August 20, 2005

The Luckiest Guy I Know ...

Matt Hall. Not only did he get one of those free iPods that you keep seeing goofy ads about, he also got a free Mac Mini from a similar offer.

All I've won online so far is $249 from Blingo. But I'm hopeful, one day, to be as lucky as Matt.

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August 19, 2005

Christian Post Apologizes

Update on the Christian Post situation. They've posted a correction on their site:

We apologize for the article by Cindy Lee that was posted on Wednesday at 3 a.m. The article was unknowingly posted during the testing of a recently launched section on ChristianPost.com, in which freelancers and trainees were given an open forum to post article samples. We sincerely regret any inconvenience the article may have caused to all those involved. We thank you for your continued support.
Sounds like they were teaching people how to use their system, and someone decided to cut and paste a post to see what if they were doing it right. I can understand that -- things like that happen. And they probably didn't know how the story got there, and wondered if the site had been hacked. The author probably had no idea it had published to the site.

I still think an email to the original author is in order, though. The apology sounds sincere to me, though a bit late in coming -- it sounds like the folks at The Christian Post didn't really know what happened, or how it happened. I know at three in the morning, I'm not usually very coherent.

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August 18, 2005

Honorable NON mention ...

If you've been reading this blog for long (more than six months or so), you probably know I love webcomics. At the old place, I had links to several comics I read on a daily basis, and there are a lot more now than there were before (I'm up to 15 right now). So when I saw that the New York Times had done a story about comics on the web, I had to check it out.

I was disappointed. more...

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August 17, 2005

SBC Aggregator Broken!

There's a temporary problem at the SBC Aggregator, caused by a change in one of the tools I used to set it up. I'm working on fixing it, but it may be a while.

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Honesty

Ok, I'm more than a little upset about this, because things like this are wrecking the testimony of Christians on the internet.

Yesterday at about 6:30 pm, a satire piece was posted at Blogcritics. A pretty funny piece about President Bush mobilizing the Salvation Army to fight in Iraq. Clearly marked "Satire" at the top in big letters. Clearly someone else's work.

By this morning, the story had been picked up by The Christian Post. Now this isn't normally a big deal -- but the Post apparantly put their writer's name on the story, publishing it as an original work. The fact that they thought the story was true is incredibly funny; the fact that they effectively stole the piece from Blogcritics is far from funny.

The story has been removed from their site. No apology has been issued at all. They are pretending that it never happened.

Anyone who is familiar with Blogcritics will know exactly how this has been received there. Put it simply -- many of the folks there have no use for Christians at all, and a situation like this adds fuel to the fire. The original author is pointing out the fiasco here, including screen captures.

I'm calling on The Christian Post to issue an apology. An email to the original author would be appropriate, I think. A comment at the original posting would also be in order. Some sort of acknowledgement on their site would be appropriate also.

This kind of thing happens. But when Christians do it, and then ignore the consequences, it causes problems. The efforts of other Christians are compromised by a poor testemony like this.

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August 16, 2005

Monday Morning -- Fool's Paradise

As soon as I threw this into the CD player, I knew I was going to enjoy the CD. This is good, melodic, powerful rock and roll that's a lot like the stuff I listened to when I was in school. more...

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August 15, 2005

BFL 2005

OK, so Nick Queen over at Nick Queen.com runs a blogger fantasy football league each year. I didn't do FF last season at all, but I'm going through withdrawl, especially since there was no fantasy hockey at all this year (no league, no fantasy league). So I'm ready to rumble.

AND since I just KNOW all my readers will be waiting with baited breath to see how well the Pewie Podcasters do in this years action, I'll be reporting RIGHT HERE on all the fantastic fantasy action.

In other news -- posting has been light because of the myriad of other projects I'm working on. I'm reviewing at Blogcritics, and the past week and a half I've also been filling in as books editor since Pat's computer went up in smoke (or something like that, anyway). I've been working on the Pewcast (that podcasting stuff is hard work!). AND I've been invited to contribute to Cinema Veritas (thanks, Bill Wallo). And I've got some things going on in "real life" (whatever that is). I've been busier than I have been in a while, and I've enjoyed it. I'm hoping that this week I can get on a schedule that lets me blog more often here, AND get the podcast done sometime SOON.

Thanks for putting up with that little rant. I WILL have some more intelligent writing coming soon, I promise.

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August 13, 2005

What Can We Do??

Steve McCoy over at Missional Baptist Blog (and yes, it still says Emerging SBC Leaders on the aggregator. Sorry -- I'll fix it this weekend) has a great, thought provoking post.

Name three things that a pastor/church leader could start/do in the next two months to have a greater impact on their community.
I would add something, though -- after you list those three, compare them to the things your church is actually doing.

One of the things I love about our church is that the pastor is always open to new areas of ministry. If you have an idea for something the church should be doing, you can always go talk to him. BUT you have to be ready to DO what you are suggesting. I've gotten a couple of assignments because of that, and I know others who now have a full-time volunteer position at the church because of it. So my challenge is to think of areas of ministry that will give glory to God rather than your church, suggest them to your pastor, and then roll up your sleeves and get to work.

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August 11, 2005

Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For ...

OK, I know that someone else has done this title before for a post like this (probably Parableman), but it fits, and I like it.

