February 2008


general28 Feb 2008 10:16 pm

sorry for my absence this week.. i’ve had a busy week at work and then some time yesterday the cold that i’ve been fighting for a week or so finally pounced, caught me from behind and dragged me to the ground like a lion chasing a gazelle in the wild… i’ve spent most of today either shivering or sweating or both actually… i slept fairly well overnight, catnapped through the morning and lounged around most of the day and i’m still coughing and hacking pretty regularly which is, oh so much fun…

anyway… as you can see, i’m watching All the King’s Men and it seems to be a movie that one needs to pay more attention to… dialogue seems to be pretty key as it is a pretty brutal look at politics… i like it so far though… and i normally don’t do that whole “watching now” thing but since i’m kind of out of it, i thought i might… okay… moving on…

DOWN SEPARATE ROADS

last week, we said goodbye to a dear friend and travelling buddy… our faithful Durango, Red Rover was traded in to a dealership with a bit of money in exchange for a brand new Buick Enclave… in purty deep metallic blue… i will say this… buying a car is as annoying as ever… haggling over price, sitting around talking through like 100 different layers of “management” and the oft-asked question, “what do i need to do to put you in this car today?”… please… this is why everyone still hates sales people… anyway, we like the new ride and the hardest adjustment so far is agreeing on a new name… (i think we’re leaning towards Ka-BLUE-ey, though)…

AM/FM/XM…

along with this new vehicle comes a three-month trial to XM Radio… and an opportunity to subscribe to it beyond that… i’m not much of a radio guy, but i have to say that i’m fairly impressed with the selection of music thus far… and hey, NO COMMERCIALS… where else do you get that?… really though, i was most excited, because it meant that i’d be able to listen to the weekly Sphere of Hip Hop radio show on The Fuse… oddly though, The Fuse is only available online, so it’ll be a matter of logging into the website and ignoring what’s going on around me… i don’t like being tied to a schedule… that’s for sure… i need to figure out some sort of an XM Radio Stream DVR device… hmm…

GOING HOME

American Idol is whittling down the top 24 and i’m glad… i think i’ll get more interested in it once they get down to the top 12… i hope so anyway, but i have to ask… did they always do theme weeks this early? i seem to remember the theme weeks starting further down the road… anyway, my early favorites are the little Archelleta kid, Michael, Brooke, and Ramiele (though i don’t think that i could possibly pronounce that name)…

REALLY GOING HOME

On Sunday, Larry Norman left this world and joined up with God in eternity… the Father of Christian Music who watched his dreams and legacy become what it is today, for better and worse, passed away peacefully early in the morning… he wasn’t a perfect man, by any means, but he left a legacy of music that was revolutionary, radical and quite memorable… and his final thoughts as dictated to a nearby friend are as moving as the lyrics we’ve all come to admire…

I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God’s hand reaching down to pick me up“…

AND ON THAT NOTE

i’m off to lay down and rest a bit more… i didn’t get the reviews done that i wanted to this week yet, but i did post a really nice interview with Steven Delopoulos and a Walk TRu on the new Avalon record… and, before i go… a hearty HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my good man, Churck… if you need web hosting, he’s your guy…

peace… love… bdg…

general21 Feb 2008 11:15 pm

… ouch!… yeah, that was the joke of the weekend because i actually did walk into a bar or, more accurately a pole… hard…. which is what happens when you go to bed too late on Friday, get up too early on Saturday and care more about keeping your little boy out of the road than where you are walking… and, of course if you don’t look where you’re going… so i plowed face first into a signpost that was very well cemented into the ground and very solid… my head’s still pretty sore and i have bruises on my elbow and knee both of which also managed to hit the post directly, but i’m recovering pretty well… laughter is the best medicine and trust me, i’ve laughed at myself a lot over the past few days…

DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN?

so things look kind of dark for my boy Mike and his chances after the Wisconsin primary the other night… but that’s nothing… all you need is a candle, right?… that candle, that spark may be Texas… i just finished watching a video of Mike addressing a crowd in Plano Texas and he was very serious about continuing in the race, knowing that Texas is a big big deal and reminding everyone that they shouldn’t let the media or the other states tell them how it’s going to be, for example, who’s going to be their Republican candidate for president…

