September 29, 2005

Fantasy Hockey Update

Ok, I goofed the original league, so I had to make up a new one. The password is still pewview, but the league number is 72966. Fantasysports.yahoo.com.

So far, we have five people. I'd like to get ten, so that means five more of you need to sign up. Don't make me beg. I know where most of you live ... OK, I know where your IP # says you live. Close enough.

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Study of Mark: Mark 8:22-26

And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?" And he looked up and said, "I see men, but they look like trees, walking." Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. And he sent him to his home, saying, "Do not even enter the village."
(Mark 8:22-26 ESV)
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- The Movie

I've talked about the book on the making of the movie elsewhere. Now, I'm going to talk about the DVD. WARNING -- There WILL be some spoilers ahead. If you'd rather not know how the movie turns out, don't go any further. more...

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September 28, 2005

NAMB to FEMA -- No Thanks!

Ok, I can almost understand why FEMA wants to reimburse churches for their relief efforts. The government is trying to look good. But if any churches actually take the money, I'll be disappointed.

I'm proud of Bob Reccord, the president of the SBC's North American Missions Board. "Volunteer labor is just that: volunteer. We would never ask the government to pay for it." Charity means not getting paid back. My prayer is that more church organizations remember that -- especially when it comes time for Faith Based Initiative money. Churches don't need government money, and shouldn't go looking for it. Faith Based Initiative is a terrible idea.

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September 27, 2005

And Now You Know!

I learned something interesting today, and just had to share it. The phrase "racking your brains" actually has its origins in the middle ages. The rack was used to torture people to get them to give whatever information that the torturers were after. So, to rack your brains meant to stretch your brain (figuratively) to try to remember something that you knew.

And now, you know!

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BFL Week 3

The streak continues. Unfortunately, it's a losing streak.

The Pewie Podcasters took firm control of the basement of the BFL by losing 63-45 to the Houston Fire Ants. Lackluster performances all around contributed to the Podcasters' defeat, and I plan on making some changes this week, in preparation for my game against Nick Queen's Roughnecks, who suffered defeat this week at the hands of The Highlanders.

In other action:
Brendoman.com extinguished the Rockets 85-72.
The Disgruntled Mimes didn't have to say a word as they beat the Crusaders 55-48.
Bill Wallo's Kung Fu Mamma's Boys continued their domination of the BFL by trouncing the NBB Twisters 105-53.
And Daniel's Boyz notched their first win of the season, beating Holtsberry's Hacks 68-59.

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September 23, 2005

Being a Baptist

I started on this track to write about John Piper's decision to adopt a more open membership stance, especially concerning baptism. But it's grown on me. It's become a huge monster that is asking the question that is really behind much of the controcersy in the Southern Baptist Convention today.

What is a Baptist? What defines a Baptist?

When I look back in Baptist history (and don't worry -- I'm no Landmarker), I can see certain Baptist distinctives, it's true. And they can even be turned into the handy acronym BAPTIST, so that we can remember them. But there is one thing that Baptists have been historically recognized for -- believer's baptism by immersion. more...

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September 22, 2005

Announcing, the BHL

I've decided to start up a Fantasy Hockey League, that I'm calling the BHL -- Blogger Hockey League. Open enrollment starts NOW. The password is pewview, the league ID is 62232.

The draft is automated, so you don't have to worry about having to be online for a draft. 10 teams max, but if there is sufficient interest, I will change that.

So go sign up already!!!!!!

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BFL Week 2

Another week, another crushing loss. 56-33 at the hands of the Crusaders. Neither QB has done anything for me, so Warner got the boot. Trent Dilfer is the latest Pewie Podcaster acquisition, though this week he will be on the bench. I'm giving Plummer one more chance ...

In other action around the BFL:

The Highlanders extinguished the Houston Fire Ants 88-63
The Rockets flew past Nick's Roughnecks 73-65
The NBB Twisters caught the Disgruntled Mimes in a box, winning 65-36
Brendoman.com clobbered Holtsberry's Hacks 82-46
And the Kung Fu Mamma's Boys whooped up on Daniel's Boyz 89-34, thus separating the Boys from the Boyz.

This weekend, I'm taking on the Houston Fire Ants. I've got some D-Con ready for you, boys!!

I'm putting in the URLs as I get them.

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September 21, 2005

Publicity!

Agent Tim was interviewed on the Al Mohler program on Tuesday. He did an outstanding job -- except for not mentioning the SBC aggregator. That's OK, Tim -- I sent Dr. Mohler an email. ;-)

If you haven't read Tim's blog lately -- WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? An invitation from God?

Would you settle for an endorsement by Al Mohler?

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September 16, 2005

Google Earth

So I finally managed to upgrade my computer so that I've got enough RAM to run Google Earth. It's fun, but I've already found some problems.

There are places that they have in the wrong place. {I'm tallking about where the label is and where the actual place is if you select "schools," for example}. Stockbridge High School and Stockbridge Elementary School (in Georgia) are two or three miles away from where they actually are. Southern Seminary is at least five miles further west than it's supposed to be -- looks like they have it at the OLD location (pre 1929!!).

The beauty of the thing is that I can look at the satellite picture and see where these places are. If I was trying to get directions? Forget it -- I'd be in the WRONG place.

