I’m prone to sudden bursts of randomness. My brain, which is generally a whirl most of the time, inexplicably demands a download of miscellaneous thoughts, comments, rants and raves periodicallyand if I don’t get it out and on paper, well….it’s going to get messy. If you are new to my blog, the following will likely be disconcerting. If you have been privy to these outbursts before, you know that the best thing you can do right now is click the window close icon in the upper-right corner ofyour screen. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Hugo Chavez — Is his speech indicative of the public discourse to be expected from Heads of State and the United Nations? Where are the editorials condemning such hate-filled vitriol and unvarnished lunacy?
The new TODAY Show Set — Looks like it was designed by the person who picked out the colors for Dr. Suess’s nursery. Plus, I just don’t like that Meredith Vieira woman yet. But then, that probably makes me sound like the person who gripes everytime something changes at church. So I’ll shut up now.
Katie Couric and her new gig on CBS News — Perky she was, perky she is, perky is all she’ll ever be. Watched her once on CBS News, won’t be watching her again. It’s not her perkiness that turns me off. It’s that underlying vein of vicious liberal bias that sends me over the age. All the perkiness in the world can’t cover that. It’s like putting a coat of Maybelline on the Elephant man. She is what she is.
On Living in the Carolinas — Nothing could be finer! Fall is gently creeping it’s way in. Summer was lush, green and only a couple of days were over-the-top hot. Spring simply takes your breath away. Winter is short and sweet, but long enough to let you own a fireplace and make a few batches of soup. It truly is paradise!
On the New Fall TV Season — ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz
Books I’m Reading that I Wish I’d Read Sooner — Communicating for Change by Andy Stanley, Spurgeon’s 3-Volume Edition of The Treasury of David, The English Standard Version of the Bible.
From the “First time I think I’ve ever agreed with Charles Rangel department….” Liberal New York Democratic congressman Charles Rangel, a man with whom I agree on virtually nothing said this in defense of President Bush after listening to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ attack at the UN - ‘You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State’
One More thing I Like About the Internet — ONLINE LEARNING. I’m the adjunct professor for three seminary graduate courses for Liberty University this fall and I am impressed and fascinated by the effectiveness of distance learning. At my recent meeting as part of the Board of Trustees of Piedmont Baptist College, we were given a demonstration of their new on-line graduate programs and they were even MORE impressive with live professorial interaction, white boards useage, student interaction, oral practice and other innovations as the instructorteaches HEBREW via the internet. If my graduate work wasn’t already complete, this is DEFINITELY something I’d be doing. I might even take some courses or pursue an additional degree in the future just for the fun of it. You should really check it out!
A Rant on Unemployment — It irritates me when someone comes up to me and asks for money because they are unemployed and I ask them how many jobs they’ve applied for in the last week and they give me a number that does not require more fingers than they have on one hand. When I ask them what did they do the rest of the time they usually say that they have been working on their resume, checking the classified ads and looking online. Good grief. How long does it take to put a resume together? An hour? To read the classifieds? Ten minutes? To do an internet job seach? Another hour? What are doing the rest of the time? Watching Oprah? If you’re unemployed you HAVE a job. It’s called “I’m Looking for a JOB.” If you’ll put in as much time in a week looking for a job as you would working a job, you’ll get a job. And it probably won’t take a whole week. Rant concluded. Thanks for listening.
Some thoughts on Cats — I don’t really like cats. I just like them more than I like snakes. I don’t like snakes at all. I don’t like indoor cats because I rarely find snakes indoors. That’s why I keep my cats outdoors. I haven’t seen a snake in my yard in 2 years. But now I have eighteen cats. Apparently, I don’t have enough snakes to keep my cats busy so they are finding other things to do. So now I will need to get a Pit Bull. I hear they like cats.
Why I Don’t Eat at Hardees — I used to love Hardees. I remember when they had the cool jingle, “Hurry on down to Hardees, where the burgers are charcoaled broiled!” I don’t think they use charcoal any more. I hear it was something about carcinigens. When they put Paris Hilton on their ad in what looked like a porn commercial rather than a burger commercial, I quit stopping at Hardees. (Not that I ate there that much before, but now I could feel righteous not eating there.) Now their commercials are just stupid. Apparently, the only people they want to buy their hamburgers are mouth-breathing, 20-something slobs who are incapable of operating a microwave. So now I have two reasons I won’t eat at Hardees. (But if someone brought me one of those really giant hamburgers they sell and just gave it to me, I’d eat it just to prove I can. Which probably means that deep down inside, I’m a mouth-breather who thinks like a 20-something year old slob.)
From the “once-is-not-enough” portion of my brain — No matter how many times I read something written by A. W. Tozer, I always enjoy it and am challenged by it when I read it again.
Lists — I like to keep lists. One of my lists is a list of preachers I’d really like to have heard or would like to hear one more time, but can’t because they are dead. Here’s a few of the names on my list: Charles Spurgeon, R. G. Lee, W.A. Criswell, Fred Brown, Bill Rice, Jr., Jonathan Edwards, Ed Teal (my first pastor), Jack Hudson, B. R. Lakin and John Wesley. Just for fun, I would also like to hear Aimee Semple McPherson to see if she sounds like that Joyce Meyer’s woman. But I probably wouldn’t listen to the entire sermon.
Private Fears — I have a private fear that if Ladies’ Bible Teacher, Beth Moore were to lose her mind and change her position on women pastors and move to Charlotte to start a church that my wife would leave my church and join hers. An even bigger fear is that she’d take so many other ladies that it would turn into a church split. (OK…quit hyper-ventilating. I’m just kidding.)
And finally…does the randomness of my brain worry you all as much as it does me? Perhaps I need medication.