fruit on it. Be strong and courageous. Do not cave in to the taunting and pressure those around you may give you. We can stand strong as non-conforming PC users - together.

Read the whole thing here.

Second is an interesting article on the decline of Sunday School at some bigger churches. Read it at MMI. I know one on the list Temple Baptist/NorthRidge no longer does it. Thoughts?

Edit: One more from Perry about how Girls can be chased. There is nothing more unattractive than a passive man being pursued by a girl. Men lead. Men pursue. Jesus (the bridegroom) pursued us (the bride).

Ladies, if you pursue a guy, you will be like his mother. She is only the other woman in his life that will pursue him (usually with band-aid and napkin in hand) and has the right to when he is a boy. He might like as a "man" because he doesn't have to grow up. You however won't like in the long run. See this from CNN about wives"mothering" husbands too much. Best Quote:
Bottom line, Schwartz says: A normal amount of nurturing is fine, but to keep a relationship healthy, show your affection in a respectful way (italics added). After all, one thing is certain, she says: "He doesn't want to be married to his mother."
We have too many momma boys running around that don't want to rock the boat and cowboy up. If he can't be man enough to ask you out, then he is not worth your time.