The change will not occur until 2009, so there are some coins that have the motto on the edge. It might be interesting to get both sets for a collection. I used to collect coins until I went into the Coast Guard. When I got back, my coins had mostly disappeared. I guess that happens.
Yes, I’m done! Christmas 2007 is behind us and it’s time to move on. I’m all Christmas-ed out! After two solid days of celebration, I’m ready to return to normalcy. Christmas was wonderful. We had the best Christmas… well, since last year! It was simple, and enjoyable. We had several friends over to dine in the morning, and then again in the evening. I got to make my signature spaghetti sauce. We watched videos and played all day, and I’m still tired.
The above is Andy blowing out the candles on the cake. We set it up on the dinning room table along with the track. While we ate lunch, we had the battery-powered Thomas motoring around the track. Andy got that for Christmas, along with some more track, and one of the buildings in the series. He also got a helicopter for his birthday, which he loves.Did you know that when you eat blue icing, you get a blue tongue. We all had to show our blue tongues for the birthday boy.
Joey, being his cute self, at the zoo. He wasn’t as fascinated with the animals as Andy was. We expect that to change in the coming years. He was very content to ride along in his stroller for most of the day.
Ah, yes, the tiger. Since there was a tiger attack at the San Francisco zoo, there were news crews from the local stations outside this beasts home. I’m sure they had stunning reports like: Can this tiger get out? And then there is the man on the street(really man in the zoo) reports. Sir, since there was an attack at the San Francisco Zoo, how safe do you feel? Depending on how you answer it, determines whether or not you get on the 6 p.m. news. Hear how one man is not going to the zoo ever again! Blah, blah, blah…
Andrew being carried like a sack of potatoes.
Yes, this series is exciting because the two teams have not played one another since 1991, back in the old Southwest Conference days. I really am looking forward to it because I know so many from Pig Souieeee Nation. It will be good to rekindle the rivalry and perhaps we will avenge that bitter loss back in the late 1980s when the A&M defensive back knocked that pass down cleanly, and was called for pass interference by the referee, an Arkansas grad! That knocked us out of the hunt for the Cotton Bowl, and the Razorbacks went on to lose to UCLA or someone like that. Serves them right! (Sorry, had to say that!)
Anyway, this is exciting. I’m looking forward to it even though it is an entire season away. Hhm? It might be a great time to have a reunion with some of my Razorback friends. It’s in Dallas. At the newest stadium in the NFL. Close to a lot of friends. I would have to start saving now, and start thinking of a jewelry plan to bribe my lovely bride with.
Myth: We use only 10 percent of our brains.
Fact: Physicians and comedians alike, including Jerry Seinfeld, love to cite this one. It’s sometimes erroneously credited to Albert Einstein. But MRI scans, PET scans and other imaging studies show no dormant areas of the brain, and even viewing individual neurons or cells reveals no inactive areas, the new paper points out. Metabolic studies of how brain cells process chemicals show no nonfunctioning areas. The myth probably originated with self-improvement hucksters in the early 1900s who wanted to convince people that they had yet not reached their full potential, Carroll figures. It also doesn’t jibe with the fact that our other organs run at full tilt.
I may have one more post before Christmas, but if not. Merry Christmas. Think of the implications of the incarnation. With the incarnation, we have hope. Through Christ, there is salvation from our sin, from death, and ultimately, from our misery. Look to Christ. Believe in Christ. Trust in Christ. Blessings
There was scant evidence for the Magi, and none at all that there were three of them, or that they were kings, he said. All the evidence that existed was in Matthew’s Gospel. The Archbishop said: “Matthew’s Gospel doesn’t tell us there were three of them, doesn’t tell us they were kings, doesn’t tell us where they came from. It says they are astrologers, wise men, priests from somewhere outside the Roman Empire, that’s all we’re really told.” Anything else was legend. “It works quite well as legend,” the Archbishop said.