It does seem pretty silly the way these nominations are set up… and it’s clear to me that i’ve never paid much attention to the process in the past because it’s just complete nonsense… primaries, caucuses (caucii?), different ways of dividing them up based on state, county, party, etc… i mean, who thought of this anyway?… and it’s true, some states who haven’t held a vote yet really end up disenfranchised because their choices are pretty much taken away from them before they get to cast their ballots… there’s gotta be a better way…

Anyway, i think i’m talking too much politics these days… this is probably why i have kept a tradition of not getting into it in the past… time for a break…

E AMPERSAND P

apparently, belated congratulations are in order for Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken… the husband/wife duo delivered a healthy baby boy into this world back on July 4th – not sure how i missed that… but that is not all… oh, no… that is not all… Derek and Sandra have also put together a nice little six-song EP called the Ampersand EP… i think later on, i’ll put together a nice little write up about it, but right now, you can and should go buy your own copy…

THE NEW 24

season seven of American Idol is well underway and they’re down to the top 24 singers… you’ll notice i didn’t do any blogging from this week’s episodes like i’ve done in the past… maybe in time i’ll do that again, but man, i’m just so not into the show this year… i’m not sure why, but i don’t think it matters who wins this year’s contest… it seems to me that we’re all losers for keeping the show going… maybe it’s because everyone keeps saying that it’s the most talented group ever, but i think that that’s just another example of the media forcing its opinion on the general public… i’m tired of that and maybe that’s why i’m tired of the show already… that new Paula Abdul song is HOT though, right?

PRISON BREAK

season three just ended this week and i’m pretty sure it was cut short by about 9 episodes unless they plan on bringing those out in some random off-season run… (get it, run?)… anyway, the finale was pretty good… the show was starting to get pretty tiring actually, i mean how many times can a dude break out of prison, right? but at least it turned into a slightly different plot angle which was nice… and some of the characters (hello Bellick) got pretty irritating even until the very end… the way they’ve lined things up for next season hopefully opens the door for an interesting year… one big difference and potential problem is that Michael is no longer a sympathetic character since he’s now out to chase revenge rather than justice… not sure how that will play out, but it may make things a little crazy with no one to really root for…

WHEN DOVES CRY

since i’m clearly already behind schedule… i mean, it’s already almost Friday… so here’s the haps… got a few Dove features up, my predictions and commentary and a special iTRu-nes playlist… also, i’ve got some reviews, yes reviews up as well… Mainstay and Ronnie Freeman… more coming tomorrow…

peace… love… bdg…

general13 Feb 2008 11:49 pm

i can’t believe it’s Wednesday or that it’s so late on Wednesday… i’m going to cover a bit and cover it quickly so let’s get getting…

THE ICE STORM COMETH…

well, last night it took me over two hours to get home and i passed by an accident count in the double digits… these silly people driving too fast in icy rain… what are you thinking? so many cars on the side of the road… i sincerely hope they’re alright and that they remember not to do that again… this morning everything seemed pretty much resolved even though it was still below freezing outside and icicles adorned pretty much everything in sight…

OVER AND OVER AND OVER

at least that was pretty… the results from last night’s voting also hung like the icicles as the pundits described the life of my boy Mike’s chances dripping away… in fact… McCain’s camp actually send a memo over to Huckabee’s camp asking them to give it up, citing mathematical impossibilities… i heard people in the media call Huckabee “a professional irritant”, “an annoyance” and many other non-flattering terms, but, as silly and unprofessional as that all is, at least they’re talking about him somewhat…

IT’S ALIVE!!!!!

Bill O’Reilly, someone i can handle in small doses (usually the 3 minute Talking Points podcast), was pleading the case of Hillary Clinton the other day… yes, that Hillary… addressing the Senator’s complaints that the media has turned against her and has been unfairly representing her and her family… she was also concerned that the media outlets had already handed over the Democratic nomination to Obama despite it continuing to be a tight race… sounds to me like the monster Dr. Frankenstein built in years past has come to life and turned on its master… and, might i add, how hypocritical of O’Reilly, not only to chime in on Hillary’s side, but also to complain about “secular” media doing to Hillary exactly what he and Fox News have done to my boy Mike for the ENTIRE CONTEST…

CHEESEHEADS, ROLL OUT

Next up for my boy Mike is Wisconsin… i think he can take the state and gain some momentum going into the big block of contests on March 4th… as far as whether or not he should give up and leave the election, i say, in the words of General Anthony McAuliffe, “Nuts!”… later this week, i’ll talk more about why i like Mike…

NUTS!

speaking of which… Jericho is back on the air and i missed the premiere yesterday… i’ll watch it online or on demand later this week… pretty bummed about missing it though…

CLEMENS…. SEE?

