September 2008


features&front page&general&reviews&SPORTS27 Sep 2008 11:17 am

Another day another bankrupcy… that seems to be the way things go these days… and now there’s this whole debate about what needs to be done… well, in this entry, i’ll talk a little bit about what should’ve been done, what could still be done and who’s to blame… i’ll also jump into this week’s football games and some more of the fall season television shows… i should be watching the debate, but who watches things in real time anymore?

off we go…

THE BAIL OUT

to the tune of Collapse – Mute Math

So we’re in some real trouble now, right?… i’m no expert on economy, but i did stay awake in enough macro and micro classes to have a decent opinion… a while back i mentioned the possibility of an ’08 Depression and it looks like Wall Street is trying to get there… gas, houses, banks, everything is out of control and now the powers that be remind me of Dwight in the video above (by the way, hulu is awesome)… 700 Billion Dollars… Say yes… do it… do it now… 5…. 4… now… now … NOW!… i say back up for a second…

haste makes waste… it’s pretty obvious that decisions made under duress are rarely the wisest decisions made… in fact, it’s probably safe to say that if so may people hadn’t have made decisions overnight – decisions to make big investments, including homes – that we’d be in much better shape overall… so regardless of whether or not this bailout plan will work, the haste that it’s being thrown together and pushed on us gives me reason to wonder…

in America, there is the famous “separation of church and state”… contrary to popular opinion though, it was designed to protect the church from being run by the government and thereby tainting the religion… similarly, the free market needs to be able to work with as little government intervention as possible… this plan, while perhaps necessary at this point, breaches that divide… and it takes what has become one of the firmest foundations of the American Dream in the last few decades… rewarding bad behavior…

what should have happened… back when the housing market started collapsing and the lenders started to realize that they were racking up foreclosures left and right, they should have acted of their own volition to resolve this issue… at least six months ago, i pondered out loud that the lenders needed to reassess the values of all the properties involved and, based on the declining values and the rising inability of their clients to make payments, they should have written down the loans…

now, i know, this sounds like we’re rewarding the people who bought houses that they shouldn’t have – that they couldn’t afford, but, while i would propose that the loan amount be written down, i would also propose, as a penalty, that the loan would garner a higher interest rate, a flag would be placed on the owner’s credit report, and, perhaps, the term would be extended to adjust the monthly payment down to something that is affordable… with the higher interest rate, the banks would recoup a lot of the cost of the write down in the long run and neither owner nor banker would be filing chapter 11…

i got scoffed at by some people when i mentioned this back then, but now it seems like that’s what the government is trying to do… except now that they’re involved, the banks are bankrupt, the owners are already in a world of hurt and both are getting rewarded for their bad behavior… and, since the government is involved, banks that are still hanging on have little motivation (other than establishing a reputation of a business with fair and reasonable practices, on the off chance that they care about that) to try and work with their clients because big brother is going to step in and “save the day”…

i’m running short on time, so i’ll move on, but in case that plan sounds at all familiar to you, perhaps it’s because it’s somewhat based on Luke 16

THE BALL OUT

to the tune of Quiet Storm – Smokey Robinson

So i know you’re all wondering if i did better with my picks this week than last week… but first i’ll mention that my fantasy league teeter-totter has officially begun… similar to last year, i’m alternating between leagues winning in one and losing in the other… so, i’m now 1-2 in both leagues… as far as picks, 10-6, 8-7, and this week… 10-6… i still feel pretty good about my chances though, since there were quite a few last minute wins and surprises…

this week, the winners are as follows…

Falcons, Bengals, Jaguars, Broncos
49ers, Jets, Packers, Vikings
Chargers, Bills, Redskins, Eagles and… Steelers

three less games this week as the bye weeks officially begin… if you get to choose from all the games to watch, Flacons and Panthers should be a hot one for the early game, with the Jets/Cards matchup a strong runner up and the Skins vs Cowboys is always one to watch… Sunday night’s game (Bears/Eagles) could be entertaining, but the Steelers and Ravens on MNF just doesn’t look at all interesting…

ALL OUT

my time has evaporated and i’ve got to keep moving… i’ll get to more of the fall television schedule later… for now, there’s a new Left to Write up on the front page as well as a long overdue album review of Chris Sligh’s debut

peace… love… bdg…

general27 Sep 2008 11:14 am

Another day another bankrupcy… that seems to be the way things go these days… and now there’s this whole debate about what needs to be done… well, in this entry, i’ll talk a little bit about what should’ve been done, what could still be done and who’s to blame… i’ll also jump into this week’s football games and some more of the fall season television shows… i should be watching the debate, but who watches things in real time anymore?

