Sunday, November 29, 2009

I REST MY CASE

The last few days have been hard for me. People I love have ripped me apart over my clarification of the right pronunciation of "pecan".

I have been called names. I have been labeled "uneducated". I have been scornfully called a "Yankee".

Well, here and now, I will prove my case.

Paula Deen is a Food Network cook. She is from ALA-STINKIN-BAMA. She's as southern as southern gets. Please-for those of you who wish to know the truth and be set free-listen to her authoritative pronunciation of "pecan".



Now, I am not looking for public apologies (though it would be nice). You can quietly watch, be convicted of your vicious attacks on me, and marvel at my linguistic prowess.

Finally, at last, this issue is settled. I rest my case.

"We are not worthy"



Talk about an awesome save from Sabres' goalie Ryan Miller last night! Somebody call the cops, Brind'amour just got robbed!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hardest hockey shot ever



This is hilarious. After being unable to score on the goalie, one player steals a curling rock (from the lame Canadian game of "curling") and rips a shot at the net minder...

Yes, I know it's fake. It's still cool.

Friday, November 27, 2009

PeCAN pie clarification


One of my favorite desserts for the holiday is Pecan Pie. For some reason many people struggle pronouncing the name correctly, usually saying "can" as "con". Of course, this is the wrong way to say it, so I am endeavoring to help those who are ignorant.

Very simply, how do you pronounce the name of the figure below?


That's right, it's TouCAN Sam, not TouCON Sam.

Therefore, it's PeCAN pie. Hopefully this settles the matter.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful


I'm thankful for Christ, my wife, my sons, my parents, my church, and my truck...in that order and among other things, of course.

My "pirate" sons are very cool.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mohler on signing the Manhattan Declaration


Al Mohler offers some reasoning for his choice to be an original signer of the Manhattan Declaration. You can read his whole post here.

Here's a solid statement from his post:

I signed The Manhattan Declaration because I lead a theological seminary and college, serve as a teaching pastor in a church, and am engaged in Christian leadership in the public square. Thus I see the threats to Christian liberties that now stare us in the face. The freedom not to perform a same-sex marriage is one thing, but what about the freedom to hire employees according to our Christian convictions? What about the right of Christian ministries to conduct their work according to Christian beliefs? What about the freedom to preach and teach against the grain of the nation's laws (for example, after the legalization of same-sex marriage)? When do hate crimes laws slide into definitions of "hate speech?" The threats to our religious liberties are immediate and urgent.

I signed The Manhattan Declaration because it is a limited statement of Christian conviction on these three crucial issues, and not a wide-ranging theological document that subverts confessional integrity. I cannot and do not sign documents such as Evangelicals and Catholics Together that attempt to establish common ground on vast theological terrain. I could not sign a statement that purports, for example, to bridge the divide between Roman Catholics and evangelicals on the doctrine of justification. The Manhattan Declaration is not a manifesto for united action. It is a statement of urgent concern and common conscience on these three issues -- the sanctity of human life, the integrity of marriage, and the defense of religious liberty.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Woman Dunking

As I have said before, there might be something more boring than woman's basketball...I just don't know what (save the soccer comments all you haters!). OK, woman's softball, volleyball, golf, and yes, even soccer, are close contestants.

Still though, it's cool when a woman dunks. Here's a clip of Brittney Griner of the Baylor Bears throwing down. Apparently she's only the 7th woman to dunk in college basketball history.


Common fiscal sense


I'm not a huge fan of Joseph Lieberman by any means, however he shows common fiscal sense when considering the reality of a "public option" health insurance situation-

"Once the government creates an insurance company or plan, the government or the taxpayers are liable for any deficit that government plan runs, really without limit...With our debt heading over $21 trillion within the next 10 years...we've got to start saying no to some things like this."


HT: Tobey

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Credit where it is due


I have long been critical of the Roman Catholic Church's general lack of disciplinary action against members who actively support (and in fact, promote) abortion.

