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Friday, November 17, 2006

More Thought Provocation & Discussion Fodder

Well, there hasn't been much response (on the blog or in person) to my last segment of TP&DF posted on Wednesday. Perhaps everyone is busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. But, as you know of me, I can carry on a conversation all by myself! Some of the best conversations I've had have been completely contained within my own skull... so, here are some more thoughts and my own conversations. Weigh in if you like.

Mark Driscoll's response to all the furor stirring concerning his comments on the Ted Haggard fall is a great read. Just when I think Driscoll has lost it, he comes back to make a great lesson out of it all. Perhaps that's a doorway the Lord has given him in ministry - drop a hand grenade and then help people clean up the mess, and God brings some redeeming results our of it all. I like this response. What do you think?

What is the world coming to? By now you've learned that hundreds of people spent days at places like Walmart waiting to get the first PlayStation 3 units as the new video game system went on sale at midnight last night (this morning). I've even heard some CCA folks were at our Walmart since Wednesday. I love you guys... but I don't get it. Did you hear all the news items this morning about this madness? In Connecticut gunmen robbed people waiting in line. In Ohio, theives robbed a store of several units. And the units which sold for between $500 and $600 in stores, is being sold for upwards of $2500 on eBay today! Nope, that's not a typo. Now, if the folks at CCA were camping out to buy units at $500 to turn around and sell on eBay at $2500... then I hope they'll be tithing on the profits. Did you camp out at Walmart? What have you ever camped out for (concert tickets, perhaps)?

Saw the cover of O.J.'s new book today on the web. Check it out. Don't you just love how the 'If' is in the same color as his jacket, and therefore almost invisible, while the 'I Did It' is in red and stands out. Priceless... like Bruno Magli shoes. Anyhow, here's an article on Drudge about the publisher of the book. The last few days the furor has been 'Why would anyone publish this?' Are you kidding me? $$$$$$$$! The book isn't out yet, and it's a best-seller. So, hop in your Bronco and make a slow drive to the local bookseller... get in line. Camp out, anyone?

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  • I may not write in often (or at all up to this point), but I am always reading this blog. Be assured that your words are read! =) I have to say I consistently enjoy the content and thought provocation. Anyway, I shared Mark's thoughts and ideas with Ryan when I read them. We both found them to be very practical for living the way God calls us to in His word and plan on using them ourselves. But I have to say that I did not myself see any problem with what he wrote and the way he wrote it.

    By Gena, at 11/17/2006 2:38 PM  

  • Never could justify standing in line for hours to spend money on an item that is just going to suck you in and take time away from loved ones. Maybe if it was a family outing? =) My parents always did enjoy Nintendo and played with my sister and I....but I think they actually played more than we did. =( It is a constant battle in our home to be informed through the news and the internet of whats going on in our world without getting sucked into watching mindless entertainment and crowding our mind with useless garbage that just steals time away from our loved ones and our priorities. I just couldn't add another distraction to the list.

    By Gena, at 11/17/2006 2:47 PM  

  • The Drudge report about the publisher's story is interesting! I am now curious about the book to see if it is indeed his confession.
    Here we go again.

    By Jackie, at 11/18/2006 10:32 AM  

  • Gena, thanks for chiming in. I appreciate your thoughts. My history with reading Mark Driscoll's thoughts leads me to think that it is not as much what he says, as how and when he says it that gets him in trouble. The fact that he chose to talk about preacher's wives on the day after the Haggard story broke, I think, he might have considered that people would misunderstand. So, I was glad to see his response to the reaction he's gotten. I also agree with your thoughts on the Playstation chaos. I saw that some have gone on eBay now for more than $10,000.

    Jackie, I'm sure it's not a confession. O.J. will deny his role forever. I'd be interested to see if he uses any of the proceeds to either (1) "find the real murderer" as he promised he would when he was acquitted, or (2) pay any of the $35m he owes the Goldman and Brown families from the civil suit he lost. I bet NOT on either of the above.

    Thanks for your comments!

    By Darin, at 11/18/2006 11:32 AM  

  • Since the profits from his book sales are supposedly to benefit his children, how can that money be designated for them and not have to go towards the civil suit settlement??

    By Jackie, at 11/18/2006 4:40 PM  

  • The civil suit was brought against him by her family for money for their children...

    Love ~G

    By germaine, at 11/20/2006 5:34 PM  

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