The Rocket testified in congress today and it’s really not looking too good for Clemens… i said before that i lean towards the side of believing him over McNamee, but there is this nagging notion of motive… and then Pettite reportedly said that Clemens had admitted it to him… i just don’t know… i did work out a scenario where McNamee has motive though… it involves years of blackmail, a bluff, and a battle of wills… regardless, now that they’ve both testified to opposing accounts under oath, one of them is pretty much screwed… and Clemens never had a very good screwball…

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 6: 6-11

Day One

I’m not sure how the conversation entirely went, or if Joshua really explained the full battle plan to his people, but he managed to convince them all to follow him… and they set out on day one of the week-long plan of attack… i’m sure that everyone was pretty antsy and i imagine that there was a lot of whispers after they got back to camp that night as they all tried to figure out what happened… and why they didn’t yell at all, why they didn’t attack at all, why they were sitting back at camp again…

IN OTHER WORDS

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

Chapter 6: Master of the Board… again

the next section of this chapter hits you like a cold wet sock across the face… or, like the reality it’s asking you to face… the reality that you’re not actually the master of the board… we’re not in control of our lives and by pretending that we are, it’s more than a lie, it’s more than disillusionment, it’s even more than sad… it’s dangerous, it’s destructive, it’s really, really depressing… this chapter is something of a downer so far… ha!

AND IT JUST DON’T STOP

Okay, here’s the links from last time… the Mr. J Interview and a walk TRu of How Great Thou Art… looking at the old calendar, i see that i have some more interviews coming up with Kevin Max, Poems, and more including some year in re:TRu stuff too… also tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and they’re announcing the Dove Nominees, so i might talk about that, too…

peace… love… bdg…

general12 Feb 2008 01:09 pm

Virginia, Maryland, DC… my boy Mike could really use your vote today… i went out and cast my vote today and you should too…

i’m kind of busy today, but i’ll try to write more later…

peace… love… bdg…

general07 Feb 2008 04:17 pm

It’s a whole new ball game as they say… some big news headlines today to talk about but, if you’ll indulge me for a brief second… i’m excited that i was on the radio today… kind of… i sent in a letter to the Tony Kornheiser Show yesterday because they, like many othe media outlets, are completely dismissing Mike Huckabee and, actually, more than dismissing… they’ve pretty much marginalized him as the one person in the WORLD who can stand up on two legs, speak and yet still believes that evolution is a farce…

Despite having opposing viewpoints on a lot of things, though, i love the show and thought i’d take a second to write in and defend my boy Mike a little bit… sure enough, at the very end of today’s show, my letter was read and, it went over alright i guess… they liked the joke i broke the ice with and i think i made as much of a point as can be expected from a letter on the radio… it was just cool to hear that i “made” the show… i was seriously like a little kid with ants in my pants waiting to see if i’d get quoted…

okay, on with the show…

ROMNEY’ED!!!!!!!

the huge news today is less than an hour old as i write this… Mitt Romney exited the race today while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC (not to be confused with Tupac)… clearly there’s a hidden agenda here or something… taking some parting shots, Romney noted that hanging in the race would merely weaken the Republican party and delay a national campaign that will be needed to defeat the Democrats who are still knotted up in a hotly contested race for the nomination…

Funny, i thought that the strength of any party was the diversity and the freedom to evaluate and choose for themselves which candidate was best… clearly, these statements were barbs at my boy Mike, as an effort to get Huckabee to do the “honorable” thing and quit as well… after all, staying in the race makes you “a part of aiding a surrender to terror”…

I had planned to take some time today to talk about why i don’t like Romney, but since that’s something of a moot point now, i’ll just list some bullet points that i’ll revisit later if necessary…
1. Romney sounds more like a Democrat than any of the other candidates, screaming for change while launching attack ads
2. It seems to me that the Presidency is just another goal. I want a candidate looking to “marry” the job, not one who’s just looking to notch his bedpost.
3. He seems entirely insincere, like a slick-talking robotic snake oil salesman… (this is further cemented in my mind by the fact that he’s “suspending” his bid rather than quitting… this means he gets to keep collecting donations and holds onto his delegates which i expect him to use as poker chips further down the trail…)

anyway… the big question is, NOW WHAT? will Mitt’s supporters jump over to Huckabee’s camp, or will they split their loyalties between Mike and McCain or will they all go to McCain?… well, kids, i sure hope they check ou tmy boy Mike and that they start taking him a whole lot more seriously… i’m voting in five days and i’m voting for my boy Mike… you should too…

