November 30, 2010

WAKE UP! is the new album from John Legend and The Roots.

the idea for the album goes back to 2008. when speaking with Billboard magazine about the conception of the recording Legend said: “”I was in the middle of campaigning for Barack Obama and feeling inspired by the atmosphere in the country at the time, so I wanted to do something musically that reflected that moment.”

WAKE UP! calls people to wake up.

wake up, care, get involved, make a difference in the lives of others. 

Legend and The Roots mostly cover songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s. “Shine,” written by John Legend, is the disc’s only original track.

this CD is hip hop, soul, r&b, gospel, and rock thrown toghether at it’s best. these are musicians/recording artists at the top of their game. 

WAKE UP! is one of the best albums i’ve picked up in a long time.

wake up and listen to it. wake up and do something. wake up.


First Things First

November 19, 2010

you know Kurt Warner as an NFL quarterback, a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” and as an NFL analyst with Fox and the NFL Network. 

as an NFL football player, Warner won two Regular Season MVP Awards and he was the MVP of Super Bowl XXIV when he and the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennesse Titans. he also played for the New York Football Giants and the Arizona Cardinals. Warner led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance against the Pittsburg Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. the Cardinals lost in a thriller.

Warner retired from the NFL in January of 2010. he was a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and he now works as an analyst and commentator for Fox and the NFL Network.

Arizona Cardinal fans would love to see him come out of retirement. they’ve been through a few quarterbacks this season.

by all acounts, Kurt Warner is a real good guy. he is a man of great faith. he is never one to shy away from expressing his beliefs and making sure he puts first things first.

Kurt and  his wife Brenda Warner are the authors of First Things First. the book is an autobiography of the Warner family.

the Warner family is nine strong; Kurt and Brenda have seven children. if they had two more kids they would have enough people to field an offense, defense, or special teams unit on Sunday afternoons.

the stories throughout the book are wonderful. it’s an inside look (but not a creepy inside look) into their marriage, family life, and faith.

it’s great reading for NFL fans, couples, and families.

*NOTE: Tyndale Publishing gave me a free copy of First Things First for a review posting on my blog. For more information check out the Tyndale Blog Network.

GAME OF THE WEEK – Week Eleven

November 19, 2010


Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots

Gillette Stadium, 4:15 pm

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Foxboro, Massachusetts

NFL Regular Season MVP and Comeback Player of the Year

November 17, 2010

Mike Vick.

i know, i know… i’m a dog lover too.

however, it’s time to let it go. he went to prison. he paid his debt to society. he appears to be turning things around. he’s said sorry.

he’s playing awesome and his stats are great.

Vick for MVP.

if this keeps up he could run for mayor of Philadelphia.

On This Day In Christian History

November 15, 2010

On This Day In Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspirational Stories About Saints, Martyrs, and Heroes by Robert J. Morgan is a great read. pastor of the Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, Morgan is also the writer of the two Then Sings My Soul books.

this book is the perfect introduction to the history of the Church and Christianity. the daily readings are a sample serving of over 2000 years worth of stories about great women and men of the faith.

topics covered include the Roman Empire, the Reformation, and World War II.

people written about include Billy Graham, St. Francis, and George Fox.

the daily articles are well-written and very readable. each piece includes a relevant passage of scripture as well.

this is a great book for anyone who wants to start exploring Church history and it’s a nice refresher for students and pastors as well.

history is important. the stories of these women, men, and events influences us and our faith today in the year 2010. we can learn from the past and gain insight into our present and future.

On This Day In Christian History is a wonderful book to read any day of the week, month, or year. i highly recommend it.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*

G20 + G8 = $857 Million

November 10, 2010

was it worth it?

i do think we (Canada) need to be an international player and host for these types of events and summits. we need to be in the game for sure.

however, could we have spent half the money and pulled it off? a quarter of the money and pulled it off?

the USA hosted in 2004 and spent $78 million.

Germany hosted in 2007 and spent $137 million.

look for these costs yourself. you can’t make this stuff up.

$13,000 was spent on renting fine art; $9,000 was spent on insuring the rented fine art.

$14,142 was spent on down jackets for a pre-summit meeting in Iqaluit. we couldn’t tell people to pack for winter and summer?

$14,000 was spent on glow sticks. this is not a mistatke. glow sticks. there was a rave after conversations about climate change.

wow. sadly it seems Harper wanted to throw a big party and be the coolest kid at school.

er, i mean, leader at the summits.

so, was it worth it?

The Great Giveaway

November 4, 2010

The Great Giveaway: Relcaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capatalism and other Modern Maladies by David E. Fitch is an excellent book.

it’s a must read for the Church and Christians today. it points out the speck we have in one eye and the log we have in the other eye as the Body of Christ here on earth.

we’ve given away so much. let’s take it back in a Biblically faithful manner.