December 2007


general&pop culture30 Dec 2007 05:13 pm

THE SUNDAY SPECIAL

What a week, right?… we’ve pretty much had a revolving door of visitors since last Thursday, culminating in 16 people (9 kids, 7 adults) milling about on Christmas Day… it was a good time overall, but it’s always tiring… just so much going on and so many things to think about… i’ve got a few more days before i go back to work, so that’s good… i almost wrote yesterday just because it’s been so long and because i’ve all but frittered away my featured status, but it was Saturday and that’s generally what i observe as a Sabbath and i was tired and (insert 1000 more excuses here)… and now… on with the program..

FAREWELL TO FOOTBALL???

This is the last weekend of the regular season and it’s pretty sad… clearly, i forgot to make my picks for this week, but so far, the games that i’ve been watching (Bills/Eagles and Bears/Saints) have been worthy of the final week… Last week, i lost the superbowl in fantasy league 1… got BLOWN OUT, actually… and this week, i’m competing for the title in league 2, so i’m hoping for some high scores… they’ve been pretty fun seasons this year, but i know that i’ll never enjoy a season of fantasy football as much as my first season… that was just a whole lot of fun…

here’s my playoff picks… actually… nothing is really set yet, so… i’ll do that later this week, but here’s my Superbowl picks:

The Packers, after beating the Cowboys to make it into the Bowl, lose to the Colts, who shook up the world by marching into New England and sticking it to the Patriots in the snow, the game of the year…

SPEAKING OF BOWLS…

anybody watching any of the college Bowl games?… i don’t generally watch much college football, but i’m really looking forward to watching the Sugar Bowl this year and seeing the scoring machine that is Hawaii in action… i may also watch the BCS Championship, but that’s probably all i’ll watch… is that a mistake? anyone want to make a case for any of the other games?

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 3:8-13… instructions and a promise… or a reminder of both…

we’re reminded of the marching orders… lead with the ark of the covenant and walk into the Jordan River… i like how it’s restated as “this is how you’ll know that God is with you”… and by leading with the ark, which is a visible representation of God’s presence, it’s an acknowledgement of following after God, but the ark also represents the covenant that God made, calling Israel to be His people…

that, to me, serves as a reminder that God’s promises are set before us and He’ll fulfill them… i’m reminded of Jeremiah 29, where God says that He’s got plans for us and explains that we need to call upon Him, pray to Him and come to Him… He will hear us and do what He’s promised…

One last thing, before we move on… the priests need to stand in the Jordan and the waters will be cut off from downstream and they’ll “stand up in a heap”… this, a clear reference to the crossing of the Red Sea, is one more reminder for Joshua that God is with him in the same way that He was with Moses…

AND WITH THAT…

… i’ll end this special edition here… the littles are awake and it’s hard enough to pay attention to the Bills game as it is… much less type… enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone…

peace… love… bdg…

general30 Dec 2007 04:09 pm

THE SUNDAY SPECIAL

What a week, right?… we’ve pretty much had a revolving door of visitors since last Thursday, culminating in 16 people (9 kids, 7 adults) milling about on Christmas Day… it was a good time overall, but it’s always tiring… just so much going on and so many things to think about… i’ve got a few more days before i go back to work, so that’s good… i almost wrote yesterday just because it’s been so long and because i’ve all but frittered away my featured status, but it was Saturday and that’s generally what i observe as a Sabbath and i was tired and (insert 1000 more excuses here)… and now… on with the program..

FAREWELL TO FOOTBALL???

This is the last weekend of the regular season and it’s pretty sad… clearly, i forgot to make my picks for this week, but so far, the games that i’ve been watching (Bills/Eagles and Bears/Saints) have been worthy of the final week… Last week, i lost the superbowl in fantasy league 1… got BLOWN OUT, actually… and this week, i’m competing for the title in league 2, so i’m hoping for some high scores… they’ve been pretty fun seasons this year, but i know that i’ll never enjoy a season of fantasy football as much as my first season… that was just a whole lot of fun…

here’s my playoff picks… actually… nothing is really set yet, so… i’ll do that later this week, but here’s my Superbowl picks:

The Packers, after beating the Cowboys to make it into the Bowl, lose to the Colts, who shook up the world by marching into New England and sticking it to the Patriots in the snow, the game of the year…

SPEAKING OF BOWLS…

anybody watching any of the college Bowl games?… i don’t generally watch much college football, but i’m really looking forward to watching the Sugar Bowl this year and seeing the scoring machine that is Hawaii in action… i may also watch the BCS Championship, but that’s probably all i’ll watch… is that a mistake? anyone want to make a case for any of the other games?

