Saturday, September 30, 2006

September Blogger Awards

***readers choice***

Blog of the Month: Kayla's Momologue
Thanks so much for your prayer updates and other thoughtful posts in September

January: Elizabeth S
February: Paul T
March: Steph I
April: No Award Given
May: Andrew B
June: Aaron P
July: Heather D
August: Joanna H

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Pick-Up Lines

I'm currently teaching through the life of Solomon and while preparing to teach 'Song of Solomon' I was re-amused by some of the romantic lingo. But then I got to thinking, those lines worked! I mean, let's face it, Solomon had like a thousand girls! I just want one, so I'm going to start using lines like these:

Solomon's Top 5 Pick-Up Lines
  1. I liken you, my darling, to a mare (1:9)
  2. Your hair is like a flock of goats (4:1, 6:5)
  3. Thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate (4:3, 6:7)
  4. Your waist is a mound of wheat (7:2)
  5. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon (7:4)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Gilmore Girls

It's time for another season of the Gilmore Girls! I am, unapologetically, a big fan. I know a lot of other BBC bloggers like this show, so this is a reminder AND a place to put your comments after the 1st episode.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Jury Duty

I was scheduled for jury duty the week of Family Camp (the one week I really can't do jury duty), so I got out of it. I was re-scheduled for jury duty this week and was almost looking forward to it. But alas, the trial was adjourned and now I won't be called on for at least 8 years.

Have any of you actually been selected to be on a jury?

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Servants of God

*The following is a fictional dialogue
from "Disciple" by Juan Carlos Ortiz

I want this pearl. How much is it?
Well, it's very expensive
But how much?
Well, a very large amount
Do you think I could buy it?
Oh, of course. Everyone can buy it
But didn't you say it was expensive?
Well, how much is it?
Everything you have
All right, I'll buy it
Well, what do you have? Let's write it down
Well, I have $10,000 in the bank
Good. $10,000. What else?
That's all. That's all I have.
Nothing more?
Well, I have a few dollars here in my pocket
How much?
Well, let's see..30..40..60..80..100...$120
That's fine. What else do you have?
Well nothing. That's all.
Where do you live?
In my house. Yes, I have a house.
The house too then
You mean I have to live in my camper?
You have a camper? That too. What else?
I'll have to sleep in my car!
You have a car?
Two of them
Both become mine, both cars. What else?
What more do you want!?!?
Are you alone in this world?
No, I have a wife and two children
Oh yes, your wife and children too. What else?
I have nothing left! I am left alone now
Oh, I almost forgot. You yourself too! Everything becomes mine- wife, children, house, money, cars, and you too. Now listen- I will allow you to use all these things for the time being. But don't forget that they are mine, just as you are. And whenever I need any of them you must give them up, because I am the owner.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

You Have Spoken

Voting closed at midnight
"Too Bright" had 13 votes
"Just Right" had 11 votes
So I've toned down both colors
My Title is still bright
So you can see the difference
Title will be adjusted soon

Friday, September 22, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Robson Church Signs

I saw an advertisement on the back of a Christian magazine that made me giggle. It contained the following quote and picture from a satisfied pastor whose church grew from 200 to 800 people. "To date, we're up over 300 percent. The Robson sign by far is the number one reason."

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Shows that Start with S

Below are all the shows that start with S that I have watched more than twice. Why? Who knows

*This letter makes me feel like a vidiot
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch- I don't know why
Saturday Night Live- Gets dumber every year
Saved by the Bell- I've seen a lot of these
Scooby-Doo, Where are You?- I liked this a lot
Seinfeld- Best show of all time
Sesame Street- Educational TV at its best
Simpsons, The- Some super funny episodes
Sister, Sister- Seen it a few times I guess
Smurfs, The- Loved this show as a kid
Speed Racer- Prolly only saw 3 episodes
SpongeBob Squarpants- Decent cartoon
Sports Night- Good show. Cancelled too soon
SportsCenter- Great recap of the day in sports
Star Trek- 2nd Best Star Trek series (STS)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine- Below average
Star Trek: Enterprise- Average
Star Trek: The Next Generation- Best STS
Step by Step- Pretty decent teen show
Suddenly Susan- Not very funny
Survivor- Watched 1st few seasons

Best of the S's = Seinfeld

Monday, September 18, 2006

Favorite 5

I'm currently teaching through the Life of Solomon. Instead of teaching through the entire book of Proverbs (we did that about 2 years ago), I asked people to share their favorite Proverbs. And then I, using pastor's privilege, shared my top 10. But because blog readers like abbreviations of abbreviations, I'll just post my favorite five:

They would have none of my counsel
and despised my every rebuke.
Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
and be filled to the full with their own fancies

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
but he who restrains his lips is wise.

