Friday, March 27, 2009

Razor Ramon!

Who didn't love the WWF in the early 90's? This was exceptionally bad television, not even rising to the level of daytime soap opera. Yikes. But we ate it up didn't we?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Have we given up here?

Heck no! Real life type stuff has crept up s'all. What with travelling to nonsensical New Kids on the Block concerts and staying overnight at the Inn and looking forward to a genuine vacation that I'm not getting paid for, its all suddenly busy again. Not to worry kids, things are progressing though. I've even begun to take to this whole twittering phenomenon, but more in looking at how I can bring more revenue to my overlords than myself. Doesn't hurt though....

http://twitter.com/windhamite

Follow me, you know you want to. Its like that pied piper thing...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

American Idol

Would someone please let this show die? Ugh. When it comes to reality shows I've got to say, I'm a fan. Really, it's not much of a secret. I've got a saying, "Your pain is my entertainment.". It's especially evident on Survivor, but that's another subject entirely.

American Idol just hurts most times and there's so few people to really get behind. But it's a ratings powerhouse and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. So what's a sensible guy to do?Here's a few suggestions.

1. Donate $1.00 to charity anytime Randy Jackson says the word "dog" whether he's actually talking about an actual dog or not. Paula not included though.

2. Write a two page report explaining why the various celebrity performers are showing up on the Wednesday show. Really, I can rationalize Kelly Clarkson being on, even though she kind of swore off of it a few years back, but Kanye West??? Huh?

3. Plan names for your future children. Come on, you know you want to use Anoop someday, right?

4. There's always at least a 73% chance that Paula is going to say or do something idiotic. Sometimes it's worth taking the shot.

5. Look for a commercial with Summer Glau or Eliza Dushku. Worth every moment invested. Believe me.

6. Write a blog post.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Post script

Well, two days after the fact... I hope you folks who were at Wednesday evening services enjoyed the little back and forth that took place. I liked it, but as always, I feel like I needed to say a couple more things. In the end, both sides were well represented I think. No one mentioned anything afterward, which concerns me, because both of us couldn't have been so clear as to have everyone have a crystal understanding of what we were talking about.

I know how it is, not wanting to ask a question. I don't want to look like I don't know what I'm talking about. Its a pride or ego thing I guess. All people have the problem I suspect. Its easier for me to put on the ruse that I have a good grasp of things, so I don't ask. Then I have to go home and muddle my way through and hope I have the right understanding as my teacher was trying to impart.

Rarely does it actually happen that way though. In all of the sermons that you read being preached in the new testament, it only takes a maximum of fifteen minutes to cover every word. And that's the time it takes to read the Sermon on the Mount. Why were the sermons so short? I believe its because there was a very long period of questions and answers after the body of the lesson was taught to help the listeners come to a better understanding of what was said. We know that after teaching some of the parables, Jesus would take his apostles aside and lay out exactly what he was meaning. He was questioned many times by the Pharisees and Saducees, and even his own apostles. Its why we should never be afraid to ask someone to expound a little on what he's saying. There's a good chance that we would come away with a clearer understanding, and also we can teach the teacher by maybe getting him to see something that he hasn't seen before.

So ask away! It helps...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

One more to add to the post below...

Sweet. (Clicky all photos for embiggifying)

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Photos...

Well, most of you who are reading this know the outcome of the regional semifinal game between the Lady Knights and umm, some other team. The "good girls" won. I do have to confess that just saying that does still cause part of my brain to feel as if a convulsion is going to happen, but then I realize that good basketball is good basketball, no matter who is playing.

You couldn't possibly think that I was just going to let all of this go without saying SOMETHING, right?

But on to the news...

First up in our lineup of stars, a shot of the student section for West Holmes at the beginning of the game.

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And now a shot of the student section for West Holmes at the end of the game.

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Hmm, that looks suspiciously familiar. You'd think their arms would be tired after an entire game in that position.

There was a lot of inside play tonight, which was the right tactic against this team.

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Granted, I'm not thrilled with the quality of the actual shots here. I really need to find a seriously good digital camera to use. These point and shoots are rubbish.

Regardless, any inside play is going to lead to foul shots. Check out this form.

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That's picture perfect. Both feet still on the floor, back straight, nice follow through. Perry Reese would be proud. Check out the form...

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Yes, both shots were made.

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Hi Katy!

And for the final game shot that's relevant, I give you (sadly a bit out of focus, curse you digital devil!) the shot that put West Holmes on top for good.

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These people are very happy about it.

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Yes, that's a little creepy. But to alleviate the creepiness...

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And I'll let you caption this one yourself...