off we go…

THE BAIL OUT
to the tune of Collapse – Mute Math

So we’re in some real trouble now, right?… i’m no expert on economy, but i did stay awake in enough macro and micro classes to have a decent opinion… a while back i mentioned the possibility of an ’08 Depression and it looks like Wall Street is trying to get there… gas, houses, banks, everything is out of control and now the powers that be remind me of Dwight in the video above (by the way, hulu is awesome)… 700 Billion Dollars… Say yes… do it… do it now… 5…. 4… now… now … NOW!… i say back up for a second…

haste makes waste… it’s pretty obvious that decisions made under duress are rarely the wisest decisions made… in fact, it’s probably safe to say that if so may people hadn’t have made decisions overnight – decisions to make big investments, including homes – that we’d be in much better shape overall… so regardless of whether or not this bailout plan will work, the haste that it’s being thrown together and pushed on us gives me reason to wonder…

in America, there is the famous “separation of church and state”… contrary to popular opinion though, it was designed to protect the church from being run by the government and thereby tainting the religion… similarly, the free market needs to be able to work with as little government intervention as possible… this plan, while perhaps necessary at this point, breaches that divide… and it takes what has become one of the firmest foundations of the American Dream in the last few decades… rewarding bad behavior…

what should have happened… back when the housing market started collapsing and the lenders started to realize that they were racking up foreclosures left and right, they should have acted of their own volition to resolve this issue… at least six months ago, i pondered out loud that the lenders needed to reassess the values of all the properties involved and, based on the declining values and the rising inability of their clients to make payments, they should have written down the loans…

now, i know, this sounds like we’re rewarding the people who bought houses that they shouldn’t have – that they couldn’t afford, but, while i would propose that the loan amount be written down, i would also propose, as a penalty, that the loan would garner a higher interest rate, a flag would be placed on the owner’s credit report, and, perhaps, the term would be extended to adjust the monthly payment down to something that is affordable… with the higher interest rate, the banks would recoup a lot of the cost of the write down in the long run and neither owner nor banker would be filing chapter 11…

i got scoffed at by some people when i mentioned this back then, but now it seems like that’s what the government is trying to do… except now that they’re involved, the banks are bankrupt, the owners are already in a world of hurt and both are getting rewarded for their bad behavior… and, since the government is involved, banks that are still hanging on have little motivation (other than establishing a reputation of a business with fair and reasonable practices, on the off chance that they care about that) to try and work with their clients because big brother is going to step in and “save the day”…

i’m running short on time, so i’ll move on, but in case that plan sounds at all familiar to you, perhaps it’s because it’s somewhat based on Luke 16

THE BALL OUT
to the tune of Quiet Storm – Smokey Robinson

So i know you’re all wondering if i did better with my picks this week than last week… but first i’ll mention that my fantasy league teeter-totter has officially begun… similar to last year, i’m alternating between leagues winning in one and losing in the other… so, i’m now 1-2 in both leagues… as far as picks, 10-6, 8-7, and this week… 10-6… i still feel pretty good about my chances though, since there were quite a few last minute wins and surprises…

this week, the winners are as follows…

Falcons, Bengals, Jaguars, Broncos
49ers, Jets, Packers, Vikings
Chargers, Bills, Redskins, Eagles and… Steelers

three less games this week as the bye weeks officially begin… if you get to choose from all the games to watch, Flacons and Panthers should be a hot one for the early game, with the Jets/Cards matchup a strong runner up and the Skins vs Cowboys is always one to watch… Sunday night’s game (Bears/Eagles) could be entertaining, but the Steelers and Ravens on MNF just doesn’t look at all interesting…

ALL OUT

my time has evaporated and i’ve got to keep moving… i’ll get to more of the fall television schedule later… for now, there’s a new Left to Write up on the front page as well as a long overdue album review of Chris Sligh’s debut

peace… love… bdg…

general23 Sep 2008 05:10 pm

Well, summer is officially over and i went out with a bang… and a bunch of coughs and a few sneezes and well… you get ths idea… still working through the recovery process… always lots of fun to deal with the cocktail of allergies, cold symptoms and lots to do… Anyway, i happen to have some pretty big plans for this week and i don’t have a load of time to devote here right now if i hope to make a dent in those plans, but i simply had to drop in and do an official wrap on the Summer Reading List and maybe something else, before jaunting off to try and accomplish other things elsewhere… so let’s get getting…

RELATIONAL REDEMPTION
to the tune of Redemption – Switchfoot

Searching for God Knows What
– by Donald Miller

So, I finished this one about a month and a half ago already, but it hasn’t let go of my mind… it seems that whenever i read a book by Donald Miller, i feel as though i’m engaged in a running conversation with an old friend… i call him “the Donald” for no good reason and we have probably downed several gallons of coffee together over the course of each book… and that’s the way a rather good work of non-fiction should behave as far as i’m concerned…

This book in particular, reached me in a number of ways… i really appreciated the honesty with which Miller addresses the complaints and questions that arise when explaining faith to others… he opens the book with a chapter about imposters that explains in a sense how our own playful dishonesties in life can detract from the truth of the gospel we try to share it… i’ve found in my own life that, because i joke around a lot, people don’t take me seriously at times… mainly when i’m trying to be serious…

The thrust of the book offers the hurdles and logic that goes in to overcoming those doubts, concerns, questions or whatever… but more importantly, he details the steps that he took that allowed him to marry the messages of Christ with his own daily life… the lifeboat theory – a way of living based on comparison – is contrasted brilliantly with the life and message of Jesus and everything is all wrapped up nicely with a Shakespearean reference, which really drives it all home – in my head anyway… (I’m a bit of a Shakespeare junkie)…

Bottom line, Searching is a really profound discourse on the Gospel disguised as an easy read… definitely recommended… i think i could read this book several times and glean more each time…

