Sunday, April 22, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
What A Great Collection Of Liars!
My nephew lied to me. He said, "So, have you heard from your old friend Mark? I wonder where that guy is these days? What's it been, 10 years since we've seen him?"
My daughter lied to me. She said, "Dad, my dance class will let out at 9 tonight. I'll call you if the plan changes."
My wife lied to me some more. "I drove Katie to youth group at the church and left the lights on in the van. I have a dead battery - will you come and jump the van?"
The Bible says: Thou shalt not lie. You're all sinners.
Good news! Jesus paid the price for your deceit... and I benefited by it. I'm thankful to each and every one of you! I love you all!
Thanks to a wonderful church family for being in on the surprise, for all the help you offered Shari in pulling a fast one on me, for the wonderful cards and gifts - and for wading through rivers to share a very special evening with me.
Thanks to a wonderful Mom, Sister, and Nephew for hopping a flight to New Hampshire during the middle of our Nor'easter to surprise me.
Thanks to my old friend Mark for traveling to 'Seattle', and for being to my right on stage the other night... just like old times.
Thanks to my 3 Chords mates for surrounding me with real talent. Who was that bass player with the mullet? Does he own a van? Sign him up!
Thanks to the girls who spoke of 'big buts' and then donned big butts to bring me a smile (and for making everyone reading this blog who missed that scene wonder what in the world I am talking about!!!)
Thanks to my girls for the wonderful artwork and hard work in making this day for me. I love you all - and I am very proud of each of you.
Thanks to the love of my life Shari! You got me... my turn. I love you.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
What's On My Mind?
Imus-sed Up ~ Let me get a handful of Imus thoughts off my chest. First, I think the comments Don Imus made were incomprehensible and I think he should expect to be suspended, or perhaps fired, possibly fined or sued, and at the very least lose a number of his sponsors and listeners. Second, while I do see a double standard - the fact that black rap artists like 50 Cent use the very same words that Don Imus used, and that is considered freedom of speech and artistic liberty - I think Imus' comments are different, because he applied them to a specific group of girls, whereas rap artists, for the most part, speak in general terms of "the ho' on the dance flo'" and so on. Third, I am continually surprised by the voices that come out on these kinds of stories. I think they should look in the mirror. Two of the loudest voices in the wake of Imus' comments are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. When will Jesse Jackson apologize for referring to New York as 'Heimytown' or Al Sharpton apologize for his characterization of the Duke Lacrosse players as racists? Lastly, I wonder what value a genuine apology has anymore. I'm not an Imus fan. But, I have read and seen his apologies, and I think he appears genuine in his remorse. If he is, will it matter to society? I'd love to see the Rev's Al and Jesse give society a lesson in applying mercy and grace.
More snow coming... Chicago worst since 1957... North Dakota since 1945... Global warming... Global whining... Has anyone seen my copy of Al Gore's book?
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The Good Old Days Of Radio
As I logged in 700 miles today, I decided to spend the day listening to old time radio programs on an XM station appropriately called 'Old Time Radio'. I listened to several episodes of Gunsmoke - starring the voice of William Conrad, as Marshal Matt Dillion (the role played by James Arness on television). I also listened to episodes of the Green Hornet, Ozzie and Harriet, and my favorite of the day was the Burns & Allen show, as in George Burns and Gracie Allen.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Upon Further Review
3 Chords... Give Or Take
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
The Man Hiding Behind The Lenses
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Friday Night Fun
Interactive Sermon Exclusive!
Friday night March 16th, Mike Knight, Darin Shaw and Dave Sumner (pictured above during their 2005 tour of Namibia) will be playing the Open Mic event at JBeaners Coffee Shop on 101-A. The schedule for the evening begins at 6pm, with Mike slotted in at 8:15, Dave at 8:30 and Darin at 8:45. Make plans now to join a group of folks Friday evening to hear some original music and have some fun together.
About the evening, the three musicians had this to say:
Mike - "Dave Sumner is pretty big in these parts."
Darin - "Everybody needs to come. Mike said he will be playing 'Mexican Senorita'!"
Dave - "What is a JBeaner?"
Friday, March 09, 2007
On The Road Again! Almost...
Thursday, March 08, 2007
A Pirate Looks At 40 (but it's blurry)
What about the Rick Nielsen look? Cool with the checkerboard pattern thing going on. Matching glasses with the rest of my wardrobe might be the way to go. You can't see it so well in this small version of the picture, but even his in-ear monitor is dressed in checkerboard. Way cool. 'Mama's alright, Daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird..."
'Sir-Eltons'! These frames are fit for a Knight. Elton said that he wore crazy glasses as a young performer to mask his stage fright. Then he hit 40. Now he wears them to mask his aging eyesight. I wonder if it's the glasses that have magnified that huge cross on his chest? Elton: Got Jesus?