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 3:8-13… instructions and a promise… or a reminder of both…

we’re reminded of the marching orders… lead with the ark of the covenant and walk into the Jordan River… i like how it’s restated as “this is how you’ll know that God is with you”… and by leading with the ark, which is a visible representation of God’s presence, it’s an acknowledgement of following after God, but the ark also represents the covenant that God made, calling Israel to be His people…

that, to me, serves as a reminder that God’s promises are set before us and He’ll fulfill them… i’m reminded of Jeremiah 29, where God says that He’s got plans for us and explains that we need to call upon Him, pray to Him and come to Him… He will hear us and do what He’s promised…

One last thing, before we move on… the priests need to stand in the Jordan and the waters will be cut off from downstream and they’ll “stand up in a heap”… this, a clear reference to the crossing of the Red Sea, is one more reminder for Joshua that God is with him in the same way that He was with Moses…

AND WITH THAT…

… i’ll end this special edition here… the littles are awake and it’s hard enough to pay attention to the Bills game as it is… much less type… enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone…

peace… love… bdg…

reviews24 Dec 2007 03:41 pm

THE ONE WITH ALL THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC

Well, i figure if i don’t talk about Christmas music now, then nobody will care what i have to say… so here is a rather quick take on some of the latest Chrismas projects added to my collection… i’m not sure that any of this year’s releases have the stamina to become staples like A Charlie Brown Christmas or Bing Crosby’s Christmas albums, but we’ll see how it works out… The links are all for iTunes, because i don’t recommend going out to the stores today…

Michael W Smith – It’s a Wonderful Christmas

It almost doesn’t seem like Christmas if there’s not a new Christmas album from either Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman or Michael W Smith… i guess this year it was Smitty’s turn and he knocks it out of the park once again with another solid effort that’s fun for the whole family though the younger ones may tune out due to lack of familiar songs… “Song for the King” is my highlight…

Relient K – Let It Snow Baby, Let it Reideer

This one’s for the Christmas party that’s long since gotten out of control… another raucous mix of reworked Christmas classics (some of which appear on the previous RK Christmas album) with some nice breaks… It takes an open mind, i think, to enjoy this one during traditional festivities as there’s not much room for reflection and the music begs to be center stage, but it’s a good party album… my highlight: “Celebrate the Day“…

Mindy Smith – My Holiday

Mindy has a pretty sweet voice and these arrangements are very elegant and enjoyable… this one may end up being something of a classic with a really nice overall sound that will appeal to more mature tastes… the kids may not enjoy this one so much, but it’s definitely worth picking up… my highlight: “Follow the Shepherd Home“…

Jars of Clay – Christmas Songs

Apparently, this is the album they’ve wanted to make for a long time… now that they have, we can see why… it’s somewhat unconventional in that the new tracks have a bit of an agenda to them, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing… it’s another example of how music and faith can be succesfully intertwined to create a happy marriage of sorts… definitely not the most appealing to the kids, but again, it’s a worthwhile addition… they’ll grow into it… “Peace Is Here” is my highlight…

Mandisa – Christmas Joy

chiming in with a 4-song EP, Mandisa, the diva, mixes tradition with flare and originality… There’s a good chance that everyone will like this one because there are the staples, “Joy to the World” and “O Holy Night” and the duet with Matthew West (“Christmas Makes Me Cry“) is nice, but for me, the Motown-esque opener, “What Christmas Means to Me” is the highlight…

Bebo Normon – Christmas… From the Realms of Glory

Another former Essential Records artist branching out and starting anew with a Christmas album… this ones really nice… definitely suits Bebo and some of the tracks work as just worship songs… overall it’s a really good collection of new and traditional tunes… i like Bebo in general and since his personality and style really comes through on the album, i like the album… Highlight is “Born to Die“…

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra – A Timeless Christmas

Here’s one for the whole family to enjoy… unless you don’t like jazz, big band, and swing music… it’s a lot of fun and is sure to become the favorite for many… the kids will like it with tracks like “Jingle Bells“, “Sleigh Ride, and the original, “Frosty the Bluesman“… my highlight is easily “Little Drummer Boy

Diamond Rio – The Star Still Shines

for fans of country music flare and good Christmas music fun, this one will certainly fit the bill… it’s a nice album and the group definitely owns each song, giving it a nice distinctive feel to it… my highlight is “Sleigh Ride,” but there’s quite a few nice tunes here…

Christine Evans – Take Me to Bethlehem

Another EP and this one’s from the young Canadian singer-songwriter… it’s a nice 3-song album and the highlight for me is the rocked up version of “Mary, Did You Know“…

