Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Here's the answer to your question

"Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble." (Matthew 5: 11-12)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Texans vs. Titans: Weird

A couple things stood out to me as I watched today's game between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans.

Even beyond the fact that this is the old Houston Oilers, and Vince Young is now the QB, each of these two teams last three meetings or so have been very, very strange.

Today's game speaks for itself, obviously. What in the world happened? The Titans tried to give the Texans this game and it still didn't work.

Remember the game last year at Reliant? Sure you do...Vince Young, and that crazy touchdown run right at the end?

And what about the game in Nashville when the Texans ran back the kick at the end of the game with time expiring, the Titans received a penalty so the game couldn't end on that play, and then the Texans field goal went so far off the mark that half the City of Houston started accused them of losing on purpose?

That one was so bizarre it inspired John McClain, Houston Chronicle sports writer, to pen an article on the "weirdness" factor of the Texans' losses.

That game didn't hold a candle to whatever happened this afternoon. You have to give the Texans some credit, they did play an incredibly impressive fourth quarter (except for the very end, of course).

I'm going to look forward to Texans-Titans meetings even more so than I do games against the Cowboys.

How could Texans fans not call this a rivalry, when each game is starting to look more and more like a "Twilight Zone" episode?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

For immediate release: Blog now has five readers

Some exciting news this afternoon...I reported recently, in error, that only my sister and a few friends were reading this blog.

I just received an email from my brother-in-law, informing me that I shouldn't sell myself short. He's reading it as well.

That makes a total of five readers.

As I told him, my goal would be to have somewhere between 10-12 people reading this blog by the end of the year. A lofty goal to be sure, but I always think big.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Good Shake-A-Paw!

You haven't heard from me in a while. That's okay, everything's just dandy even when you don't hear from me. God's still on the throne.

Thank goodness Milo is okay. For those of you who don't know, Milo Hamilton is the Houston Astros' radio announcer, and we like him a lot here in town (he's actually a Hall of Fame broadcaster who is loved everywhere). He underwent angioplasty Sunday after doctors discovered an artery was completely clogged.

I'm sure those warriors at The Methodist Hospital are taking wonderful care of him. Get well soon, Milo.

So, how many of you are watching Survivor this season? What did I tell you? I love that show!

I'm proud of Leslie Nease. If you didn't read my earlier post (its found here if you'd like to read it), Leslie is the Christian radio personality from North Carolina that competed this season. She was voted out this past week.

I thought she did a great job of representing, so to speak. In my opinion, that's what being salt and light in our culture looks like. We've got to get in the mud with everyone else and shine.

It's unfortunate she was voted out so quickly. She was obviously liked, but that's the game of Survivor.

I'll never forget how I started watching the show.

I was completely opposed to the program during season one. No particular reason why, I just had heard a thing or two and decided it wasn't for me.

On the evening season two started, I had some friends over. A promo for the season opener was shown on CBS. A female friend exclaimed, "Survivor's coming on next!" (Did it premier after the Super Bowl??? It seems like I had a bunch of people over for some reason and we were watching TV).

"I don't watch that garbage," I said. "Those reality shows only appeal to the lowest common denominator."

I didn't know what that meant. Actually, I still don't, but I figured by trying to sound smart I would appear more convincing.

Unfortunately, that works only when you're right.

"How many times have you seen an episode of Survivor?"

"Never," I replied.

"Well, for someone who doesn't know what they're talking about, you sound very sure. Why don't you sit here with us, watch one full episode, and then you're free to have any opinion you want."

I did watch it with them that night. And I have tried not to miss an episode since.

Speaking of reality TV...One of my hobbies or interests is Web marketing. I'm fascinated with the power of the Internet.

I'm on the email list of an Internet marketing company and they sent me something today I thought was quite interesting.

In the vain of Survivor or The Apprentice, a group of folks are shooting an Internet-based reality show called "The Next Internet Millionaire." I haven't watched much of it yet, but the concept is fantastic. Twelve contestants compete for the opportunity to enter in to a joint venture with Internet marketing guru, Joel Comm.

This is just another example of how the Web is changing communications as we know it. Why wait for a room full of TV execs to give the green light (or not). Just shoot the thing and put it online!

Check it out here if you're into Web marketing (or reality TV):

On another topic...Can you say, "Good Shake-A-Paw?"

I can. I've been saying it to a dog all day, and he is still staring at me like I nuts. I'm going to keep trying.

Here's a special Web site today:

It's a Web site of a Hollywood dog trainer who now offers to train dogs via the Internet.

Man, I sure do miss L.A. I'm going to need another trip out West soon.

Anyway, make sure to watch the free video lesson -- email me if you can get you dog to do it. Dog training is so fun.

And TobyMac is so cool, he has to do two shows at the Berry Center next month. Not only that, he's bringing three lovely women of God with him. Oh, what a treat. I'll pray about going. We'll see what the Lord says.

Speak to me Lord, I'm listening for you.

Yes, TobyMac and BarlowGirl will share the Berry Center stage, Nov. 8 and Nov. 10.

I was surfing on YouTube I found it quite interesting that God told BarlowGirl to be hot. I'm serious. They have proven again they do exactly what they are told by their Heavenly Father. Great work girls. You're a godly, Holy Ghost-filled way, of course.

You think I'm kidding? Here's the video...check it out for yourself.

If I had to pick a section of this long blog entry that was going to get "Undo" by Rush of Fools played at KSBJ about 14 times in the next 24 hours, that was it.

Speaking of "Undo," that's not a very good song. Sorry, guys, I'm know you're talented young songwriters, but that can't be you're best. Every time that song starts playing, I switch over to a mainstream station for some encouraging music.

Someone high up on the food chain at KSBJ is dying to play "Undo" even as they read this blog entry. He's thinking, "How can he say that about that wonderful song and call the Barlows hot and think he's going to get away with it."

I think we need to undo "Undo." Quickly.

Do the same thing with "Undo" that we should have done with that silly "Cartoon Song." Just throw the CD out of the radio station window into the parking lot.

I'm kidding, I'm kidding, just settle down. KSBJ is doing a fantastic job, and we're blessed to have such a great CCM station here.

However, how does Christian radio determine what songs are going to get played on the air? Or how often? It certainly has nothing to do with what the best tracks are on the record.

Oh, I'm in trouble now...

How about "This Fragile Breath" by Todd Agnew instead of "Grace Like Rain" all the time, or "Shine" by Salvador instead of "Heaven"? How about something off the new BarlowGirl record? What about the RSJ/Agnew duet...are we waiting for Jesus to come back to start playing that one?

No, John, we're choosing to play "Undo," a depressing song about how bad everybody's failing God, even though the Word teaches us that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

I really shouldn't be so hard on a song. Should I? I guess it just doesn't bear witness with my spirit. I'm happy with who God is making me to be. I love the fact that I'm becoming more like him (although it's been a bit uncomfortable at times).

I want to praise you, my God, for what I've become! And I want to praise you for happy, uplifting songs!

"That guy just types and types and types his craziness," program directors are thinking to themselves. "Who in the word does he think he is?"

Oh, I'm just a born-again Christian with a blog and an opinion.

Don't worry about it. I doubt anyone reads this stuff except for my sister and a few friends, so it doesn't matter what I say here anyway.

Since no one is probably reading this, I can go ahead and endorse a candidate for president now.

Just kidding, maybe later, I've said enough here to keep them talking for weeks. At least until the TobyMac show.

Let's meditate on this one today:

"He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just, and protects the way of his faithful ones" (Proverbs 2:7).