Friday, January 30, 2009

Nobody wants to fight the pack

North Carolina's seniors are 2-1 against N.C. State in Raleigh, but they have yet to get used to the Wolfpack atmosphere. They'll face it again when the teams play at the RBC Center on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

"From our perspective, their fans are kind of crazy, a lot of country guys over there,'' UNC forward Danny Green said. "They're pretty harsh; they speak their mind, they say whatever comes to mind, they try to hurt your feelings, and it's probably one of the toughest places to play.

"You've got the wolf howling in the background, which is kind annoying. And then when they run out, one time I got hit by one of the batons when they were swinging the flags — I got hit with one of those in the head; that was kind of annoying, too. It's a tough place to play with all of the fans in the crowd; they get into it."

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cold kills

Ice storm cuts power to 870,000 in Midwest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Snow and ice storms across the U.S. Midwest knocked out power to more than 870,000 homes and businesses from Oklahoma to West Virginia on Wednesday, local utilities reported.

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After reading this, it kind of makes you wish global warming had some truth to it. That it was just Earth's temperature rising and not every planet in the solar system at the same rate. In that case I'd say we should all spray arisol cans into the air to save more lives. Cold kills something like 1,000 times more people then heat.

Fluff

Saw this on Boundless:

Finally, Begg laments what he calls the loss of focus on the Gospel in our songs:

"This is no comment on musical styles and tastes, but simply an observation about the lyrical content of much that is being sung in churches today. In many cases, congregations unwittingly have begun to sing about themselves and how they are feeling rather than about God and His glory."

Sometimes I wish I had never read Begg's words, because that morning in church I could not get them out of my mind. I saw very clearly that he was right, that many evangelicals today have unwittingly embraced songs about themselves at the expense of those focusing their gaze upon Him.

Now, I want to make it clear that the church I attend is not overly "contemporary" or "seeker-sensitive" or any of the other words used to describe congregations that seem to favor (forgive the cliche') style over substance. No, my fellowship is known for its committment to expositional, systematic, verse-by-verse teaching. It's simply the case that we sing many of the same worship songs as thousands of other churches, and that the same theological vagueness Rev. Begg sees in Christian students and books is also apparent in our songs.

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Did David Crowder come to mind for anyone else? I'll leave you with the chorus from his Everything Glorious song.

You make everything glorious
You make everything glorious
You make everything glorious
And I am Yours
What does that make me?

Ok till the last line right?

Thursday

I think Dave and I might be making pizza tonight. I don't think we've ever done that in all the meals we've made together so that will be a nice change.

mmm... grape salad. An easy recipie
mix in 1 block of cream cheese and 8 oz of sour cream till consistant through out
fold in 2 lbs of grapes
top with nuts and brown sugar
(nuts optional)

I'm loving that at work right now. There is no lettuce in it so I guess its only called grape salad because you throw things in like you would a salad.

Try it! You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Date night

Last night Bible Study was great. These guys seem to take fellowship serious. We joked around like guys always do when they get together but I could really tell they were there to encourage each other and keep each other accountable. The lesson this week was on reading your Bible which is always appropriate.

Tonight is Date night with my fiancee. Not sure what's on the agenda but I'm sure it will involve ice cream and wedding planning. That has become our staple lately.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bible Study tongiht

I just joined a new Bible Study so tonight will be my first night there. I'm pretty excited about it and I can't wait to meet all of the guys.

As for last night, the premarital counseling went well. We learned a little bit more about each other and we know things we'll have to work on. We also enjoyed Pei Wei for dinner as well so that was a plus as well.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Goat detained for armed robery

Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

"We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat," he said.

Belief in witchcraft is widespread in parts of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation. Residents came to the police station to see the goat, photographed in one national newspaper on its knees next to a pile of straw.

Kay Yow

Perhaps one of the most recognizable faces at NC State dies at age 66. She was more then just a coach. She inspired both her players and her community.

Batman in 2011

A quote...
Uslan will be onboard as executive producer for the "Dark Knight" sequel, which he estimates will be theaters by 2011. As for the identity of the next round of Batman's supervillains and love interests, Uslan remains tight-lipped. "It's one of those deals where if I told you, I'd have to kill you," he says with a chuckle.