Jump5 – Christmas Like This

this one is for the kids and for the kids only… if you’re over the age of 20 and act like you like this one, you will be mocked mercilessly straight through to the new year… seriously though, it’s a teenie pop album and his has some appeal for parties… i’ll say that “Merry Merry Christmas” is the highlight for me…

Yolanda Adams – What a Wonderful Time

Nice bit of horns, nice touch of gospel, spectacular vocals, and a whole lot to like here, but it won’t appeal to everyone… my highlight is the title track…

A FEW OTHERS I MISSED…

i’m running short on time, but here’s a few more albums worth considering…

Various – Bethlehem SkylineChristmas with the Rat PackKeith L Cooper – A Guitar’s CarolJosh Groban – NoelDavid Phelps – One Wintry Night

BEFORE I GO

i want to wish you all a very spectacular, fabulous, meaningful, and blessed Christmas…

COMING SOON

i’ll talk about the next great American band…. i’ll talk about The Clash of the Choirs… i’ll definitely talk about football… i might talk a little about politics… and i’ll post more interviews, reviews and features at everyone’s favorite website called theTRu…

peace… love… bdg..

general24 Dec 2007 02:36 pm

THE ONE WITH ALL THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC

Well, i figure if i don’t talk about Christmas music now, then nobody will care what i have to say… so here is a rather quick take on some of the latest Chrismas projects added to my collection… i’m not sure that any of this year’s releases have the stamina to become staples like A Charlie Brown Christmas or Bing Crosby’s Christmas albums, but we’ll see how it works out… The links are all for iTunes, because i don’t recommend going out to the stores today…

Michael W Smith – It’s a Wonderful Christmas

It almost doesn’t seem like Christmas if there’s not a new Christmas album from either Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman or Michael W Smith… i guess this year it was Smitty’s turn and he knocks it out of the park once again with another solid effort that’s fun for the whole family though the younger ones may tune out due to lack of familiar songs… “Song for the King” is my highlight…

Relient K – Let It Snow Baby, Let it Reideer

This one’s for the Christmas party that’s long since gotten out of control… another raucous mix of reworked Christmas classics (some of which appear on the previous RK Christmas album) with some nice breaks… It takes an open mind, i think, to enjoy this one during traditional festivities as there’s not much room for reflection and the music begs to be center stage, but it’s a good party album… my highlight: “Celebrate the Day“…

Mindy Smith – My Holiday

Mindy has a pretty sweet voice and these arrangements are very elegant and enjoyable… this one may end up being something of a classic with a really nice overall sound that will appeal to more mature tastes… the kids may not enjoy this one so much, but it’s definitely worth picking up… my highlight: “Follow the Shepherd Home“…

Jars of Clay – Christmas Songs

Apparently, this is the album they’ve wanted to make for a long time… now that they have, we can see why… it’s somewhat unconventional in that the new tracks have a bit of an agenda to them, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing… it’s another example of how music and faith can be succesfully intertwined to create a happy marriage of sorts… definitely not the most appealing to the kids, but again, it’s a worthwhile addition… they’ll grow into it… “Peace Is Here” is my highlight…

Mandisa – Christmas Joy

chiming in with a 4-song EP, Mandisa, the diva, mixes tradition with flare and originality… There’s a good chance that everyone will like this one because there are the staples, “Joy to the World” and “O Holy Night” and the duet with Matthew West (“Christmas Makes Me Cry“) is nice, but for me, the Motown-esque opener, “What Christmas Means to Me” is the highlight…

Bebo Normon – Christmas… From the Realms of Glory

Another former Essential Records artist branching out and starting anew with a Christmas album… this ones really nice… definitely suits Bebo and some of the tracks work as just worship songs… overall it’s a really good collection of new and traditional tunes… i like Bebo in general and since his personality and style really comes through on the album, i like the album… Highlight is “Born to Die“…

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra – A Timeless Christmas

Here’s one for the whole family to enjoy… unless you don’t like jazz, big band, and swing music… it’s a lot of fun and is sure to become the favorite for many… the kids will like it with tracks like “Jingle Bells“, “Sleigh Ride, and the original, “Frosty the Bluesman“… my highlight is easily “Little Drummer Boy

Diamond Rio – The Star Still Shines

for fans of country music flare and good Christmas music fun, this one will certainly fit the bill… it’s a nice album and the group definitely owns each song, giving it a nice distinctive feel to it… my highlight is “Sleigh Ride,” but there’s quite a few nice tunes here…

Christine Evans – Take Me to Bethlehem

Another EP and this one’s from the young Canadian singer-songwriter… it’s a nice 3-song album and the highlight for me is the rocked up version of “Mary, Did You Know“…

