Saturday, September 25, 2010

North Central High School Homecoming 2010

This video is of North Central high school's homecoming game, the Band is performing Victory March after NC scored a td.

Yes, I am aware that is the Notre Dame fight song. It also happens to be North Central's. and Marshall County's. And Centenial High School's as well. I'm wellllllllllll over it by now!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Carrabba's. Oh, Mama Mia!

Last Friday Patty and I went to Carrabba’s with some close friends for a meal and a time of fellowship. They are also a pastor and pastors’ wife, so Carrabba’s ain’t one of those places you go to lightly. This is a rare venture for us, and especially this destination, as Patty does not like Italian food, and even with a few trips to the Olive Garden, refused until now to try Carrabba’s. This turned out to be a wonderful decision. Personally, I love Italian and cannot get enough of it.

Our evening started off with a bang because of our waitress, Simona. I noticed when she greeted us at the table that she had a beautiful Italian accent. I thought for certain it was an act, and even commented as such to our friends. Nope. We found out she was from Italy; and if every Italian is as friendly, pleasant, and lovely as Simona, it must be a blessed country. She made the experience not only enjoyable, but I truly believe hearing the meals described in that amazing dialect made them taste better as well. Can you imagine hearing Pollo Rosa Maria being spoken with those rolling R’s. It was as if we were in Roma!

Speaking of food, mama mia! It took no convincing me that their food would be extraordinary, but they even made a believer of Patty, the Italian food hater. I spoke with the manager on duty, Reggie, and told him that I am the first to complain when things are bad, and want to be the first to complement when things are excellent. Following through with that, let me say that this was the most enjoyable restaurant experience I have ever had. The atmosphere, the service, the food, was every bit what one should expect. Bravo to you, Reggie and Simona, your restaurant was Just Il cibo migliore rammendare creato

Let me encourage you to try them out, and if you're local to Columbia, here's their address:

200 Graces Way
Columbia, SC 29223

Ask for server Simona

Monday, September 20, 2010

No Whining

If you expect to score points by whining, join a European soccer team.

I love Too, funny!

Outlive Your Live

The only thing I can say about Max’s new book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made To Make A Difference, is Wow. I had read Radical by David Platt and the books coincide nicely. In fact, the orange inter-cover of Max’s newest work reminds me of Platt’s book in look as well. The main focus of Outlive Your Life is making such an impact in the lives of others now; that your legacy lives on in the life of those people you touch.

In his typical devotional style, self contained stories carry the reader along, turning pages as fast as possible. The progression of each chapter injects the reader into his main point--sacrificial  living. While being thoroughly entertained, the readers find themselves coming to the realization that their legacy can outlast their life.

If you read my blog at all, you know how much I love Max’s work. He is one of my favorite authors, and I would encourage everyone to read this book, and take its lessons to heart. You CAN outlive your live, and Max will show you how.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bibles Burned In Afghanistan At Request Of US State Department


So a soldier had some copies of the Bible, written in Pashto, that had been sent to him by his church. They were shown in a Bible study being held by some US Soldiers on Al Jazeera TV. A few Muslim clerics who saw the clip had a fit, and so, to appease these men, MS Clinton's State Department had them BURNED.

Like I said, Amazing.

So...while Hillary says burning the Koran is "shameful," she has no qualms about burning Bibles?

While POTUS says we must be "tolerant of other people's views," and condemns those who would desecrate Islam's codex, our Soldiers are ordered to burn their Bible?

And General Petreaus condemed burning the Koran, but one of his commanders, a Lt. Col. Wright, said of the Bible burning, "soldiers are required to burn their trash." (emphasis mine)

I have too. I just have to say it again! A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I honestly never thought I would live to see a day where the level of hypocrisy reached this high.

(Thanks to Wade Burelson for bringing this to my attention. Citation links for this are below)

U.S. military destroys soldier's Bibles

Bibles Burned To Satisfy Muslim Clerics

Wade's Post

Gloom, Despair, And Agony On Me

So Saturday was not the greatest day. EVER. In The History Of Eternity And Infinity!
Whew. Glad I got that off my Chest. order to restore my Chi, I take solace from a mentor figure and fellow sojourner in misery.

"Daaaa-gum it." 

"Throw it. Throw it! You know you want too!!!!"

