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MUSIC&news&pop culture&television&web30 Jan 2014 04:31 pm

Okay. Enough dragging my feet. I’ve been tossing around the idea of a new format for this blog for a while. One that involves, you know, blogging once in a while. I know, it’s a crazy idea, but we’ll give it a shot, right?

So here’s how this might work. Each day, I’m going to try to talk about something that grabbed my attention in the news or pop culture (assuming there’s a difference anymore), something I’m listening to, reading, and/or watching, and something outside of categories that seems worth sharing or talking about. Then, I might sum it up and let you know what to expect next time. And, I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. This won’t replace the occasional book, music, movie or TV reviews, but will be passing mentions for the most part.

You can still expect reviews, commentary, and other features as time allows. I’m hoping that by forcing myself to write more often it will start a snowball effect. Let’s see how it shakes out.
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MUSIC&news&pop culture&television14 Oct 2011 06:59 pm

As a long time fan of hip hop, I’ve been able to witness first hand the marriage of faith and hip hop from the early days. And by early, I mean when Stephen Wiley was “Rappin for Jesus” to the be-be-beat, Michael Peace was “R-R-Rockin’ it Right,” and SFC was telling us to “Listen Up.” Yeah, the days of cassette tapes and cardboard. When Christian rap, Holy Hip Hop, or whatever you want to call it (Call It What You Want?) didn’t have it’s own section in the Christian book stores because there wasn’t much of it and they didn’t know what to do with it.

And when I “broke” into the industry of writing about CCM, it was largely because of my personal history and love of hip hop – a CCM subgenre which seems to always be “on the rise.” By providing credible coverage through popular media outlets, I like to think I helped give a mainstream voice to the marginalized subculture, though I recognize I was never more than a small cog in the large mechanism that is the CCM industry.

I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs – more than speedboats – through the years. Seen artists get shine and stained, but despite all I’ve seen, I still get pretty excited and, moved, when I see a good thing happen in the industry. [continue reading this post…]

news&Politics20 Jan 2010 05:37 pm

it’s been a while and i have no really compelling excuses, but i do have a lot that i’d love to talk about… i’m still working on newness for the main site… i’m still trying to train myself to being a morning person… i went on a Disney Cruise with the family… basketball season has begun for the littles… football season is concluding quickly (i’m still without firm Superbowl plans, by the way)… i’ve got a few new albums to discuss.. more books that i’m reading (Saint is turning out great so far)… but today, since it’s the one year anniversary of the last inauguration, i’m going to talk a little bit about politics…

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?

now playing: The Hope – Sevenglory

It was exactly a year ago that Barack Obama officially took office as the 44th President of the United States, or POTUS… back then, the celebrations were rampant and it almost seemed as if, by merely waving his hand and reciting a simple oath, this new POTUS could instantly solve all of the world’s problems – including, but not limited to, the war on terrorism, the growing economic crisis, the health care debacle, and, of course, global warming…

As he stood up on the west front balcony of the US Capitol building, one hand raised in the air, the other on the Lincoln Bible, he couldn’t help but take in the million or so strong sea of those in attendence to witness this moment in time… here stood a president who represented the will of the people… here had arrived hope and change and culmination of all the fantastical promises from the last few years of campaigning… here stood perhaps the most accomplished POTUS to have never accomplished anything other than getting elected… anticipation was high, expectations higher, and the world watched with bated breath…

and it is exactly a year later that Barack Obama, as he’s been struggling to stay afloat in the seas of responsibility that he may have overlooked when he began his ascent to power… having taken the election results as a mandate for, i don’t know, change and hope, perhaps? President Obama hasn’t exactly hit the ground running… In fact, many of the aforementioned focal points, have become more oppressive than ever before…

the war on terror is still ongoing, despite a few cosmetic name changes… the economic climate has continued to spiral out of control despite several instances of “fighting fire with gasoline and more fire” stimulus packages… health care reform, which has become the biggest distraction from any other concerns – presumably because it was expected to pass easily in the Democratic House and Senate – still remains theoretical… (and with Brown’s victory last night, will likely remain unpassed)… and global warming? well… it’s as sore a subject as the Chicago Olympics…