Jump5 – Christmas Like This

this one is for the kids and for the kids only… if you’re over the age of 20 and act like you like this one, you will be mocked mercilessly straight through to the new year… seriously though, it’s a teenie pop album and his has some appeal for parties… i’ll say that “Merry Merry Christmas” is the highlight for me…

Yolanda Adams – What a Wonderful Time

Nice bit of horns, nice touch of gospel, spectacular vocals, and a whole lot to like here, but it won’t appeal to everyone… my highlight is the title track…

A FEW OTHERS I MISSED…

i’m running short on time, but here’s a few more albums worth considering…

Various – Bethlehem SkylineChristmas with the Rat PackKeith L Cooper – A Guitar’s CarolJosh Groban – NoelDavid Phelps – One Wintry Night

BEFORE I GO

i want to wish you all a very spectacular, fabulous, meaningful, and blessed Christmas…

COMING SOON

i’ll talk about the next great American band…. i’ll talk about The Clash of the Choirs… i’ll definitely talk about football… i might talk a little about politics… and i’ll post more interviews, reviews and features at everyone’s favorite website called theTRu…

peace… love… bdg..

Bookshelf&general&inTRuviews&pop culture&reviews&web22 Dec 2007 10:31 pm

ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE

So, it’s the holiday season and the visitors have begun trickling in… the house is full and it’s a little crazy and it’s difficult – even moreso – to keep things organized, including thoughts… and i normally don’t do updates on Saturdays, but i’ve been pretty off and on this week and i’ve got a few moments to myself here… so, just a quick one, alright?

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 3:6-7… part of me wants to just finish up the chapter today, but i know i’m going to be pretty short on time, so i’ll just focus on these two verses and mainly just the latter… Joshua tells the priests to take the ark of the covenant and lead the way and they do… we already knew they would, so that’s kind of just the facts, ma’am, just the facts…

But, i love the comment here in the next two verses… God’s telling Joshua that he’s going to use the events of this day to exalt Joshua in the eyes of Israel, cementing him as their leader and proving before all men (and women) that God is with Joshua just like He was with Moses… this fulfills the promise that He gave Joshua back in the beginning of the book…

IN OTHER WORDS

Brief sidetrack from the usual program today because, well it’s for a number of reasons, but most specifically, i finally finished reading Relentless, by Robin Parrish and i wanted to share a few thoughts about it…

this book took me a while to get into and i blame it primarily on the fact that it’s HUGE… well, 443 pages and my copy is the big old hardcover… that and, to be honest, i was a bit impatient with the set up… about the midpoint of the book, though, it really took off and i was pretty hooked until the end… the scope of the plot expanded and strengthened which really added depth to the characters and the story itself… very impressive overall, i’m glad to have read it and i’m happy to call Robin at least an acquaintance…

now i’m ready for Fearless, which i imagine i’ll finish by 2010…

FOOTBALL…

here’s how distracted i’ve been… i’m just finding out now that the Steelers won on Thursday… i probably knew, but i didn’t really pay attention to it… here’s my picks for the rest of the games which i’ll likely have a harder time watching…

Cowboys over Panthers

Bengals over Browns

Colts over Texans

Bills over Giants

Lions over Cheifs

Jags over Raiders

Saints over Eagles

Packers over Bears

Cards over Falcons

Bucs over 49errs

Titans over Jets

Dolphins over Patriots

Seahawks over Ravens

Redskins over Vikings

Chargers over Broncos

BEFORE I GO

i just finished up some interviews… probably the last of the year and i’ll be turning them in shortly after i finish this up… after that, i don’t think i’ll have much time for anything until after Christmas… i have just noticed that my interview with The Washington Projects found its way onto CCM’s frontpage… and, oh hey, i’m a featured blogger… looks like i’ll have to try a little harder to post before Christmas…

COMING SOON

i’ll talk about the next great American band…. i’ll talk about The Clash of the Choirs… i’ll definitely talk about football… i might talk a little about politics… i’ll talk about Christmas music… and i’ll post more interviews, reviews and features at everyone’s favorite website called theTRu…

peace… love… bdg..

general22 Dec 2007 09:27 pm

ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE

So, it’s the holiday season and the visitors have begun trickling in… the house is full and it’s a little crazy and it’s difficult – even moreso – to keep things organized, including thoughts… and i normally don’t do updates on Saturdays, but i’ve been pretty off and on this week and i’ve got a few moments to myself here… so, just a quick one, alright?

