Sometimes my kids think I don't understand their generation. Um, wrong.
Dude. This. Is. Awesome!
Miss my Mom!
Interesting thoughts from Jon Lovitz as he was interviewed on my favorite local sports radio show. Listen to the whole thing or you'll miss pieces (13 minutes), but his thoughts on stand-up & politics, Clint's empty chair, and what a real liberal is are worth hearing.
Not only is this ump's strikeout call great, the fan laughs like Alan Alda in M.A.S.H. I've watched this a dozen times in 5 minutes...
It doesn't get much more awesome than this. Note to Self: Don't leave Joe voicemails he can use to embarrass me publicly.
Yes, that is Master's 2012 champion Bubba Watson in the overalls. Also in the video, pro golfers Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, & Hunter Mahan. Awful, and awesome. Congrats Bubba!
Fallon does cover of "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam, but this one is about Jeremy Lin.
Derrick Rose's favorite movie is The Notebook...
Jesus: "Read the playbook, alright? Do you read that?"
Tebow: "The Holy Bible is my playbook."
Jesus: "Oh. Ok. Great. That's great. That's great. But, uh, you need to read the regular playbook, ok? Seriously, I'm doin' all the work here."
He never gives up and you know he's going to get a touchdown...
Ok, I'm sold on it now.
UPDATE: Embedding video has been disabled, so go watch it at YouTube.
Christmas was more trinkety this year than normal. The "Happy Birthday Jesus" coin was a gift to our kids during the United Methodist Christmas Eve service. The "Sacred Heart" purple glitter Jesus bank was a gift from my daughter because, you know, she thought it would be awesome for me to have. It is. Now, if only we had kept a coin to put in my Jesus bank.
"Perhaps an impression YOU leave behind...
...will lead another to Jesus."
This is why you never mess with a mascot.
My boys love this commercial...
Molly Update: Mol has been tired lately. Meds help her sleep, but she has just been dragging. We'll see what the neurologist says next appointment. No results on her neuro-psych test...other than Molly doesn't know jack about Madame Curie and can't do mental math as good as our 6 year old. Fortunately for her I married her for her body and not her mind. :) And yes, I had her permission to say that.
Devotional Christian has potential.
On March 26th Mark Driscoll will be on Nightline with Deepak Chopra and others discussing whether or not the Devil exists. That should be fun.
DA Carson: Portraits of Jesus in John's Gospel
Stephen Nichols: Jonathan Edwards' Apologetic In Theory and Practice
Tim Chester: Mission Planning in Acts
Resurgence: Interview with Matt Chandler (3.9.09)
Found at Culture Making: "Given what we have since learned about life in the concentration camps, why would anyone in his right mind waste time and energy writing or playing music? There was barely enough energy on a good day to find food and water, to avoid a beating, to stay warm, to escape torture—why would anyone bother with music? And yet—from the camps, we have poetry, we have music, we have visual art; it wasn’t just this one fanatic Messiaen; many, many people created art. Why? Well, in a place where people are only focused on survival, on the bare necessities, the obvious conclusion is that art must be, somehow, essential for life. The camps were without money, without hope, without commerce, without recreation, without basic respect, but they were not without art. Art is part of survival; art is part of the human spirit, an unquenchable expression of who we are. Art is one of the ways in which we say, “I am alive, and my life has meaning.” "
Finally Tonight, Jesus...
Brief Molly Update: We are going to Molly's neurologist today. He will hear that the medications are not working so far. Then we will hear whether Molly's EEG shows us anything worth knowing. And all of this is contingent upon the weather not being so bad that we can't go since it's in Crystal Lake and a snow storm is coming.
Jonathan Dodson: Four Church Planting Manuals Reviewed
David Allen has a new book, Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life
This 9Marks video is kinda funny. "It's calligraphy. I can't even read it."