I imagine that much of what we know from the manger scene comes more from the songs we sing than the Bible. We Three Kings comes to mind as one of the culprits of what we believe. Don’t get me wrong, I love the song. But the song is wrong on the number and the type of men who visited Jesus. What this illustrates is the importance of having the songs we sing be accurate both Biblically and theologically. Hymns are more than just praise to God, they are teaching tools as well, and when they are wrong, the people are ignorant.
So Rowan Williams declares what most first-year seminary students are taught and there is an outrage. That is OK. Maybe it will drive many of us back to the word of God for our understanding of the first advent of Christ, and we will learn the truth about it. Maybe we will quit learning from culture and learn from His word. Yes, Rowan Williams is bursting a lot of peoples bubble about Christmas. But that is what we can expect from him. He is into that. Let’s use it to learn what it is that we believe and what is true about Christ’s first advent.
As for the virgin birth, yes it is a major tenant of Christianity and I probably need to do an additional post on it later. But for now, realize that Rowan is saying he does believe in it, but doesn’t feel that you have to believe it to become a Christian. That I would agree to. Now if you are going to go on and become a pastor, teacher, deacon, elder or Sunday school teacher, then yes, you need to believe in the virgin birth. It is vital to who Christ is, and essential to our faith. But it’s not required to believe or know in order to become a Christian. All that takes is faith in Christ for your salvation.
Rowan is saying the controversial because he is controversial. It would be nice if he held to the tenants of the faith and taught them as well, so others might believe. But that doesn’t seem to be his purpose. This is another one of those situations where I think it best to leave Rowan in God’s hands. He is big enough to handle the archbishop of Canterbury.
“But while we do not pretend to explain the union of two natures in our Lord Jesus Christ’s Person, we must not hesitate to fence the subject with well-defined cautions. While we state most carefully what we do believe, we must not shrink from declaring boldly what we do not believe. We must never forget, that though our Lord was God and man at the same time, the divine and human natures in Him were never confounded. One nature did not swallow up the other. The two natures remained perfect and distinct. The divinity of Christ was never for a moment laid aside, although veiled. The manhood of Christ, during His life-time, was never for a moment unlike our own, though by union with the Godhead, greatly dignified. Though perfect God, Christ has always been perfect man from the first moment of His incarnation. He that is gone into heaven, and is sitting at the Father’s right hand to intercede for sinners, is man as well as God. Though perfect man, Christ never ceased to be perfect God. He that suffered for sin on the cross, and was made sin for us, was ‘God manifest in the flesh.’ The blood with which the Church was purchased, is called the blood ‘of God.’ (Acts 20:28) Though He became ‘flesh’ on the fullest sense, when He was born of the Virgin Mary, He never at any period ceased to be the Eternal Word. To say that He constantly manifested His divine nature during His earthly ministry, would, of course, be contrary to plan facts. To attempt to explain why His Godhead was sometimes veiled and at other times unveiled, while He was on earth, would be venturing on ground which we had better leave alone. But to say that at any instant of His earthly ministry He was not fully and entirely God, is nothing less than heresy.”
Yes, the first coming of Christ is special and should be celebrated. But I’m not sure we are doing it any justice at all, the way we celebrate this time of year.
Comment Moderation has been enabled. Sorry about that. But I was getting hit by a bunch of sickos from some childish chat board somewhere.
Watch the video. Ben Stein is the speaker.
Also, Dr. Stew Turner, a member of my church that puts on courses and seminars on Creationism, pointed out to me that Intelligent Design is not Creationism. It does move in the general direction of Creationism by admitting that there is a designer behind creation, but does not assume to point out who that Creator is. For the ID (my words not his), the creator could just as well be a supernatural Klingon… The point of ID is not who the designer is, but that there is a designer.
I was planning on a special post, marking the event of crossing 15,000 hits… but it passed us by on the weekend. So here it is: this blog… has reached 15,000 hits! Yea!
BTW, for some reason I’m getting a lot of hits from Sweden, Belfast, and South Africa. A lot of overseas traffic. Not sure why, but I’m grateful.