THE PAT*STERISKS

speaking of sore losers and bad role models… How about them Pats?… a week or so after filing for trademark rights to the term “19-0”, the Pats are licking their 18-1 wounds… while the Giants were partying in the streets of NYC, the Pats were throwing pity parties…

First Coach Bellichick spends the last play of the Superbowl in the tunnel sulking and brooding, then the two biggest stars, Tom Brady and Randy Moss, immediately withdraw from the Pro Bowl… talk about being a bad loser…

in related thoughts, the 2007 Patriots can no longer be considered the best football team ever, because they didn’t win the Superbowl and that means that technically, they weren’t even the best team of the year… a lot of people think that this is unfair, but it’s the same standard of measurement used for all claims of greatness… it’s what keeps Dan Marino out of contention for the greatest QB ever and it’s always been that way…

SUPER GREAT AWESOME REALLY COOL

and now, speaking of greatness are the greatest Superbowls of my time… as i’ve said before, i feel pretty confident that this year’s game will rank in my top three soon, but i’m still processing it right now and i’m not sure exactly where it will land, but these games are the games it will needs to beat…

NUMBER THREE: Superbowl XXII (1988)

Redskins 42, Broncos 10… i know what you’re thinking… dude, it was a blowout… how was this a great game?… well, you start with the Broncos jumping out to a quick lead… like the first play is a deep pass for a touchdown quick… then you look at the Redskins facing a 10 point deficit in the 2nd quarter and dropping 35 points on the Broncos in one quarter… that’s still a record, by the way… and you add in the fact that Doug Williams (WHO?) led them at QB and Timmy Smith (WHO?) ran for over 200 yards and that, my friends is a great game…

NUMBER TWO: Superbowl XXV (1991)

Bills 19, Giants 20, Norwood Wide Left… 1991 was going to be the year for Buffalo Bills’ fans… the K-Gun was in full effect and they were pretty much unstoppable on offense… unless of course they didn’t have the ball… i remember laying on the floor watching this game, still halfway thinking about the winter retreat that i had just come back from with my youth group… i couldn’t believe that he missed that field goal…

NUMBER ONE: Superbowl XXXIV (2000)

Titans 16, Rams 23, Kevin Dyson 1 yard short… This was the first Superbowl i was married for and i remember having my two closest college buddies over to watch it in our apartment… it snowed pretty well during the game, too… well, in Virginia… this was such a great game though and it came down to the very last play and the very last yard… amazing drama and will always be one i remember…

So there you have it… i’ll admit that some games are tainted in my opinion because of outside circumstances and other games, before, say, the Bears/Patriots game are beyond my memory… i would love it if the NFL released a DVD set of all the Superbowls, but i’m guessing that will be outrageously priced and even then, i’d be watching the games out of context, so the rankings wouldn’t be as true as these are… anyway… that’s fun, what are your three best Superbowl games/memories…

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 6: 3-5

A plan?!

okay, we’re all so familiar with this story that it almost makes sense to us… but think about it for a second or two… imagine if General Petraeus were to announce that the new strategy to end the war in Iraq was to pull out the troops, march around the Iraqi border, blow some tumpets and start shouting… you would think that he was absolutely insane… so you see? God’s plan sounds pretty insane… knowing how to fight, understanding strategy and preparing to lead his troops into battle, Joshua had to be scratching his head after hearing this… there’s a new paragraph starting with verse 6, but i like to think that it was a long, dramatic pause…

IN OTHER WORDS

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

Chapter 6: Master of the Board…

this chapter is actually about resigning as master of the board, but the first bit here is a tale of Caesar Augustus and his rise to power… and the extent to which he controlled the entire world… Ortberg mentions that the concept of “Pax Romana” which is the global peace that was born out of the supreme domination of the Roman Empire and i think that there’s a lot of people who see the US as trying to fill that role… unfortunately, at least as of yet, there hasn’t been and Pax de America or anything like that… and, of course, if you know any history or logic, you understand that it only lasts for so long…

ON WE GO WITH THE SHOW

i interrupted the work i was doing elsewhere at theTRu to get this post typed up, but later tonight, there will certainly be some more new items to peep over on the front page… specifically a Walk TRu and a bonus interview with Mr. J Medeiros… i say bonus, because i did it via email… okay… later folks…

peace… love… bdg…

general&news&reviews&web06 Feb 2008 11:58 pm

happy super wednesday… i’m sure everyone was up all night waiting for the vote tallies to come in… or not… i watched a bit of the coverage last night, but honestly most of the pundits are so obnoxious that i just prefer to wait to see the results online or hear it on the radio… it was a great night, a monumental occassion and that’s about all i have time to talk about… so let’s get to it, shall we?