Here's a current situation where the local Bishop has done what he should do- Patrick Kennedy (son of Teddy Kennedy and a House Rep. from Rhode Island) has been denied communion by Bishop Tom Tobin. Tobin has instructed the other priests in the diocese to deny Kennedy communion.

Kennedy, like his various politician family members, is a staunch advocate and promoter of abortion. The Roman Catholic Church rightly understands abortion to be murder. I pray Roman Church leaders would make Tobin's actions a more widespread practice.

Read about Kennedy being denied communion here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Manhattan Declaration

I am pleased to see this come to fruition...



Read the Manhattan Declaration here.

The times are indeed desperate. We are on a precipice from which now we must turn, or it will be too late and there will not be the ability to stop a complete fall.

I am pleased to see the active role PCA elder and WORLD magazine editor Joel Belz played in the production of this document (and many other Reformed leaders signed).

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Healthcare Legislation to be debated


I have been scouring the Internet to read as much as I can on the various versions of the health care bill about to be debated. It's hard to decipher.

Other than necessarily leading to rationing of care, ridiculously expanding entitlements, potentially using my money to fund abortions, effectively making all Americans dependent on government-approved insurance plans and adding to our already monstrous, crippling national debt- it looks great!

If this bill or something like it passes, it will make Medicare and Social Security look like efficient, well-oiled machines. Are we seeing the single biggest legislative debacle in American History?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The K.U.-Mangino Situation


Those of us in Kansas have watched Mark Mangino turn a laughable K.U. football program in to one of the better ones in the nation. This year the team has hit a rough patch for sure.

Now some players and parents are complaining about Mangino's tactics. Indeed, it appears the coach has made some inappropriate comments and poked his finger in to the chest of some of his players...but....come on!!! Are we witnessing the biggest generation of wimps ever?

Parents should let their sons grow up.

The players should learn how to become men.


ESPN.com - Mangino defends his tactics, program: "Mangino defends his tactics, program
ESPN.com news services

Kansas coach Mark Mangino defended himself and the Jayhawks football program on Thursday, speaking on Sports Radio 610 in Kansas City.


Mangino, who is faced with allegations of verbal abuse and inappropriate physical contact against players, pointed to the team's success on the field and high graduation rates.

'We are sending kids out into the world prepared,' Mangino told the radio station. 'But I can't do the work of some parents, what they should have done before [the players] got to me. Some of these guys are bitter, they are bitter and [the allegations] are about that.

'There are some things that happen for 18 years of their lives that I can't change in four years of college. Can't do it. Can't change their behaviors, can't change their attitudes.'


Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins has launched an investigation into Mangino allegedly grabbing, yelling at and putting his finger in the chest of a player who had been laughing during a walkthrough or practice prior to the Colorado game on Oct. 17, two people briefed on the situation told ESPN's Joe Schad on Tuesday night. The Kansas City Star identified the player as senior linebacker Arist Wright.


Since then, several former Kansas players come forward with allegations of verbal abuse.
'There are people who want to embarrass the program for their 15 minutes of fame,' Mangino told the radio station.


Mangino's team started the season 5-0 but has since lost five straight heading into a game at No. 3 Texas on Saturday"

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Christmas Carol 2009- a movie worth seeing and contemplating


I just took my boys to see the latest rendition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I admit being skeptical about Jim "Ace Ventura" Carrey providing the character and voice for Scrooge.

The movie was done so well! Carrey was terrific. It was very true to the book and Disney spared us of their modernizing shenanigans.

I love this classic by Charles Dickens. I quibble with it's lack of Christocentricity and a potentially misleading premise about what makes a person right with God -by good deeds (works). Dickens was a waffling Anglican, it's difficult to pinpoint his theology. A Christmas Carol considered theologically or doctrinally is deficient. A Christmas Carol as a lesson in the danger of idolizing money, the importance of compassion, generosity, and benevolence it is excellent. Further, A Christmas Carol provides a vivid wake up call about the brevity of life.