****Who Boy****

My sentiments, exactly, Stevie-Boy. EXACTLY!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Too Burn Or Not To Burn: The POTUS, Koran, And Mr. Magoo

I can't help but wonder; if a small mosque of Muslims in New Hampshire were about to burn a Bible, would the POTUS intervene, send the FBI, or otherwise interfere? The answer is no. The reason for that is that Christians would not kill Islamists for that act. However, it is interesting to me that we are cowering against threats to our service men and fellow Believers on foreign soil, from these so-called peace loving Muslims. I have heard little from the moderate Muslims on this guy's (loon or not) right to burn a book.

Now me personally, I think it is ridiculous. The whole argument. Mostly, I am ardently opposed to burning books. That is the beginning of the fall of freedom. But also, Terry Jones pastors a church of 50 people. That's half the size of mine. Why didn't the media send trucks when I threatened a Hell-Fire-&-Brimstone sermon Sunday if my Bulldogs lose to the heathen Gamecocks? Because nobody outside of my congregation cares. No one would know anything about this dude if ABC/CNN/Fox didn't give him the time of day. Now they say, "We won't cover it!" Yeah, riggggggght. And I've got some lovely ocean-front property in Tennessee you've got to see! No one would care but his 50 people had this not been sensationalized.

This is as proverbial a mole hill into mountain situation as I've ever seen. It's a book, you idol worshiping morons! If it is your word of your god Allah, then how weak he must be for his message to be so hurt by a little fire.

So a few things.

#1) Terry Jones is a grade A, certifiable loon. Just check out his rulebook for DWOC church. Please don't miss the spelling mistakes. Fife Fold Ministry? Whoa boy. And why are we going into a Holy War with this guy!?!?!?!!? (And thanks to my English Teacher wife for grammer checking my posts)

#2 Why are we (spelled: The US Government) getting our POTUS little hands dirty with another local situation? Mr. President; Sir. You cannot tell the Islamists that their rights as Americans allow them to build at Ground Zero, and tell Mr. Magoo here that he should have better judgment and be sensitive to the religious concerns of others. That's a two way street.

#3 This has ignited a firestorm, as now at least a dozen other churches plan on burning Korans Saturday. Shame on you story-mongering-yellow-belly-low-rent journalists for turning this into a potential disaster for our fighting men and women. Sometimes you just have to stop with the sensationalizing journalism, and let a non-story die its rightful death on the vine.

#4 For those of you who sympathize with Terry Jones, I've got three words for you. Westboro Baptist Church. Yep, those evil, evil, so-called Baptists from Topeka, Kansas. The American hating folks who protest Service Member's funerals? Yep. Terry Jones is affiliated with them and has rallied with them before.

Mr. Magoo, where are you? Gainesville, Florida!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Glenn Beck Gospel

I love Glenn beck as an entertainer and his political views somewhat align with mine. But we must never confuse that with his religiosity. Glenn Beck is not a Christian, he is a Mormon. He follows the teachings of a cult. And when he talks about revival, he is not describing Evangelicalism, or bringing America "Back to God." His ideology may be conservatism, but it is not the Gospel, and we must, MUST, stop believing the lie that it is. This is no different than what Satan told Eve in the Garden, or Jesus in the wilderness. The lie never changes, it just wears new clothes.

The following link is to a post by one of my profs at Southern, Russ Moore. It is a must read on this subject. Here is a snippet...

It’s sad to see so many Christians confusing Mormon politics or American nationalism with the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, don’t get me wrong, I’m not pessimistic. Jesus will build his church, and he will build it on the gospel. He doesn’t need American Christianity to do it. Vibrant, loving, orthodox Christianity will flourish, perhaps among the poor of Haiti or the persecuted of Sudan or the outlawed of China, but it will flourish.

And there will be a new generation, in America and elsewhere, who will be ready for a gospel that is more than just Fox News at prayer.

Well said Dr Moore. Read it in its entirety below. Please.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Friday and Saturday's in the Fall. Nothing better!

The Tyranical NCAA

The NCAA is becoming like the IRS. They are tyrants that need to be reined in. It is bad enough when they issue sanctions to schools based on players knowingly violating rules, but to access fines and penalties for what fans do is absurd!

SEC: Potential bell penalties to be assessed at Mississippi State

Wednesday, September 1, 2010