MIKE-D UP!!

Well, with five state wins yesterday, my boy Mike Huckabee shook up the world as they say, proving that sticking to your guns so to speak works… He’s still something of a darkhorse, but he proved that it was downright silly for Anderson Cooper to have ignored him during the last debate… Romney pretty much got the pants beaten off of him last night and he’s outright angry about it… i mean, how much money does it take to buy the presidency, anyway?

So McCain is still clearly the frontrunner with some big wins last night as well, leaving Mitt and Mike duking it out over the actual conservative votes… here’s what i found very interesting and perhaps telling, however… the home states of McCain, Mitt and Mike all voted yesterday and, not surprisingly, each candidate won in their respective state… Mr. Huckabee’s victory, however, seemed to me, to be the only convincing victory… netting about 60% of the votes to McCain’s second place total of 20%… McCain won Arizona, but by a much closer margin grabbing 47% of the votes to Romney’s 34%… but Romney’s victory in Massachusetts was by an even slimmer margin at 51% to McCain’s 41%…

It’s quite possible that i’m reading into this more than is reasonable, but it seems to me that the principle of cooks applies… that principle, by the way, is that you should never eat at a restaurant where the cook eats elsewhere… i think this perhaps more appropriate in comparing Romney and Huckabee, since they were both Governors, running the state as a microcosm of the government they hope to run… just make you wonder who you’re voting for…

RUNNING SHORT

i’ll have more tomorrow, some “regularly scheduled” stuff and more Superbowl talk, more on Romney and more more more… i found out that i’ve got a new review up over at SphereOfHipHop.com… kind of funny, because i wrote it a long time ago and didn’t even recognize it at first…

’til morrow…

peace… love… bdg…

general05 Feb 2008 05:24 pm

so this is supposed to be my day off from the old blog, but i didn’t write yesterday and i’ve been so inconsistant that i figured, hey, why not?… in fact, this is going to be a SUPER entry (hopefully not in length, but in quality and topically)… i actually just got finished watching the Superbowl again… i’m sure that i’ll end up watching it at least once or twice more this week because that’s the kind of guy i am… and it was one of the greatest Superbowls of all time (within the realm of my memory)… i haven’t decided quite yet where it ranks, but i’ll talk a bit about some of the others in a bit… i also plan to talk about what most people care most about when it comes to the Superbowl… the commercials…

Of course, i’d be remiss if i ignored the fact that this is SUPER TUESDAY or, as i’ve heard it called elsewhere SUPER DUPER TUESDAY… i don’t know, that just seems a little much… if it’s not SUPA DUPA FLY, it’s just excess… so, i’ll continue my political talk as well… as well as continuing with the Book and the other book and drudging up some peeps for theTRu…

and now, in between darts and rounds of Zuma, let’s dig in…

SUPER BOWL XLII (THAT’S 42)…

What a great game… a truly GREAT game… i watched some of the pregame stuff while i was doing a little bit of work and the littles were doing a little bit of resting… we then headed over to our home fellowship group party at about 4, settled in, ate wings and played some Wii before the kickoff… this was my first time playing Wii and i managed to win once at baseball, and go 1-1 on bowling… pretty fun, but i don’t see myself clamoring all over people trying to track down my own Wii anytime soon… i’m just not that kind of guy…

Then the players tromped out onto the field and Jordin Sparks, with whom i was largely unimpressed with in the past, belted out an absolutely beautiful version of the National Anthem… a version that may have been up for sale on iTunes before the game actually… (it was featured on the front page DURING the game)… and the kickoff ensued…

The Giants opened up with a spectacular TEN MINUTE DRIVE that only put three points on the board, but totally set the tone for the game… The Pats drive back calmly as the teams feel each other out and, with the help of a pass interference call in the end zone, the Pats open the 2nd quarter with a touchdown… 7-3 and it stays that way for a while as both teams zero down on their opponent…