A HERO AMONG HEROES
to the tune of Quiet Storm – Smokey Robinson

Quiet Strength
– by Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy is someone that i admire… if you know me well, you’ll know that the way someone handles leadership plays a big role in shaping my opinoin of that person… after years of watching NFL games, there are a number of coaches that i either admire or can’t stand to see succeed… Tony Dungy has always been in the former group… it was thrilling to watch the Colts win the Superbowl a few years ago and moreso to witness the respectful and appropriate ways in which both coaches involved handled the media, the pressure and the game…

Quiet Strength is a memoir and it’s quite insightful as well as inspiring… i enjoyed reading about games that i remember watching from a different perspective an it offers an interesting look at the inner workings of the NFL… i even found myself getting very emotional while reading about the tragic suicide of Jamie Dungy… (hey, i’m a dad, too)…

Overall, the book reaffirmed my respect for a great football coach and man while proving to be a great example of how the good guys can win… (spoiler alert, the colts win the superbowl)…

DOG EAT DOG
to the tune of Cruella De Vil – Hayden Panettiere

My Name Is Russell Fink
– by Michael Snyder

Zondervan really got behind this book… when i was at GMA Week this year, not only was there a billboard advertising the book prominently placed in the heart of Nashville, but there were also at least a dozen bassett hounds accompanied by boxes of this book being distributed on the sidewalk… And admittedly, based on the font choice for the cover and the picture of the dog, i was mildly interested in seeing what this book was about…

well, let me help you out… it’s an off-beat and quirky novel that deals with the awkwardness of life, death, and everything in between… it’s a pretty fun read, lighthearted, yet intense at the right moments and it includes bits of intrigue, action, romance, inactivity, and almost everything you can hope for… and the ending, well, let’s just say that i saw that coming, but when i got there i so didn’t see that coming… how about that?… check it out you disconnected folks looking for meaning in your life… you may just relate to Russell…

THE WRITE
to the tune of Joywriting – Deepspace5

The Writing Life
– by Annie Dillard

I was told that this book was something of a “cheater” book because it’s only a bit over 100 pages, but i have to defend myself by explaining that i wrestled with much of this book and it took much longer to read than one might expect… Annie Dillard offers some wonderful insights into the world of writing as well as a number of warnings about making a living with writing… The Writing Life proves challenging and rewarding for anyone interested in choosing writing as a vocation…

I was assigned this book back in college and i certainly didn’t appreciate it near to the extent that i appreciate and understand it now… the struggles and joys of writing are equally detailed and, again, i highly recommend the book for those leaning in the direction of writing… my professor certainly knew what he was talking about…

THE READING ROOM
to the tune of Leaves – Ours

Well that’s a wrap… didn’t think i’d get those all done, but hooray!… okay, so here’s the deal… i tidied up that

Amazon Store to reflect the changing of the seasons and i’m going to keep on reading and commenting on books throughout the year…. i haven’t quite decided all the books that will make my fall lineup just yet, but i’m starting with the two listed below and i’ll sort the rest out a little later… i’d love to say that i’ve got lots of new books, but most of my inquiries have gone unanswered at the moment… still working on that and i’ll let you know… for now, here’s the final tally for the summer and the start of the fall…

Completed…


Working through…
Twelve Ordinary Men (MacArthur)
Sinner (Dekker)

POOF!

i’m gone…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf23 Sep 2008 05:09 pm

Well, summer is officially over and i went out with a bang… and a bunch of coughs and a few sneezes and well… you get ths idea… still working through the recovery process… always lots of fun to deal with the cocktail of allergies, cold symptoms and lots to do… Anyway, i happen to have some pretty big plans for this week and i don’t have a load of time to devote here right now if i hope to make a dent in those plans, but i simply had to drop in and do an official wrap on the Summer Reading List and maybe something else, before jaunting off to try and accomplish other things elsewhere… so let’s get getting…

RELATIONAL REDEMPTION
– to the tune of Redemption – Switchfoot

Searching for God Knows What
– by Donald Miller

So, I finished this one about a month and a half ago already, but it hasn’t let go of my mind… it seems that whenever i read a book by Donald Miller, i feel as though i’m engaged in a running conversation with an old friend… i call him “the Donald” for no good reason and we have probably downed several gallons of coffee together over the course of each book… and that’s the way a rather good work of non-fiction should behave as far as i’m concerned…

This book in particular, reached me in a number of ways… i really appreciated the honesty with which Miller addresses the complaints and questions that arise when explaining faith to others… he opens the book with a chapter about imposters that explains in a sense how our own playful dishonesties in life can detract from the truth of the gospel we try to share it… i’ve found in my own life that, because i joke around a lot, people don’t take me seriously at times… mainly when i’m trying to be serious…

The thrust of the book offers the hurdles and logic that goes in to overcoming those doubts, concerns, questions or whatever… but more importantly, he details the steps that he took that allowed him to marry the messages of Christ with his own daily life… the lifeboat theory – a way of living based on comparison – is contrasted brilliantly with the life and message of Jesus and everything is all wrapped up nicely with a Shakespearean reference, which really drives it all home – in my head anyway… (I’m a bit of a Shakespeare junkie)…

Bottom line, Searching is a really profound discourse on the Gospel disguised as an easy read… definitely recommended… i think i could read this book several times and glean more each time…