I realize that a slow start isn’t necessarily indicative of the entire term of office, but it does make for some talking points, am i right?… it seems to me that this administration’s main accomplishment so far has been little more than pointing out and complaining about the problems that exist… in effect, if our problems were spread out in front of us like a Thanksgiving feast, our country has simply been loosening its belt and gluttonously feasting, when we should be standing up and walking away from the table…

change? not so much – at least not for the better… hope? seems to be dwindling… Mission Accomplished? let’s hope not…

peace… love… bdg…

general&news&SPORTS25 Oct 2008 03:56 pm

well, that was quite a week… i was off work on vacation, my wife was off on a cruise with some friends and i still managed to watch the clock hands spin around at lightning speed… not much to say for myself as far as writing goes this past week, but i did get a number of things accomplished and i got some long needed downtime… anyway, it’s already Saturday and i need to get my football stuff squared away… so, no delay, off we go…

SPORTS: WEEK EIGHT

to the tune of Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

i just realized now that i haven’t set my rosters in place for this week’s fantasy matchups so i need to remember to do that before i am too late… now, in the matter of my picks… i went 9-5 again… after a number of teams let me down, (I’m looking at you Jets and Cowboys), and that makes me 60-42 on the year…

now, some bragging rights… The BILLS! (baby) are tearing up the league with a record of 5-1 already which is the first time since the 90s that they’ve started off so strong… this can only mean one thing folks… They’re going to lose the Superbowl!… (hey, i’m a long time Bills fan, so the humor eases my pain)… this week they get to play a Dolphins team that’s re-emerging from the dark shadows of last year’s season-long nightmare… classic rivalry and it should actually be a really good matchup… one that i’ll unfortunately miss because the Redskins are playing at one as well… ho hum…

Another good storyline this week is that the Rams are looking for a third straight win since the Jim Haslett takeover… Can a head coach change really make that much of a difference in the middle of the season? Well, the 49ers sure think and hope so as they pulled the plug on their coach, Mike Nolan in lieu of Mike Singletary… we’ll see what kind of difference he can make … of course, it helps that they’re playing the Seahwks this week…

Anyway, it’s about time for me to check out, so here are my picks for this week…
Raiders, Panthers, Bucs, Redskins
Bills, Rams, Saints, Jets
Eagles, Jags, Texans
Steelers, 49ers, Colts

peace… love… bdg…

features&front page&general&inTRuviews&news&pop culture&reviews22 Aug 2008 04:25 pm

It’s Friday already?… well, here’s the headline of the week for me… “Bernanke: Financial crisis taking toll on economy”… you think? that guy is just BRILLIANT… i wonder how he came to that comclusion…

anyway… it’s been a busy week and i’ve frittered away way too much of my time, but alas, i’m here and i have a few minutes to talk about a few things… today, i’m going to talk about the recent presidential showdown at the Saddleback Corral, the emergency hunger crisis, and two books that i’ve finished, but not yet reviewed… i’m told that summer is almost over and thus, the Mark Lee hosted summer reading club is on its last legs… i’ll also tell you about some new stuff from the front page… let’s get it on…

HIGH NOON

to the tune of Rodeo – Manafest

Rick Warren invited both presidential candidates into his church for a faith forum… two discussions of policies and faith followed, each about an hour in length with the candidates taking turns on the “hotseat”… i didn’t get to see it live, but it’s currently available to watch on CNN.com… i can’t obviously comment on each point that was brought up, but i will talk about a little bit that stood out…

First off, i thought both Obama and McCain started off shaky, Obama fumbling for his words (which actually lasted the entire interview) and misinterpreting the first question (“I wouldn’t limit myself to three” – no one asked you to) and McCain falling into stump mode, but they both also relaxed a bit, McCain, in my opinion proving to be more comfortable on the stage, in the church and within his own identity…. in fact, identity came up as an issue for me as well, and i think that will be obvious as we go along…

The second question, “What is your greatest moral failure?” really hit the mark and, for me, exposed something important about the character of these two men… i’ll take them out of order and praise McCain for his response… “I’m not a perfect man, but the failure of my first marriage was my greatest moral failure”… this response was met with silence and really struck my own heart’s chord, stirring within me empathy for McCain… Obama’s response on the other hand, seemed to be fine, but the more i let it sink in, the more i found myself a little bit disgusted by it…

“I had a difficult youth.”… “My father wasn’t in the house.”… “I experimented with drugs and I drank”… “[there’s] a certain selfishness on my part”… fine… here’s the thing that bothers me… selfishness is fine as an answer at face value… selfishness is common to us all and certainly qualifies as a moral condition… however, i had two problems with this response… first, he prefaces it with excuses… three excuses that pass the blame on to people (or substances) other than himself… it’s as if he’s saying, because i was preconditioned to fail morally, i became selfish and made selfish choices…

the second thing that bothered me was that it’s a very genaric answer… it’s like saying “i have ten fingers… and because of that i had to learn how to use them all”… well, we all have ten fingers (well, ideally) and we all had to learn to use them… it doesn’t tell me anything specifically about you… it seems rather disingenuous and more of a tactic to avoid revealing anything personal than an actual answer… it’s the equivalent of “my greatest weakness is that I try too hard” answer at a job interview…

