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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….

Bookshelf&features&front page&iTRu-nes19 Jul 2008 11:32 pm

i do so love the weekend… normally i wouldn’t necessarily be on the computer on a Saturday for more than maybe an hour or so, but today’s a little different… actually, this weekend’s a little different… i’ve got some things i want to and need to get accomplished for my own emotional well-being… haven’t quite gotten there yet, but hopefully tomorrow…

anyway, i’m watching The Italian Job (love those minis)… since i’ve already burned through this week’s Burn Notice, Monk, and Psych (so glad they’re all back)… and my neighbors seem to be having quite the shindig… i should do a post about my neighborhood drama… not today though… today, we’ll be quick… i’ve just about finished the fourth book for the week, but i’m only going to talk about two, because it may take me a while to finish more and i don’t want to appear unproductive next week… on we go with the program…

THE PIED PIPER

to the tune of Lead Me On – Amy Grant

You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader
by Mark Sanborn

So, this little book about leadership pretty much states the obvious, but in an interesting way… it seems like a boiled-down version of a bonafide book about leadership that perhaps lacks the details i was hoping for… as someone who’s never really had a title worth mentioning, the title of the book grabbed my attention right away… and the six steps of leadership that the book discusses are certainly appropriate, but, again, it’s just common sense… it’s perhaps not so much a guide to leadership as it is a guide to taking control of your own life in a sense… but hey, sometimes we all need to have things stated and re-stated to us in the simplest ways and, at just over 120 pages, it’s not like it’s a huge investment…

DIP DE DIP DE DIP

to the tune of Who Put the Bomp? – Jan & Dean

The Dip
by Seth Godin

i’m really torn by this book… i’m wrestling with it as they say… having heard good things about it and noticing it on my boss’s bookshelf, i thought i’d take a shot at it… what happened from there was an 80 page assault on my job and alarms ringing over and over telling me that i should’ve quit years ago… i get that… but what i really struggle with is this concept of “Best in the World”… it’s the whole basis of the book… if you can’t be the best in the world at what you’re doing right now, then you need to quit and find something you can be the best in the world at… well, what if i can only be the best in the world at things that don’t pay the bills? what if really, i can only be the best dad in the world to my boys? the best husband in the world to my wife?

i write code, but i’ll never be the best coder in the world… i fix technical bugs, but i’ll never be the best at that… i write blogs and run a website, but clearly, based on the responses i get, i’m not the best in the world at any of that… i don’t know… i think i could go on for hours about that, but it wouldn’t be the best rant in the world so i think i’ll stop it here… if nothing else, the book gave me some mental cud to chew on…

THE READING ROOM

to the tune of Fun Fun Fun – The Beach Boys

Updated list for Mark Lee’s Summer Reading Club

running out of time here, but this is my latest updates…

It All Goes Back in the Box (Ortberg)
Deadly Viper Character Assassins (Foster & Wilhite) [audiobook]
The Word of Mouth Manual (Balter)
Character Makes a Difference (Huckabee)
Simplicity (Salomon)
You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader (Sanborn)
Boys Should Be Boys (Meeker)
The Dip (Godin)

Prince Caspian (Lewis) [about 10 pages left]
The Parent You Want to Be (Parrott) [about 150 pages left]
New Way to Be Human (Peacock) [about 200 pages left]
Wide Awake (McManus) [about 210 pages left]
At the Crossroads (Peacock)
Deliver Us from Evelyn (Wells)
The Two Towers (Tolkien)
Quiet Strength (Dungy)
UnChristian (Kinnaman & Lyons)
Searching for God Knows What (Miller)

FULL LIST HERE

BEFORE YOU SAY GOODBYE

to the tune of Na Na Hey Hey – The Hit Crew

hey… there’s actually new stuff over on the main page… specifically a feature called I Know What TRu Read [last summer] which gives a rundown of eleven books i read last year… and a new iTRu-nes Playlist… check them out and keep it locked…

peace… love… bdg….

