2. Sly. Don’t. Do. It. I just can’t imagine the man who brought Rambo and Rocky Balboa to life for us being Captain Von Trapp in a stage production of Sound of Music.
3. No way, the Pakistani Intelligence Agency may be involved in terrorism! Actually, sadly, this doesn’t surprise me at all.
4. Matt Towery discusses the downward spiral of both the McCain and Obama campaigns. I agree with him.
5. My friend, Paul Gratton, who worked with me for a time at Serve Our Youth Network starred in a video that was fully created by Napkin Sketch Productions in 48 hours as part of a contest.
Nice work! HT: Doug Mitchell
6. What the heck is this thing?
Apparently this thing, now called the “Montauk Monster” washed ashore on beach in Montauk, NY in the Hamptons on Long Island’s east end. Somebody took a picture and it ended up on Gawker. Any guess as to what it is? My guess is a turtle without the shell, because honestly we have no idea the size of this thing. It’s still pretty interesting the ruckus this is causing, and even made it to CNN.
HT: Fox News
7. Harsh, funny (and sad at the same time) but harsh. I think Obama brought it on himself with his world tour.
Anyway, what do you think of John McCain’s new video?
8. Tim Challies references an Irish journalist name Kevin Myers who was written a series of articles on Africa, particularly Ethiopia, printed in Ireland’s The Independent. Very interesting and challenging.
HT: Stephen Murray
9. The picture below is from Crummy Church Signs, and was submitted by Wes Kenney and yes it is a Missionary Baptist Church. Wow, I hope that wasn’t church leadership that put this on their sign. Very sad. CCS’s commentary: “I guess Jesus lied.”
10. Okay, this story is strange. Family claims to see Jesus in cat fur. I kid you not.
Ok I’m looking, really, really hard. I just don’t see it. Wait a minute! Um… no. I guess it isn’t a holy cat after all. Here’s a worthless piece of Bible trivia for you… what is the only domesticated animal not mentioned in the Bible? If you guessed cat, you are correct.
HT: Kevin Bussey
11. As you may know or perhaps you don’t since MSM has really been covering it, 50 members of the House GOP protested on the floor of the House to draw attention to the fact nothing has been done toward helping our energy crisis. They don’t feel that now is the time for the House to be taking a five week recess.
Speaker Pelosi turned out the lights, sound system and C-Span Cameras, but through amateur cell phone & video cameras we do have one video of this event.
Video HT: Jenn Sierra at Fort Hard Knox
Those rowdy House Republicans are going to be back to resume their floor protest on American Energy. Good for them!
12. Did Google boot anti-Obama bloggers from their Blogger accounts? Apparently pro-Obama bloggers are going around and reporting anti-Obama, pro-military, and evidently even Christian ministry Blogger blogs as spam I got a message from them a couple of days ago saying that my first blog was thought to be spam, but I didn’t think anything of it since it has been inactive for sometime now. Serve Our Youth Network’s original blog got the same message and it isn’t even political! It is definitely a Christian ministry blog though. Crazy! Time to head to WordPress folks, or better yet… host your own WordPress-powered blog.
13. Layla Elizabeth Gonzalez with a great reminder that as a blogger I need to check myself before I wreck myself.” Bloggers, especially Christian bloggers, need to be concerned with our character and integrity.
ZHENGDING, China — Behind the gray walls and barbed wire of the prison here, eight Chinese farmers with a grievance against the government have been consigned to Olympic limbo.
Their indefinite detainment, relatives and neighbors said, is the price they are paying for stirring up trouble as China prepares to host the Beijing Games. Trouble, the Communist Party has made clear, will not be permitted….
The crackdown comes seven years after the secretary general of the Beijing Olympic Bid Committee declared that staging the Games in the Chinese capital would “not only promote our economy but also enhance all social conditions, including education, health and human rights.” (read more).
15. The First Prayer Offered in Congress (notice whose name it is prayed in):
O – Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech thee, on these our American States, who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee, to Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give; take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them 0f the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved bands in the day of battle! Be Thou present, 0 God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst The people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask In the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior. Amen
The First Prayer offered in Congress September 7, 1774 by Jacob Duche
HT: Jungle Mom
HT: Kansas Bob
17. Mark Joseph of Bully Pulpit News wrote a memo called: It’s the Christians stupid. He wrote one to Barack Obama, and another to John McCain. Something he said about Rick Warren of Saddleback Church , who is hosting both McCain and Obama at the Saddleback Civic Forum on Compassion & Leadership, in the memo to Obama I think is spot on. What do you think?
Keep showing up at places Democratic presidential candidates of the past didn’t show up at. You remember Woody Allen’s quote that 90 percent of life is just showing up? You’re doing an excellent job. You went to Rick Warren’s church, invited Christian leaders to a meeting in Chicago, asked a Gospel star to sing for you, allowed yourself to be interviewed by Relevant Magazine, a magazine for and by young Evangelicals, and even invited its editor to pray at your convention.
Genius. Pure genius. Keep doing it. It’s a winner. In fact, in two weeks you’ll score the ultimate coup when you appear on stage with Warren and John McCain at Warren’s church. Warren is all about the ability to influence leaders, and he’s hedging his bets that you may very well be the next president. Just being on the same stage with him and McCain will give millions of Evangelicals who are thinking about voting for you the permission to take the plunge.
Take full advantage of Warren’s political naivete. He’s unlikely to ask you tough questions, because he wants to keep the ability to influence you if you are elected. Make him think this is a possibility. He may ask you about abortion, but he won’t ask tough follow-up questions, so you should be fine. Tell him every abortion is a tragedy and you are committed to reducing the number of abortions in America.
If you get a chance, repeat Warren’s favorite line about not being right wing or left wing, but being for the whole bird. Never mind that it’s a mixed metaphor that actually doesn’t make much sense; it sounds profound and is your key to winning over millions of Evangelicals who don’t pay attention to ratings by the National Journal, but will perceive, from your mannerisms and words, that you are a centrist.
Money Quote: from former British Prime Minister John Major:
“It is time to get back to basics: to self-discipline and respect for the law, to consideration for others, to accepting responsibility for yourself and your family, and not shuffling it off on the state.”
19. Prodigal Jon writes about asking for money at church. It made me laugh out loud! I particularly liked this idea:
This one would probably get a pastor fired, but what if they removed all the seats before service? If you have pews this might be impossible, but if you have chairs, take them all out. Tell people that you understand how odd it is to be asked for money in church and so you’ve decided to respect that by cutting costs a few different ways. Tell us we should stand during the entire service and then proceed to preach on the Bible. Not a book, or a chapter or a verse, the entire thing. Then just keep preaching until everyone’s legs eventually give out and we collapse to the floor exhausted. Then come around and take our money out of our purses and wallets while we are too weak to fight back. Wait, I think that just turned into cat burglary. But in all seriousness, I’m pretty entitled when it comes to church. I just expect Kristian Stanfill to show up and lead worship and the lights to work and the Sunday School classrooms to be overflowing with free goldfish for my children. I tend to take church for granted and that is not cool on my part. So take away my chair please until I realize my tithe helps pay for that seat.
20. Mark Driscoll has on his blog a “Spurgeon is the Man” going on, looking at what makes Charles Haddon Spurgeon, “the man.” I love the subheading in the first post – “Dead guys often make the best mentors.