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 3:6-7… part of me wants to just finish up the chapter today, but i know i’m going to be pretty short on time, so i’ll just focus on these two verses and mainly just the latter… Joshua tells the priests to take the ark of the covenant and lead the way and they do… we already knew they would, so that’s kind of just the facts, ma’am, just the facts…

But, i love the comment here in the next two verses… God’s telling Joshua that he’s going to use the events of this day to exalt Joshua in the eyes of Israel, cementing him as their leader and proving before all men (and women) that God is with Joshua just like He was with Moses… this fulfills the promise that He gave Joshua back in the beginning of the book…

IN OTHER WORDS

Brief sidetrack from the usual program today because, well it’s for a number of reasons, but most specifically, i finally finished reading Relentless, by Robin Parrish and i wanted to share a few thoughts about it…

this book took me a while to get into and i blame it primarily on the fact that it’s HUGE… well, 443 pages and my copy is the big old hardcover… that and, to be honest, i was a bit impatient with the set up… about the midpoint of the book, though, it really took off and i was pretty hooked until the end… the scope of the plot expanded and strengthened which really added depth to the characters and the story itself… very impressive overall, i’m glad to have read it and i’m happy to call Robin at least an acquaintance…

now i’m ready for Fearless, which i imagine i’ll finish by 2010…

FOOTBALL…

here’s how distracted i’ve been… i’m just finding out now that the Steelers won on Thursday… i probably knew, but i didn’t really pay attention to it… here’s my picks for the rest of the games which i’ll likely have a harder time watching…

Cowboys over Panthers
Bengals over Browns
Colts over Texans
Bills over Giants
Lions over Cheifs
Jags over Raiders
Saints over Eagles
Packers over Bears
Cards over Falcons
Bucs over 49errs
Titans over Jets
Dolphins over Patriots
Seahawks over Ravens
Redskins over Vikings
Chargers over Broncos

BEFORE I GO

i just finished up some interviews… probably the last of the year and i’ll be turning them in shortly after i finish this up… after that, i don’t think i’ll have much time for anything until after Christmas… i have just noticed that my interview with The Washington Projects found its way onto CCM’s frontpage… and, oh hey, i’m a featured blogger… looks like i’ll have to try a little harder to post before Christmas…

COMING SOON

i’ll talk about the next great American band…. i’ll talk about The Clash of the Choirs… i’ll definitely talk about football… i might talk a little about politics… i’ll talk about Christmas music… and i’ll post more interviews, reviews and features at everyone’s favorite website called theTRu…

peace… love… bdg..

Bookshelf&features&front page&general&pop culture&web21 Dec 2007 12:59 am

HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS

well, yesterday was a whirlwind of activity that included an “all-staff gathering” for work, which i was able to attend via an online webcast… going into it, the tension was pretty high around the office and moreso at the headquarters, but there were no lay-offs… at least not yet… what i really took away from the meeting was that people will spend a lot of money paying consultants exorbitant fees to tell them what is pretty obvious… it’s kind of annoying actually, but in theory, i’ll finally get my raise next month…

after the meeting and after shoo-ing out the cleaning lady, i raced over to littler boy’s preschool to watch him star as Joseph in the Christmas program… and… man… is … he… CUTE!…

SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK…

or two, or three, or more… so my uncle and my former pastor both had serious heart attacks recently… my uncle apparently had four attacks in total, dating back to Thanksgiving and building up to a severe one that landed him in the hospital, and he’s now stable, but still in the hospital after several surgeries… my former pastor had a heart attack while he was delivering his sermon and is now back in at home on strict bedrest for the next two months… craziness…

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 3:5… only one verse? yep… and it’s a big one… at least i think so… it’s a two-part verse… the first part is a command… “Sanctify yourselves”… (some translations say “consecrate”)… this is a common theme in the New Testament, but it’s also a big deal even back here in Joshua… Israel isn’t even a nation yet, but God’s called them His people and he’s now telling them to live up to the hype, so to speak… Sanctify yourselves… remove sin from your lives… set yourselves apart… be holy…

the second part is a promise… “Tomorrow, God will do wonders among you”… i’m not entirely certain whether or not this is a conditional action… whether the knowledge of God’s plan is intended to inspire sanctification or whether the sanctification permits God’s action… i imagine that God’s gonna do what He’s gonna do whether we’re ready or not… God uses non-holy folks a lot and works wonders through them, so who’s to say that He wouldn’t have done these wonders regardless… however, being consecrated makes us more connected to God’s will and makes His actions take on greater meaning in our lives…

IN OTHER WORDS

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg

Continuing on… The object of the game is to live a life that is rich towards God… what does that mean you may ask… it means that you obey the “greatest” commandments… love God and love others… Ortberg goes into some detail about what our love really means or rather, what it translates to… and that is commitment… love is a commandment AND a commitment…