A HERO AMONG HEROES
– to the tune of Quiet Storm – Smokey Robinson

Quiet Strength
– by Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy is someone that i admire… if you know me well, you’ll know that the way someone handles leadership plays a big role in shaping my opinoin of that person… after years of watching NFL games, there are a number of coaches that i either admire or can’t stand to see succeed… Tony Dungy has always been in the former group… it was thrilling to watch the Colts win the Superbowl a few years ago and moreso to witness the respectful and appropriate ways in which both coaches involved handled the media, the pressure and the game…

Quiet Strength is a memoir and it’s quite insightful as well as inspiring… i enjoyed reading about games that i remember watching from a different perspective an it offers an interesting look at the inner workings of the NFL… i even found myself getting very emotional while reading about the tragic suicide of Jamie Dungy… (hey, i’m a dad, too)…

Overall, the book reaffirmed my respect for a great football coach and man while proving to be a great example of how the good guys can win… (spoiler alert, the colts win the superbowl)…

DOG EAT DOG
– to the tune of Cruella De Vil – Hayden Panettiere

My Name Is Russell Fink
– by Michael Snyder

Zondervan really got behind this book… when i was at GMA Week this year, not only was there a billboard advertising the book prominently placed in the heart of Nashville, but there were also at least a dozen bassett hounds accompanied by boxes of this book being distributed on the sidewalk… And admittedly, based on the font choice for the cover and the picture of the dog, i was mildly interested in seeing what this book was about…

well, let me help you out… it’s an off-beat and quirky novel that deals with the awkwardness of life, death, and everything in between… it’s a pretty fun read, lighthearted, yet intense at the right moments and it includes bits of intrigue, action, romance, inactivity, and almost everything you can hope for… and the ending, well, let’s just say that i saw that coming, but when i got there i so didn’t see that coming… how about that?… check it out you disconnected folks looking for meaning in your life… you may just relate to Russell…

THE WRITE
– to the tune of Joywriting – Deepspace5

The Writing Life
– by Annie Dillard

I was told that this book was something of a “cheater” book because it’s only a bit over 100 pages, but i have to defend myself by explaining that i wrestled with much of this book and it took much longer to read than one might expect… Annie Dillard offers some wonderful insights into the world of writing as well as a number of warnings about making a living with writing… The Writing Life proves challenging and rewarding for anyone interested in choosing writing as a vocation…

I was assigned this book back in college and i certainly didn’t appreciate it near to the extent that i appreciate and understand it now… the struggles and joys of writing are equally detailed and, again, i highly recommend the book for those leaning in the direction of writing… my professor certainly knew what he was talking about…

THE READING ROOM
– to the tune of Leaves – Ours

Well that’s a wrap… thanks again to the fabulous Mark Lee for sponsoring this summer reading club… i didn’t think i’d get those all done, but hooray!… okay, so here’s the deal… i tidied up that Amazon Store to reflect the changing of the seasons and i’m going to keep on reading and commenting on books throughout the year…. i haven’t quite decided all the books that will make my fall lineup just yet, but i’m starting with the two listed below and i’ll sort the rest out a little later… i’d love to say that i’ve got lots of new books, but most of my inquiries have gone unanswered at the moment… still working on that and i’ll let you know… for now, here’s the final tally for the summer and the start of the fall…

Completed…


Working through…
The Parent You Want to Be (Parrot) [about 130 pages left]
Twelve Ordinary Men (MacArthur)
Sinner (Dekker)

POOF!

i’m gone…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&front page&general&inTRuviews&SPORTS19 Sep 2008 11:51 pm

i’m still coughing a lot and i don’t much like that… and i’m not sure about everything that i was going to write about… and i don’t have all that much time left (about half an episode of The Office before it’s bedtime), but i certainly wanted to get something written up here since i’ve neglected it so much… i’d like to apologize in advance for all the typos that i’m sure will be here… the j and p keys tend to be a little sticky at the moment… it tried some nice canned air, but sometimes it ends up slipping by anyway… anyway… off we go…

DOWN, SET…

to the tune of Heavy Action (MNF Theme) – Johnny Pearson

well, i only got to watch four games this week as opposed to seven the first week, but it was still a pretty good week and i actually split my leagues, making me 0-2 and 1-1… have no fear though folks… i will prevail…

as far as picks… let’s see if i beat week one’s record of 10-6… The Ravens and the Texans both ended up getting an unexpected bye week, so that’s one wrench in the mix… and, after starting out 6-2, i bombed on the late games and wound up at just 8-7… UNACCEPTABLE… must… do… better… this… week… here we go… winners below…

Falcons, Bills, Bucs, Vikings
Pats, Giants, Titans, Cards
Saints, Lions, Hawks, Browns
Colts, Eagles, Cowboys, Chargers

that should work out better assuming that i looked at the right week’s schedule…

THE READING ROOM

to the tune of This Is Who I Am – Third Day

technically, the summer doesn’t end until Monday, so i’m still in the game for a little while longer… these current books are taking a while, but they’re both worth it…

Completed…


Working through…
The Writing Life (Dillard) [about 25 pages left]
Quiet Strength (Dungy) [about 50 pages left]
My Name Is Russell Fink (Snyder) [about 120 pages left]

