Monthly Archives: April 2007

Bad Rap

dog-bowl.jpg In the interest of being “current” and “hip,” I suppose I should have my own rap song. I’m looking for a producer who can make a fat, gray-haired man look fly to the hip-hop crowd.

As I researched rap lyrics (I only barfed twice) it occurred to me that some might not appreciate my efforts. Well in the words of rapper Jay-Z as he answered his critics (sorry I won’t quote the whole couplet in the interest of decorum) “If you don’t like my lyrics you can press fast forward.” (99 Problems).

 

Whassup wit you, homeboy? Continue reading

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When the Bland Lead the Bland

 

One of the most quotable writers of the twentieth century was John Kenneth Galbraith. To this day, his astute observations consistently provoke thought and discussion. Let me share one of his thoughts with you:

 

These are the days when men of all social disciplines and all political faiths seek the comfortable and the accepted; when the man of controversy is looked upon as a disturbing influence; when originality is taken to be a mark of instability; and when, in minor modification of the scriptural parable, the bland lead the bland. (J. K. Galbraith, The Affluent Society)

 

How up-to-date this statement sounds! How true of our generation! Now let me tell you the surprising part: it was published nearly four decades ago! Continue reading

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Wonderful Lord’s Day

benji-morrison.jpgWhat a wonderful Lord’s Day! I will tell you all about it in the next report, but it was a thrill to have a study with my next-door neighbor, Benje, Sunday afternoon. It added to the thrill for my son, Tim, to immerse him into Christ! We love Benje, Laura and their boys. Pray for Benje as he continues to grow in the Lord. In the photos, Tim is on the left and a newborn Benje is on the right.

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Imus say something….

 

At lunch a friend asked me, “What do you think about the Don Imus thing?” I have to admit I’ve given it some thought. (It took a lot to divert my attention from finding out who fathered Anna Nicole’s baby.) I told him, “I think he should have been fired a long time ago, but he’s right about one thing: we need to get consistent. We have a lot of double standards.”

Later on I looked at the Wikipedia site on Imus. He has a history of denigrating remarks about nearly every group…an equal opportunity offender. Apparently this despicable behavior propelled him to the heights he fell from. Lo, how the mighty have fallen! Continue reading

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Christianity: A Counter-culture

“Are you a Christian? Wow, we’ve been working together all this time and I never guessed you were religious!”
Has anyone ever said something like this to you? Such a statement ought to give us cause for reflection.
Do our friends know we are Christians?
Are they aware of our morality?
Can they witness the difference our religion makes in speech and conduct?
Can they observe the differences Christianity makes in how we fulfill our responsibilities?
Do they discern the difference Jesus makes in our family life?
Have they seen the way we approach crises, joys and sorrows? Continue reading

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