Then there's Elvis. Elvis Costello, that is. Elvis makes the frames look cool, doesn't he? Veronica liked them.
Bob Dylan went with the most affordable frames.
A good pair of glassed like Pete Townshend wears might be cool. I found out last week that he is a serious blogger. Check his blog here. Hmmm. Perhaps if I went with lenses like Pete my blog would get more daily hits? The glasses also also give him a 'kinder-gentler-Pete' kind of look. Does this look like a man who became famous smashing guitars at the end of shows?
Alas! I've decided to go with a pair of glasses similar to the Ken Block (of Sister Hazel) model. Ken sees the world like a poet and puts it to song for the rest of us. His lenses let him see the world in shades of 'sunrise to indigo' and back again.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
What's On My Mind?
As I've been reading and re-reading the text these last couple of hours, here are a couple of things that really lift my heart. Grab your Bible and glance through 2:1-10 and try these observations on for size:
v. 2 We 'followed' the ways of the world. Jesus calls His disciples to 'come follow Him'.
v. 4 A very big 'but'... here I smile. Gina is such a gentle and articulate Bible teacher, and I'm going to ride in there tomorrow commending big buts to the people! But it is a very big but. Sin doesn't have the last word. God does.
v. 5-6 Note the words 'with Christ' repeated often in these couple of verses. Grace is communicated to us insofar as we are 'with Christ'.
v. 8 'It is the gift of God' - one of the questions regarding salvation in our group study for the text asks 'What is our part?' Here's my answer: WE HAVE NONE! I plan to deliver that answer with the exclamation mark, verbally. Think this will raise a few eyebrows?
v. 10 You and me, God's artistry! Makes me think of Psalm 139 and how we are 'fearfully and wonderfully made'.
Shari and I are also leading the CBSers in a few songs, among them Chris Tomlin's new version of Amazing Grace and We Bow Down. Ought to be a glorious morning. Thanks for your prayers!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
What's On My Mind?
Pastoral Attrition ~ I'm working on my Pastor's Annual Report for 2006. I've composed one every year that I've been at Christ's Church in February - marking the anniversary of my arrival. This year I thought I might like to change the look of my report, so I did a google search for pastor's annual reports to see what other pastor's reports looked like. A number of the reports I found on the internet were more than a year old, some as many as four or five years old. Where I could, I moved from the old report to the church's current website to see what progress I could discover. What I found was an alarming number (more than half in my informal survey) of the pastors are no longer at the same church. Discouraging to me.
Vacation Week ~ Our girls are off from school and dance schedules this week. I'm really hoping to have some meaningful family time. Have you ever noticed how the week looks long and filled with opportunity one day... and then it's in the rear-view mirror the next and you're asking 'What happened to all that time we had?' I don't want to be there.
The Book Cellar ~ Al and Kit Deu's bookstore over on 101-A. You may recall that I won a $50 gift-certificate for their store at the Super Bowl Party. I've been visiting the store searching out the best ways to use the gift. Last night I came home with a stack of great books! There are some great deals there - tables full of bargains. If you're a book-a-holic like me, this place is worth many a pilgrimage.
What's on your mind this week?
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
What's On My Mind?
Martin Luther ~ I was a guest speaker at MAFA yesterday in the history class. I was tasked with sharing about Martin Luther. In researching, a few things particularly caught my attention: (1) His initial intent was something small, but things exploded into something he hadn't planned or imagined. (2) When things really went sour, only a couple friends remained by Luther's side. (3) Although it was Pope Leo and Church Councils that sought to undo him, Luther saw his struggle was against evil - 'but still our ancient foe, doth seek to work us woe'. (4) He didn't see it all as chance, but rather Luther understood it all to be the hand of God - 'for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us'. (5) The end result was, and continues to be, far greater than Martin Luther had ever imagined. And, for those with ears to hear... thanks.
Britney Spears ~ (How's that for a segue - Luther to Britney?) I was planning to blog some jokes about Britney hearing that 3 Chords decided not to close their gig the other night with one of her songs, but went instead with the Backstreet Boys, and that she became so distraught she shaved her head and went into hiding. Then I thought a bit more about the news stories the last couple of months where Britney is concerned. It's not something I want to poke fun at. This young lady is in a spiral, and I'm very worried that we will be reading Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain or Anna Nicole Smith headlines about her in the future. Kyrie eleison?
Frozen Digits ~ I get to spend this morning doing a brake-job on my van. That metal to metal sound every time I stop tells me it's time! I promise you there is nothing like holding steel wrenches in your hands when it is 20 degrees outside.
Hebrews 8 ~ Oh yeah! At least I have some good stuff to think about while I'm freezing my digits off. My Hebrews crew - see ya soon.