FULL LIST HERE

PENCILS DOWN

Well, time’s up… i think that something is biting my toe (probably an ant or something), but before i go… check out the fancy schmancy interview with Matt Brouwer over on the front page… more later…

peace… love… bdg….

general19 Sep 2008 11:49 pm

i’m still coughing a lot and i don’t much like that… and i’m not sure about everything that i was going to write about… and i don’t have all that much time left (about half an episode of The Office before it’s bedtime), but i certainly wanted to get something written up here since i’ve neglected it so much… i’d like to apologize in advance for all the typos that i’m sure will be here… the j and p keys tend to be a little sticky at the moment… it tried some nice canned air, but sometimes it ends up slipping by anyway… anyway… off we go…

DOWN, SET…
to the tune of Heavy Action (MNF Theme) – Johnny Pearson

well, i only got to watch four games this week as opposed to seven the first week, but it was still a pretty good week and i actually split my leagues, making me 0-2 and 1-1… have no fear though folks… i will prevail…

as far as picks… let’s see if i beat week one’s record of 10-6… The Ravens and the Texans both ended up getting an unexpected bye week, so that’s one wrench in the mix… and, after starting out 6-2, i bombed on the late games and wound up at just 8-7… UNACCEPTABLE… must… do… better… this… week… here we go… winners below…

Falcons, Bills, Bucs, Vikings
Pats, Giants, Titans, Cards
Saints, Lions, Hawks, Browns
Colts, Eagles, Cowboys, Chargers

that should work out better assuming that i looked at the right week’s schedule…

THE READING ROOM
to the tune of This Is Who I Am – Third Day

technically, the summer doesn’t end until Monday, so i’m still in the game for a little while longer… these current books are taking a while, but they’re both worth it…

Completed…

Working through…
The Writing Life (Dillard) [about 25 pages left]
Quiet Strength (Dungy) [about 50 pages left]
My Name Is Russell Fink (Snyder) [about 120 pages left]

FULL LIST HERE

PENCILS DOWN

Well, time’s up… i think that something is biting my toe (probably an ant or something), but before i go… check out the fancy schmancy interview with Matt Brouwer over on the front page… more later…

peace… love… bdg….

Bookshelf&features&front page&general&inTRuviews&iTRu-nes&SPORTS12 Sep 2008 11:06 pm

it’s been a busy week and a birthday week… not my birthday, but half oh my household officially ages tomorrow and littler boy is turning 4 in about a week and a half… So this weekend is chock full of plans including Sunday’s trip to see Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Jjars of Clay for the Music Builds Tour… maybe i’ll get to thank Mark Lee for the whole book club thingamabob… or at least congratulate him for the birth of his daughter… we’ll see…

However, given the time, the fact that i’m tired and that my a/c is on the fritz, i’m getting this fire-breathing laptop dragon off of me ASAP… football, books, and that’s about it… let’s go…

WEEK TWO
– to the tune of Heavy Action (MNF Theme) – Johnny Pearson

so, apparently NFL Quarterback is no longer the most desirable position… Tom Brady is out for the season and Vince Young is out of his head… and the game rolls on… i lost my first week of fantasy football… in both leagues… but i’m fine with that… i lay in wait and will eventually take over… and really, the most important thing about week one was the emergence of the dominant force destined to crush all those who stand in their way… the BUFFALO BILLS!… well, of course, time will tell, but they apparently looked good… i can’t wait until i will get the chance to watch them this season…

anyway, let’s see how i did with my picks last week and who i’m picking this week…

i started off really strong picking the first 6 right, but then it caught up with me and i ended up with 10 right and 6 wrong… still good, but i’d like to do better… this week, i’m doing away with the scores because they don’t really make much sense anyway… so here goes…this week’s winners are as follows…

Bears, Titans, Packers, Bills
Chiefs, Colts, Giants, Redskins
Hawks, Falcons, Cards, Chargers
Jets, Steelers, Eagles, Texans

so that’s how it’s going to go… hope i didn’t ruin any surprises…

THE READING ROOM
– to the tune of This Is Who I Am – Third Day

well, i wanted to talk about the Donald, but i left the book at work… sometime soon… i promise… here’s how the rest break down…

Completed…


Working through…

The Writing Life (Dillard) [about 25 pages left]
The Parent You Want to Be (Parrott) [about 150 pages left]
Quiet Strength (Dungy) [about 175 pages left]
My Name Is Russell Fink (Snyder) [about 190 pages left]
New Way to Be Human (Peacock) [about 200 pages left]
At the Crossroads (Peacock)
Deliver Us from Evelyn (Wells)
The Two Towers (Tolkien)
UnChristian (Kinnaman & Lyons)
FlashBang (Steele)
Sinner (Dekker)

FULL LIST HERE

THE FINISH LINE

hey, this time around i’ve got some goodies up at the main site… first off, there’s a new iTRu-nes playlist and an interview with Warren Barfield… besides all THAT goodness, i branched out and tried something new… IN RE:TRuSPECT, which finds me grabbing a couple of older CDs and revisiting them… i think it’s kind of cool since i get to listen to some CDs that i’ve almost forgotten… let me know what you think…

peace… love… bdg….