Premarital Counseling

I'm so excited for tonight's premarital counseling session. It is a requirement of most churches before they will marry you but I would do it even if it wasn't. They really help you get to know your bride to be and I enjoy spending that kind of quality time with Marcie. Marcie and I finished our book homework and are ready to see what God and Mike Mehaffie have for us to learn tonight.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama's abortion policy is coming

It is no secret that Obama is one of the most liberal politicians out there. His voting record on partial birth abortion and babies born alive after failed abortions speak for themselves. Well, one of Obama's first executive orders comes today.

Reuters reports tax payer money will again be sent to abortion clinics to help subsidize abortions in other countries. The only think I ask is with our economy the way it is, isn't there better use for my money then killing babies? I don't know... perhaps building a more efficient factory for the failing auto industry?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What do you mean?

I typically will read Reuters over CNN or other liberal sources because it tends to just report with much less spin. The problem is my Reuters news feed for Google reader can still put spin on things. One title said:
Iraq ready if Obama orders quick exit

Wow, I didn't know Iraq was ready and waiting for US withdraw. Often I just skim over the titles since I typically see over 100 articles each day. The thing is, you still have to be careful about this. What was actually said is:
Iraq's military is "prepared for the worst" if President Barack Obama orders a swift withdrawal of U.S. troops
Prepared for the worst is much different then ready. This just goes to show you shouldn't believe everything you read. Media can, on purpose or not, write things in such a way to present a different reality then what is actually happening. That's why very few are swayed come election time. We can see the spin of the other side even if we can't see the spin of our own side therefore we're not very likely to jump ships. Very few reporters actually present just facts as I believe they should. I believe separation of Church & State is a good thing and I also believe media should be with out bias.

Monday, January 12, 2009

strange pursuit

Something old something new takes a new meaning here.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A 107-year-old Chinese woman who was afraid to marry when she was young has decided to look for her first husband and hopes to find a fellow centenarian so they will have something to talk about, a Chinese paper reported.

Local officials have said they are happy to help Wang search for a 100-year old groom, and suggested her family get in touch with old people's homes to find candidates, the paper said.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Coach K asking to be praised more

I was watching Coach K's clip HERE and I couldn't help but think about how much he looked like Michael from the Office. His expressions, his passive agressive clips against the local paper, his need for praise. What his words were saying was that "we should praise this local team for doing good." What was obviously being said was "I'm the greatest coach in college basketball, praise me."

I don't think I could like Coach K even if he coached for State or Carolina. His potty mouth and haughty attitude are just too much for me to put up with.

Israel wrongly blamed for school bombing

The guy from Boundless who wrote this isn't my favorite writer there. As a matter of fact, I don't read anything he writes unless its world news related. Boundless, being mostly a website about relationships, doesn't publish too many of those but here was an interesting one.





This blog post really shouldn't have to be written. If large media outlets published balanced reports of events taking place in the Middle East, it wouldn't be necessary. But in order to help provide a clearer picture, to facilitate a truthful understanding of events, here goes....

CNN reported yesterday that an "Israeli airstrike hits elementary school in Gaza City," killing three. The article goes on to say that the UN had told Israel ahead of time that it was simply a school. No explanation from Israel was permitted by CNN.

The report in the Guardian mentions this school, Asma elementary school in Gaza City, but also the bombing of another UN-funded school and a home (12 killed? 13 killed? 30 killed?). Any explanation of why the home was targeted was not published. Of course.

Well, no, they weren't simply schools, and it wasn't simply a family's home.

The schools were used as storage facilities for Hamas weaponry, and locations from which Hamas terrorists fired rockets into Israel. Hamas had booby-trapped the schools, and the secondary explosions caused additional damage. Numerous Hamas fighters were killed in the explosions at the schools.

And the home? It belonged to the Ad-Daya family. A member of that family, Abu Hamza, lived in the house. He is either a Hamas commander or spokesman for the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, or maybe he's a member of both organizations. To build on the sad news that innocents were killed in this attack: Abu Hamza was not home at the time.

Hamas regularly hides behind civilians, with hopes of deterring response to their attacks from those who value life, and with the secondary goal of increasing civilian casualties, which benefits their cause. To accomplish their aims, Hamas run their operations in residential neighborhoods, in hospitals, near Red Cross and UN buildings, and so on.

Too many people hate Israel, expressing that hatred through mortars and media distortions. For the love of God and Truth, I refuse to be among them.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Engaged

I'm engaged to my love Marcie Bogner!

Friday, January 2, 2009