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Top 10 Posts of 2013!

Time for our year-end reviews of what has been hot over the past year as far as posts I’ve written. I already know the number post for the year without even looking at the stats. As I told Heath on his blog, it is Blue Bell Ice Cream: Top 10 Flavors. When I wrote it on July 5, 2011, I never imagined it would become my top post. Apparently, Blue Bell Ice Cream is extremely popular.

While I wasn’t surprised at that post, there were a few that did catch me off guard and had no idea they are slowly creeping up the charts. So starting with number 2, since I’ve given you number 1 already, here are the rest of the Top 10 Posts of 2013.

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Attend Christmas Parties

Yes, you could say that I’ve been burned by the spirit of the Christmas party spirit. Please note the non-capitalization of the word “spirit.” That is intentional because as I review my recent Christmas party adventures, and ones even farther back than this, I’ve come to the conclusion that Christmas parties, and more broadly the celebration of Christmas itself, is not good for my spiritual well being and rarely involves the Holy Spirit.

I’m not saying it is bad for your spiritual well being. Just that I don’t think it’s good for mine. So given that stipulation and the fact that this is my blog, I’m completely and totally right on this subject… for the moment. I could change my mind with new evidence, but given the case before us, this is my position right now. (Nothing like taking a strong stand in the shifting sands of such a deep and important subject).

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Ten Things Pastors Don’t Like About Pastoring

This Top-10 List is from Thom S. Rainer, who is the CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. He conducted an informal survey of pastors about what they didn’t like about the ministry and came up with the following ten items. I agree with some of them, and disagree with others of them. Out of a selfish sense of preservation, I will not comment on any of them or let you know which ones I agree with. However, if you come across one of the 10 that angers you, I don’t agree with that one.

10. Dealing with budgets and finance. “I have a pastor friend who has a finance major. He was in business before he went to seminary and he loves working with numbers. Not me. I get nauseas at the thought of working on the church budget.”

9. Weddings. “Emotions are usually high at weddings. Some people are difficult to handle. Plus the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception take away my whole weekend. I wish we could pass a law that no weddings can take place during college football season.”

8. Announcements in the worship service. “This past Sunday I was asked to announce that one of the older Sunday school classes was having a garage sale to raise money to repair the pipe organ. Their hearts were right, but I had to talk about a garage sale and a pipe organ right before I preached.”

7. Persistent critics. “You have to deal with critics if you are a pastor. I just struggle with those who are always on me about something. They never let up. It can be demoralizing.”

6. Anonymous critics. “I shouldn’t even let anonymous critics bother me. If they don’t have the courage to use their name, I have no reason to dwell on it. But, I’ve got to admit, it really bugs me. I find myself wondering throughout the day who it might be.”

5. Counseling. “I really envy those pastors who are counselors. They get energized by listening to people at their points of need and hurt. I have to admit that my mind wanders and I watch the clock. I don’t think I really help anybody when I counsel.”

4. Treating spouses like they are paid staff members. “I really hurt for my wife because we have one church member that expects her to put in the same amount of hours at church as I do. My wife is taking care of our three preschool children at home, but she feels guilty every time the church member talks to her.”

3. Supporters who don’t support pastors publicly. “One guy was ripping into me at our last business meeting. But he didn’t bother me as much as my so-called supporters who remained silent the whole time. They’ve told me that they are behind me, but they weren’t there for me when I needed them the most.”

2. Funerals of non-Christians. “I’ve been a pastor for nearly thirty years, and I still struggle when I’m asked to do the funeral of someone who never professed Christ. Most of the time my funeral message is directed at the family, and how God will comfort them. It’s still not easy.”

1. Business meetings. “Let me know if you come across a pastor that actually likes church business meetings. I want to find the secret to his moments of delusion.”

Top 10 College Football Teams I Hate!