It means spending time with God, getting to know Him better… and when it comes to others and how to do better understand this, we need to get a firm grasp on what is temporary and what is eternal… this is a basis for life… it’s really a good test as to what our lives are for… what we place our value in and what we trust in… just sit down and think about whether our “points” in the game of life are temporary or eternal…

VIRTUAL BIBLE

Godtube.com launched a pretty interesting little initiative the other day… The Virtual Bible… check it out… some of the references seem like quite a stretch, but it’s a neat idea… (there doesn’t seem to be any videos for Joshua yet, though)…

FOOTBALL…

i picked the Steelers tonight, but it’s late, so if you don’t believe me, that’s fine… i won’t count it… full picks tomorrow and something about the Dolphins…

BEFORE I GO

i posted a brand new Left to Write just in time for Christmas…

COMING SOON

i’ll talk about heroes…. i’ll talk about The Clash of the Choirs… i’ll definitely talk about football… i might talk a little about politics… i’ll talk about Christmas music… and i’ll post more interviews, reviews and features at everyone’s favorite website called theTRu…

peace… love… bdg..

general20 Dec 2007 11:55 pm

HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS

well, yesterday was a whirlwind of activity that included an “all-staff gathering” for work, which i was able to attend via an online webcast… going into it, the tension was pretty high around the office and moreso at the headquarters, but there were no lay-offs… at least not yet… what i really took away from the meeting was that people will spend a lot of money paying consultants exorbitant fees to tell them what is pretty obvious… it’s kind of annoying actually, but in theory, i’ll finally get my raise next month…

after the meeting and after shoo-ing out the cleaning lady, i raced over to littler boy’s preschool to watch him star as Joseph in the Christmas program… and… man… is … he… CUTE!…

SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK…

or two, or three, or more… so my uncle and my former pastor both had serious heart attacks recently… my uncle apparently had four attacks in total, dating back to Thanksgiving and building up to a severe one that landed him in the hospital, and he’s now stable, but still in the hospital after several surgeries… my former pastor had a heart attack while he was delivering his sermon and is now back in at home on strict bedrest for the next two months… craziness…

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 3:5… only one verse? yep… and it’s a big one… at least i think so… it’s a two-part verse… the first part is a command… “Sanctify yourselves”… (some translations say “consecrate”)… this is a common theme in the New Testament, but it’s also a big deal even back here in Joshua… Israel isn’t even a nation yet, but God’s called them His people and he’s now telling them to live up to the hype, so to speak… Sanctify yourselves… remove sin from your lives… set yourselves apart… be holy…

the second part is a promise… “Tomorrow, God will do wonders among you”… i’m not entirely certain whether or not this is a conditional action… whether the knowledge of God’s plan is intended to inspire sanctification or whether the sanctification permits God’s action… i imagine that God’s gonna do what He’s gonna do whether we’re ready or not… God uses non-holy folks a lot and works wonders through them, so who’s to say that He wouldn’t have done these wonders regardless… however, being consecrated makes us more connected to God’s will and makes His actions take on greater meaning in our lives…

IN OTHER WORDS

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg

Continuing on… The object of the game is to live a life that is rich towards God… what does that mean you may ask… it means that you obey the “greatest” commandments… love God and love others… Ortberg goes into some detail about what our love really means or rather, what it translates to… and that is commitment… love is a commandment AND a commitment…

It means spending time with God, getting to know Him better… and when it comes to others and how to do better understand this, we need to get a firm grasp on what is temporary and what is eternal… this is a basis for life… it’s really a good test as to what our lives are for… what we place our value in and what we trust in… just sit down and think about whether our “points” in the game of life are temporary or eternal…

VIRTUAL BIBLE

Godtube.com launched a pretty interesting little initiative the other day… The Virtual Bible… check it out… some of the references seem like quite a stretch, but it’s a neat idea… (there doesn’t seem to be any videos for Joshua yet, though)…

FOOTBALL…

i picked the Steelers tonight, but it’s late, so if you don’t believe me, that’s fine… i won’t count it… full picks tomorrow and something about the Dolphins…

BEFORE I GO

i posted a brand new Left to Write just in time for Christmas…

COMING SOON

i’ll talk about heroes…. i’ll talk about The Clash of the Choirs… i’ll definitely talk about football… i might talk a little about politics… i’ll talk about Christmas music… and i’ll post more interviews, reviews and features at everyone’s favorite website called theTRu…

peace… love… bdg..