Next up is a biggie… and even though it’s a question about a specific issue – in this case abortion – but the responses again reveal far more about character and identity… again, i’ll do this in out of order… Question: “At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?”… McCain, without hesistation responses, “From the moment of conception.”… simple as that… he then states that he’s always been pro-life and he’ll always be pro-life… very clear cut and straight forward…

Obama’s answer, on the other hand, was full of stammering and revealed yet again, a lack of character and substance within this presidential hopeful… “To answer this question theologically or scientifically with any specificity is something that’s above my pay grade”… excuse me? above your pay grade? are you not running for the position of the most powerful person in the country and at times, the world?… nothing is above your pay grade…

but more generally speaking… “One thing that I’m conviced of is that there is a moral and an ethical question to this issue”… um, thanks, Captain Obvious… “I am pro-choice… not because I’m pro-abortion, but because I don’t think that women make these decisions casually”… i’m sorry, but… SO WHAT?… if i choose to rob a bank, it’s a decision that i’m sure to wrestle with and struggle with and not something that i would do “casually” but it’s STILL WRONG OF ME TO DO…

He then goes on to explain that the real concern is how to reduce the number of abortions, which makes sense and i agree with him on that, there do need to be programs in place to help expectant mothers and parents who don’t know how they’ll raise their children once they arrive… support systems and all that… but education? i think everybody knows that having sex may result in pregnancy even if you’re not married or not out of high school… we don’t need more education, we need less escape clauses…

More brief things that stood out to me throughout the interview, besides the constant struggling to put words together, was what seems like an inconsistancy between preventative actions for abortions and later for orphans (“We need to reduce the number of orphans in the world”)… but a hesitation for preventative actions in defense of the nation militarily…

Also, it seems inconsistent to me that Obama keeps driving home “Whatever you do to the least of these”… as an important concept for America to embrace… providing for the least of these… but ignoring the unborn children… and another minor thing that i caught that raised my eyebrow is that Obama mentioned that his faith in God meant that “hopefully” his sins will be washed away…

McCain dabbled a little in the stump speeches, but he also told a lot of stories which resonate very well and, i think he further defined himself as a man and a candidate which is something that Obama continually shifts away from… in trying to be all things for everyone, i think he’s making himself a tin man with no heart or substance…

MY TIME IS UP

so that took longer than i expected and now i must go… you can check out the Brandon Heath Interview and this week’s album reviews in 25 Words or Less on the main page and i’ll be back with more later…

peace… love… bdg….

Free Music&news08 Aug 2008 03:43 pm

Here’s something just those of you who read here… well, by that i mean, i’m not cross-posting it anywhere… anyone can take advantage of it… fine… you get the idea…

Anyway… Phil Wickham just released a live CD available as a FREE DOWNLOAD on his website… it’s called SingAlong and i’ve downloaded it but i haven’t listened to it yet…

The catch, of course is that they want your email to add you to their mailing list… so, if you cry about that sort of thing, you may not want to check it out… for the brave, though, the ones who understand the delete button… check it out at http://philwickham.com/singalong/… and have a super duper weekend…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&general&news&pop culture&reviews30 Jul 2008 11:02 pm

Well, i’ve been a bit out of it lately, haven’t i?… can’t really offer anything spectacular by way of an excuse other than i’ve been distracted… today, though, i’m trying get through some topics even though there are plenty of things that i should be doing… i’m hoping this will maybe get me a little more focused, but we’ll have to see…

i managed to do an interview with Erwin McManus last week and hopefully i’ll have that ready to go soon… i also had the pleasure of an enjoyable office mate yesterday when little boy came into work with me… (littler boy gets to come in tomorrow)… and the most curious thing for me was that he kept requesting soundtracks to listen to… and by soundtracks i mean original motion picture scores… so, with that in mind, the songs today will all be from various movie soundtracks…