Bookshelf&features&front page&general&inTRuviews&iTRu-nes&news&pop culture&walkTRu25 Jan 2008 06:35 pm

Have you missed me?… i’ve been pretty tied up with work and errands… and i’ll tell you what, i love holidays and all, but it really screws up your sense of schedule… anyway, with all the illness going around, it’s added to it all to of that and made me perform at like half speed… in fact, it looks like i have a writer’s strike beard going on and i think i’m going to have to get shaving soon because it’s all itchy and stuff… eh, don’t mind me, it’s the congestion talking…

So the big news during my absence has been that Fred Thompson dropped out of the presidential race and i guess some people are now reporting that he was only really testing out the waters so that he might be picked as a running mate… sounds like a career underachiever to me… why would you brag about that?… anyway, the other big news is that Heath Ledger is dead… no joke, or recurring joker character in the new Batman movies… the questions surrounding his death include whether or not it was a drug overdose and how Mary-Kate Olson ties into the whole thing…

yeah, i’m doing no good here, so why don’t we move on…where did i leave off last time… that’s right disillusionment…

RON-PAUL-UTION…?

so it seems like everywhere i go these days, there are Ron Paul banners strewn about on the side of the road or banner ads everywhere or even worse, the moronic online militia posting negative comments about every other candidate, talking conspiracy theories and basically being a nuisance… now, keep in mind, i don’t think that everyone who supports Mr. Paul is a moron, it’s just those who refuse to accept the strengths of other candidates and the weaknesses of their own…

In fact, Ron Paul has a lot of good things to say and it’s no wonder that he’s been able to amass such a following… when it comes to the economy, he certainly seems to know his stuff… and with the recent shift in focus at the debates to key in on economic matters, it looks to favor Paul for as long as they let him talk…

However, Paul seems to be one-dimensional in that regard and is more like Bill “It’s the economy, stupid” Clinton than the Ronald Reagan persona he tries so hard to embrace… if it is just about the economy, then Ron Paul is probably a great choice… but it’s not just the economy… people listen to you when you talk about the economy and people like it when you promise to fix the economy because the average person becomes short-sighted when it comes to money… we, as a nation, are so willing to sacrifice ethics, safety, moral responsibilities, our family, and just about anything on the promise of prosperity…

Look back at Bill Clinton’s time as president and you can see what happens when you just focus on the economy… by the end of his term, we as a nation had experienced the most publicized and morally bankrupt trial of a man’s infidelity… our military was depleated and, despite rolling with the good times throughout his presidency, the country was in a recession… the point is not that we shouldn’t focus on the economy – because i think that we’ve overlooked basic, common sense business practices as a nation for far too long – but the tunnel vision can only last for so long before everything collapses…

Ron Paul’s statements about foreign policies and other practical issues really show a lack of depth and understanding that’s necessary to be in such a high position of authority which outweighs his positive statements about the economy… bottom line, it’s more than just the economy, stupid…

FOOTBALL

Another set of good to great games last weekend… the Patriots managed to shut down the Chargers pretty well… even with Darth Vader trying to manipulate the force from the sidelines… and the rootin’ tootin’ Green Bay Packers, led by Yosemite Brett Favre couldn’t overcome the elements and knock off the Giants, who are apparently sponsored by Franks Red Hot, hot sauce… of course i’m disappointed that the Pack didn’t pull it off, but they were totally outplayed for the whole game and it’s only fair that they win…

this means of course that the Patriots and the Giants will be in the Superbowl down in Arizona and it’s going to be…. eh, an okay game at least… i’ll talk more about it later on…

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

Monday was Martin Luther King Day and i have a few things to say about it… first is that there was apparently an MLK patio sale at a local store… i know this because The Tony Kornheiser Show is back on the air and Tony was ranting about how inappropriate it was to advertise a patio furniture sale and attach the name of someone who assassinated to it… His argument was that of all the things that Martin Luther King Jr stood for in his life, patio furniture sales shouldn’t be his legacy in pop culture… which is fine, except he continued to say that it would be okay to have President’s Day sales, Christmas sales, etc… if i’m not mistaken, Lincoln was assassinated and that guy they named Christmas after, too…

Anyway, little boy, who is in Kindergarten, learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. in school… now, i’m not sure all that was said during the lesson or lessons, but he told me that King was a good man, who told people to love everyone and that he had a dream before he was “killed by the bad white man”… interesting to say the least…

i guess my problem overall is that he’s in Kindergarten… he doesn’t have any concept of race… and he shouldn’t… he’s innocent in that regard… as he should be… i see this as a subtle attack on innocence and maybe i’m just being a little overprotective – again, i don’t know what the lesson was about – but i have a dream where kids aren’t taught from an early age that race is an issue only to be taught later on that race isn’t supposed to be an issue… it’s already not an issue… just let us all be neighbors… i’m probably rambling…

GHOST IN THE MACHINE (part eleven)