Bookshelf&general&news&pop culture&web18 Dec 2007 06:37 pm

PAINT THE TOWN RED

well, with the office getting painted and everything in something of a state of disarray, my life is less organized and i’m somewhat displaced from my senses… maybe it’s thepaint fumes, maybe it’s the heat, maybe i’m just actually finally showing how much i really am clueless… i don’t know…

anyway, this morning was a special morning for little boy and me… Donuts with Dad at his school… the idea is that dad comes to school early and you both get to have a donut and coffee/juice together… then, to pay for it, you donate a book or two to the school library… seemed like it might be a good bonding time and it was, but in an entirely different way than i’m sure was expected… we got there and it was MOBBED… and by the time we poked into the cafeteria, there were no more donuts or juice or coffee… so, we had an adventure, little boy and i… we ran back out to the car, which was parked about a block away, raced out to Target, ran in, picked up a donut each, paid, ran back out to the car and raced back to school… that’s some bonding right there… it all worked out in the end…

okay, now i’m moving on… by the way, the painting thing is supposed to be my excuse for not blogging yesterday…

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 3… okay, well, before i actually get into chapter 3, i want to mention the last verse of chapter 2… the spies have returned and they’re reporting to Joshua about Jericho… and they are filled with confidence because of how Rahab and the soldiers have reacted… the NIV uses the phrase… “they are melting in fear because of us” and the KJV describes the residents as “fainting” because of the Israelites… i suppose that would instill some confidence in me if my enemies were fainting or melting because of me…

Okay, moving on into chapter 3… this is one of my favorite passages… i really enjoy this part of the journey… they get up early in the morning… and they roll out from Shittim and head to the banks of the Jordan River… and they’re camping there for three days… i’d guess that a lot of them are thinking, how on earth are we going to get across this river?… but after three days, they’re told… follow the ark of the covenant… but don’t get too close… see, there’s still this mystery and power surrounding the ark… it was the visible representation of God’s presence with the Israelites and it was sacred and holy… people died if they touched it, no one was allowed to see it directly and clearly it was revered…

tomorrow, we’ll tackle verse 5…

IN OTHER WORDS

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg

So, grandma taught him how to play the game… and as Ortberg starts off into the thrust of the book, the next chapter is called “The Object”… by the way, the table of contents is set up like the instruction manual of a board game… at least my copy is… and the actual introduction, which i kind of glossed over is somewhat haunting, talking about how important our “gameplay” is because it is our soul that’s at stake…

now starting out with “The Object,” we have the story of a “successful” businessman who expands his company’s reach and wealth immensely due to his self-sacrifice and efforts… buying into the lies of this materialistic world, he was convinced that he was doing this all for the benefit of the family that he was ignoring and neglecting… then one night, while working late at home alone, he had a massive heart attack and died… God calls him a fool and we are reminded that it’s a retelling of a parable… but it hits home harder, because not too many of us are building barns and harvesting grain…

THREE CHEERS [AGAIN]…

…for The Myriad… they’ve officially won Dew Circuit Breakout 07… i think that means that they are the grandest band in all the land… either way it will be some great exposure for them… and when i say exposure, i mean it in a different sense than that of one of the top 6 finalists who walk around in their underwear…

Also, i’ll congratulate Chris Daughtry of Daughtry as well as the rest of those involved with his debut album… the fourth place finish on American Idol didn’t prevent him from releasing the top-selling album of 2007… selling something like 3.2 million copies, the self-titled album beat out Fergie’s trampy but catchy pop gem and Akon, the on-stage sexual predator… funny that a somewhat wholesome album is the best in the land… sex may still sell, but so does good music…

WINTER IS SETTING IN

Speaking of good music… i’ve been fortunate enough to listen to Jon Foreman’s first two solo EPs, Fall and Winter… and they’re both really good… i’m sure that the more that i listen to them, the more i’ll realize the layers behind their meaning… right now, i’m just enjoying the soft and subtle sounds and the fact that i’ve gotten it early… for a sneak peak at the albums, you can hop on over to Jon’s MySpace

FUMBLE!!!

not that i was bragging before, but man, did i get CRUSHED with my football picks this week… upset after upset and before i knew what happened, i had picked only 8 right while getting 8 wrong… the good news though is that i won in both of my fantasy leagues and this weekend finds me in one superbowl and on the verge of another… three more wins and i’ll have won both leagues… i’m actually pretty shocked about it myself as i’ve just mildly been paying attention to the teams…

BEFORE I GO

CCM posted my interview with Lyrycyst… you may not know who Lyrycyst is, and that may be quite alright, but it was a pretty good conversation…

COMING SOON

i’ll talk about heroes…. i might talk a little about politics… i’ll talk about Christmas music… i’ve got a Left to Write that i’ll post… and i’ll post more interviews, reviews and features at everyone’s favorite website called theTRu…

peace… love… bdg..