Yes, I know. We are not supposed to hate. But alas, it’s college football we are discussing and being rational is not rational. So with that, and the fact that I like to do Top 10 lists, here are the Top 10 College Football teams in the country that I cannot stand. I only pull for them when I think I will jinx them (my wife is convinced that whoever I pull for, loses). I don’t want them to win, ever. Their fans drive me nuts. And I don’t like them very much.

  1. t.u. Of course, being an Aggie would facilitate my hatred for the Evil Burnt Orange Empire. But I didn’t like these guys before I was an Aggie. Becoming an Aggie just fostered the hatred for them. Although, I must confess. A perfect season for the Aggies is giving the t-sips one loss in the entire season, and depriving them of a chance to play for the National Championship. That one loss always must come on Thanksgiving Day at the hands of my beloved Aggies. To top it off, if that one loss led to the Aggies playing for the National Championship and winning it. That would be my dream season!
  2. Oklahoma Sooners. Yup. Can’t stand ‘em. Not because of their success, but because their talent absent band only knows one song, Boomer Sooner. Oklahoma scores a touchdown, you hear Boomer Sooner. They get a first down, you hear Boomer Sooner. The running back successfully ties his shoes, you hear Boomer Sooner. Does the band know any other songs?
  3. LSU — Sorry Wade. But I cannot stand LSU. The fans are known for being the rowdiest and meanest in the SEC. When they were playing A&M back in the 1980′s, they were mean as well. My very first game at A&M was against LSU, and they won the game. Did their fans act with any measure of respectability? Absolutely not. In fact, one of their drunk fans (alcohol is banned at Kyle Field), was yelling at one of our band members who just happened to be wearing a tuba at the time. The Aggie took it for a while and finally said something because the LSU fan hit the Aggie in the face. Remember, he can hardly defend himself since he was wearing a tuba. We immediately jumped the guy and had a cop not been there, I’m sure we would have sent him to the ER. I can still remember the cop’s advice to the idiot LSU fan: “If you don’t get out of here now, I’m not going to be resposible for what happens to you.” Aggies can take a loss and some good hearted ribbing, but attack the defenseless, and that gets our Maroon blood boiling.
  4. USC – I think the Pac 10 is only one step above the Mountain West Conference. So don’t talk to me about the “storied” program. Had USC had to battle all those in the Big 12 or SEC, National Championships would have never come their way, Reggie Bush or not.
  5. Notre Dame — do I need to explain this? They are lousy, but have their own football contract with NBC. Their last National Championship season came back in the 1980s. You’re Notre Dame for goodness sake and that is the best you can do? I also get tired of hearing about them being the last “independent” school. Join a conference. Actually have to compete with the same teams every year.
  6. Texas Tech — always overrated, always under our skin.
  7. Miami — what a bunch of thugs.
  8. The rest of the Pac 10. The west coast and college football just doesn’t inspire me duuuude!
  9. BYU – They’re Mormons! They play in a pansy conference, and they get all kinds of attention that would be better spent on the bottom half of the teams in the SEC or Big 12.
  10. And finally, t.u. I know, I already listed these guys. But having grown up surrounded by the Evil Burnt Orange Empire will do that for you. I hope the Aggies do bolt the Big 12 in 2 years for the SEC, and t-sips go and join the lame Pac 10. Let their fans stay up until 2 a.m. to finish watching a game against the likes of Washington State. O boy, there is a match up worth losing sleep over. Fans from both sides will be yawning, and not just because it is late. Good luck with that t-sips.

Speaking of lists, Bleacher Report has a list on 12 Things the SEC is not very good at. Number one on the list: keeping their players out of jail. You just have to laugh. Check out the rest of the list here.

Saturday Round Up — Sports, Atheists and Top Ten Vices for Health

Yes, just a few things of interest today.

Atheist De-baptize Themselves.

Good luck with that. These bozos are going through the process of un-doing their baptisms they received as children. I guess they feel a need to let everyone know that they are not Christians. Don’t worry atheists, we were on the up and up already. No one was mistaking you for believers.

