Wednesday, April 03, 2013
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Peter Brett thinks his middle name is R.R.....
The concept of the Painted Man was a revolution to me. I loved it from the beginning and I read the book as fast as any other I have ever read. I thought Brett was a bit clumsy at times with his character development, but I've read worse. Overall, it was one of my favorite reads of the past few years, and I looked forward to the sequel. I'll skip right past The Desert Spear, because I enjoyed that almost as much, and I was really looking forward to the Daylight War.
Now. Now I don't know if I will finish it.
Don't get me wrong, it's still a good story, but somewhere down the line Brett must have Danced with some Dragons because suddenly his characters are all thinking with their private parts, and Brett seems to revel every twenty pages or so in dropping a lewd word or reference in that does absolutely nothing to add to the story. I imagine the next book will be reviewed here at Goodreads and also by Hustler.
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Friday, November 09, 2012
David Crowder said:
To which I responded:
Dude. Read your update and in the middle of it, like, somewhere near the part where you started talking about that time when we were all together and we started feeling like we knew something that the rest of 'em didn't, but should, well, an amazing thing happened, my heart stirred in my chest, and a tear came right to the corner of each of my eyes, because I REMEMBER that time, man, and whenever I'm having a time like I'm having right now, where I'm busy and I'm tired and I'm tired of being busy, and then I have one of those moments where it all comes together and hits me like a brick that I'm loved and I'm loved and that love is never gonna end...it's the best single moment of the day. So. Since I was reading your update when it happened this time, it made me think of all the OTHER times I've thought about something you had said, and after thinking about what you said my heart leapt in my chest and tears came to the corners of my eyes, and I realized that I am loved and I am loved and that love is never gonna end...and thinking those thoughts made me happy. Because. Last year when I heard the news that DCB was going away. I was sorry and I was sad, but I was thankful for those times that you said those things that made me remember. So we scraped up our change and we drove to the show and we stood in the stands and we danced and we sang, and me and my love watched my daughter in the front row as she jumped and she hollered and she laughed and she screamed and my heart leapt in my chest and tears came to the corners of my eyes and I was thankful. To have one last time. But I was sad. A little. Because I already missed you. and I feared that you were being called to go climb a mountain or start a mission in a far land or maybe just settle down in one place. And there wouldn't be any more new thoughts that you sometimes make me think, in ways that touch me. But. Now. I realize I was wrong. And. I'm So. Happy. And I praise God that you listen when he talks and give your gifts in His service and let Him use you to help us find our way because its so easy to get lost and forget. That we're loved and we're loved and that love is never gonna end. So I'll see you. :)
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Why are things as goofed up as they are?
Things are as goofed up as they are because we are a broken people. The fundamental flaw in all of history and with all things human is that we are a broken and imperfect people. Our brokenness is caused by sin.
Who is Jesus?
The Son of God. He came to deal with the problem of reconciling a broken people to God and Heaven. He came to fix the fundamental flaw of history. He came to fix our brokenness. He died to forgive our sins.
What is a/the gospel?
The word gospel means “good news”. The Gospel is the good news about Jesus and the fact that He has fixed the fundamental flaw of history and made a way for us to be reconciled to God. The good news is that He died for our sins.
What is the Bible for?
The Bible is used to spread the good news about Jesus, to tell us how God provided a way to deal with our brokenness. The Bible is to tell that Jesus died for our sins. The Bible helps us fulfill our purpose.
What is our purpose?
Our purpose is to see unbelieving people become followers of Christ by telling them who Jesus is.
What was the American Revolution?
Who was the ruler of America before the American Revolution?
What does “Up against it” mean? (Example: “I don't know what he is going to do now, he is really up against it.”)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Click here to find out what has me so amazed and disgusted.
For those that don't know George Stephanopoulos was an adviser to Bill Clinton, so would assume that he is at least on the same side of the political room as the President, if not quite so far to the left of it. I admire the fact that he doggedly pursued the issue of the tax here in this article, and I am especially amazed and disgusted by Obama telling the man that referencing the dictionary was an obvious indication that Stephanopoulos was somehow "stretching".
I don't know about you, but when I go to the dictionary, it's so I can look the person I am having a dispute with in the eye and say "Here it is in black and white, so in your face, you are unquestionably incorrect"....In a gentle and loving way of course....
"I don't think I'm making it up," Mr. Stephanopoulos said. He then had the temerity to challenge the Philologist in Chief, with an assist from Merriam-Webster. He cited that dictionary's definition of "tax"—"a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes."Mr. Obama: "George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. . . ."
Friday, April 17, 2009
On an episode of his weekly radio show “The Foxxhole,” Foxx for launched a crude attack on the teen sensation saying, "Make a sex tape and grow up!" Other guests in the background can be heard saying "Be like Britney Spears and do some heroin. Be like Lindsay Lohan and start seeing a lesbian...get some crack in your pipe. Now that's what I want."
Well, Miley's father didn't think any of that was funny, and brought up a very good point when he said, "Quite frankly, I think if I said those things about his daughter he might not find it so comedic.”
