Worshiping the “Magnificent”!

•March 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

This song from U2s new recording “No Line On The Horizon” just blows me away. Pure worship!

Check it out!

U2 “Magnificent” on The David Letterman Show

Magnificent

Lyrics:

I was born
I was born to be with you
In this space and time
After that and ever after I haven’t had a clue
Only to break rhyme
This foolishness can leave a heart black and blue

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

I was born
I was born to sing for you
I didn’t have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent
Magnificent

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love unites our hearts

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent
Magnificent
Magnificent

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Happy Thanksgivng

•November 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I had a great Thanksgiving with my wife’s family. Besides eating too much we hacked a trail through the thick underbrush of an Alabama forest. Lots of fun & hard work.

BTW fried turkey is the best!

I’m thankful for so much really. Family, friends, my wife & kids, a great place to live, a job that is very fulfilling & faith in Jesus. Of course the list could go on – health, technology, good music, etc. but to keep a thankful heat is sometimes a challenge. I think a key is to remember that what I take for granted, many do not even have. I’m so blessed & today I’m thankful. God help me be more thankful 365 days of the year.

Here are some facts about Thanksgiving :

280 million turkeys sold in the U.S. for Thanksgiving celebration.

13.1 pounds of turkeys consumed by the typical American, with a large part of that done at Thanksgiving time.

272 million turkeys’ give or take a few were raised in U.S. in 2007.

1.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes produced in 2006.

690 million pounds of U.S. cranberry produced in 2007.

99 cents cost per pound of a frozen turkey in December 2006

1 billion pounds of pumpkin produced in 2006.

Seems like this would make a good Thanksgiving cooking device.

•November 19, 2008 • 1 Comment
Awesome grilling machine.

Awesome grilling machine.

President Elect Barack Obama

•November 5, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Breaking the blog silence!!


obama-family

Last night I watched history being made as the citizens of the United States voted in a new President. While many are upset and many others are elated, the historical significance really is unprecedented. I watched as tears streamed down the faces of many in Grant Park in Chicago and felt the emotion of the moment for myself. Granted there may be much to be concerned about (In my opinion this is true with any election and any president and any government.), but the realization of MLK Jr’s dream is most definitely amazing.

It’s very easy to forget that less than 50 years ago no African American was allowed to vote. Just short a generation ago many African Americans were segregated from whites in public schools, transportation, restrooms, restaurants and other public places. While we still have some levels of segregation in areas (like neighborhoods just to name one area) – the problem is much better than it’s been in our past. Let’s continue this progress and celebrate the historical significance of the fact that last night our nation elected an African American man to serve as its next President.

“It would be an understatement to call this a watershed cultural moment in our country’s history.” (quote from Justin Taylor’s blog and inspiration for this post)

Let me give you an important reminder from Romans 13. As President, Barack Obama has God-given authority to govern us, and that we should view him as a servant of God and respect him in his role. This passage also says that God put him in this position. So no matter who you voted for or if you voted – If you claim to be a Christ-follower, this is our calling.

1 Timothy 2 gives us a specific mandate to follow for those who are believers in Jesus.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)   1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

  • We are to pray for Barack Obama.
  • We are to thank God for Barack Obama.
  • We are to pray that his leadership will allow us to live in peace.
  • Our lives are to be characterized by godliness and holiness (I believe this includes our response or reaction to the election).

BTW – check out the why of this mandate (God’s ultimate goal for humanity).

While this may be the end of an era, it’s not the end of the world. So pray, take courage and trust our God who “establishes authorities” over us – Romans 13. Put your hope in Him and pray for His rule and reign in your heart.

Brilliant N.T. Wright quote

•April 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I was reading an article in Newsweek where N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham, is interviewed. Along with his responces to questions about the Resurrection of Jesus,the church and even the Qur’an – Bishop Wright was asked about a meeting this summer where …the subject of gay unions and gay clergy will top the agenda. What do you think will happen?