Ten Vices That Are Good For You

From CNN.com comes a list of 10 vices that are good for you. I’m not sure some of the would be considered vices, such as eating dark chocolate, but it’s their list. This list includes sleeping, morning coffee, healthy sex (which only comes between a man and women who are lawfully married), drinking a glass of wine, etc. Like I said, in the proper context, none of these things are truly vices… except maybe the massage. But I’m open to debate on that one.

Houston Astros Will Return to the World Series by 2015

This, of course, is from the department of “we hope you don’t remember this prediction when 2015 rolls around.” But Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle is saying with the recent draft picks and signees the Astros have made, that we should expect the team to return to the World Series by 2015. For those of us who are Astros fans, this is as about as hopeful as it gets. We’re not chanting, “wait till next year!” We’re chanting, “Wait for 5 years!” How is that for you?

As we wait, more and more of us are slowly becoming Rangers fans. By the time 2015 rolls around, the Rangers will have won a series or two.

Here is some of what Justice writes:

If you’re keeping count, the Astros have spent close to $20 million to bring 95 new players into their system the last two years.

This year, they’ve spent $10.7 million on 43 new guys, and who’s to say some of them aren’t as good as Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, etc.?

These aren’t your 2007 Astros. That was the year the club failed to sign three of its top six draft picks, leading, in part, to the front office overhaul in which Drayton McLane hired GM Ed Wade, who hired scouting director Bobby Heck, who doesn’t mess around.

Wade has succeeded in doing something his predecessors had a tough time with. That is, he has convinced McLane that the one and only way to build a successful big league franchise is by doing the right things in player development.

Once more, the Astros have done that. There are no guarantees with these young guys. If one of them turns out to be an All-Star and two more become contributors on playoff teams, it will have been a terrific draft.

But the first step is writing the big checks, and the Astros again did they. They shelled out $7.2 million to sign their 35 2010 draft picks. That’s a big jump from the $5.5 million they paid for 36 draft picks in 2009, most of that increase coming from picking higher.

They signed 35 of 52 picks in all, including 16 of the top 18. Let’s hope there are a half-dozen future All-Stars in that group.

Texas Ranks Best State to Recruit Running Backs for 2011

Bleacher Report does a great job putting together lists that compare various aspects of college sports. One such list gives us the top states for potential 2011 recruits at the running back position with the state at number 1. The State of Texas will offer up four running backs ranked as 5-star players, five running backs at 4-star players, and 15 running back with 3-star ratings. That is a bevy of backs and if they all stay in Texas schools, the collective offensive output should increase over the next few years. Given that offenses at schools like A&M, t.u., Texas Tech, etc., have all improved over the years, the years, the Texas schools would be unstoppable.

Thomas Sowell ON Bean Counters and the Baloney Put Forth as Racism

Sowell writes

The bean-counters have struck again– this time in the sports pages. Two New York Times sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found more often coaching at first base than at third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers more often than first-base coaches.

This may seem to be just another passing piece of silliness. But it is part of a more general bean-counting mentality that turns statistical differences into grievances. The time is long overdue to throw this race card out of the deck and start seeing it for the gross fallacy that it is.

At the heart of such statistics is the implicit assumption that different races, sexes and other subdivisions of the human species would be proportionately represented in institutions, occupations and income brackets if there was not something strange or sinister going on.

I love it when Sowell addresses the issue of racism, because he puts it into perspective. He continues:

In countries around the world, all sorts of groups differ from each other in all sorts of ways, from rates of alcoholism to infant mortality, education and virtually everything that can be measured, as well as in some things that cannot be quantified. If black and white Americans were the same, they would be the only two groups on this planet who are the same.

One of the things that got us started on heavy-handed government regulation of the housing market were statistics showing that blacks were turned down for mortgage loans more often than whites. The bean-counters in the media went ballistic. It had to be racism, to hear them tell it.

What they didn’t tell you was that whites were turned down more often than Asians. What they also didn’t tell you was that black-owned banks also turned down blacks more often than whites. Nor did they tell you that credit scores differed from group to group. Instead, the media, the politicians and the regulators grabbed some statistics and ran with them.

