Softball Report – volume three

June 27, 2011

we were rained out this past Thursday. the game will be made up later in the summer.

we played this coming Thursdays game last night on account of the Biker’s Reunion this weekend here in Temiskaming Shores.

i went 3 for 4. played second. we turned a triple play at one point during the game and got another W.

our record is 4-1.


Softball Report – volume two

June 17, 2011

two weeks ago last night we were beat like we stole something. i’ve even forgotten stats and scores. we all played, in the words of Charles Barkley, TURRIBLE!!!

last week, Nancy and i did not play, we could not make the game, and our team won.

last night we won.

Nancy played well. she was 1 for 3 and played in the outfield. she says she feels like a lawn gnome out there because the ball never goes her way.

i was 2 for 2 with two singles. one of them was out of the park and would have been a home-run. however, there’s a rule that a team has one out of the park home-run per their half of the inning. mine was the second of the inning and was therefore a single. we had extra guys so i rotated at second base. played well. made a couple plays.

our record is 3-1.


10 Commandments for Movie Audiences

June 16, 2011

over at Rotten Tomatoes, the great website for movie lovers, Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity has written an article that should be required reading for people who attend films in a theatre.

the entire article can be read here: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1021015-ten_commandments/news/1922953/ten_commandments_for_movie_audiences/.

see Atchity’s article for further details and explanation.

here, quickly, is the movie attending decalogue.

1. Set thy phone ringer on silent mode.

2. Thou shalt not text.

3. Thou shalt not speak.

4. Thou shalt not aim laser pointers at the movie screen.

5. Thou shalt not kick or put thy feet on the seats in front of thee.

6. Useth the restroom before before the movie starts.

7. Keepeth thy food quiet.

8. Thou shalt not bring thy children to R-rated movies.

9. The movie theatre is not thy make-out spot.

10. Thou shalt not shoot video whilst in the theatre.

now, at first reading you may think these are no-brainers. however, i’m sure everyone has experienced the frustration caused by one or two or three of these commands.

if there were movie theatres in Moses’ day, i’m sure Yahweh would have given this list to him as well.


Fasting

June 15, 2011

“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:16-18, NRSV

Fasting, by Scott McKnight, is a voulme in the wonderful Ancient Practices Series from Thomas Nelson Publishers and edited by Phyllis Tickle.

it’s a great book. it’s part theology/Biblical study/spiritual disciplines; part personal stories and reflections.

it’s not simply a book about fasting; it’s a book about the spiritual life and the idea of “whole-body spirituality.”

the book contains Biblical examples and precedents for fasting, tips/ideas on how to fast safely/effectively, and the different types of fasting practiced in the Bible.

we hunger and thirst for God. fasting illustrates this desire for God in a way we can feel in a very real and practical way.

Fasting is an excellent read for devotions and study.

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


SUPER 8

June 14, 2011

SUPER 8 is super great!

it’s the movie of the summer.

see it.


Altar Calls and Mercy Seats

June 7, 2011

i came across a short article entitled “10 Reasons Not to Give an Altar Call” by Thabiti Anyabwile. he’s the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands.

it’s a thought provoking read.

Anyabwile quotes a list complied by Pastor Ryan Kelly of Desert Springs Church in Alberquerque, New Mexico, and shares a few thoughts of his own. 

here are a few of the points made…

“1. The altar call is simply and completely absent from the pages of the NT.”

“2. The altar call is historically absent until the 19th Century, and its use at that time (via Charles Finney) was directly based upon bad theology and a man-centred, manipulative methodology.”

“6. The altar call can mislead us to think that salvation (or any official response to God’s Word) happens primarily on Sundays, only at the end of the service, and only ‘up front.'”

“8. The altar call is not sensitive to our cautious and relational age where most people come to faith over a period of time and often with the interaction of a good friend.”

these and other compelling arguments are made.

i do not think altar calls need to be eliminated all together; my own tradition, The Salvation Army, is big on appeals and altar calls. the mercy seat or altar is a big part of our worship.

there are, however, things we need to do better and teach better about the mercy seat and altar calls.

do better – use the mercy seat. be attentive to the Spirit and tone of the worship meeting; we do not need appeals and chorus after chorus every time we gather for worship. we do not need “fishing.”

teach better – the mercy seat is a place of grace; not disgrace. it’s a place of communion with God. it’s a place to pray, give thanks, ask for help, start a spiritual journey, refresh a spiritual journey, etc.

for further reading/thoughts on the mercy seat/altar calls from a Salvation Army perspective, check out The Mercy Seat and/or The Mercy Seat Revisited (an updated version of the book) by Nigel Bovey and chapter three of Battle Lines by Wesley Harris entitled “Symbols of Salvationism: The Mercy Seat.”


lucky number 13,000

June 5, 2011

the new NHL franchise in Winnipeg needed to sell 13,000 season tickets before June 21. they went on sale this past Saturday and were sold in 17 minutes.

in your face Bettman.