I’m also not asking for anything outside of my control, like: “I wish that all Democrats, liberals and moderate Republicans every where would repent of their ways, admit that Ronald Reagan conservatism is best for the country and world, and then retreat in sack clothe and ashes out of the public eye.” Nope, not asking for that.
I’m also not asking for something completely and totally unrealistic, like: “I certainly wish the Texas Aggies would win the National Championship in basketball, football and baseball in the coming year.” That would be silly. I can’t even wish the into winning the conference championship, much less… national championships.
No, my list is much simpler than all that. So here it is:
- I want a new shirt, of the quality of the navy blue polo that I love so much, but now has holes in it I’ve worn it so much. No, I don’t want a used one, but a new on.
- OR: I want a new Swiss Army knife. (Note to those who have them. Do NOT soak them in alcohol over night. It causes the plastic on them to warp around the tooth pick and tweezers to the point that you can’t use the tooth pick and tweezers again. Also, the Swiss Army emblem falls off, and the plastic cracks and falls off.)
- OR: A gift certificate to Cold Creek nursery so I can buy a few trees for my backyard.
- AND: Only ONE toy for Andrew and Joey. They have enough already, so why spend more on them when they have so many toys!
- AND: A new tradition on Christmas eve in our family to make the evening special for my family! Something like, making Christmas cup cakes together, while reading the Christmas story from Luke 2, and telling our favorite Christmas memories to one another. Cheesy sounding? Perhaps. But my family is what makes the event worth celebrating in the way that we do. Might as well make it more special.
Early Merry Christmas.
I found the following via John’s site here, which led to Andy’s site here. I found the photo as Anna’s site here. No, it has nothing to do with the quote below on church hopping. I’m not saying this is what we should do to church hoppers. I just liked the picture.
In the quotation below, Edward Veal, a 17th century Puritan minister talks about Church hopping in his own time along with its detrimental effects and gives some excellent advice:
“Reading the Scriptures and good books is not sufficient for those that have a capacity to hear. The preaching of the Word is the great ordinance appointed by God, for the instruction, edification, and conversion of those that are to be saved… As in other cases, so it is for the most part here: you are commonly more affected with what you hear men speak, than with what men write. Ministers may write or print their sermons, but not their emotions … You are most likely to be warmed by the Word when you hear it coming out of a hot heart …
But, above all, be sure to be regular in your hearing. Take heed how you hear; and take heed what you hear; and from both these will follow, that you must take heed whom you hear too. Hear those that are most knowing, and best able to instruct you; those that are most sound, and least likely to mislead you. Do not choose to put your souls under the care of blind guides … Settle yourselves under the guidance of some faithful pastor, upon whose ministry you may ordinarily attend. This running to and fro, which is usual among us, is quite different from what Daniel speaks of, and, I am sure, it is not the way to increase knowledge (Dan. 12:4) … They that run from one minister to another, may soon run from one opinion to another, and from one error to another.
I dare safely say, you will get more sound knowledge of the things of God by constant attendance upon the ministry of one of less abilities, than by rambling up and down to hear many, though of greater gifts … It is no wonder if men that run to and fro, be ‘tossed to and fro.’ They that are so light of hearing may easily be ‘carried about with every wind of doctrine’ (Eph. 4:14); the Word of Christ seldom dwells in such vagabond hearers.”
– Edward Veal, Puritan Sermons, Vol. 2, p. 16
It’s amazing that Veal faced the same problem we do today. So many want to run back and forth between churches, never really settling under anyone’s ministry. But then again, there is a lack of good preaching in so many of the churches today. Perhaps if more ministers would take their callings seriously, it wouldn’t be such a problem.
I love this quote by Winston Churchill.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Dee has it posted in her masthead over at her site.
The quote is so true. If you stand for anything at all, before long, you will find yourself with enemies. You will never find any more venom in life as you do when you stand up for true Christianity. Those who stand for the faith against heretics and error, I commend you. Keep up the good fight, as Paul told us. There are many antichrists as John told us, and we need to continue to fight for the truth of Scripture.