The bean-counters are everywhere, pushing the idea that differences show injustices committed by society. As long as we keep buying it, they will keep selling it– and the polarization they create will sell this country down the river.

Read the entire article here.

Finally

Only 14 more days until the Texas Aggies start their football season and their march to the return to supremacy!!!

Top 10 Reasons BHO’s Presidency is a Failure

The outlook for BHO and his presidency continues to look dismal. People are coming up with reasons right and left why BHO is such a failure. Below are the Top 10 reasons why BHO’s presidency is a failure by Nile Gardiner of the UK’s Telegraph. He is pointing out what we on the right knew all along. Liberals tend to employ liberal policies which lead to liberal failures which lead to liberals  blaming everyone from predecessors to those of us on the right. Liberals can never admit that liberalism does not work. Just look at any third-world country, European country, or city run by Democrats (am I being redundant?). They are always in debt, screaming for higher taxes on the rich so they can buy and control the poor by the means of the hand out. This is never sound economic policy because it seeks to provide for those who are poor, and keep them poor. This is degrading to the poor because it keeps them in bondage to the state. They are basically slaves of the state, see the post below this one.

The biblical principles for the poor was to help them, but to do so in order that they learn to help themselves. Welfare does not do this, it intends to keep the poor coming back to the state. Even in the Old Testament, those who had land and were rich were to not harvest the corners of their fields so the poor could come and harvest what they needed. That provides dignity for them since they are gathering what they needed for themselves. In our system, the poor just have to stand in line and put up with low-level bureaucrats. Hardly any dignity there.

But again, those on the left are not really interested in helping the poor, just controlling them, and sticking it to the rich. They despise those who work hard, who have independent thought, who do not look to the government for all our sustenance and well being. What those on the left want, is us in bondage to government. Even if they get their way, it will not work. It will only lead to more failure. That is the evident world-wide. Just look at those countries that have socialized medicine, they are bankrupt and seeking ways to turn the health-care system back over to the private sector. So why do we want to let BHO run it?

Here are Gardiner’s reasons for BHO’s failure:

Here are 10 key reasons why the Obama presidency is in serious trouble, and why its prospects are unlikely to improve between now and the November mid-terms.

1. The Obama presidency is out of touch with the American people

In a previous post I noted how the Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime, extravagant, decaying and out of touch with ordinary Americans. The First Lady’s ill-conceived trip to Spain at a time of widespread economic hardship was symbolic of a White House that barely gives a second thought to public opinion on many issues, and frequently projects a distinctly elitist image. The “let them eat cake” approach didn’t play well over two centuries ago, and it won’t succeed today.

2. Most Americans don’t have confidence in the president’s leadership

This deficit of trust in Obama’s leadership is central to his decline. According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, “nearly six in ten voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country”, and two thirds “say they are disillusioned with or angry about the way the federal government is working.” The poll showed that a staggering 58 per cent of Americans say they do not have confidence in the president’s decision-making, with just 42 per cent saying they do.

3. Obama fails to inspire

In contrast to the soaring rhetoric of his 2004 Convention speech in Boston which succeeded in impressing millions of television viewers at the time, America is no longer inspired by Barack Obama’s flat, monotonous and often dull presidential speeches and statements delivered via teleprompter. From his extraordinarily uninspiring Afghanistan speech at West Point to his flat State of the Union address, President Obama has failed to touch the heart of America. Even Jimmy Carter was more moving.

4. The United States is drowning in debt

The Congressional Budget Office Long-Term Budget Outlook offers a frightening picture of the scale of America’s national debt. Under its alternative fiscal scenario, the CBO projects that US debt could rise to 87 percent of GDP by 2020, 109 percent by 2025, and 185 percent in 2035. While much of Europe, led by Britain and Germany, are aggressively cutting their deficits, the Obama administration is actively growing America’s debt, and has no plan in place to avert a looming Greek-style financial crisis.

5. Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat

The relentless emphasis on bailouts and stimulus spending has done little to spur economic growth or create jobs, but has greatly advanced the power of the federal government in America. This is not an approach that is proving popular with the American public, and even most European governments have long ditched this tax and spend approach to saving their own economies.

6. Obama’s support for socialised health care is a huge political mistake

In an extraordinary act of political Harakiri, President Obama leant his full support to the hugely controversial, unpopular and divisive health care reform bill, with a monstrous price tag of $940 billion, whose repeal is now supported by 55 per cent of likely US voters. As I wrote at the time of its passing, the legislation is “a great leap forward by the United States towards a European-style vision of universal health care, which will only lead to soaring costs, higher taxes, and a surge in red tape for small businesses. This reckless legislation dramatically expands the power of the state over the lives of individuals, and could not be further from the vision of America’s founding fathers.”

7. Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive

While much of the spilled oil in the Gulf has now been thankfully cleared up, the political damage for the White House will be long-lasting. Instead of showing real leadership on the matter by acing decisively and drawing upon offers of international support, the Obama administration settled on a more convenient strategy of relentlessly bashing an Anglo-American company while largely sitting on its hands. Significantly, a poll of Louisiana voters gave George W. Bush higher marks for his handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with 62 percent disapproving of Obama’s performance on the Gulf oil spill.

8. US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration

It is hard to think of a single foreign policy success for the Obama administration, but there have been plenty of missteps which have weakened American global power as well as the standing of the United States. The surrender to Moscow on Third Site missile defence, the failure to aggressively stand up to Iran’s nuclear programme, the decision to side with ousted Marxists in Honduras, the slap in the face for Great Britain over the Falklands, have all contributed to the image of a US administration completely out of its depth in international affairs. The Obama administration’s high risk strategy of appeasing America’s enemies while kicking traditional US allies has only succeeded in weakening the United States while strengthening her adversaries.

9. President Obama is muddled and confused on national security

From the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the War on Terror, President Obama’s leadership has often been muddled and confused. On Afghanistan he rightly sent tens of thousands of additional troops to the battlefield. At the same time however he bizarrely announced a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces beginning in July 2011, handing the initiative to the Taliban. On Iraq he has announced an end to combat operations and the withdrawal of all but 50,000 troops despite a recent upsurge in terrorist violence and political instability, and without the Iraqi military and police ready to take over. In addition he has ditched the concept of a War on Terror, replacing it with an Overseas Contingency Operation, hardly the right message to send in the midst of a long-war against Al-Qaeda.

10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness

Barack Obama has made it clear that he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, and has made apologising for his country into an art form. In a speech to the United Nations last September he stated that “no one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold.” It is difficult to see how a US president who holds these views and does not even accept America’s greatness in history can actually lead the world’s only superpower with force and conviction.

There is a distinctly Titanic-like feel to the Obama presidency and it’s not hard to see why. The most left-wing president in modern American history has tried to force a highly interventionist, government-driven agenda that runs counter to the principles of free enterprise, individual freedom, and limited government that have made the United States the greatest power in the world, and the freest nation on earth.

This, combined with weak leadership both at home and abroad against the backdrop of tremendous economic uncertainty in an increasingly dangerous world, has contributed to a spectacular political collapse for a president once thought to be invincible. America at its core remains a deeply conservative nation, which cherishes its traditions and founding principles. President Obama is increasingly out of step with the American people, by advancing policies that undermine the United States as a global power, while undercutting America’s deep-seated love for freedom.

Something has to give. We cannot continue down this road because BHO is destroying this country. Hopefully, in November he will become a lame duck, completely neutered of any real power.

BHO Ranked Worst President in 100 Years!

Not that I’m surprised. But now it is official. Even though he is not even 2 years into his presidency, BHO has earned the worst ranking as a president in the last 100 years, beating out the likes of Presidents, Nixon, Carter, LBJ, Warren Harding, Herbert Hoover and Woodrow Wilson.