Spectacular defense marks the bulk of the remaining minutes capped at the end of the half with a sack, fumble and turnover from Brady… 12 men on the field, a crucial decision to go for it on 4th and 13 instead of attempting a field goal and defense remains the big story through the third quarter… why did they go for it on 4th and 13? well, they have a huge ego and because three plays before that, facing 3rd and 13, they got 14 on a pretty simple little screen play… also, the field goal would’ve been about 49 yards, matching the longest that their kicker had made all year…

And then there was the FOURTH… amazing quarter that generated three touchdowns and all the nail-biting drama of an epic gridiron chessmatch.. all the way down to the wire and, in the end, we learned again that it is defense that wins championships, a fact that should be no surprise to the Patriots, who in 2002, marched into the Superdome with the task of shutting down “The Greatest Show on Turf”…

AND NOW A WORD FROM SOME SUPER SPONSORS

Lots of commercials from the game and many of them were quite forgettable… some of them, we all wish that we could forget, but here’s my short list of favorites…

  • The talking shirt stain… probably because i always end up spilling something on myself and this was hilariously all too true…
  • The screaming animals… something of a return of the wazzzuuuup commercials of the past… pretty funny…
  • The spit-up stock baby… a little bit creepy, but funny and clever…
  • The giant pigeons… Fed-Ex continues to put together some good commercials
  • Chuck gets a Coke… i prefer Pepsi, but these giant parade balloons fighing over a Coke was pretty fun to watch…
  • CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE

    okay, i’m going to have to come back to ranking the games another time… i’m running out of time and space… and i want to touch on Super Tuesday… first, i want to roll back the clocks and take a look at what i posted in the old blog back on November 13th, 2006…

    05. Change
    Change seems to be the vehicle that all the democrats campaigned on… that and some very bitter acts of name calling and mud slinging… and this approach to campaigning clearly worked as the government has changed hands… but here’s the thing about change… it’s great in theory and it’s a perfect platform on which to run… hey, no one is really content in life today, so why not promise change? . . .
    [however] the “change” that was promise is unlikely to flesh out into anything substantial… “

    And what do we hear touted left and right in the campaigns and debates so far? Change!

    MORE CHANGE?… when the 110th Congress took office, it was the first time in 12 years that the Democrats (a.k.a. the Change touters) controlled both branches… at that time, a poll showed that 68% of Americans were optimistic about the changes and about 50% were confident that Congress would accomplish a lot of those changes… right now, well, at the time of last week’s State of the Union Address, the approval rating for the 110th Congress was 18%… that’s almost half of the President’s 32% rating… how’s that change working out for you? i’d guess not so well…

    VOTE VOTE VOTE…

    21 states are up for grabs today and that’s enough to make or break a campaign… i’m kind of sitting on the sidelines right now waiting and hoping that Huckabee is still on the ballot and in good shape come next week when i get to vote… but this morning, as i was praying, i had impressed upon my heart the reminder that no kings or authority is given except that which is within God’s will… and part of His plan… UPDATE: Mike Huckabee has won West Virginia, Romney cries foul play (of course)…

    WORD OF THE DAY

    Joshua 6: 1-2

    Fear, Trembling and a Reminder…

    Jericho was so terrified of the Israelites that they sealed themselves off from the world altogether… verse one says that no one was allowed to come in or go out… that’s pretty extreme… and apparently not the best defense mechanism… i don’t want to stray too far from the main point, but this strategy seems to be the on adopted by many Christians… many of us seem so terrified of the world around us that we try our darndest to shut everything else out… but we’re not given a spirit of fear…

    Anyway, then God points to the status of Jericho as a reminder of His promise to deliver Jericho to Joshua… but how?…

    IN OTHER WORDS

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

    Chapter 5: Untie Your Ropes (continued)…

    The rest of the chapter talks about some of the things that some of our Bible Heroes had to untie and let go of in order to fulfill their calling… Moses had to shed his need for security, David had to overcome the nay-sayers (including his own brothers)… Ortberg also talks about the concept of detachment, which simply means living like there is nothing more important than our relationship with God and shedding all encumbrances that would hinder the development of that relationship and he reminds us that sometimes we have to untie these “ropes” every day…

    AND WITH THAT, YOU GET EGGROLL?

    here’s a few new things from theTRu… An interview with Foolish Things and a new Left to Write… plenty more coming…

    peace… love… bdg…