BI-POLAR DISORDER
to the tune of Why So Serious? – Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard (from The Dark Knight)

well, i have to start this out with The Dark Knight… went to see it last night with a few guys with stomachs full of Five Guys and anticipation eating away at us… i’m going to try to talk about it without giving anything away, though based on the box office records, everyone’s already seen it… it was phenomenal nothing less than everything advertised plus some… easily the most intense villainy in a superhero movie that i’ve seen and so many ideas and one-liners to chew on and really think about…

i’ll finish by mentioning what was my favorite aspect of the movie which was the mind-bending blurring of lines between good and evil… the clearly defined black and white life that i’m used to seeing presented is fine for younger audiences, but the line they came back to a few times, “you either die a hero or live long enough to become a villain” is rather thought provoking as well as the exploration of whether or not everyone is capable of corruption… another key line – “You have these rules that you think will save you…” – had me immediately thinking of the Pharisees and realizing the depth of the human experience that is presented in the Bible…

anyway… very good movie… very intense… if you’re of age, i recommend it…

NO MAS
to the tune of Ants! – John Williams (from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

i don’t complain much… okay, maybe i do, but today, i’m going to complain a little bit about things that have been really driving me nuts lately… besides the ants that refuse to give up on my house as a source of food, shelter or whatever the heck they’re looking for…

1. CAPTCHA: Seriously, it’s a shame that we’ve gotten to the point on the web that just about every form needs to have a CAPTCHA box… if you don’t know what that is, it’s those silly images that have sets of letters or numbers that you have to read and type in order to compete your order, post a comment, or whatever… half the time i can’t even read the stinkin things… and i’m not a machine

2. ACLJ: i used to listen to Jay Sekulow Live every day when i was in a big talk radio stage and just let the Christian talk radio station play in the background all day… and i’m supportive of Christians doing important legal work and all that, but the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) has been calling my house at least three times a day and as early as 8 in the morning… they need to get off my case and work on their case load… they’re DRIVING ME CRAZY…

3. TYPOS nothing distracts me when i’m reading a book – a final, retail copy of a book – more than typos… i can understand one or two but when i was reading through Boys Should Be Boys, i was interrupted by no less than FIFTY… i just have to wonder why i should trust the authority of someone who doesn’t know the difference between their, they’re and there… and the next gripe is big enough for it’s own category…

PROFITS OR PRAISE
to the tune of The Sales Pitch – Danny Elfman from The Kingdom

Okay, so everyone already knows about the whole Testa-mints thing and we can all see the tee-shirt slogans that mimic beer tee shirts and stuff like that… and just when you think the “money changers” have reached their limits, they push the envelope a little bit further… the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) was a few weeks ago and as always, it served as the epicenter of “Jesus Junk”… i didn’t attend the show, but i’ve been hearing about some of the items heading to market…

not surprisingly, one of the items showcased at ICRS was Guitar Praise which is a Christian music only version of Guitar Hero that’s due out in September… it plays on your computer, independent of any video game systems and plans to feature 52 songs from all over the map… i don’t particularly have a problem with this to be honest, since it makes sense on some level… i do have a problem with the tag line there…. “Spirit-Filled Guitar Game for PCs Lets Anyone Live Their Rock Dreams” since no game can be spirit-filled, but hey, why not rock out to your favorite CCM tracks, right?

and then it got ugly… allow me to introduce you to 1 in 3 Trinity Energy Drink… that’s right, a Christian energy drink… one that vows to “Energize your mind and your body”… it could be the flavor of your life since it’s “fused with Fruit of the Spirit”… one thing i’m pretty sure of is that it probably tastes better than the puke that just bubbled up into the back of my throat as i read that…

THE READING ROOM
to the tune of The Kings and Queens of Old – Harry Gregson-Williams (from Prince Caspian)

Updated list for Mark Lee’s Summer Reading Club

so i’ve got three books finished and waiting for reviews, but i don’t particularly have time to write those up just yet… i also updated the Amazon store with reviews and such, re-ordered the items to put the ones that i finished up front, and added some new books to reflect some of the latest additions… i was overjoyed to receive a pre-release of Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell and Don Golden and i also got a copy of Matt Brownleewe’s new book which hopefully won’t leave me confused for having not read Illuminated yet… i was going to ask for advice in that regard, but it turns out that House of Wolves isn’t out yet either… oh well, i’m probably going to start that one tonight…

I also requested a copy of The Shack, since it’s such a hot topic book it seems, but i haven’t heard back from them yet… i suppose if i find it cheap enough sometime next year or something, i may pick it up… otherwise i guess i’ll just miss that boat…