Keller and Powlison: Pastor's Self-Evaluation Questionnaire
John Frame: Christ and Culture audio
Very excited about Jerram Barrs' newest book coming in May of '09: Learning Evangelism from Jesus
RUN to Amazon and download Justice: Cross for $5. Just do it. Awesome. Ends Thursday, I think.
Some good news for people with ears: A new Bon Iver EP comes out in January. By the way, I have a bunch of readers in Louisville, KY and Bon Iver is playing there in December at Headliners. Well worth the effort.
Here's and interview of Okkervil River in which the questions and answers take place in song. Weird, a bit annoying, but also sorta funny and creative.
I've heard from several Reformissionary readers who have discovered Fleet Foxes here and just love 'em. Here's a new Pitchfork interview of the Fleet Foxes, and an amazing Take Away Show...
Here's a great video and a kickin' song from the Raconteurs, "Old Enough." Crank it up!
I have to admit that the literal music videos are kinda funny. My whole family enjoyed the Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"...
Need some fall tunes? I put up an iTunes iMix: Reformissionary's Autumn.
Check out The Pitchfork 500, coming soon.
Want to pay what you want for the new The Mountain Goats EP, including the option of free? I thought so. One catch. It's called Satanic Messiah and the recommended price is $6.66. They are also limiting the vinal copy releases to 666. For some Christians that's a deal breaker. But you will be missing four very lovely tracks.
The Avett Brothers with their official vid for "Murder in the City." Love this song...
I'll be honest with you. As Molly continues to not get better after brain surgery, we have been struggling with emotion and motivation. So, I offer you the best thing I can think of to get motivated. Awesome...
And if you can't get enough of Marky Mark, I offer you this video which had me in stitches this week and I'm still not sure why...
Just one this week, and one some of you have already seen. It's Lou Piniella and his self-induced wedgie. Um...yuck, but funny. See all my photography.
News today that Lance Armstrong is riding in next year's Tour de France...
The move would reunite Armstrong with Johan Bruyneel, now the team director for Astana.
VeloNews reported Armstrong also will compete in the Amgen Tour of California, Paris-Nice, the Tour de Georgia and the Dauphine-Libere.
I hope the rumors are true because the Tour needs some excitement, it needs a hero, WE need a hero...
Timmy Brister put up a normal photo of Tom Ascol (Founders Ministries fame) talking with Ed Stetzer (so famous I don't need to explain why) and asked readers to put up a caption. I think this will suffice via a little "photoshopping"...
We've all read them, right? You are working through a book and you just can't contain a chuckle at a story or the way the author put something. Any book that made you laugh is eligible, but I want to encourage you to not list too many books that are in the "humor" or "comedy" section of the bookstore. One or two of those at most. I'm hoping to find books/authors with a more natural humor, not just books by comedians. BONUS: If you want to offer a short (!) quote or funny part, feel free. But it must be funny. If it's not funny, I will sound the gong. Also, please don't list things like Far Side books. These need to be reading books. If you don't know 5, list what you have.
HT to Goodyear
My brother captured two tornados on video last week. Neither were doing anything amazing, but it's still pretty cool to a storm buff like me.
I love coaching Little League, and would love to coach this kid. Awesome...
Jeremy Pryor continues explaining his Story-Formed Life discipleship class/strategy...
The Office originated in Japan. Did you know that? Here you go...
Tim and Kathy Keller: The Role of Women in Ministry.
Tim Chester: How I teach the Bible in a household church.
Tony Morgan: 7 reasons why the church needs artists.
Jonathan Dodson on building missional cores.
I'm really sick at the moment (102 temp) and I thought a lots-o-links post would be therapeutic. And away we go.
A Cubs website: Just One Bad Century.
JD Greear: Multi-Site = Multi-Opportunity.
The Empire Strikes Barack...
Check out Ed Stetzer's post about the current decline of the Southern Baptist Convention. Joe Thorn and I have been blogging on these issues for years, and Ed offers some very good commentary and critique. I'm very thankful for guys like Stet who are speaking to the convention honestly and directly. Here's a snippet...