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day;
For surely there is a hereafter,
and your hope will not be cut off.

If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?

A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back

What's your favorite Proverb?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Unveiling

Well, I still don't like the logo, but the Sabres new jerseys are OK. What do you guys think?

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Trinity Illustration

Illustrations can't walk on all fours. They are limited, but they can also be helpful. Over the years I've heard many people attempt to illustrate the concept of the Trinity. From triangles to H20, each illustration is worthy of consideration.

I heard one tonight (though I've heard it before) on The Narrow Path that I like. It illustrates the Trinity using the concept of sun/sunlight/heat. The Father, in the illustration, is the sun. The light rays come from the sun (and allow us to see the sun). Scripture says Jesus is the light of the world and the brightness of God's glory. He is Who allows us to see the Father. If we've seen the Son, we've seen the Father. The Spirit, then, is the heat that we feel from the sun. This heat can 'strangely warm' us or make us uncomfortable when need be.

What do you think? What illustrations do you find most helpful?

Friday, September 15, 2006

Shows that Start with U

Below are all the shows that start with U that I have watched more than twice. Why? Who knows

Unsolved Mysteries Pretty good, saw a couple dozen

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Pastoral Courting

Pastors are usually nice. In fact, pastors that aren't nice are usually fired. So, in a sense, pastors are paid to be nice. But once niceness goes beyond a certain degree, it should be interpreted as something different than niceness all-together. Otherwise, it would be impossible for a single pastor (like myself) to court anyone that knows they are a pastor. After all, I'm not THAT nice. So if you are a single girl, and you think the single guy that is your pastor is really really extra* nice, perhaps he's only the regular kind of nice. You know?

*If, however, he is extra nice to multiple girls, it might just be his regular level of niceness**
** Or, you could be in a polygamist denomination

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Not Quite Blogworthy

I have a short list of things that aren't really worth blogging about, but only barely. So I'm going to combine them all into one post!

McDonalds food, which I usually avoid, should always be avoided *** A political campaign put 2 signs in front of our church, didn't even ask *** I promptly took them down, also without asking *** I'm currently teaching thru Luke, Titus & the Life of Solomon *** Tonight I sat by the lake in the rain for about an hour *** I'm more excited about upcoming hockey than current football *** I won week 1 of my family football pool *** I just got the best possible score (20) on the mini-golf game I posted about last week, now I can stop playing it

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Shows that Start with R

Below are all the shows that start with R that I have watched more than twice. Why? Who knows

Reboot A cartoon based on the inside of a computer Roseanne I like this show more now than I used to for some reason Rugrats Not a bad little cartoon

Monday, September 11, 2006

Shows that Start with Q

Here are all the shows that start with Q that I have watched more than twice. Why? Who knows

Quantum Leap One of my favorite Sci-fi shows of all time

Sunday, September 10, 2006

I'm Annoying

I'm one of those annoying people that can listen to the same song over and over. Saturday, for instance, on my way to and back from my friend's wedding, I must have listened to "Trapeze Swinger" by Iron and Wine about 15 times (including 4 times in a row near the PA border and 4 times just before I arrived back home)

Do you do this?
What do you do that's annoying?
What else do I do that you find annoying?

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Should I Stand?