Well, the other night Mr. Foxx was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and he offered this: "I apologize for what I said. I didn't mean it maliciously. You know I'm a comedian. You know my heart."
Yes Mr. Foxx. I know your heart. It's very clear that your heart allows you do to anything for money.
I'm upset because I think Mr. Foxx is a very talented actor and I'm looking forward to his upcoming movie "The Soloist". I really want to like this guy, but sometimes he makes it very difficult.
I wonder if that's what God thinks about me?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Anyway, a song just came on Pandora by some artist with the first name Ingrid and an album entitled "Be OK", and I had the same incredulous response. Seriously? Is that all there is to it? Do these people really think that if we just act as we feel, or will ourselves to be okay, everything is going to be okay? Really? No wonder Obama is President.
I'm reminded of a comment from Kevin Costner in Wyatt Earp when he was being confronted by the Earp women. One of them wanted to know if the wives ever counted more than the brothers when it came to making decisions and his answer was:
"No, Bessie, you don't.
Wives come and go,
that's the plain truth of it. They run off.
People die. Pets die. Money is lost and stolen. Cars get wrecked. Limbs get broken. The cable goes out. People serve you Miracle Whip when you ask for mayonnaise.
I hate to cite a colloquialism which contains more profanity, but "you know what" happens. And it happens all the time. It never ends. Sometimes it's like an avalanche and sometimes it's a rip tide.
What do you depend on when it happens? Who do you turn to? Where do you run?
I'll tell you one thing, "being as you are" isn't going to help.
Willing it all to "be okay" isn't going to get you anywhere either.
The truth is that this life is FULL OF PAIN.
Death is inevitable, and the older you get, the more loved ones you have to miss, and we start missing some way too early.
You can be as you are as much as you want to, but every person has a limit, and when that avalanche hits or the rip tide pulls you under and you can't manage to find a way to get a breath....being as you are is going to mean you are going to be pretty miserable.
Willing yourself to be OK? Please. There comes a time in every man's life when they simply run out of will. Biting into a burger and expecting mayo but getting Miracle Whip will do that to a person.
I'll tell you what. Next time you go through some tragedy, give me a call and I'll tell you to "Be as you are!", or maybe just to "Be OK". See how that works out.
What bugs me most is that the "Be OK" people consider themselves enlightened and consider that believing in Jesus Christ as the Risen Savior is believing in something archaic and outdated. It disturbs me that the "Be As You Are" crowd think that Christians are simple minded.
Here's the thing. I've lived through the blizzards. I've been sucked under by the rip tides. And unlike the picture which the "Be As You Are" crowd espouses about simple-minded Christians, I didn't gleefully chalk it up to "God's will" and walk around with a smile on my face.
I've cried rivers of tears. I've been so empty inside, so broken, so downright all done, that I've asked God to either return or just allow me to die. I've shaken my fist at him in anger on more than one occasion.
And today, I love Him so much. And more importantly, I KNOW that He loves me.
I am thankful, yes, thankful for all of it, and even more, I can see how each and every valley has shaped my life and made me a better person.
So when the "Be As You Are" crowd says I am filled with hate because I think homosexuality is a sin, I attribute it to principle.
When they label my opposition to abortion "religious foolishness", I know that it is based in love for the gift of life.
And when they tell me I am behind the times because we home-school, and the girls aren't allowed to date, and I have a curfew for my sister who is in her early 20's, I know that I am protecting my family.
How can being principled, loving life and providing and protecting my family make me a bad person?
The unfortunate thing is that they're so sure they're right that they won't even discuss it.
So keep on "being as you are" and "willing yourself to be okay" if that's your gig. And keep on thinking you're enlightened because you're not "saddled" with the burden of religion. And when the next blizzard comes and you're blown over by the storm, you'll have some really catchy and well intended phrases to rely upon to get you through it.
But in the middle of a storm, a positive outlook is going to leave you flat on your face. There is no philosophy, no person, no mantra that can even begin to compare to having a personal relationship with God, KNOWING that He loves you, and that He is control of everything.
He loves us and He is in control of everything. That is the only concrete thing you can ever rely upon to get you through.
I often wonder how people can get through the valleys NOT knowing that. And you know what? It's my experience that most never get through whole.
Our world is full of people with excuses for what happened to make them the way they are, and excuses for why they have an exemption from some of the most basic standards of human behavior, and now even those with reasons why there are no basic standards. Without fail, all of those excuses are rooted in a valley or a storm.
In contrast, genuine Christians will tell you how the valleys and storms they endured made them stronger and better people. They will witness to you how God worked through their weakness and their pain to bring them peace and joy.
They will testify that there is a God, and that they have a personal relationship with Him. There are millions of people alive right now that can do that, and there have been countless others who could have throughout the history of time.
Discounting all of that evidence and eye-witness testimony, that's foolish.
If you don't believe as I believe but you're interested in open and genuine two-way discussion, send me an email and I'll share my testimony.
Not my story. My testimony.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
It's something in liberals' DNA: They think they can pass a law eliminating guns and nuclear weapons, but teenagers having sex is completely beyond our control.
See what happens when you think.