Long time readers will appreciate this… this time, it’s my laptop… my trusty, faithful, german shepherd of a laptop… except that it’s been acting up in most every way imaginable… first it started acting slow… i figured that it was because i hadn’t shut down in quite a while… well then i got it all rebooted and such and my browser kept freezing… and freezing… and freezing… so i ended up having to uninstall, reinstall, shop around and now i’m splitting time between different browsers… in the meantime, i’ve gotten my email migrated and lost my filters and address book… so i’m still in the process or rebuilding all that… my other computer is actually acting worse, but i’ll save that for another day…

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 5: 1-12

This is a difficult subject to talk about… but it’s part of the covenant… they’re across the Jordan, God’s been faithful and they’re all in good spirits, preparing to start battle against all the countries that lay ahead… and at the big pep rally, Joshua says, it’s time to get circumcised… then it explains that this was the next generation and that they hadn’t been circumcised in the desert because of all the disorganization and disobedience… now they’re all caught up with their end of the bargain, recovering from the surgery during the time that is afforded by the fear of the Amorite kings… and, having been cleansed, they can celebrate passover and enjoy the food of the land…

IN OTHER WORDS

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

Chapter 4: Master the Inner Game…

This chapter talks about the two distinct games that we are playing… an inner game and an outer game… the outer game is what we get credit for, but it is simply an outpouring of the inner game… Ortberg says that the possibility of mastering the inner game is the biggest reason that we even play the outer game… everything external is wasting away despite our efforts to stave off the effects of aging, but i think we need to recognize and embrace the relationship between external and internal, physical and spiritual, temporal and eternal… doing that isn’t easy, especially in a world that likes to compartmentalize everything… props to Ortberg for the Dorian Gray reference… great book there…

BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART

Here’s the stuff from last time… a concert review, an interview with Chris Rice and aWalk TRu for Night Owls 4

Newer postings include an interview with Ronnie Freeman and a new iTRu-nes Playlist

COMING SOON

the weekend… man, writing in the blog really winds the clock down… but yeah… i’ll shave, i’ll get better and i’ll talk about more stuff… on theTRu, i’ve got a WalkTRu, Left to Write, and more in the works…

peace… love… bdg…

front page&inTRuviews&iTRu-nes&reviews&walkTRu20 Sep 2007 10:43 am

it’s been a while since i spotlighted what’s going on over on the main section of theTRu, so here’s the latest few updates for your peeping pleasure…


– inTRuview with Flatfoot 56, everyone’s favorite Chicago punk group over 6 feet tall…


– a Walk TRu with David Crowder Band’s latest gem… a ten-track worship album called Remedy


– Ever wonder what happened to Knowdaverbs? Well, he’s back and we’ve got the lowdown on his new album and what he’s been up to the last few years…


– The latest edition of the iTRu-nes playlist… 20 tracks that are happening right now and a brief commentary on each one…

and last but not least… i posted a new album review… yeah a full-blown album review for the Neon Horse album

okay, get to clicking, these things won’t peep themselves…

peace… love… bdg…

front page&iTRu-nes&walkTRu27 Jun 2007 04:07 pm

got a couple new items kicking around the front page right now…

first up, the Walk TRu of dcTalk’s GREATEST HITS…

and second, the June 07 iTRu-nes Playlist…

enjoy… there’s more coming…

peace… love… bdg…

front page&inTRuviews&iTRu-nes&reviews15 May 2007 01:37 pm

Got a few updates over on the mainpage… last week, i got some album reviews knocked out (still have a few more coming)… you can check out my thoughts on Building 429 and The Sound of New Breed… in the coming days, i’ll be putting down thoughts on Neon Horse, Rush of Fools, Article One, Newsboys, Theory Hazit, and Flatfoot 56… so stay TRu-ned for that…

There’s also a brand new iTRu-nes playlist loaded up on the front page and as an iMix over at iTunes… definitely check that out as this month’s list include TobyMac, K-Os, Derek Webb, Lovedrug and more…. and don’t forget to head over to iTunes and rate the playlist so i can keep up with your tastes and keep the coverage in line with that…

And finally (for this update)… i dug back a little bit to December when i interviewed Urban D… just last week saw the release of Urban D’s book, CD and DVD all titled Un.Orthodox and i had spoken with him about the projects and balancing cultural relevance with spiritual accountability… Since the interview was initially intended used in a piece i wrote for the pages of HM Magazine, there’s also a bit of history behind Urban D and Crossover Community Church, where he is currently the Sr. Pastor… pretty good conversation all in all…

Plenty more coming down the pike… so, as always, keep it locked…

peace… love… bdg…