As Churchill also said, “we will NEVER surrender…” Therefore let us never cease doing what is good, even when we anger those enemies of the true faith. They may rail against us in their anger and bitterness, but let that not deter us in pressing on in the faith handed down to us by the Apostles and found in His Word (both Christ and the Bible).
How come every time Santa Claus comes to town, I end up paying for it for the next six months or so?
Let’s make him stay here, get a job, and pay off all those bills. He is worse than that relative that hangs around too much, and lives off your meager earnings. All Santa does is swoop in for a night, and bam! You’re stuck with hundreds of dollars of credit card debts. What kind of friend is that?
And no, I don’t care what he knows. Tell him to get an honest job that doesn’t cost me a lot of money!
This was too funny to pass up. I almost hurt myself laughing! Enjoy! I found it at Gunny’s site.
Here is one more. Once the BCS announced the pairings, college football drops off the front burner until the bowl games kick off. With a play off system, the attention span of the average fan continues with college football, and I would like to say, it would build with a playoff system. Just look at NASCAR. They instituted a playoff system for their sport and it has resulted in greater interest. The fan base has expanded. This is exactly what you want to happen when you are in the entertainment industry, which NCAA football is. Expand the fan base. A playoff system would do this.
Just think about it. What college football event is taking place this weekend? Nothing. We had the Heisman Trophy given this past weekend, but there is nothing for this coming weekend. With a playoff system, there would be. We wouldn’t have to settle for boring, non-essential NFL games on Saturday! We would have college games that really mean something.
O that the gurus in charge of NCAA College Football could see this.
What is also interesting is that one of my friends suggested that they expand the playoffs to include ALL 120 some odd division I-A teams. That only adds a few extra weeks of playing, and then there would be absolutely no dispute as to who the National Champion would be at the end of the playoffs. Why not? End the argument right then and there. Put them all in the tournament and then go for it! The top teams even get to play at their home stadiums. In other words, you are playing for home-field advantage during the year. Only in that final rounds do you bring in the Cotton Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Joe-Bob’s Tire and Hair Care Salon Bowl.
The BCS needs a playoff system. Whether it is four teams, or 40, we need some playoffs. There is no reason for not having it.
Here is what I posted on it before, which is how you would attempt to explain why college football doesn’t have a play off system to child.
1. Explain to them that in the grown-up world, guessing is always better than finding out for sure.
For some reason, kids have a hard time accepting this. Most of them have this crazy idea that if, say, there are two seemingly equal teams vying for one spot in a championship game, those teams should be able to play each other in order to find out who’s better.
See, grammar-school children don’t see how polling a bunch of coaches and writers and ex-players who don’t even see every game, and combining that data with inherently flawed computer rankings, is a much more efficient way to make that decision.
It’s probably because of all those blasted video games.
2. Tell them about the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
Believe it or not, many kids think teams in lesser-known conferences should have just as good of a shot at a national championship as those in BCS leagues. As a parent, you have to explain to them how those tiny schools have no hope of competing against powerhouses from the Big Ten, the SEC and the Big 12.
Now, during your explanation, you might hear little Billy start blathering about “Appalachian State” or “Boise State” or “Utah.” Don’t worry. This just means he likely has attention-deficit disorder.
3. Talk about the “sanctity of the regular season.”
To adults, it’s obvious that a playoff would render the regular season all but meaningless. But your precocious daughter might come to you with some hare-brained idea about an eight-team playoff, which would include six conference champions and two at-large teams. She might say her format would make the conference season even more meaningful, and it would still encourage teams to play tough nonconference games to get one of the at-large berths.
This logic will be difficult to dismiss.
Do it anyway.
4. Be honest, and tell them money rules the world.
In all likelihood, your kid doesn’t grasp how much cash the bowl system generates for universities and how badly the TV networks want to keep it. The little fella is so out of it, he probably thinks we could keep all of the lower-tier bowls and still hold onto the tepid interest they already receive and believes the schools and TV companies could actually make more money off a three-week playoff with a championship game at the end.
