As Barry Bonds nears his record 756th home run, he's stockpiling quite a collection of souvenirs — bats, balls, helmets and spikes, pieces of baseball history perfectly suited for the Hall of Fame.
Whether he'll donate any of them to Cooperstown, however, is in doubt.
"I'm not worried about the Hall," Bonds said during his recent home-run drought. "I take care of me."
Barry's not worried about the Hall of Fame because he won't be in it.
For generations, preachers have been asking the same sobering question to provoke people to think about ultimate issues: If you died tonight, do you know where you would spend eternity?
The Rev. Rick Kingham has started asking men a different question, knowing that too many of them are living lives defined by solo commutes, office cubicles, fast food, Internet niches, television remotes, eight-foot fences, garage-door openers and gated communities. Here is the question: Do you have any idea who will carry your casket out of the church after your funeral?
Many men struggle to answer.
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Re: May 24, 2007 "USA Today" Story
A May 24, 2007, article in "USA Today," "Faith's language barrier?" about spiritual gifts and the practice of speaking in tongues contained an incorrect statement in reference to Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). We have already contacted the paper seeking clarification and wanted to similarly reiterate DTS's long-standing position and policy in this matter to our campus community, donors and constituents.
The erroneous statement from the story reads:
"Will Hall, spokesman for the SBC, says the denomination has no official policy on speaking in tongues for its churches or individual members. But there are other signs the practice is gaining acceptance. Dallas Theological Seminary and Campus Crusade for Christ, two strongholds of independent Christianity, have done away with restrictions on tongue-speaking for students and staff." (USA Today, 9D).
The above text is incorrect and constitutes a misrepresentation of Dallas Theological Seminary for three reasons. First, there has been no change of view in regard to the practice of tongue-speaking for students and staff at Dallas Seminary.
Second, there has been no change of policy for the faculty who affirm annually their full agreement with a doctrinal position on this subject that is published in the seminary catalog and available on the seminary's website.
Thirdly, over 70 denominations are represented in our student body of 2036 students. Some of these students obviously come from backgrounds with a viewpoint on tongues-speaking different from the seminary. They are admitted because they are in general agreement with our doctrinal statement and attend with the assurance they will not propagate contrarian doctrines within the seminary community.
While we are a non-charismatic institution, we do not seek to be antagonistically anti-charismatic. Though we differ from other Christian brothers and sisters on this theological issue, we seek to do so with respect and grace.
While packing things up for the move yesterday I found my 7th grade yearbook. Looked through and found some old friends, including, Mr. Casting Crowns, Mark Hall in 7th grade. I might need to scan it and post it on the web and see if I can blackmail him for some tickets.
In Fever Pitch after Ben goes to his first game at Fenway the narrator says, "Ben became one of God's most pitiful creatures, a Red Sox fan."
So far this season Red Sox fans could be called "Some of God's most blessed creatures."
Three game series in NY starts today. But if Boston were to sweep this series and then play .500 baseball the rest of the way, the Yankees would have to go 74-43 to win a 10th straight division title.
The memories of the season-wrecking five-game sweep by the Bombers at Fenway last August have not completely faded for the Red Sox. While they know there will be more than two-thirds of the season left when this series is over, they see roles potentially reversed for the next three days.
"At one point last year when we lost those five games, we were struggling all the way around. There were a lot of injuries and a lot of things going around," David Ortiz said. "It ain't the same now, homey."
Emotional Victory Update: This is my 755th post. So I reached 755 before Balco Bonds passes Aaron for the Homerun record.
I was tagged by Lizzy for this meme.
I'm supposed to list 6 strange/weird things about me and tag 6 people to do the same.
1. My wife and I have lived in a total of 13 different residences during our 16 year marriage, including the home we are buying in a few days. (This is going to be home for a long time.)