Baptisms are at their lowest levels since 1970 with seven of the last eight years showing annual declines. Even though some might hope the decline in membership numbers is due to lack of reporting, the inescapable conclusion is that baptisms by individual churches is falling off. (LifeWay Research will provide more analysis in the next month.)
For now, Southern Baptists are a denomination in decline. Some of you were born into an SBC church; others of us chose it of our own accord. Either way, it is dear to us all. Our responsibility before God is, then, to urgently consider how we should respond.
Also worth checking out is the New Evangelism Research.
Bob Hyatt shares a great photo of what a church that packs out a coffee shop looks like. Love it.
A Cubs hater (meaning, someone who likes another team) sent me a video filmed from the bleachers of Wrigley Field. In it two fans, who probably had too much to drink (it's a Cubs game, duh), decided to have a hot dog eating context. The result is worth watching. There is at least one word that is not for kids, so please heed the WARNING: Not for kids or judgmental Christians...
My 9 year old, Jack, had a writing project for his 3rd grade class. The project was to write a short essay about someone he knows who helps people. Jack, fresh off an evening watching American Idol's Idol Gives Back, decided he would write about the great philanthropist he knows, Carrie Underwood. The teacher explained to Jack that he doesn't know Carrie Underwood. He was heartbroken and didn't know what to write. The teacher asked Jack if he might know someone, you know, who helps people. Jack decided to write about his Dad, me, a pastor. Here's the essay. I left his spelling and punctuation in tact.
My dad helps people by preaching, yes he's a paster. He goes to church on Sundays the first and last out of church to awnser questions from the church. And sometimes people from the church come to our house for prayer meetings while kids come in the basement to play (if there are any). I think if I had to chose a dad I would chose this one. Our family sometimes we go to different churches but the church I like most is our church. And I know my Dad is teaching lots of things to the church, such as My Mom and children in church in sunday school, so I know my Dad is the paster in church and he's helping people learn about God. But he is also a good photographer, he also puts his pictures on the wall by the ordering area at StarBucks at the square, you should see them there...So that's my Dad almost my favorite parent.
I have now won the second blog voting contest! That has picked me up, between the two contests, $175 in online bookstore gift certificates: $50 for Westminster Seminary bookstore, $50 for Amazon, and $75 for Eisenbrauns. Woohoo! I will order The Reason for God copies from Westminster and Amazon. Eisenbrauns was a late addition to the first place prize and doesn't carry Keller's book, so I will be picking up some books for my personal library. Thanks for all your effort! And thanks to Scot McKnight for his effort to find some votes for me.
On a side note, the total official vote count for all blogs was "666" as you can see by the screen capture. While some might find that a bit off-puttin', I think it's awesomely hilarious.
O Lord, let there be a blog contest for the cost of hotel, airfare and conference fee for the Total Church North America Conference. I WANT TO GO!!!
Carolyn Mahaney: How to Help Your Husband When He is Criticized
Makoto Fujimura: A Wedding and the City.
Joe Thorn is now making my voicemails on his cell a matter of public consumption. I want to be upset, but it represents such a positive side of me that I can't help but propagate it...
And you won't believe the ransom...
This is a must see. Remember the 1991 song by Sophie B. Hawkins, "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover?" Go refresh yourself if you need to. I remember the cool beat, and I remember thinking "Are you allowed to say 'damn' on the radio?" I guess so.
Do you ever wish people could just leave those memories alone? Well, Sophie B. Hawkins had to go and jack it all up by putting together this tragic remake for Hillary's campaign, "Damn, I Wish You Were President." True story. Honestly, if I were Hillary and this is the kind of things people did to support me, I would cry after every primary too. Don't miss the chance to buy your "Damn, I Wish You Were President" T-shirt. Ugh.
Man, this is funny. I need to go KJV because it's way funnier than all the Bibles translated by dudes who sit and pee. (via Trevin)