If he brings this up, just explain to him what a revenue-generating disaster the Super Bowl has been for the NFL.
5. Show them how there’s no way, logistically, to make a playoff fit into the current bowl structure or class schedule.
At this point, they might remember that their college-attending older siblings were home for more than a month over the holidays last year. They also might point out that the BCS title game already is held in the second week of January, that one BCS site already hosts two games per year, and that the other playoff games could easily slide into the other BCS game slots.
That’s when you send them to their room.
I found the following at Opinionjournal.com. You can read the entire article here.
Not According to Script
Hollywood gets shown up by pro-war YouTube videos and a didactic antiwar cat.
BY BRENDAN MINITER
Friday, December 7, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST
The guns of war have fallen silent for Hollywood. Studio executives, who could once count on Americans filling theaters for just about any war movie they produced, are finding this year’s war flicks to be a bunch of duds. “Lions for Lambs,” Robert Redford’s case against the war in Afghanistan, is a flop. It stars Mr. Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise and may not make back its $35 million price tag. Brian De Palma’s “Redacted” played to empty seats. Even “The War,” Ken Burns’s much-anticipated World War II documentary that aired on PBS in September, met a less-than-explosive reception.
But Americans haven’t lost their taste for war footage. They’ve just found a better place to see the type of war film they actually enjoy watching.
I’m grateful that the Hollywood movies are flops. Robert Redford has been a liberal goon for far too long, and many give him a pass. But the public isn’t buying it this time. Thank goodness. I do like it that there is an another avenue for what is taking place in Iraq. The article goes to talk about the number of videos on Youtube that you can watch showing the real war. Here is just one of them.
I saw this today and found it hilarious:
“Ask the American Indians what happens when you don’t control Immigration”
“No American will think it wrong of me if I proclaim that to have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. I could not foretell the course of events. I do not pretend to have measured accurately the martial might of Japan, but now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all! Yes, after Dunkirk; after the fall of France; after the horrible episode of Oran; after the threat of invasion, when, apart from the Air and the Navy, we were an almost unarmed people; after the deadly struggle of the U-boat war–the first Battle of the Atlantic, gained by a hand’s breadth; after seventeen months of lonely fighting and nineteen months of my responsibility in dire stress. We had won the war. England would live; Britain would live; the Commonwealth of Nations and the Empire would live. How long the war would last or in what fashion it would end no man could tell, nor did I at this moment care. Once again in our long island history we should emerge, however mauled or mutilated, safe and victorious. We should not be wiped out. Our history would not come to an end. We might not even have to die as individuals. Hitler’s fate was sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder. All the rest was merely the proper application of overwhelming force…”
I love his confidence. The road to victory would be long and hard as we all know it was. But he knew the moment the U.S. entered the war, it was just a matter of time.
Yes, this does have application to the Christian life. The same is so true the moment someone believes in Jesus Christ as their savior. The victory has already been won. The war is over. We might get mauled in the process, and lose quite a bit through our lives, but we would not die as individuals. Satan and his minions will all be crushed and destroyed. But not the believer. Not the one who perseveres in Him, because He dwells in us. There will be a sure victory because the victory was secured some 2,000 years ago on the cross. Yes, there are many battles we still must face on this side of glory. But in the end, we will win.
Yes, there was a lot of blood shed on that day 66 years ago. It almost seems to be a universal rule, that true freedom can never come about without bloodshed. While all those lives were precious, none were more precious than the blood shed some 2,000 years ago. That blood leads to the truest freedom, freedom from sin and death. It leads to eternal life. For those who believe, the victory has already been won, even though the war wages for each of us. Press on fellow believers. Have the same confidence that Sir Winston had when the U.S. entered the war. The war is won, but the battles need to be fought. Press on to the goal.
The Golden Compass
Since today is the release of the Golden Compass, I thought it prudent to add link to my previous post on the topic, which has been getting a lot of hits lately. Go here to read the post.