2. I saw Ghost Rider today at the $2 theater and I enjoyed it more than Spiderman 3.
3. I refuse to wear hats that are not fitted. No trucker hats or anything else with an adjustable band. This started when I was in high school and I began wearing a fitted Red Sox hat and my teams baseball hat.
4. I enjoy pickeled eggs & fried green tomatoes.
5. I am an only child. I never thought it was weird, it was always normal.
6. Here's my inner geek/child confession. I started collecting army men about a year ago. As a kid, I had tons of them and they were lost in a move. I was fortunate to have my metal cash box with me of all of my favorites, so I still have those. I can't afford to buy any of the mego's that also got lost in the move but I can afford an occasional toy soldier item off of e-bay.
I'm tagging Clint, Roy, Dave, Mark (who's blogging about enough real stuff lately can probably take a few minutes and do this), Ryan & Bobbie.
(Off to review the sermon for the umpteenth time this week)
Last week I found this response to the article on a MySpace page:
The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived - Article and animated pictures from LIFE magazine, 1 Sep 1941, the year Ted hit a season average of .406 — the last hitter to go over .400 for a season.
Hi, I'm a Marvel. . . . and I'm a DC - Funny Mac vs PC parody on Youtube. All 8 are funny.
Today's Turning Point - Daily Devotional by David Jeremiah. Great stuff and if you subscribe to it it's like having an illustrations generator in your inbox.
Is Clemens the Antichrist? - By Bill Simmons the Boston Sports Guy
Classy? Dirty? Boring? Spurs have heard it all now - "The Spurs are no longer the team that America hates to watch. Now they are the team that America just hates." I don't. Go Spurs Go!
Off to watch the Spurs!
Listening to a some great messages about Leadership in the Church (3 part series) from the Dallas Seminary Podcasts.
Got a voicemail from Chris that just warmed my soul:
I was flipping the channels and saw the Yankees playing the White Sox and you know I don't like baseball but I started rooting for the White Sox just because I wanted the Yankees to lose.
A racing game in a shopping cart. Fun stuff. My best is 1253 meters.
Roger Clemens is without question the most selfish athlete of our time.
Either that, or he's the most celebrated pimp in professional sports.
He's a self-absorbed, beyond-arrogant, bigger-than-the-game, I-have-no-respect-or-honor-for-the-concept-of-team, I-only-pitch-when-I-feel-like-it, any-team-should-feel-blessed-to-have-me, Randy-Johnson-will-never-be-on-my-level, the-world-revolves-around-me, kiss-the-ground-I walk-on, worship-who-I-am-because-I-am-the-me-myself-and-I-in-MLB pimp.
From ESPN's Page 2
I still post thoughts here and don't post much there but I just love Facebook. I just heard from a student of mine from my first church in Princeton, NJ. Last time I talked to him was probably 9 or 10 years ago.
I now have 82 friends and this morning I sent an article from the NYTimes to a student by just clicking the facebook button. I'm liking it more and more.
Highlight today was talking to someone and just having a sense that the right things were being said. It's more than saying the right things but resting in God while you are with someone as you seek to serve them and notice what's going on their life. Then hearing their assesment of something I said as being on target. I don't think it was on target because of my keen observational skills or that I'm particularly gifted in discerment. Those things are a part of it but it just seemed to be one of those moments that you notice God at work in the little things.
Seeker churches, emerging churches, ancient-future churches, mega-churches, house churches, Boomer churches, Gen-X churches. There is a debate occurring in American evangelicalism about the future of Christianity and what form the church should take within our culture. But is it possible that these divergent philosophies of ministry actually originated from the same source? In the coming days Angie Ward will be sharing multiple reports about the emergence of youth culture, and youth ministry, in recent American history and how this phenomenon gave rise to both the seeker movement and later the emerging church.
The end of World War II ushered in the beginning of the baby boom: 76 million American babies born between 1946 and 1964. As these baby boomers grew up, they gave birth to their own youth culture. The advent of youth culture gave rise to a new profession: youth ministry.