I think it's interesting that last year, on this very day, I wrote a post about Pledging allegiance to an earthly nation and tomorrow morning in our early service I'm supposed to be on the platform when we do just that. What do you think I should do? I'll read any suggestions that come in after I get back from a Saturday trip to PA for a wedding. 10 hours in a car alone. Thrilling!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Ryan Miller Signed

I think Sabres GM Darcy Regier did a fine job this summer keeping last year's best NHL team together to make another run at the Cup. Gone are Jay McKee, Mike Griere & JP Dumont, but they will be adequately replaced by Jaro Spacek, Danny Paille & Jason Pominville. Regier used almost the entire salary cap (44 million) to accomplish this.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

NFL Predictions

American Football Conference

10-6 Miami
10-6 New England
4-12 Buffalo
3-13 NY Jets

12-4 Cincinnati
10-6 Pittsburgh
9-7 Baltimore
3-13 Cleveland

12-4 Indianapolis
9-7 Jacksonville
6-10 Houston
4-12 Tennessee

12-4 Denver
10-6 Kansas City
10-6 San Diego
4-12 Oakland

National Football Conference

11-5 NY Giants
10-6 Dallas
9-7 Washington
8-8 Philadelphia

11-5 Chicago
6-10 Minnesota
4-12 Detroit
4-12 Green Bay

12-4 Carolina
9-7 Tampa Bay
8-8 Atlanta
6-10 New Orleans

11-5 Seattle
9-7 Arizona
7-9 St. Louis
3-13 San Francisco

Super Bowl
Cincinnati over NY Giants

9 positions correct
84 wins off

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

School Daze

My sister starts her Sophmore year tomorrow morning, so I asked her to make some predictions which we will look back on when it's all said and done.

Who will your best friends be?
Brittany, Amanda, Danielle, Will, Alyssa P
What will your grades be? Average of 85
How many times will you miss the bus? 15
How many times will you be sent to office? 0
Who will be your favorite teacher? Ms. Banks
Will it be better than freshmen year? Yes
Will you have a boyfriend at School? No
Will you get a job before school ends? Yes
Will you get your license? Yes

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Maguire Moments

I love the movie Jerry Maguire. It's about a guy who tried to ignore his true feelings for a long time, but eventually they poured out onto paper in the form of a mission statement. It was a moment of crystal clarity worthy of risk. It seemed so right that it didn't need to be thought through. But things didn't go very well. The mission statement got him fired & dumped and left him broke & broken. How could something that seemed so good produce results that seemed so bad?

I feel like Jerry Maguire lately. I feel like a guy that tried to ignore certain feelings for a long time, but then poured them out. It was a moment of crystal clarity and certainly worthy of risk. It definitely seemed like the right thing to do and the right time to do it, and yet the early results aren't as idealistic as anticipated. I feel like I'm on the edge of disappointment. Why didn't I think this through a little better?

Now, I could be optimistic and think about the ending of Jerry Maguire. He took the risk. Things got really bad. But then things got better. And his initial moment of clarity was vindicated. Or I could be pessimistic and say, 'that's a movie you stupid idiot. You won't have a happy ending.' More likely I'll be realistic and say to myself 'shutup you drama queen, things aren't bad at all, just be patient and see what happens, and whatever happens isn't the end or the beginning of your world.'

Haha! I realize, now, why I don't usually blog stuff like this. It takes forever! I started typing this almost an hour ago. Goodness gracious. I am going to put Jerry Maguire in the DVD player and try to sleep.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Shows that Start with L

Here are all the shows that start with L that I have watched more than twice. Why? Who knows

Late Night with Conan O'Brien He's very funny in doses Late Night with David Letterman Better than Leno nowadays Law & Order: Criminal Intent One of the few shows of this genre that I enjoy, though I don't watch it much Leave it to Beaver Quite boring Little House on the Prairie I really liked this show and have even considered buying the DVD's Lizzie McGuire I may or may not have a thing for Hillary Duff Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman I liked this show a lot Lost Great show. One of the 3 current shows that I actually watch

Best of the L's = Lost

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Shows that Start with K

Here are all the shows that start with K that I have watched more than twice. Why? Who knows

Knight Rider The talking car, right? Barely remember

Saturday, September 02, 2006


I've been playing quite a bit of real and fake mini-golf lately. You should join in (at least on the fake part). My best score so far is 29. Someone beat me so I'm motivated to play again.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Dr. Phil Game

Today I watched Dr. Phil. I have only seen it a few times, but it made me think of a new game. If I were his guest, what would that specific episode be called? Here are some possible episode titles:
  1. When men are robots: Emotionlessness
  2. Lazy-Boy: It's not just a chair anymore
  3. Unusual Phobias: Fear of Ladybugs
  4. Adults Who Won't Let Go of Velcro
  5. A Note to Sing-Aholics: Shutup
  6. Kamikaze Love: Guys Who Flirt w/Disaster
What would your episode(s) be called?