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That's it for the photos, the other ones just don't make the cut.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Evening Worship blogging

I have to admit, this is much harder when you have a song and prayer service. But nonetheless, we press on. If only for the reason of actually being able to use the word "nonetheless" because its totally awesome.

It was good.

Songs were alright.

Prayers were good.

Lord's Supper was great. I'm a bit disturbed by the lack of Holy Spirit approved doilies in the bottom of the unleavened bread plates, though there is that nifty little design on the bottom to placate my disturbitude.

I suppose by now most folks have noticed that I smile a lot during the middle of worship, at what most people would consider to be inopportune times. If you've been on the receiving ends of one of my little aside statements, you understand why, and if you've not been, well give me time, I'll get to you eventually. Unless of course we keep converting people...the line is starting to get quite long now. Not that I'm complaining of course, long conversion lines are good. Back to point, one thing that I've found to be true is that worship can be very fun, if you want it to be. The old statement is that worship is what you put into it. If you want a dull service where you come in and punch your card for another week, that's exactly what you're going to get. If you want something a little better, then you get that, because that's what you're looking for, you find ways to make it happen. Now this isn't a hard and fast rule at all, people have certainly rained on my sunshine parade on Sunday mornings, and there are those who do seem to take delight in such things. But overall, smiling in worship isn't prohibited anywhere in scripture that I can find.

With smiling in mind, I give you.... Second Peter, in thirty-eight words.

Peter describes how Christians grow and the truth that he has taught, but warns of the false teachers who will come after his death. He finally reminds all Christians that the truth of the Gospel will never change.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Evening worship blogging

Watch for it later tonight! Exciting...I know.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Delirium

I don't know which is better, Mountain Dew at 3am or having just enough of a fever that everything feels just slightly off. I wonder if this is the sensation that drug users go for sometimes. At least I get it for free, or at least the price of a two liter of Dew. Which I fully endorse at 3am. With some Cool Ranch Doritos. You can ask Jason or Kyle for two more votes in favor.

Flo Rida's "Right Round" is quite the fun song. And now its gone down about seventeen steps for anyone under the age of 21 because the old creepy guy endorses the song. Thank you, thank you very much. Anything I can do to help.

Who doesn't like warm weather??? Well, aside from the random ice core biologist.

I'm looking for volunteers to help me clear some fence rows of brush and brambles. I completely guarantee that you won't get your arms torn apart by thorns if you decide to wear a short sleeve shirt. Umm, no, I don't have my fingers crossed, why do you ask?

It still doesn't top Dead or Alive's "Right Round" though. Take that you young whippersnappers. And get off my lawn!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Upcoming "Mini" Debate

Obviously I missed Wednesday evening Bible study, and I'm sure that John let everyone know that I wasn't wigging out on the statement I made at the close of last week's study. I'm at work people! Right now! (Just don't tell my boss, who's in the dining room presently. Shhhhh!)

Next Wednesday night I will be defending the position of "1 Corinthians 7:39 does not prevent a Christian widow from marrying a non-Christian". John will be defending the conrary position that it does prevent a Christian widow from marrying a non-Christian.

I'm really looking forward to this and hope that I can put on a good defense of what I beleive to be true. It is also my opinion that this falls into the "non-salvific" category. That's such a great word. Salvific. I've only ever heard it a couple of times and there's really no way to work it into a sermon or anything. It has to do with matters of salvation. For example, baptism is a salvific issue. Exercise would be non-salvific, or not directly tied to salvation. Faith is a salvific issue, because you definitely need it to have salvation.

Maybe I'll use that on Wednesday, and all of you who read this can snicker to yourselves. :)

And while my post below pretty much gives you the gist of what I'm going to be talking about, worry not! I do have a few other verses to mention. ;)

Getting no love...

Wow, I didn't expect to have exactly 0 people aside from myself vote for me. Its day one at least. Yikes.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Short and sweet

Ok, its Monday, and that means only one thing.

This.

Hezekiah 17:3 says that you must watch, and be in awe.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Sunday evening

I love Sunday evening worship. While the large body that gets together on Sunday morning sounds great in singing and is awesome to just be with, the evening crowd feels more intimate. You can always count on a Sunday evening crowd to be attentive, and "dedicated to the cause".

So how do we know if we're doing God's will? I suppose the simplest answer would be to say that we don't ever really know since we don't have someone here to slap our hands when we do something wrong. The problem with that though is that we are expected to do the Lord's will, while not having that overbearing teacher watching over our shoulders every moment of the day. The old Biblical maxim of "we have this treasure in earthen vessels" comes into play. We have to self-gauge what we are doing, whether we stand up to what the will of the Lord teaches or not, and it is up to us individually to make sure that we stand on the good foundation. You can look at the many teachings that Jesus gave concerning the heart and love and walking with God to show the personal responsibility that we have to "be right" with God.