Completed…

Working through…
Searching for God Knows What (Miller) [about 125 pages left]
The Parent You Want to Be (Parrott) [about 150 pages left]
Jesus Wants to Save Christians (Bell / Golden) [about 160 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)
Quiet Strength (Dungy)
UnChristian (Kinnaman & Lyons)
House of Wolves (Bronleewe)
My Name Is Russell Fink (Snyder)

FULL LIST HERE

BEFORE YOU SAY GOODBYE
to the tune of Wish We Had More Time – Trevor Rabin (from Get Smart)

i am working on a few things, but nothing’s quite made it to press yet so i don’t have any special links to throw in here at the end with an obligatory plea for you to peep them… perhaps another day, but you can start dreaming about stuff i’m writing including some interviews (Erwin McManus, Warren Barfield, Chris Sligh), reviews, Left to Write and more… also next time out, i’ll talk about purpose, family force five, one or two or three books and eventually, i’ll get back to that whole best in the world thing… thanks for playing!

peace… love… bdg….

Bookshelf&news08 Jul 2008 11:08 pm

do you smell that? it’s what i like to call pending vacation… that’s right, i get to take a vacation from the rigors of my day job and i’m pretty excited about it… we had some plans for this time, but they fell through and we’re going to just stick around and enjoy the time off from the home base… and if you know me, you know that that’s just plain awesome…

anyway, there are of course a number of things that i hope to get accomplished during this time away, but most of all, i want to relax and see what happens… thought i’d kick it off with an update though…

DONE?

to the tune of Wonder – delirious?

after fourteen albums and many many years… delirious? is planning on calling it quits… sort of… they recently announced that at the end of 2009, they will be taking “a break from recording and playing as a band.” It seems that Martin (lead singer) wants to see other people… i mean, pursue other projects and spend more time with his family… and it’s okay, because they will be “ON A BREAK!!!”… anyway, i wish them well…

WAKE UP?

to the tune of Wake Up! Wake Up! – Everyday Sunday

i went ahead and watched the new DVD from Erwin McManus called Wide Awake… based on the video, i think i’m gonna love the book and it may just change my life… who knows… looks good though…

SIMPLY PUT

to the tune of You Make It Look So Easy – Stavesacre

Simplicity
by Mark Salomon

So i finally finished this one… it took me a little longer than i expected, but it was well worth the read… it’s a very honest look at the often blurred line between ministry and industry when it comes to Christian music and entertainment… also the importance of working your faith into your personal life rather than just tacking it on to your business pursuits, regardless of the industry… i loved how Mark refused to pull punches or shelter himself from possible embarrassment or whatever by being completely open as he explained the struggles he has dealt with as he’s walked through a life of faith… very interesting read, thought-provoking, and engaging… i’ll recommend it…

THE READING ROOM

to the tune of Summer Again – The Afters

Updated list for Mark Lee’s Summer Reading Club

Only finished the one this week, but looks like at the end of this week, i’ll be overloaded with finished books…

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) [about 20 pages left]
The Dip (Godin) [about 60 pages left]
Boys Should Be Boys (Meeker) [about 80 pages left]
The Parent You Want to Be (Parrott) [about 150 pages left]
Prince Caspian (Lewis) [about 190 pages left]
New Way to Be Human (Peacock) [about 200 pages left]
Wide Awake (McManus)
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

peace… love… bdg….

Bookshelf&general&news&pop culture03 Jul 2008 04:39 pm

Brandon Heath absolutely crushed me yesterday morning… not that he reads this, but Brandon, i owe you one when next we meet… see, i don’t normally listen to music in the car anymore, but since i had finished the podcast i was listening to and only had a short while to go before work, i click-wheeled over to Brandon’s new album which i guess isn’t out yet, but i’ve really been digging the first track called “Give Me Your Eyes” which talks about seeing the world through God’s eyes, which is sobering enough, but then he follows it with “Wait and See“…

That doesn’t mean much to most of you, since the album’s not out and all, but i think i’ve made it pretty clear that work has been a continual frustration… and, well, i’ve been weighing my options, praying and wondering what to do next… kind of like asking myself what i want to be when i grow up and realizing that i already have the responsibilities of a grown up… anyway, driving into work, Brandon smacks me across the head with the following lyrics…

“There is hope for me yet
because God won’t forget
all the plans he’s made for me.
I just have to wait and see.

He’s not finished with me yet…”

Amazing… anyway, this is a short work week which also helps make it go down smoother… let’s talk about a few other things, shall we?