Problem is, I don't know who to contact. Anybody know who I need to tell so that this gets fixed??

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September 12, 2005

BFL Week 1

Maybe that should be "weak one" -- as in, this was a weak game. The Pewie Podcasters fell to the NBB Twisters 62-35.

Dismal performance by my offense, so they're all being replaced. The entire "Recent Transactions" section on the front page of the league site is me, rebuilding my team.

Congrats to NBB Twisters on the win. Key performances by Priest Holmes and Larry Fitzgerald sealed the win.

Other games this week:

Nick's Roughnecks ran over brendoman.com 81-57.
The Rockets rocked the Houston Fire Ants 55-30.
The Highlanders outfought the Crusaders 59-32.
The Disgruntled Mimes walked into the wind and beat Daniel's Boyz 85-28.
And the Kung Fu Mamma's Boys laid the smack down on Holtsberry's Hacks 104-74.

If I knew everyone's blog URL, I'd include links. I know a few, but it doesn't seem fair to link to some and not everyone. Maybe next week.

This week, the Podcasters are attempting to redeem themselves as they face the Crusaders. THe early predictions have the Crusaders winning by 13 -- but what do they know, anyway?

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Ummm ... OK????

Latest hit from a Google search:

"+01"@yahoo.com email lists of all the rich female who live in old peoples home in america "2005"

I'm not kidding.

I'm #11.

ummmmm.
I DO have to IP address, so if any of you rich females living in old people's homes are interested ...

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A New Perspective On ... Katrina

I had the opportunity to preach yesterday evening at Greenup First Baptist church, where my family has been members for a couple years now. I spoke on the reasons for Bible study. Midway through the sermon, I went off on a track that I didn't recognize from any of my preparation. more...

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Theologica Unveiled

Ok, I seem to have jumped the gun when I mentioned the newest World Magazine blog, Theologica. The official launch is today.

There are some great people who are taking part in this. Head over there and read. Read lots. Add it to your blogroll. Make your friends read it. Subscribe to the RSS feed. And comment on the posts there.

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September 09, 2005

The Empire is Expanding ...

I posted a piece a long time ago about the media empire I wanted to create. It was an attempt at humor, and an entry post for the King of the Blogs tournament. I didn't realize then that I would come close to making that actually happen.

I'm now actively contributing to three blogs. This one (duh!), Blogcritics, Cinema Veritas, and starting today Theologica. Add that to the two podcasts I produce, and you've got a LOT of media.

I'm honored that David Wayne and Bill Wallo thought enough of my writing to ask me to contribute to Theologica and CV, respectively. And I'm enjoying myself writing at Blogcritics (and getting free stuff, too!!). The podcasts are fun to do. So I guess you could say that I've found a niche.

Now if I could only figure out how to make a living doing all that (lol).

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September 08, 2005

Google-ing: A How-to, Back-to-School "Lesson"

Briefly for now -- I've been busier than I thought I would be the past couple of days!

I've been noticing a lot of hits through Google that have come because people are asking questions. I know exactly where this is coming from, because I've seen it before -- school's in session, and kids are doing Web Quests.

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September 06, 2005

This Week in Church History

A double-shot in this post. This is a big week in Baptist history, especially.

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A Post Worth Reading, A Prayer Worth Remembering

Found this just today, though it's made the rounds of the blogosphere a few times.

Our Father
who lives above and beyond the dimension of the internet

Give us this day a life worth blogging,
The access to words and images that express our journey with passion and integrity,
And a secure connection to publish your daily mercies.
Your Kingdom come into new spaces today,
As we make known your mysteries,
Posting by posting,
Blog by blog.

Give this day,
The same ability to those less privileged,
Whose lives speak louder than ours,
Whose sacrifice is greater,
Whose stories will last longer.

Forgive us our sins,
For blog-rolling strangers and pretending they are friends,
For counting unique visitors but not noticing unique people,
For delighting in the thousands of hits but ignoring the ONE who returns,
For luring viewers but sending them away empty handed,
For updating daily but repenting weekly.

As we forgive those who trespass on our sites to appropriate our thoughts without reference,
Our images without approval,
Our ideas without linking back to us.

Lead us not into the temptation to sell out our congregation,
To see people as links and not as lives,
To make our blogs look better than our actual story.

But deliver us from the evil of pimping ourselves instead of pointing to you,
From turning our guests into consumers of someone else's products,
From infatuation over the toys of technology,
From idolatry over techology
From fame before our time has come.

For Yours is the power to guide the destinies behind the web logs,
To bring hurting people into the sanctuaries of our sites,
To give us the stickiness to follow you, no matter who is watching or reading.
Yours is the glory that makes people second look our sites and our lives,
Yours is the heavy ambience,

For ever and ever,
Amen

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Hello! It's Me Again!!

OK, so I took a long weekend. I'm union (OK, not really. Around here, I'm management. Of course, I'm also labor. Makes things interesting at contract renegotiation time, I'll tell you that!)

And now I'm telling you to read someone else's stuff. But it's good. In fact, I'm going to be leading a seminar next month that I'm calling "The Purpose Driven Pizza."

You'll get that after reading the post. Promise. And you'll LAUGH!!!

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