general12 Sep 2008 11:02 pm

it’s been a busy week and a birthday week… not my birthday, but half oh my household officially ages tomorrow and littler boy is turning 4 in about a week and a half… So this weekend is chock full of plans including Sunday’s trip to see Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Jjars of Clay for the Music Builds Tour… maybe i’ll get to thank Mark Lee for the whole book club thingamabob… or at least congratulate him for the birth of his daughter… we’ll see…

However, given the time, the fact that i’m tired and that my a/c is on the fritz, i’m getting this fire-breathing laptop dragon off of me ASAP… football, books, and that’s about it… let’s go…

WEEK TWO
to the tune of Heavy Action (MNF Theme) – Johnny Pearson

so, apparently NFL Quarterback is no longer the most desirable position… Tom Brady is out for the season and Vince Young is out of his head… and the game rolls on… i lost my first week of fantasy football… in both leagues… but i’m fine with that… i lay in wait and will eventually take over… and really, the most important thing about week one was the emergence of the dominant force destined to crush all those who stand in their way… the BUFFALO BILLS!… well, of course, time will tell, but they apparently looked good… i can’t wait until i will get the chance to watch them this season…

anyway, let’s see how i did with my picks last week and who i’m picking this week…

i started off really strong picking the first 6 right, but then it caught up with me and i ended up with 10 right and 6 wrong… still good, but i’d like to do better… this week, i’m doing away with the scores because they don’t really make much sense anyway… so here goes…this week’s winners are as follows…

Bears, Titans, Packers, Bills
Chiefs, Colts, Giants, Redskins
Hawks, Falcons, Cards, Chargers
Jets, Steelers, Eagles, Texans

so that’s how it’s going to go… hope i didn’t ruin any surprises…

THE READING ROOM
to the tune of This Is Who I Am – Third Day

well, i wanted to talk about the Donald, but i left the book at work… sometime soon… i promise… here’s how the rest break down…

Completed…

Working through…
The Writing Life (Dillard) [about 25 pages left]
The Parent You Want to Be (Parrott) [about 150 pages left]
Quiet Strength (Dungy) [about 175 pages left]
My Name Is Russell Fink (Snyder) [about 190 pages left]
New Way to Be Human (Peacock) [about 200 pages left]
At the Crossroads (Peacock)
Deliver Us from Evelyn (Wells)
The Two Towers (Tolkien)
UnChristian (Kinnaman & Lyons)
FlashBang (Steele)
Sinner (Dekker)

FULL LIST HERE

THE FINISH LINE

hey, this time around i’ve got some goodies up at the main site… first off, there’s a new iTRu-nes playlist and an interview with Warren Barfield… besides all THAT goodness, i branched out and tried something new… IN RE:TRuSPECT, which finds me grabbing a couple of older CDs and revisiting them… i think it’s kind of cool since i get to listen to some CDs that i’ve almost forgotten… let me know what you think…

peace… love… bdg….

Bookshelf&general&pop culture&SPORTS04 Sep 2008 06:56 pm

So i came down this morning to find a mass of ants crawling on the kitchen table… stinking ants… though, i guess it’s just a visual reminder that i have a busy day ahead of me… lots to do for work, even though everybody there ignores me… lots of writing to do… littler boy’s birthday party (early) with our fancy new whale waterslide… and of course, the football season opener… and though my poor Redskins will probably get thoroughly trounced, it marks a good season of the year… football season…

well, i’m tired, a bit stuffy, and as i’ve mentioned, i have a lot to do… here, i hope to talk about another book, a hunger crisis, the pilot for the new season of Prison Break and of course some football… off we go…

THE HUNGER
– to the tune of Hunger – Hans Zimmer (Black Hawk Down)

It started with a cupcake… actually, i’m certain that it began much earlier, but the sight of that cupcake on my desk was a definite tweak to my conscience… this was no ordinary cupcake mind you, this was one of 20 that had been packaged by Costco, a warehouse store, and purchased as a flat by one of six people present in the office… 20 cupcakes for 6 people might not seem too big of a deal, but as i said, these were no ordinary cupcakes… these were more like quarter-pounders loaded up with sugar and tucked into the crimped paper cup to create a familiar shape…

The next day, there was a meeting in Nashville hosted by World Vision, discussing the current world hunger crisis… discussing how many people across the world die each day, each hour from starvation… discussing how and why one child dies every seven seconds from hunger… discussing the basic needs of mankind falling through the cracks… discussing how, through some enriched peanut-based product, they can offer nourishment to these suffering images of God…

i was able to squeeze the presentation (via a live online streaming video) in between 2 of my other 4 meetings that day and i saw most of the hour or so long presentation, though, not without yet another pang of conscience as my lunch order from Five Guys showed up towards the end of the meeting… yeah… so we are a country of excess… in a world in distress… and something needs to be done… thank God for organizations like World Vision

(and as for that cupcake, i only made it about halfway through eating it…)

