Sunday, October 31, 2010

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

I've been thinking about how easily we discredit ourselves when we exaggerate the truth.  Perhaps the reason that this has been on my mind is because we're nearing the end of the a political campaign season and we've all heard our share of pseudo-truths from  the candidates.  When confronted, their response is,
  • "I never said that."  
  • "You misunderstood me."
  • "What I meant was  . . ."
and when really backed into a corner, the newly popular non-confession
  • "I misspoke."
As much as I'd like to pretend this trouble with truth is limited just to politicians that I have never personally met, the fact is that it's not. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hilarious look at church planting!

Lest you think I'm just taking a shot at contemporary church plants by sharing this video, let me state that I've been a member of  more than one contemporary church and I fully appreciate their goals.  That being said, this has to be one of the funniest views of the "modern" church I've seen in a long while!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Best idea yet for improving campaign ads!

I don't know about you but I know that I'd be more inclined to watch the political ads that are now running if they "auto-tuned" them as someone did this one.  This makes them much more entertaining!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The reality of heaven and the reality of earth

“The reality of heaven doesn’t make earth less real or less important.”   

This is the reason that I'm a fan of Jon Fischer's writing.   On his blog, The Catch, Connecting life to faith, Fischer manages to challenge and inspire me on a regular basis.  I'd encourage you to read the entire post from which this quote was taken, here.  You and I have just a few short years on this earth and I sometimes wonder how many of those years are wasted on things that don't really matter?  Playing games with your kids, walking on the beach with your spouse, and reading a good book are not the things that I consider wasteful.  Working is not wasteful, either.  What I think is wasteful is the relentless pursuit of acquiring stuff.

Monday, October 11, 2010

You never know who you'll run into at the airport

A couple of weeks ago when Julia and I were traveling, we had a layover at Washington National Airport in D.C.  You never know who you'll run into at an airport but Congress had just adjourned for the fall and we were in the nation's capital so there was a good chance that we'd see a politician or two.

U.S. Senator Roland Burris

When we got in line to get a sandwich at one of the cafes, I recognized that the person in front of us was Roland Burris, the man who was appointed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the vacated senate seat of President Obama. You'll probably also recall that his appointment was tainted by "Gov. Potty Mouth's" claim that this appointment was (adjective omitted) "gold" and he intended to see what he could get in exchange for it.   There were questions as to what Burris promised the now ex-Governor. in exchange for the appointment.  When the woman ahead of Burris in line at the cafe told him that he looked familiar and inquired who he was, he proudly replied, "I'm United States Senator Roland Burris." 

U.S. Senator David Vitter

Shortly after that, we made our way to the gate from which our flight would depart and I noticed that a man also waiting to board that flight was David Vitter, U.S Senator from Louisiana.  You may remember that Vitter was the outspoken "family values" guy who's name and private cell phone number turned up in the "little black book" of the D.C. Madam.  Oops!  The day after that was reported, Vitter, who was also linked to a prostitute in New Orleans, confessed to past indiscretions and declined to comment further.  So much for that whole "family values" thing. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Meet Williame

Allow me to introduce you to Williame Jacques.  Williame is 10 years old and lives north of Limbe, Haiti.  Julia and I have the privilege of being his new sponsor with Compassion International.  

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New England adventure, the epilogue

Whenever I return home after traveling, I routinely think about how fortunate I am to live where I do.  When we returned from New England last week, I was happy to be back home but I have to admit that the contrast between where I had been and where I was returning was different this time.