I think it’s going to be messy. It’s already messy. It’s not clear quite what the Lambeth Conference (The Lambeth Conference is held by the global Anglican Church that takes place every ten years at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is the one occasion when all bishops can meet for worship, study and conversation.) could say, let alone is likely to say, that will make things more sharply focused, more wholesome.

This is the task we have been set at the moment, and we have to address it. At the same time, I wish we could prioritize so that we were actually talking about issues of global justice and debt remission and global warming and so on. I mean, there’s something very bizarre about the rich arguing about sex while the poor are clamoring for justice.

That strikes me as an incredibly wise statement that we who follow the way of Jesus should take to heart. Man, to read it alone is very convicting.

“…there’s something very bizarre about the rich arguing about sex while the poor are clamoring for justice.– N. T. Wright

God help us to have the “mind of Christ” in living redemptive lives in our world.

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So I’m thinking about getting another job.

•April 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I saw this article and I just might have to go for it. Imagine going 800 mph with a rocket strapped to your butt. Acceleratingly exhilarating!!!

Are you fearless? Do you a have razor-sharp reactions and the sponsor-friendly good looks of a young Robert Redford? Think you’ve got what it takes to drive a supersonic jet car at speeds of more than 800mph?

If so, you might be just the man (or woman) to take the wheel of the North American Eagle, a 42,500bhp jet car with everything it takes to smash the land speed record, says its maker, except one thing – a driver.

Last week the team behind a joint American-Canadian attempt to win the world record back from the British launched an open contest to find that person. Those not put off by Richard Hammond’s recent brush with a jet car are welcome to apply, provided they are between 20 and 40 years of age and have relevant experience in motor racing, flying or other extreme sports (clocking up speed-camera points doesn’t count).

Photogenic features would help in the team’s effort to attract sponsorship. So far applicants have included two pilots and a handful of boy racers. The field is wide open.

“When you throttle this car up, you know you’re going for a ride,” says Ed Shadle, 66, co-owner and creator of the North American Eagle (NAE), who is reluctantly giving up the driver’s seat. “It’s a lot of fun to drive. But if my age is stopping us getting sponsors, we have to remove that barrier. We’ll put some hotshot in the driving seat who looks like Robert Redford and see how that works.”

The 56ft-long jet car runs on solid aluminum wheels – rubber tires couldn’t handle the heat – and a single test session costs more than $18,000 in worn parts and burnt fuel. At full throttle the NAE burns 160 gallons of fuel a minute. It covers a mile in 4.5sec and is capable, says Shadle, of reaching 800mph (37mph faster than Thrust) from standing in 20sec.

The record attempt is planned for this autumn in the Black Rock Desert, which is one of the few places with a surface long and flat enough to accommodate the NAE’s six-mile stopping distance, even with its custom-designed magnetic brakes and two 8ft-wide parachutes.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to help team North American Eagle beat the competition, send a 400-word e-mail listing your credentials and a photo of yourself to landspeedracing@gmail.com. Be warned, though – Shadle is not entirely resigned to ceding his place in the record books to a young upstart. “I can always go and take the record straight back from them,” he chuckles. “Not a problem. We’ll show those young studs this old guy can still lay down a good run.”

Now that’s a job and I’m completely qualified. Might have to get to writing that essay.

For the full article go here.

Bubble Mountain

•April 15, 2008 • 1 Comment

Back when I was in high school we used to hang out in downtown Iowa City. There was a walking area there and a fountain – benches – etc. Lots of people gathered here because of it’s close proximity to stores, bars, theaters, etc. One night a few friends and I went to the grocery store and bought some liquid dish washing soap and some plastic bags. We put a bunch of soap in a plastic bag and one of the guys hid it under his jacket. We walked back through the down town walking area and tossed into the fountain and kept walking. We came back 30 minutes or so later and there was a mountain of foam that a few people were playing in and lots of others were standing around watching and laughing. Good memories.

I saw this Sony commercial and feel inspired to go find another fountain.