SAVIOR, SAVE ME
– to the tune of Love Song for a Savior – Jars of Clay

Jesus Wants to Save Christians
by Rob Bell

this book actually goes along nicely with the previous section… Rob Bell, as you may know, is a pastor and speaker noted a lot for the Nooma video series and his ever-growing congregation at Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan… last summer, i read his book, Velvet Elvis and enjoyed it a great deal and this year, well, in about a month, his next book is due out… Jesus Wants to Save Christians is a book born out of i believe two different sermon series (a four part series called The New Exodus and an eight part series with the same title as the book)…

having heard both series back when they were originally delivered (via the podcast), i was pretty excited about the book and very happy when Zondervan sent me an advance copy of it… i’ll just mention a few things that really stood out to me… before reading this book, i don’t think i ever connected the bread of communioin, which symbolizes Christ’s body broken for all mankind, with the church, the body of Christ… once that connection is made, a life of serving makes much more sense…

the other main thing that stood out was the words that still echo in my head… if you claim to follow God and do not hear the cries for help coming from those around us who are afflicted and oppressed, then you are not following God… (my paraphrase)… but basically, God ALWAYS hears the cry, and if your heart and mind are to be like that of Christ, then you will ALWAYS hear the cries… there is no shortage of suffering in the world today…

anyway, it’s a really interesting read… it offers a lot of intriguing insights and poses some really tough questions that are worth wrestling with and working out the answer to…

BREAK ME DOWN
– to the tune of Break Me Down – RED

so Prison Break is back for it’s fourth season and, in case i haven’t mentioned it before, since i write once in a while, i like to play a game that could be called, “If I were writing the series”… and speculate on how things may turn out for our main characters… i don’t generally write them all down or anything, but i’m constantly running through scenarios in my head to see how things might work best…

regarding Prison Break, if you recall, at the end of last season, i was really growing tired of the show and the premise and i mentioned that one of the biggest concerns was losing Michael Schofield as a sympathetic character… with the death of Sarah, Michael quickly became obsessive and driven only by vengence… certainly not someone worth cheering on…

As i watched the first episode, i was excited to see that they chose to resolve that issue, albeit in the inane way of renewing, i mean reviving Sarah from the dead… and i do have some doubts about that aspect of the series, but overall, i was pretty excited by the plot changes that they made, bringing everyone back together on the same team is an interesting turn of events and, of course, there’s the whole mystery surrounding “The Company”… by the way, Scylla was kind of a giveaway for me that there were six parts to the puzzle, but i think it was still surprising to most viewers… something worth noting along those lines… where there’s Scylla, there’s also Charybdis… so that will be interesting to see if and how that might play out…

overall, i’d have to say that i’m pretty curious about the season, which is a big step up from hesitant, which is where i stood earlier this week…

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME
– to the tune of Heavy Action (MNF Theme) – Johnny Pearson

time to start the big predictions each week… i’ll hold off on picking playoff brackets and superbowl teams until a few weeks in when i have actually seen the teams in action… but here are my picks for week one…

Giants over the Redskins (35-24)
Bills over Seahawks (27-21)
Steelers over Texans (14-10)
Saints over Bucs (41-14)
Lions over Falcons (38-9)
Eagles over Rams (16-14)
Jags over Titans (35-7)
Jets over Fins (19-12)
Bengals over Ravens (21-20)
Pats over Chiefs (28-20)
Cards over 49ers (20-14)
Chargers over Panthers (18-10)
Cowboys over Browns (30-13)
Colts over Bears (21-6)
Vikings over Packers (24-21)
Broncs over Raiders (15-10)

phew that’s a lot of games… but that’s how i see them going… hooray for week 1…

THE READING ROOM
– to the tune of This Is Who I Am – Third Day

yes, my reading has slowed down quite a bit, but that’s mostly because i’ve been working from home and free time disappears much quicker that way… anyway, here’s the latest, updated list for Mark Lee hosted summer reading club

Completed…


Working through…
The Writing Life (Dillard) [about 40 pages left]
The Parent You Want to Be (Parrott) [about 150 pages left]
New Way to Be Human (Peacock) [about 200 pages left]
Quiet Strength (Dungy) [about 200 pages left]
My Name Is Russell Fink (Snyder) [about 250 pages left]
At the Crossroads (Peacock)
Deliver Us from Evelyn (Wells)
The Two Towers (Tolkien)
UnChristian (Kinnaman & Lyons)
FlashBang (Steele)
Sinner (Dekker)

FULL LIST HERE

NO MAS

sorry, the tank’s empty… more later…

peace… love… bdg….

general04 Sep 2008 06:52 pm

So i came down this morning to find a mass of ants crawling on the kitchen table… stinking ants… though, i guess it’s just a visual reminder that i have a busy day ahead of me… lots to do for work, even though everybody there ignores me… lots of writing to do… littler boy’s birthday party (early) with our fancy new whale waterslide… and of course, the football season opener… and though my poor Redskins will probably get thoroughly trounced, it marks a good season of the year… football season…

well, i’m tired, a bit stuffy, and as i’ve mentioned, i have a lot to do… here, i hope to talk about another book, a hunger crisis, the pilot for the new season of Prison Break and of course some football… off we go…

THE HUNGER
to the tune of Hunger – Hans Zimmer (Black Hawk Down)

It started with a cupcake… actually, i’m certain that it began much earlier, but the sight of that cupcake on my desk was a definite tweak to my conscience… this was no ordinary cupcake mind you, this was one of 20 that had been packaged by Costco, a warehouse store, and purchased as a flat by one of six people present in the office… 20 cupcakes for 6 people might not seem too big of a deal, but as i said, these were no ordinary cupcakes… these were more like quarter-pounders loaded up with sugar and tucked into the crimped paper cup to create a familiar shape…