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Knowing WHAT to do next…
Knowing WHY that is important…and,
Knowing HOW to bring the appropriate resources to bear on the need at hand.
As a leader keep asking yourself…
What next? Why? Where will we get the resources?
Mother's Day is this next Sunday. The last time I gave my mom a hug and heard her voice was last Mother's Day. She went into the hospital the next Friday and was unable to communicate by the time I got there on Saturday morning. I miss her.
Pray your Calendar...
Take 5-10 minutes... right now if you can (and you can), and look at your calendar.
And now pray through it- what appointments do you have today or this week?
Pray down the list.
Pray for each person with whom you will meet.
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I’m posting this during an Elders Q & A at our church and we just had wifi put in the church about two weeks ago. It’s a great night where the Elders took 21 questions that were written by people within the church. Questions ranged from those who don’t hear, assurance of salvation, origin of Satan, Revelation, Lordship Salvation, age for church membership and much more.
It’s refreshing when people show up at a church meeting where the agenda is just theology questions. Our students asked so many questions the elders are going to do a “Youth Version” of the Q & A in two weeks.
I've been invited to join our preaching pastor and his wife for lunch on Sunday. It should be fun. This church truly emphasizes relationships in a way that I've never experienced before.
I sat down last night to watch Spiderman 3 with students from the youth ministry. I sat on the end next to the stranger because I'm the guy and you're supposed to. The guy brought his 8? year old son to watch the movie and he began talking to me.
They just moved here from OK and he asked what I did. I told him I was a youth pastor and he asked about the church. He's going to come visit this Sunday. He had a cast on his arm so I tried to not ask the question he always gets asked but I finally did, "How'd you break your arm?"
He replied, "Bullriding."
He is a professional bullrider. He finished 2nd and 3rd in his last two rodeo's before his injury. He'll be able to come back by the end of the season but won't be able to do compete for anything major because of the time he'll miss. He's a Christiand and it was just fun to hear his story as we randomly sat by each other. He also loves working with youth so it'd be a fun story if he winds up at our church and begins working with the youth ministry.
I watched it with a friend at the midnight showing and I'm going to see it tonight with students. I'll definitely have the Hollywood Jesus eyes on tonight thoughout the entire movie to find more things to talk about.
I'm curious to know your opinions on those themes in the movie: redemption, the battle with the evil/darkness within and forgiveness.
Was it preachy?
Was it realistic in your experience?
Was it just some idealistic/comic book concept that doesn't reflect the internal and external world you live in?
What other truths/themes did you see?
Thanks for any input on this angle of the movie and not just "Sandman kicked some butt" - which he did. :-)
My friend Jimmy realized a dream this week. He's traveled to India, Haiti and Mexico City. As a youth pastor, had a group of 600 students back in the 70's. He has a doctorate. He travels around the country and speaks about the needs of the poor, he's written two books and he started the church under the bridge in Waco, TX.
One of those was the Wittenburg Door, a satirical Mad Magazine for Christian almost-cynics (my quote!), written by former youth directors who got old and now hated junior high lock-ins. They openly challenged the complicity of the church and its adultery with American consumerism and marketing that had shaped the fiber of the bride of Christ into a not-so-pretty spouse. They interviewed rising prophets, who seemingly had not given up on the church, but refused to join the church game as it was being done by most congregations. They challenged complicity around themes that offended half of their own readership (and called blasphemy by those who would not be caught dead reading the Door!) And most of all, they made jokes...lots of jokes...through prose, poetry, cartoons, and pictures.
I hate to openly admit it, but that subversive rag help save me from myself. I found friends who would not give up on the church, but who refused to accept it as it was. They could make fun of that which I thought was too sacred to say out loud, (but made me giggle like a 7th grade boy!). More than once, I blushed and was embarrassed at their flagrant satire which admittedly crossed the line on several occasions. But I refused to cancel my subscription since it was one of the few breaths of fresh air I could breathe.