I don't do this often, because most of the searches that lead people here are pretty mundane. But this week, I've found a bunch of interesting searches:


  • when peole [sic] saw an angel in pensacola florida: Without using quotes, this one will get you a LOT of sites about the Blue Angels in Pensacola, Florida, and my post about my Mom who lives in Pensacola.
  • why do i twich: How should I know? Pointed to a post about This Week in Church History (and my acronym, TWiCH). I'm #2 on Google for this search, interestingly enough.
  • 2005 email list of church founders in denmark: Holy telemarketing, Batman!
  • tennessee temple leaves fundamentalism: Quotes might have sent you to someone like David Cloud. Or maybe the Fundamentalist Forums (which are down right now for some reason ...).
  • gail ripplinger degree: I know a few people who would like to know the answer to this one. From what I can gather, she has an MFA and another graduate degree in something related to spatial engineering or design, though I can't remember where I read that. She certainly has no credentials that give her credibility with ancient languages, and nothing that would give any credibility to her New Age Bible Versions book.

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Quote of the Day

I'm planning on a fuller Blogroll Cruise later today, but I just found this and HAD to share. From Phillip Johnson at Pyromaniac. Phil describes himself as "a melted piece of fundamentalist-flavored gum on the shoe of the evangelical movement."

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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August 10, 2005

Christian Parodies -- Paul Aldrich's Mock and Roll

I love parody. Weird Al, Cledus T. Judd, ApologetiX. Even Bob Rivers. So when I heard about Paul Aldrich's CD Mock 'n' Roll, I knew that it had to be mine.

I've now listened to it four times. I've only had it a day, or I'd have listened more, I promise. I made my wife listen to it. My daughter has listened to it. I've told my sister about it.

Do you get the idea I like this CD? more...

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August 09, 2005

Planned Parenthood's Pro-Choice Superhero Kills Pro-Lifers!

This just in -- Planned Parenthood has hired a superhero to terminate the lives of pro-life picketers and abstinence-advocating Christians.

Don't believe me? If it's still there, you can gaze on this marvel of animation here

Now -- if something like this had shown up at a pro-life site, there would be a huge outcry. Planned Parenthood, though, is untouchable. Their intolerance is simply unbelievable. And so .... {insert drumroll here}

I am awarding the entire Planned Parenthood organization the coveted Pewie award for Conspicuous Intolerance. I'm still working on the graphic for this (seriously ... when I get one, I'm going to email it to everyone who gets the award so they can display it proudly on their site).

I'm taking bets on how long it stays on the site (IF it's not down already. Someone said that the link has been taken off the PP website). I give it two days.

{UPDATE: The link has been taken off the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate site, where it originated, and I'm not having any luck getting the video to play now. Check out The Dawn Patrol to see actual stills from the cartoon, and some insightful commentary as well.}

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August 06, 2005

Blogcritics Breaks 10,000,000

Not too long ago I started writing reviews over at Blogcritics. And though not everyone there wants to see conservatives OR Christians posting, I've stuck around. I'm even the assistant editor for the Books section now!

And a few days ago, the site had it's 10,000,000th visitor. NOT page views. Visitors. Ten million. The place averages more in an hour than I get in a month.

And there are some good people there, mixed in with the blind ideologues from both sides of the spectrum. I've had some good discussions with people, and have had one of my book reviews featured at Cleveland.com. And I've been able to get free stuff to review -- season one of Emergency! is on it's way, as are a couple CDs and a book or two. Free stuff is good.

If you've got a blog of your own, and like to read, OR listen to music, OR watch videos and movies, check out Blogcritics. Sign up, and write some reviews. If you DON'T have a blog, go there anyway and read some of the reviews and opinions there. Interact with some people. Say something nice about one of my reviews, while you're at it!

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August 05, 2005

Teach Us To Pray

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."
(Luke 11:1 ESV)

We often don't know how to pray -- that much is obvious from our prayers. Usually, we throw up a quick "God please get me through this" or a "God please let this happen" or something like that. At meals, it's a quick "Thanks for the food" prayer. At bedtime, we teach our kids to do their "God Blesses."

The apostles were men of prayer -- read the book of Acts and that will become obvious to you.
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August 04, 2005

Angst

Caution: No Real Posting Here. Navel-gazing ahead. Procede with caution, and at your own risk.
So here I am. Back from vacation, ready to start blogging.

And I have nothing to say. Nothing at all.

The next installment of the Mark Study isn't quite where I want it yet. The other "ongoing series" things that I've started haven't been touched in so long that I'd probably need to re-introduce everyone to them -- including myself.

I've heard it said that a week off is followed by an off week. I hope that's not the case with me. I had a lot of energy this morning, but shot most of it in a futile arguement with a deist on the Fundamentalist Forums. Head over there and read it -- it starts here. It would be more entertaining if I thought that the guy was trying to be funny, but based on other things he's said, he really is that dense.

I'm going to spend some time this evening trying to get myself re-energized. I still have the Sunday at First Baptist podcast to do, and I want to have the first View from the Pew Radio "Pewcast" done by Sunday -- I even have a band to feature this week, and probably for a few weeks to come. Then I'll post something intelligent, I hope.

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August 03, 2005

I Have Returned!

Back from vacation a day late (thanks to a sick daughter). Spent more time on the actual beach than I have in a while. I'm really not much of a beach person -- if there's something else to do, I'd rather be doing that. When I'm actually AT the beach, I tend to divide my time pretty evenly between the ocean and the pool.

But my daughter likes to dig in the sand. So we dig. She spent some time in the surf with me, and a LOT of time in the pool. She also played miniature golf for the first time, and loved it.

I'll get back to somewhat regular posting today, I think, so stay tuned!

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