The next day, there was a meeting in Nashville hosted by World Vision, discussing the current world hunger crisis… discussing how many people across the world die each day, each hour from starvation… discussing how and why one child dies every seven seconds from hunger… discussing the basic needs of mankind falling through the cracks… discussing how, through some enriched peanut-based product, they can offer nourishment to these suffering images of God…

i was able to squeeze the presentation (via a live online streaming video) in between 2 of my other 4 meetings that day and i saw most of the hour or so long presentation, though, not without yet another pang of conscience as my lunch order from Five Guys showed up towards the end of the meeting… yeah… so we are a country of excess… in a world in distress… and something needs to be done… thank God for organizations like World Vision

(and as for that cupcake, i only made it about halfway through eating it…)

SAVIOR, SAVE ME
to the tune of Love Song for a Savior – Jars of Clay

Jesus Wants to Save Christians
by Rob Bell

this book actually goes along nicely with the previous section… Rob Bell, as you may know, is a pastor and speaker noted a lot for the Nooma video series and his ever-growing congregation at Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan… last summer, i read his book, Velvet Elvis and enjoyed it a great deal and this year, well, in about a month, his next book is due out… Jesus Wants to Save Christians is a book born out of i believe two different sermon series (a four part series called The New Exodus and an eight part series with the same title as the book)…

having heard both series back when they were originally delivered (via the podcast), i was pretty excited about the book and very happy when Zondervan sent me an advance copy of it… i’ll just mention a few things that really stood out to me… before reading this book, i don’t think i ever connected the bread of communioin, which symbolizes Christ’s body broken for all mankind, with the church, the body of Christ… once that connection is made, a life of serving makes much more sense…

the other main thing that stood out was the words that still echo in my head… if you claim to follow God and do not hear the cries for help coming from those around us who are afflicted and oppressed, then you are not following God… (my paraphrase)… but basically, God ALWAYS hears the cry, and if your heart and mind are to be like that of Christ, then you will ALWAYS hear the cries… there is no shortage of suffering in the world today…

anyway, it’s a really interesting read… it offers a lot of intriguing insights and poses some really tough questions that are worth wrestling with and working out the answer to…

BREAK ME DOWN
to the tune of Break Me Down – RED

so Prison Break is back for it’s fourth season and, in case i haven’t mentioned it before, since i write once in a while, i like to play a game that could be called, “If I were writing the series”… and speculate on how things may turn out for our main characters… i don’t generally write them all down or anything, but i’m constantly running through scenarios in my head to see how things might work best…

regarding Prison Break, if you recall, at the end of last season, i was really growing tired of the show and the premise and i mentioned that one of the biggest concerns was losing Michael Schofield as a sympathetic character… with the death of Sarah, Michael quickly became obsessive and driven only by vengence… certainly not someone worth cheering on…

As i watched the first episode, i was excited to see that they chose to resolve that issue, albeit in the inane way of renewing, i mean reviving Sarah from the dead… and i do have some doubts about that aspect of the series, but overall, i was pretty excited by the plot changes that they made, bringing everyone back together on the same team is an interesting turn of events and, of course, there’s the whole mystery surrounding “The Company”… by the way, Scylla was kind of a giveaway for me that there were six parts to the puzzle, but i think it was still surprising to most viewers… something worth noting along those lines… where there’s Scylla, there’s also Charybdis… so that will be interesting to see if and how that might play out…

overall, i’d have to say that i’m pretty curious about the season, which is a big step up from hesitant, which is where i stood earlier this week…

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME
to the tune of Heavy Action (MNF Theme) – Johnny Pearson

time to start the big predictions each week… i’ll hold off on picking playoff brackets and superbowl teams until a few weeks in when i have actually seen the teams in action… but here are my picks for week one…

Giants over the Redskins (35-24)
Bills over Seahawks (27-21)
Steelers over Texans (14-10)
Saints over Bucs (41-14)
Lions over Falcons (38-9)
Eagles over Rams (16-14)
Jags over Titans (35-7)
Jets over Fins (19-12)
Bengals over Ravens (21-20)
Pats over Chiefs (28-20)
Cards over 49ers (20-14)
Chargers over Panthers (18-10)
Cowboys over Browns (30-13)
Colts over Bears (21-6)
Vikings over Packers (24-21)
Broncs over Raiders (15-10)

phew that’s a lot of games… but that’s how i see them going… hooray for week 1…

THE READING ROOM
to the tune of This Is Who I Am – Third Day

yes, my reading has slowed down quite a bit, but that’s mostly because i’ve been working from home and free time disappears much quicker that way… anyway, here’s the latest, updated list for Mark Lee hosted summer reading club

Completed…

Working through…
The Writing Life (Dillard) [about 40 pages left]
The Parent You Want to Be (Parrott) [about 150 pages left]
New Way to Be Human (Peacock) [about 200 pages left]
Quiet Strength (Dungy) [about 200 pages left]
My Name Is Russell Fink (Snyder) [about 250 pages left]
At the Crossroads (Peacock)
Deliver Us from Evelyn (Wells)
The Two Towers (Tolkien)
UnChristian (Kinnaman & Lyons)
FlashBang (Steele)
Sinner (Dekker)

FULL LIST HERE

NO MAS

sorry, the tank’s empty… more later…

peace… love… bdg….