MR ROBOTO

to the tune of Mr. Roboto – Styx

We went to see the new Pixar/Disney film Wall-e on opening day… my wife managed to get us admission for four for about six bucks which was good because she fell asleep a few times during the movie… i enjoyed it quite a bit and the boys were cracking up on and off throughout the whole film… the first thirty minutes don’t include any dialogue, but that didn’t seem to bother either of them as they enjoyed the physical humor of a robot discovering various items in the trash piles…

Certainly there was a strong hint of the whole global warming issue which i’m sure will cause someone to scream about liberals in the media, but i mean really, it was more of a social commentary about our own laziness… too lazy to clean up after ourselves, leaving piles of trash everywhere so that we need to escape the world to a cruise where no one has to do anything for themselves and we become the floppy beings who can’t even stand on their own two feet…

the real message was about finding purpose in life, breaking out of the routine and standing for something… nothing wrong with that…

CRAZY CHRISTIANS

to the tune of Drive It Home – Paul Alan

So, i came across two different articles about the “Conservative leaders” secretly meeting last week and deciding to support John McCain for president… this doesn’t surprise me at all, since any exploration into the character of Obama hasn’t led me to put any trust in this man… I’m not saying that McCain is perfect, but for what it’s worth, i’m more confident in his leadership than i am in Obama’s… (besides, i’ve been told that Obama is, in fact, the anti-Christ and that once he’s elected, we have seven years until Heaven)… (actually, that leads me to a different topic, but i’ll have to come back to it later)…

The Charisma article has an interesting quote that kind of echoes what i think will be the main thrust of the campaign… “‘The alternative is so bad we must support John McCain,’ said Phyllis Schlafly, founder and president of Eagle Forum”… this, folks is what they call a lose-lose situation… this is where they say to keep your chin up and make the best of a bad situation, knowing that it could be worse… in situations like that, there’s honestly no winner…

Of course, the truth of the matter is that Obama is an absolutely terrible alternative… Mike Janke goes into great detail about Obama’s stand on abortion, pointing out that his support extends to partial birth abortions and even the killing of infants who have managed to survive such procedures after they’re out of the womb… not at all consistent with his emphasis on the youth of the nation, though i suppose… well, never mind… Furthermore, Stephen Mansfield, author of The Faith of George Bush and soon to be author of The Faith of Barack Obama, talks on and on about the sincerity of Obama’s Christianity, stating that he is both unapologetically Christian and unapologetically liberal… but most interesting is the final line of the article… “Mansfield said he will vote against Obama in November for a single reason: ‘Because I’m pro-life.'”…

I think the biggest danger is the defeatist attitude that may keep voters on their couches instead of voting in November…

THE READING ROOM

to the tune of Summer Again – The Afters

Updated list for Mark Lee’s Summer Reading Club

I wasn’t sure that i’d get any finished this week, but it looks like i will… maybe even two… gonna have to make some adjustments to avoid the oh-fer next week though… and i think i need to pick some lighter books… i’m imbalanced in the non-fiction side of things…

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) [about 10 pages left]
You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader (Sanborn) [about 75 pages left]
The Parent You Want to Be (Parrott) [about 150 pages left]
Boys Should Be Boys (Meeker) [about 180 pages left]
New Way to Be Human (Peacock) [about 200 pages left]
Wide Awake (McManus)
At the Crossroads (Peacock)
Deliver Us from Evelyn (Wells)
The Two Towers (Tolkien)
Quiet Strength (Dungy)
UnChristian (Kinnaman & Lyons)
Prince Caspian (Lewis)
Searching for God Knows What (Miller)

FULL LIST HERE

MOVING ON

Hey, everyone, have a great fourth of July weekend… really… don’t blow off any fingers or toes or burn down any houses or whatever… just have fun… celebrate the establishment of this great nation… we can work on keeping it that way starting on Monday…

peace… love… bdg….

news21 May 2008 10:36 pm

well, this week has been beyond crazy, but you know how sometimes, there are some things that just knock the wind out of you and makes everything else just blur out into the sidelines?… at least for a little while? well here’s mine…

IN NEED OF COMFORT

to the tune of Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman

Please be in prayer for the Chapman family… that is, Steven Curtis Chapman’s family… Earlier today, Maria Sue Chapman was struck and killed by an SUV in her driveway… the car was reportedly driven by her teenage brother… She was five and, since little boy is five, i can only imagine the emotions running through that household right now… what a sad and emotional story to read…

peace… love… bdg…

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