To be clear, a person cannot be right with God by showing kindness to people or simply being "good". We can only be made right with God by faith in Christ (and His finished work on the Cross in our stead). When we are brought in to union with Christ by faith, we are new creatures and good works will certainly follow, but the order of this transformation is important to note. In the character of Ebenezer Scrooge one might be left to think God will judge us by how many good deeds we do then determine if we get in to heaven or are doomed to wander in a tortrous eternity like Jacob Marley. If that's how it works, we're all scrooged (pardon the play on words!). None of us have done more good deeds than bad, none of us. Only the righteousness of Christ, which is ours by faith, meets the requirements of our Holy God. I'll even say it's unrealistic to think someone as vile, selfish, and heartless as Scrooge could experience such an apparently lifelong turn around without the regneration of the Holy Spirit that comes with a vital relationship to Christ. (read Titus 3:5-7 and Galatians 1-2 for clarity on this important point)

A Christmas Carol is valuable and classic, but don't miss it's deficiencies.

Go see it. It's worth it. It provided excellent fodder for discussion between my boys and I.

Warning: it is an intense movie dealing bluntly and graphically with the coldness and finality of death. I probably shouldn't have taken my 7 year old son Jordan, the images were pretty vivid and scary to him.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

KC Wizards 2009 Highlights



I'm a KC Wizards season ticket holder, I love going to the games. This season was somewhat disappointing as the Wizards missed the playoffs for the first time in the last three seasons.

MLS is improving quality every year and is currently structured for genuine parity between the clubs (with the exception of L.A. who the league seems bent on making a powerhouse). I'm not sure the Wizards have the right personnel to improve too much next year and being a year and a half away from a soccer specific stadium means no major additions coming soon. Peter Vermes took over the coaching duties mid season and will have an entire pre-season to get the team ready so who knows what will happen. They were only about 3 wins out of a playoff spot.

Nevertheless, here's a nice compilation of the season highlights for 2009.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mountain Oysters...Yum!





Nathan and I are hunting down in SE Kansas. One of the great corollaries to our hunting escapades is staying with our dear friends, the Blythes.

LeeBelle can cook some good grub, not the least of which is the latest batch of "Mountain Oysters"- fresh "picked" today!!! I like mine with ketchup (0f course) and some diet coke to wash 'em down.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Herd Management by Reepicheep continues


I harvested another doe this morning. Wackin' and stackin' is fun!!

After I arrowed the doe, I had a great encounter with a large, mature deer. I took too long to decide if I wanted to take him, then realized (after he was out of a clear shooting lane) that I made a mistake. He was old and gnarly. His rack was very wide, 7 main heavy points with lots of "junk" around the bases. Easily a 250 pound deer. I should have shot.

I'll be hunting hard between Nov. 9 and Thanksgiving. I hope I'll get another chance at a big boy!

For real?


In a new category of "Things you'll never see at Redeemer" I just read this on the Aquila Report:

Churches Going to the Dogs
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 14:25

LOS ANGELES - (AP) To attract new members, the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles has turned God's house into a doghouse for one service each Sunday.

The 30-minute "Canines at Covenant" worship service features individual doggie beds, canine prayers and an offering of dog treats.

The church's pastor, the Rev. Tom Eggebeen, says many Christians love their pets as much as human family members, but churches have been slow to recognize that love as the work of God. Eggebeen believes, "When we love a dog and a dog loves us, that's a part of God and God is a part of that."

Laura Hobgood-Oster, a religion professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, says she has heard of half-a-dozen other congregations that hold dog-friendly worship services, including one in a Boston suburb called Woof 'n Worship.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

World Champions


Unless you live under a rock, you know the Yankees have won their 27th World Championship.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Time to Hunt


November is the greatest and best month of the year. I have almost 2 weeks of vacation coming up and I'm trying to spend as many mornings in a tree stand as possible.

Harvested a nice doe this morning.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Making the best of it

Here's a great clip where Castleton is playing away and scores a nice goal. There are no fans to cheer, so what do you do? Check it out: