Archive for February, 2007

5 things that I despise.

February 28, 2007

1. Arrogant people – when someone is so stuck on themselves it drives me nuts. I don’t get jerks, at all.
2. Traffic – this time of year in South Florida is brutal. Cars everywhere, especially cars from out of state or a rental. I think everyone and their mama is down here right now.
3. Hockey – is this still considered a sport?
4. Stupid pull overs – last night Penny and I were driving down the road and a police officer followed me for awhile. He pulled me over. He gave me a warning for having a light out over my license plate. A complete waste of 30 minutes of my life. He had me get out of the car too, how ridiculous. I must admit I was extremely nice (seriously).
5. Clowns – they just scare me, creep me out. There is no room for clowns in my life.

*I experienced or had an encounter in some way or another with all 5 of the above within the last 24 hours. Even a clown.


Anberlin ,"Cities"

February 27, 2007

Just picked up Anberlin’s latest and it is amazing! There is something about this band that I just love. Great vocals, nice guitar, with a little electronica. There is a nice cover of When in Romes “The Promise”. If your an Anberlin fan, this new release is vintage. If you have never before listened to Anberlin, don’t sleep, download it here, you will not be disappointed.

My day off.

February 26, 2007

If you have been reading “Life & Times” for any period of time you know that Mondays are my day off. They are special days for me. I really have grown to understand Exodus 20:8 when it says “Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy”. When God made it law for man to keep a Sabbath He understood the necessity for man to take a day off. He was protecting us and trying to save man from potential life and family disaster! We live in a culture that says go, go, go. Don’t be a slacker! I remember it wasn’t long ago for me that I would feel guilty for taking a day off (Sabbath). The guilt was based on a sinful worldly based mentality. Through the ministry of my pastor and and other men of God (as well as my wife!) I have realized how sacred and holy a Sabbath day is. I can get my spiritual bearings back. I do this by reading the Bible and praying. I reflect on God’s goodness and grace towards me. I can get my physical bearings back by getting some extra needed sleep. I get my mental bearings back by not overloading on information. There are no meetings, planning, phone calls, e-mails or drop ins on my day off. I like it that way. Mondays are holy. Monday is my Sabbath. Do you have a Sabbath?

Rainn Wilson screen cap.

February 23, 2007

Isn’t it great to see Hollywood peeps be supportive of each other?
Hint: Britney Spears t-shirt

Some thoughts….

February 22, 2007

I think I’m done with “LOST.” Last nights episode was so brutal for me. I just want to know all of the essentials: Where are they? Who are the others? The hatch? The polar bear? Etc…

Dwyane Wade dislocated his shoulder last night. When I heard this news I got a sick pit in my stomach as any hope for the Miami Heat shaking any thing up is over.

I have this nasty flu. It really sucks. Pounding headache, old man cough, sore body, congestion. Please, no sympathy.

Its Thursday! “The Office” episode tonight is written by JJ Abrams of “Alias”, “6 Degrees” and ummm “LOST” fame. I wonder what kind of twist he will bring to such a brilliant show.

At our Student Ministry last night I was blown away. It’s incredible to see teenagers desire God. More so, to see them make life changing decisions in front of their peers. We are blessed.

Our office is directly next to the Spring Training facilty for the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. I walked over this morning during work outs and stood a few feet away from Marlins ace Dontrelle Willis. All I can say is this: potty mouth!

Our church will be breaking ground on our first permanent facility within weeks. I cant help but celebrate and look ahead. I don’t care what people say, being portable is exhausting and pressing. We have been portable for almost 10 years and the reality of a permanent facility is….I’m speechless!

I love the show “House”. Although there have been some controversial episodes it’s quite entertaining. Thanks to TV-Video I can watch ALL back episodes (as I’m doing as I write this!).

Satans Sex Ed.

February 22, 2007

My boy Kevin from posted this video on his blog. Check out Satan’s responses to questions on masturbation, porn, homosexuality and other “taboos” of sexuality. WARNING: not for the faint of heart.

13 Places To Watch TV Online for Free

February 22, 2007

If you don’t have cable at home or if you just want to watch TV amd movies while your using your PC, then you should check out the list below which lists the best free online TV services I’ve discovered.

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Palm Beach gangs.

February 20, 2007

I know you may take a double look at the title. You typically don’t associate Palm Beach with gangs. It’s usually wealth, beaches, shopping, plastic surgery, but not thuggery, gangs. Last night Penny and I were watching ABC Nightly News and caught a whole segment on gangs in PB County. It was poignant and sad. I know this problem first hand through the student Ministry that I oversee here. Just 2 weeks ago I was on the phone with our local gang unit because of a student involved with a gang. He was fearing his life and wanted out. The gang unit said there is no way out, except by death. Crazy. There is another student in our ministry that was involved with a gang at 12. He got out because he was just a runner. He came into a relationship with Jesus Christ just a year later. A story of hope. You can read the transcript of the ABC report here.

The Ten Commandments of cell phone etiquette

February 20, 2007

Dan Briody of “Info World” came up with the following commandments….

1. Thou shalt not subject defenseless others to cell phone conversations. When people cannot escape the banality of your conversation, such as on the bus, in a cab, on a grounded airplane, or at the dinner table, you should spare them. People around you should have the option of not listening. If they don’t, you shouldn’t be babbling.

2. Thou shalt not set thy ringer to play La Cucaracha every time thy phone rings. Or Beethoven’s Fifth, or the Bee Gees, or any other annoying melody. Is it not enough that phones go off every other second? Now we have to listen to synthesized nonsense?

3. Thou shalt turn thy cell phone off during public performances. I’m not even sure this one needs to be said, but given the repeated violations of this heretofore unwritten law, I felt compelled to include it.

4. Thou shalt not wear more than two wireless devices on thy belt. This hasn’t become a big problem yet. But with plenty of techno-jockeys sporting pagers and phones, Batman-esque utility belts are sure to follow. Let’s nip this one in the bud.

5. Thou shalt not dial while driving. In all seriousness, this madness has to stop. There are enough people in the world who have problems mastering vehicles and phones individually. Put them together and we have a serious health hazard on our hands.

6. Thou shalt not wear thy earpiece when thou art not on thy phone. This is not unlike being on the phone and carrying on another conversation with someone who is physically in your presence. No one knows if you are here or there. Very disturbing.

7. Thou shalt not speak louder on thy cell phone than thou would on any other phone. These things have incredibly sensitive microphones, and it’s gotten to the point where I can tell if someone is calling me from a cell because of the way they are talking, not how it sounds. If your signal cuts out, speaking louder won’t help, unless the person is actually within earshot.

8. Thou shalt not grow too attached to thy cell phone. For obvious reasons, a dependency on constant communication is not healthy. At work, go nuts. At home, give it a rest.

9. Thou shalt not attempt to impress with thy cell phone. Not only is using a cell phone no longer impressive in any way (unless it’s one of those really cool new phones with the space age design), when it is used for that reason, said user can be immediately identified as a neophyte and a poseur.

10. Thou shalt not slam thy cell phone down on a restaurant table just in case it rings. This is not the Old West, and you are not a gunslinger sitting down to a game of poker in the saloon. Could you please be a little less conspicuous? If it rings, you’ll hear it just as well if it’s in your coat pocket or clipped on your belt.

Alabama coach picks and eats!

February 19, 2007

You know the old distusting habit that we all laid down when we were 5 or so? Alabamas hoops coach shows the world he ain’t ashamed!