One of the biggest struggles that we have in this though is to always retain the eyes of God rather than seeing things with our own eyes. Its very hard to do, because everyone around us does right in their own eyes. The Israelites fell into that many times, specifically in the book of Judges, where that phrase is used many times. They would have a good judge sent by God, the judge would die, and after a short period of time, Israel would be overrun by some foreign land because they were doing that which was right in their own eyes, because they had forgotten God. Then they would cry out to him because they would suddenly figure out that God was still around, and God, being the good God that he is, would send them another judge, and the cycle would begin again.

I often wonder why God is so patient with people, and the Israelites are a good example. If it were me, I'd have tossed them out the window after the second or third time. Its easy to give someone a second chance, but when they spit in your face for the fourth time? To the curb they must go! (Or at least that's what the world would teach.) But not so with God. And thank God for that.

So how do I know if what I'm doing is God's will? If I can picture Jesus himself doing it, there's a pretty good chance. If he showed me how to do it, its of a high probability. And I know that I'm going to fall short of his will every once and again, but he's always going to be there, as long as I'm trying to be with him.

And even for the many who don't want to be with him, he's still reaching out.

Thank God.

Worship blogging

This should be interesting....see you later tonight.

So...about this whole economy thing...

It's the worst that it's performed since the early 80's. That's bad, right? Of course it is. So what led to the largest expansion of the U.S. Economy in the mid to late 80's? Massive tax CUTS by Ronald Reagan.

So now we are experiencing a remarkably similar economic state and what's the answer this time? The same thing, right? Well, not so much. Let's hope we and our future generations can survive it.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Squealing like a little girl

Excuse me while I have a bit of a moment here...

The Bugatti Centenaire

You mean they're going to top this beauty?

Veyron

Friday Fun

C'mon, you know you're down with the Space Invaders goodness...


Happy Up Here from Röyksopp on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Only in the Lord

Yes, so if you were in Bible class in Millersburg on Wednesday, and you can think back to before the baptism (which I'll completely forgive, because really, baptisms rock and all), I mentioned that I disagreed with the teacher of the class concerning the phrase "only in the Lord" at the end of 1 Corinthians 7.

Now before I launch into what's sure to be a very short defense, as the post below points out, I'm feeling lazy tonight, let me first say that its generally inadvisable to publicly state that you are disagreeing with an elder of the congregation. Thankfully, John is rather feisty and can hold up to an argument such as this, as most elders can.

My thoughts are that the phrase "only in the Lord" are referring to the manner in which the widow is to remarry rather than the actual person that she is to remarry. Earlier in the chapter, Paul points out that it is not a sin to be married to someone outside of the body of Christ. It is a situation in which many men and women find themselves today, coming to Christ already in the marriage. In the first century, the situation was different than we have in the United States today, for if someone would become a Christian in those days, especially a woman, she ran the very large risk of her husband being perturbed by her joining herself to people whom he did not like or associate with and would leave her. For this cause, Paul says that she is not bound to him to leave the Church to retain the marriage.

But if it is the case that he would remain, or that she was married to a Christian in the first place, and her husband would die, God does have some directives for her. She needs to realize her responsibility to God rather than to her own sexual desires. In 1 Timothy 5:11-12, the church is warned to not take young widows into their benevolent programs (ugh, I hate that terminology, but can't think of any better), because there was a very clear risk of them wandering from the faith because of their sensual desires. It is a risk that has been around for thousands of years, that we still struggle with in the twenty-first century. It is in this way that we can take in Paul's idea here in 1 Corinthians. When the widow chooses to marry, her first thought should be to keep God at the forefront of her decision making. The phrase would be closely associated with another that Paul makes, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right..." (Ephesians 6:1). Paul is not directing children to only obey Christian parents. He is telling them that they are to follow the teachings of their parents that are true and good, and as they do so they are following what the Lord wants them to do. He doesn't want them to be rebellious, and he doesn't want the widow's search for a husband to be a rebellion against God, thus, "only in the Lord".

Thoughts on Vacation Bible School

In the interest of laziness, I direct your steely gaze to my friend Chris Gallagher's website, the Preacher's Pen and my reply to his VBS posting.

Its found here.

Yes, lazy...I know.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Because you know you want to

Yes, you do need to check out http://clevelandteapartyprotest.blogspot.com/

There's going to be a protest of the government throwing all of our money around at the laundry list of things that they haven't been about to throw money at for the last ten years or so. These protests are going on all over the place. Wear black on Friday if you can't attend.