general18 Dec 2007 05:40 pm

PAINT THE TOWN RED

well, with the office getting painted and everything in something of a state of disarray, my life is less organized and i’m somewhat displaced from my senses… maybe it’s thepaint fumes, maybe it’s the heat, maybe i’m just actually finally showing how much i really am clueless… i don’t know…

anyway, this morning was a special morning for little boy and me… Donuts with Dad at his school… the idea is that dad comes to school early and you both get to have a donut and coffee/juice together… then, to pay for it, you donate a book or two to the school library… seemed like it might be a good bonding time and it was, but in an entirely different way than i’m sure was expected… we got there and it was MOBBED… and by the time we poked into the cafeteria, there were no more donuts or juice or coffee… so, we had an adventure, little boy and i… we ran back out to the car, which was parked about a block away, raced out to Target, ran in, picked up a donut each, paid, ran back out to the car and raced back to school… that’s some bonding right there… it all worked out in the end…

okay, now i’m moving on… by the way, the painting thing is supposed to be my excuse for not blogging yesterday…

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 3… okay, well, before i actually get into chapter 3, i want to mention the last verse of chapter 2… the spies have returned and they’re reporting to Joshua about Jericho… and they are filled with confidence because of how Rahab and the soldiers have reacted… the NIV uses the phrase… “they are melting in fear because of us” and the KJV describes the residents as “fainting” because of the Israelites… i suppose that would instill some confidence in me if my enemies were fainting or melting because of me…

Okay, moving on into chapter 3… this is one of my favorite passages… i really enjoy this part of the journey… they get up early in the morning… and they roll out from Shittim and head to the banks of the Jordan River… and they’re camping there for three days… i’d guess that a lot of them are thinking, how on earth are we going to get across this river?… but after three days, they’re told… follow the ark of the covenant… but don’t get too close… see, there’s still this mystery and power surrounding the ark… it was the visible representation of God’s presence with the Israelites and it was sacred and holy… people died if they touched it, no one was allowed to see it directly and clearly it was revered…

tomorrow, we’ll tackle verse 5…

IN OTHER WORDS

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg

So, grandma taught him how to play the game… and as Ortberg starts off into the thrust of the book, the next chapter is called “The Object”… by the way, the table of contents is set up like the instruction manual of a board game… at least my copy is… and the actual introduction, which i kind of glossed over is somewhat haunting, talking about how important our “gameplay” is because it is our soul that’s at stake…

now starting out with “The Object,” we have the story of a “successful” businessman who expands his company’s reach and wealth immensely due to his self-sacrifice and efforts… buying into the lies of this materialistic world, he was convinced that he was doing this all for the benefit of the family that he was ignoring and neglecting… then one night, while working late at home alone, he had a massive heart attack and died… God calls him a fool and we are reminded that it’s a retelling of a parable… but it hits home harder, because not too many of us are building barns and harvesting grain…

THREE CHEERS [AGAIN]…

…for The Myriad… they’ve officially won Dew Circuit Breakout 07… i think that means that they are the grandest band in all the land… either way it will be some great exposure for them… and when i say exposure, i mean it in a different sense than that of one of the top 6 finalists who walk around in their underwear…

Also, i’ll congratulate Chris Daughtry of Daughtry as well as the rest of those involved with his debut album… the fourth place finish on American Idol didn’t prevent him from releasing the top-selling album of 2007… selling something like 3.2 million copies, the self-titled album beat out Fergie’s trampy but catchy pop gem and Akon, the on-stage sexual predator… funny that a somewhat wholesome album is the best in the land… sex may still sell, but so does good music…

WINTER IS SETTING IN

Speaking of good music… i’ve been fortunate enough to listen to Jon Foreman’s first two solo EPs, Fall and Winter… and they’re both really good… i’m sure that the more that i listen to them, the more i’ll realize the layers behind their meaning… right now, i’m just enjoying the soft and subtle sounds and the fact that i’ve gotten it early… for a sneak peak at the albums, you can hop on over to Jon’s MySpace

FUMBLE!!!

not that i was bragging before, but man, did i get CRUSHED with my football picks this week… upset after upset and before i knew what happened, i had picked only 8 right while getting 8 wrong… the good news though is that i won in both of my fantasy leagues and this weekend finds me in one superbowl and on the verge of another… three more wins and i’ll have won both leagues… i’m actually pretty shocked about it myself as i’ve just mildly been paying attention to the teams…

BEFORE I GO

CCM posted my interview with Lyrycyst… you may not know who Lyrycyst is, and that may be quite alright, but it was a pretty good conversation…

COMING SOON

i’ll talk about heroes…. i might talk a little about politics… i’ll talk about Christmas music… i’ve got a Left to Write that i’ll post… and i’ll post more interviews, reviews and features at everyone’s favorite website called theTRu…

peace… love… bdg..

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