I know I already posted photo of the week on Thursday, but that was for last Saturday. This is a new Saturday and I really wanted to share the following, which I took walking through downtown Brenham, TX.
As my oldest boy gets into his teens, he thinks he has become an expert on are cars, especially those that are clearly out of my price range or interest. Since my auto aspirations and thoughts only involve a Ford F-150 Raptor, I have a hard time keeping him humble. Today, he asked me if I knew what a McLaren was. Apparently, it’s high-end, fast, and expensive. Which are three reasons I don’t know what it is.
While on vacation in Brenham, TX, Heidi and I hunted down the ever elusive Independence Coffee Co. It used to be about 5 miles from my father’s home, but was moved to a larger location heading out on US 290 from downtown Brenham. Also, it’s next to the bowling alley. They have a sign for it, but you need a magnifying glass to read it, especially driving at 55 mph. But we did find it and were able to pick up some of their Laughing Donkey coffee, which is their espresso roast.
The reason it so hard to find the coffee shop is because they are constructing a new building. Until it is complete, they are in a warehouse behind the new building, behind the bowling alley and next to the druggie motel. Don’t let the druggie motel scare you. We visited at about 2 p.m. and most of the druggies were still asleep.
Turns out that Rebekah, who was helping us, is a former Starbuck’s barista and shift manager. She and Heidi hit is off, given that both of them sport that adjective “former” in relationship to Starbucks. Both of them had the same problem with the coffee chain. To many unrealistic demands on selling coffee without enough training or support in the store. In other words, the bean counters, not coffee beans mind you, but accountants have taken over Starbucks. Remember that Starbucks use to be a store where they prided themselves on getting to know their customers. Not any more. Those days are gone. It’s all about drive-through times, and getting some sort of drink in the customers hands, regardless of whether or not the drink is the one the customer ordered.
Heidi was not only a barista, but an 8-year veteran and a trainer for the store. Starbucks is no longer training their employees. When Heidi started for Starbucks, she was given two weeks of training. Now, most employees are given 12 hours with a trainer, and several hours on a computer. However, most employees are thrown on the floor with less than that because there are not enough labor hours to train them. So if your last drink from Starbucks was wrong, get use to it. Starbucks knows that you will be back, buying the wrong drink, because it’s “Starbucks.”
But enough about the giant chain. Now is the time to find independent coffee stores, specifically Independence Coffee Co. in Brenham, TX. The store has a fine reputation for excellent roasts, to the point that they have had to expand, as you gathered from my comments above. Given that, why don’t you check out their website here, and order a few pounds. They will have something you like.
Full disclaimer: Independence Coffee Co. is not in any way, shape or form paying me for my support. In fact, they may not even want my support. I just wanted to share the photos I took, and promote a local coffee selling business besides Starbucks, and Independence Coffee is worthy of that promotion.
One of the mantras that I hear from time-to-time among pastors and teachers of the Bible is that we need to spoon feed our congregations because they can’t handle any of the meat of the word. I’ve always despised this attitude for several reasons. First, the one taking this position assumes that those being taught are not able to handle the truth that is presented in the text. In other words, the rich truths of the Bible are just too much for the audience to handle.
This was the attitude of those in leadership at the church in Dallas where I was an intern. What was remarkable about that is that the congregation was made up of some of the most educated entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, and businessmen in the entire city. But for some reason, they were considered not intellectually capable of handling spiritual truth.
First published back in January 2017. Republished because there seems to be a renewed interest in bringing back prayer in schools. Some have even suggested that the Bible be taught in schools, which is another bad idea.
The headline, and subsequent story on The Truth Division’s website, seems to indicate that this is what the new education secretary, Betsy DeVos, intends to do once she is confirmed to the position. But when you dig deeper, you find much of what is being written about Betsy DeVos is based upon an interview she and her husband, Dick, gave back in 2001. For the mathematically challenged, that is about 16 years ago.
I know, hopeless cause. But look at that picture. I just wonder what Christ’s disciples would have thought of the church allowing itself to become so off-focus that, somehow, colorful high-fructose corn syrup had become the center of Christianity’s most important tenet: the resurrection. You know, the resurrection? It is one of the key elements that separates true Christianity from all other religions–the leaders of all other religions died, and are still dead. Not so with Jesus Christ. He died on the cross, rose from the dead three days later, and sits at the right hand of God the Father waiting to return to judge the living and dead in order to give then their eternal rewards.
But many reduce the resurrection of the Second Person of the Trinity to colored candy and rabbits.
Every time I visit worthless books O million, I have to venture over to the religion and Christian living sections to see what they are peddling. Many of my readers know that I’m in the habit of saying that if you buy a book on religion from a book store, especially a Christian bookstore, outside of the Bible, you just wasted your money. Bookstores rarely sell Christian books worthy of being read. So it’s my habit to take a look and see what they are peddling.
A reminder of R. Scott Clark’s great quote on Lent:
In other words, the very practice of Ash Wednesday and Lent are simply made up observances and this is the problem. It is not that one might not learn something valuable by abstaining from this or that for 40 days or that there is no value in gathering on Wednesday 40 days before Easter to remember the suffering and death of our Savior. The problem is that the human heart is an idol factory (Calvin). Once it is given license to create and impose Christian observances, it never ends. What begins with good intentions becomes a form of bondage.
Read the rest here.
Here is a great resource of articles and quotes showing Lent for the falsehood that it is.
In honor of fallen Richardson Police Officer David Charles Sherrard. I would write more…but words elude me. I’m grateful I was able to attend his funeral. May the LORD bless and comfort his wife and two daughters, his extended family, and the men and women who so proudly served with him on the Richardson Police Department. Hear the last radio dispatch to him here.
I know I should say more, but truly am having a hard time finding the words. I’ve tried several times, and after attending the funeral, this was the best I could do.