My favorite post is here

Slogans

Here are some ideas for slogans you can use on your signs.
  • Pay for Your OWN Mortgage
  • Free Markets, Not Free Loaders
  • No Public Money for Private Failure
  • Reward Responsibility, Not Irresponsibility
  • Andrew Jackson was Right: No to Bank Nationalization
  • Cut Taxes, Not Deals
  • Next Time, Read the Bill Before You Sign It
  • You Can’t Borrow to Prosperity
  • Don’t Mortgage the Future
  • Solve Problems, Don’t Sweep Them Under the Table
  • 220 Years to Build the Republic, 1 Month to Destroy It
  • Why Should I Pay for YOUR Bad Decisions
  • Restore the Republic, Revolt Against Socialism
  • READ THE BILL NEXT TIME
  • No Taxation Without Deliberative Representation
  • No Spending Without Deliberative Representation
  • The Very Small List: Things Government Does Well
  • REPEAL THE PORK

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Comparisons

A nice tip of the hat to Seftor, a long-time acquaintance here on the intertubes. Below you see a Wordle overview of the Obama speech this evening.

Wordle: Obama's State of the Nation

To this, compare the most prominent speech that our previous president presented prior to projecting our power to parts previously unknown.

Wordle: George Bush - 9/11 speech

Its interesting that the "big" words are pretty much the same. The drumbeat is always the same no matter who is in office. Point one for anyone who wants to be president - ALWAYS TALK ABOUT AMERICA. Downplay the word "I" especially. Whether we're talking about terrrrrists or the economy, Americans like to hear about themselves. Maybe this is one of those things that proves a great point that I believe. Our nation is based largely on the inestimable value of hope. If you can inspire hope within the people of this nation, you will be the one leading it. Its been true since at least the days of Jimmy Carter. Perhaps longer, but I can't remember back that far.

Hope doesn't necessarily need to be tied to change, but it is far easier to package them together as a two for one deal.

Speaking of deals, if you'd like a night at the Inn where I work, call me in the next couple of days. Its bargain basement pricing! I was told to raise occupancy, but no mention was made about room rates. Come one come all!

WHAT????

Ok, I can deal with the infatuation that seems to surround our new president. He's a good looking guy, won the election handily, is well tanned... But really, again with the primetime speech? And we all know what he's going to say...

"well, to put it simply, the economy is pretty slow, but the money from my spending plan is going to go a long way. Really, it is. Trust me, throwing money at a problem works every time that it's tried. Right?"

Ok maybe not in so many words.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Not good

Ugh, I just realized how dreadful this blog looks. That will have to be remedied very soon.

I gotta say...

I've finally started to catch up with the technology revolution. Sure, there's no AT&T Wireless service down here in Holmes County, but this iPod Touch works just fine. I can even hack out a blog post on it now. Granted, I've always been a bit of a technophile. (And for you folks in Garrettsville, that does not mean that I like to do naughty things with my computer.) This thing is completely amazing though. I can now definitively tell you exactly which houses between here and Berlin have wireless internets that I can leech off of, but of course I'd never do anything like that.

No, not me.

But on a more serious note, my thoughts and prayers go out to Mark Manlove's family and friends. I know that this is a very hard time for you all. Take every chance you get to talk with one another for support. He was a great help to me on more than one occasion, but I'm sure I was a bit of a nuisance at times. May the Lord bless you in your time of need.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sooner or later

Ok, so one looks around this quiet hovel in the snow-blanketed (though believe me, that's a relative term, right Windham type folks?) village of Glenmont, and find themselves prepared to call out to the world once again.

Far too long one might say, not nearly long enough another.

I debate within myself which side I fall upon, but that very question is answered by this dance of pixels on a vibrant stage. But what to address? What vital issue arises that needs the voice of someone far inferior to those who have gone before? Has a village council decided to navel-gaze rather than be forward looking? Has a lonely fire hydrant gone sour once again? Are there pizzas that need delivered?

Alas no.

Nothing exciting. Which is normal for every day life here in Holmes County, don't get me wrong. The seedy underbelly of life here doesn't really seem so seedy, though local folks would have you to believe that our problems are the same as the larger and more populated areas. Sure, drugs, alcohol, rampant stupidity and all of the other maladies of life persist, even here. On the other hand, we are still able to hide those things, rather than being played out in the open in many other communities. Our life is good, pleasant, yea verily. We deal more with disparity between east and west, the proverbial discord between the "haves" and "have nots". Thankfully, the naturally following whining is not as obvious, even though the dirty looks have persisted.

So let our discussion begin.