Here is what John Hawkins writes about why BHO is the worst.

1) Barack Obama (D): It’s impossible to fully evaluate Barack Obama’s presidency because it’s not over, but he has already done a devastating amount of damage in a freakishly short period of time. Happily, there’s still some hope that the utter destruction of the American health care system that he’s trying to implement can be reversed. The socialistic takeovers of whole segments of American industries that began in the final days of the Bush Administration and expanded under Obama can also still hopefully be reversed in the coming years. Additionally, we can still hope against hope that Iran will be stopped from getting nukes, that Obama won’t lose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that none of his other disastrous policies like Cap and Trade will be passed. (The word “hope” comes up with Obama as often today as it did during his campaign, just in a different context)

However, Obama’s massive expansion of spending and government for domestic purposes is not only unique in American history; it came at the worst possible moment. At a time when there were genuine concerns in America and across the world that our country no longer has the intention or even the capability of paying off our debt, Barack Obama massively increased spending under the auspices of fighting a short term recession. In this case, the cure is almost certainly worse than the disease. Could America default on her debts because of what Obama is doing? Absolutely. Could this spending be the reason future generations of Americans aren’t as prosperous as their parents? Certainly. Is it possible that we’re literally experiencing the turning point that will take America from super power to economic basket case? Yes. This country is now facing its greatest moment of risk since World War II and it’s an entirely self-inflicted wound.

Hopefully  we will begin to heal this wound when he is rendered powerless with a conservative Congress in 2011.

Timothy’s Top 10 Websites

WorldNetDaily has a story that shows their web site ranks in the top 500 web sites in the U.S., and one of the top sites for conservatives. That got me to thinking. What are MY top websites for news and information and why. Blessed readers, I’m about to give you my secrets! Here are my top websites and the reason I go there!

  1. Facebook. OK, Elisa has that one set as our homepage. Any time that I spend there, is merely for entertainment value.
  2. Foxnews — I know the Libs/Left/Dems all use this as a shibolleth, meaning, that “Foxnews” is their code word for determining if you are or are NOT one of them. In other words, they claim to be open minded and by not being influenced by Foxnews, which is fair and balanced. The sad truth is, they are so narrow minded that they remain true to the networks that are NOT fair and balanced.
  3. The Drudge Report — let’s face it, for finding weird stories, this is the place to go. Like the one I was going to blog about this morning, another Doom & Gloom report from the left saying that another volcano in Iceland is going to be worse than the one that closed down the airline industry last month. Let’s face it, disasters sell newspapers and get us watching the news stations, and reports of worse disasters to come are soon to follow. I’m sure there will be one about how there is a worse oil spill looming in the Gulf right now, waiting to happen, according to… scientists! Therefore, it’s worth fretting over.
  4. Eternity Matters — let’s face it. Neil has some of the best “roundups” for what is going on in the world in the blogosphere. A day without a post from Neil… well, is close to life without coffee… which we are currently out of in my home.
  5. Townhall.com — the best place for conservative thought on what is going on in the world and the best place to find political cartoons that really make a point, like the one above.
  6. WorldNetDaily – the best site for those things going on in the world for the Christian.
  7. Wintery Knight — another well-done blog from a Christian’s perspective. He works really hard and keeping it up to date with news and info that is important to conservative Christians.
  8. The 12th Man — a blog about Texas Aggie Sports and related issues to A&M. This blog is really well done and the main writer, Beergut, does an excellent job of analysis. He really has a sport’s writers mind and and eye to help us regulars see those things which are not obvious. Plus, with a name like Beergut, you know he really is into sports.
  9. IBDeditorials — the best place for conservative economic news and analysis. This site will give you how many of the policies in America will effect the economy.
  10. Hotair.com — when it comes to political news, you can find it here. Like the story about Chris Matthews, of all people, admitting that Rush Limbaugh got it right concerning Bill Clinton’s involvement with the Sustek deal.

OK, what are some of your favorite sites and why?