Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Random Riffs and Coffee Stops on Tuesday

** Actually, it feels like Wednesday to me. For about four years I've taken most Mondays away from the office to take my MS medication and deal with the side effects. That med is on hold right now so I worked yesterday and now my time clock is temporarily tilted. Therefore, an official SNARK ALERT is now extended when you see the ** identify my riffs.

A Youth Minister's "Shazam!" Moment: HD vs. Standard Def - Nailscars.com

In my hotel there is an HD TV and some form of digital cable. I have never really sat and watched a football game on HD before. I had no clue what I was missing. I knew it was better, but until I saw it I had no clue how much better.

You can tell someone how great it feels to have Jesus in your life, but until they feel it too they will never really understand.

Parchment and Pen: ABCEDERIANS - C. Michael Patton

A 16th century German sect of Anabaptists led by Nicholas Storch who believed that all knowledge, even knowledge of the alphabet, prevents people from a true knowledge of God. Abecedarians believed that God would provide all necessary understanding through divine means such as visions and ecstatic experiences. According to them, all theology and “academic” learning amounted to an idolatrous abandonment of the Christian faith. Their name, Abecedarians, comes from their denial of the ABCs.

Working in my field, I often wonder if we don’t have more modern day Abecedarians in the Evangelical church than we know.

What do you think?

** Blog Itch thinks you call them Bush voters in 2000 and 2004.

Powerline: The Importance of Being Careful - John Hinderacker

** If ever we needed evidence for the existence of parallel "reality", I think this guy gives us all we need to be sure that, if there isn't an actual parallel "reality", the twilight zone is a sure thing. (I had to add some emphasis here so you don't miss the good parts.)

Obama thinks he is a good talker, but he is often undisciplined when he speaks. He (Obama) needs to understand that as President, his words will be scrutinized and will have impact whether he intends it or not. In this regard, President Bush is an excellent model; Obama should take a lesson from his example. Bush never gets sloppy when he is speaking publicly. He chooses his words with care and precision, which is why his style sometimes seems halting. In the eight years he has been President, it is remarkable how few gaffes or verbal blunders he has committed. If Obama doesn't raise his standards, he will exceed Bush's total before he is inaugurated.

** Evidence to the contrary:


New York Times: When the Cupboard Is Bare - David Cay Johnston


Since the spring, the number of people showing up hungry at food pantries and soup kitchens has surged, straining the capacity of many organizations in the vast, largely unseen and lightly financed network of volunteer emergency feeding operations. Many are newcomers who were reluctant to seek help until they had no choice.

In the four months since June, demand for food aid has risen 20 percent in areas of the country with the healthiest economies and more than 40 percent in areas with the weakest, leaders of nonprofit food-distribution organizations say. And they predict that the need will keep growing in 2009 if the job market continues to contract, as expected.

** Does this picture look similar?

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