Showing posts from February, 2006

My Winter Jam Review and Commentary

First the review..... The 25 of us from church arrive at the concert at 4:30pm along with 5000 other people. When the doors opened at 5:00pm we all made our mad dash to find some good seats. I love this kind of stuff because it reminds me of the day after Thanksgiving sales. We finally found some seats for us all in section 110 rows U, V, & X. The concert begins with some girl I have never heard of. She looked and sang like a "Christian" Avril Lavigne. I thought she was weak. Next some group called Hawk Nelson performed. They looked like some guys that a Christian record producer packaged together to make a few bucks off of that would be a nice alternative to the more secular punk bands. They also were weak. Then Zoe Girl came out. There's 3 of them. So weak, weak, and weak. Next up was New Song. The place erupted. I sat down. No wait I was never standing. They did their usual routine. They even sang "Sweet home Carolina". I wish Kipp, Jeremy, and Aaron coul

My Gump Life

I was talking to my friend Jim Martin the other day and was telling him about something that happened to me. When I finished he told me for at least the 100th time that I have a "Forest Gump" type life and I should write down the places I've been, people I've met, things I've seen, and things I've done because if I did it might rival Forest Gump's life. So here it is, my attempt to be Gump: Places I've been (that I have actually quality spent time in): Outside the U.S.: Mexico, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain Inside the U.S.: NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, VA, WV, PA, MD, CA, MT, WY, CO, NV, KY People I've met (these people I have either had a conversation with or at the very least met and shook their hand): George W. Bush, Richard Burr, Michael Jordan, Billy Packer, Payne Stewart, Lou Holtz, Maury Povich, Mugsy Bouges, Steven Curtis Chapman, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Hall & Nash, DDP, Ric Flair, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman Th

My Introverts vs extroverts @ Church

I have often read and heard it said that a church will draw folks who are most like that particular church's pastor and that the church's congregation take on the personality of their pastor. Before you guys start freaking out and going to see a counselor let me explain. I am an introvert by nature. It completey drains me to do what I do in Sunday mornings, afternoons, and any other time we have a church event that I am in charge of. I've always felt like church and church events I had been a part of in the past were designed for extroverts and this has bothered me a lot over the years mainly because it made me feel like I was less spiritual for not wanting to sing or always feeling "like shouting Jesus name from the roof tops." It's hard being an introvert in an extrovert world and it's even harder being an introvert in church when everything we do demands that we be more extroverted (no matter how uncomfortabe we feel) instead of who God made us. Then I

My Jack Bauer Life

You can lead a horse to water. Jack Bauer can make him drink. Every time you think about sex Jack Bauer kills a terrorist. Not because you thought about sex, but because that is how often he kills terrorists. Jack Bauer saved Private Ryan. If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he'd shoot Nina twice. If you wake up in the morning, it's because Jack Bauer spared your life. Osama bin Laden's recent proposal for truce is a direct result of him finding out that Jack Bauer is, in fact, still alive. Upon hearing that he was played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jack Bauer killed Sutherland. No man plays Jack Bauer. People with amnesia still remember Jack Bauer. Jack Bauer killed 93 people in just 4 days time. Wait, that is a real fact. Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer. Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing his self until he gave up the lo

My chicken head (book reviews, radio game, Hanging Rock)

I finished a few books over the past week and the following are my opinions of all three: Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell: I actually finished this book a couple of weeks ago and just never got around to commenting on it. Then I waited to long and Beth started reviewing it before she even finished it. You can read her thoughts on her blog as they are very good and are basically what I felt. The book was fabulous, as it should be coming from Rob Bell. He does an amazing job of making Old and New Testament Jewish culture edge of your seat must-read material. He makes me want to dig deeper into every verse of the Bible to see what is beneath the surface that most Christians just take at face value. As far as a life-changing book, I disagree with Beth and Brandon and say that I think it is. Maybe it doesnt make you turn your life around in a 180 but it does shift your thought process enough that I think youll never look at the bible the same way again which means that it is in fact life changing

My Neighbor (Sunday Teaser)

25Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. "Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?" 26He answered, "What's written in God's Law? How do you interpret it?" 27He said, "That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence--and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself." 28"Good answer!" said Jesus. "Do it and you'll live." 29Looking for a loophole, he asked, "And just how would you define "neighbor'?" (Luke 10:25-29 The Message) So a Christian is somebody who understands this, who understands that people with different perspective and different religious beliefs and convictions, theyre to be loved and respected, because they're made by God, and they're sacred and they're valuable and they matter. God loves the world, so a Christian does too. - Rob Bell 36"Teacher, which command in God's Law is th

My Mindless Ramblings

I went online to order my Third Day / David Crowder tix today. You could get pre-sale tix off the Third day website today before they officially go on sale this Saturday. Things went well till I hit this one small problem. They would only let you order 4 tickets at a time. The problem was there are 5 of us going. So I ordered 2 (for John & Melissa) then had to go back in and get 3 more for Rhonda, Beth, and me. Even though we aren't all 5 sitting together, we did get some really sweet seats. John & Melissa are sitting center stage, floor, on row 15. Rhonda, Beth, and I are sitting right of center, on the floor, 4th row. I completed my application and video for Survivor and mailed it off yesterday. I'll know by late march if I made it to the next round which is a face to face interview in Charlotte. Speaking of Survivor, the new season starts tomorrow night. I won't be doing a weekly recap this season mainly because that was lot of work plus the new gimmick "Exi

My Movie Reviews Galore

In this issue: The Corpse Bride, Red Eye, Flight Plan, and Kung Pow The Corpse Bride: I use to not be a fan of Tim Burton because basically his stuff was just to weird for me. But over the past few years either he has gotten less strange or I have gotten more strange but whatever the case may be I love his work now and The Corpse Bride was no exception. It was filled with great animation, creative story telling, and a feel good ending. I know there are comparisons to his "Nightmare before Christmas" but I personally felt this was much better. And of course you have Johnny Depp as the main voice so you can't go wrong there. Grade: A- Red Eye: Red Eye is a first-rate Hitchcock-style thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat with your pulse pounding from the moment Jackson (the bad guy) lays out his evil plot. The film keeps the tension high and manages to surprise at every turn, even though the majority of the film concerns two people sitting next to one anothe