Thursday, March 15, 2012

Friday, March 09, 2012

A String of Bus Fires of Country Music's Newest Stars

Jerrod Niemann, one of country music's "newest" up-and-coming stars, had his bus catch on fire.

It should be an isolated incident, but other country music stars have also had this happen within a short period of time according to this article from Yahoo.com.

Lee Brice, another country music performer, was also at the same charity concert event for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and just so happened to be on the bus with Niemann and was aware of the unusual scent that was present and was able to get everyone off the bus in time before the explosion.

This might just be the paranoid person, as well as the writer, in me, but doesn't this sound like a serial attack on country music stars' buses? If it isn't, and I hope it isn't, then the manufacturer of the buses needs looking at very closely by the authorities. It would be interesting to know whether or not if all three buses were manufactured by the same company and/or at the same place. Things like this just don't "happen" without there being some sort of serious problem.

Randy Houser, another bus fire victim, lost a lot of his own personal effects in his bus fire.


If the above link doesn't work to the article mentioned, click below

http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/our-country/jerrod-niemann-narrowly-escapes-death-tour-bus-explodes-180946898.html

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Readings for Today

This is a picture from my back door out onto my back yard. It is amazing how often I end up taking pictures of the little storage "barn" out there. This photo was just so pretty! It almost looks like it was taken in the middle of the country somewhere instead of a city!

Below are the readins for yesterday and today. I want to apologize for not getting the readings out here yesterday: My entire day got thrown off. I didn't get a lot of things done I normally do through the day any more. I'm still keeping up the schedule and the readings myself! It is truly a challenge and a discipline to do the readings every day, at least for me. Hopefully this will get me into the full habit of reading the Bible every day.

Monday, 3/5/12
Isaiah 4:2 - 5:7
Genesis 3:21 - 4:7
Proverbs 3:34 - 4:22

Today, Tuesday 3/6/12
Isaiah 5:7 - v.16
Genesis 4:8-15
Proverbs 5:1-15

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits: Feet From Suicides?

According to this article, feet have been washing ashore in Washington State and British Columbia.  "The appearance of 12 feet in rubber soled shoes in five years, with six surfacing in a six-month period" has brought up questions of whether there was a serial killer or not.  One theory was it could possibly be the result of an "airplane crash" - which could be plausible, but there sure would have had to be a lot of airplane accidents, and a big crash would already be reported I suspect.

However, the "British Columbia coroner Stephen Fonseca, who has been studying the phenomenon for years, says the source is a bridge over Vancouver's Fraser River, and most of the feet belonged to suicide victims."

Suicide victims.  OK - I can see how this could happen quite gruesomely, but from what I could find on the World Wide Web and the ever popular Internet, there weren't that many reported train accidents in that area.  Could a train hit someone and the engineer not know they had done so?  A train is hard to stop and a normal bump probably doesn't exist for them, but still...this makes me question this particular answer.






Here is the direct link to the article in case the above doesn't work
http://now.msn.com/now/0305-washed-up-feet.aspx

I couldn't find the photographer of the above photo to list him/her here.

Snow and Readdings

This is a picture from my back door out onto my back yard.  It is amazing how often I end up taking pictures of the little storage "barn" out there.  This photo was just so pretty!  It almost looks like it was taken in the middle of the country somewhere instead of a city!

Below are the readins for yesterday and today.  I want to apologize for not getting the readings out here yesterday:  My entire day got thrown off.  I didn't get a lot of things done I normally do through the day any more.  I'm still keeping up the schedule and the readings myself!  It is truly a challenge and a discipline to do the readings every day, at least for me.  Hopefully this will get me into the full habit of reading the Bible every day. 

Monday, 3/5/12
Isaiah 4:2 - 5:7
Genesis 3:21 - 4:7
Proverbs 3:34 - 4:22

Today, Tuesday 3/6/12
Isaiah 5:7 - v.16
Genesis 4:8-15
Proverbs 5:1-15

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Lenten Readings for Today

Sorry I didn't post the readings for yesterday. Saturday has become the day where there is "spoon reclamation" and I get as much rest as I possibly can. If all goes, well, however, I will not miss next Saturday's posting of the Lenten readings.

Today, in the Orthodox Church, is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. A celebrational feast of our Church and faith.

The readings for today are:

Luke 24:13-35
Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40
John 1:43-51

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Video Game Responcibility

I am a gamer. I love the Xbox 360. On those days when the story isn't going well I play a game, shoot some bad guys and usually relax enough to go back and finish the troublesome scene without too many problems. Because I am way over 21 I play "adult" games. As most of you know Gears of War is one of my favorite game series, and Halo, and, of course, my beloved Dragon Age.

One of my friends recently made the comment that video games were taking away the essence of character and the understanding of being a good person and that all video games were violent and destroying the youth. "How can video games instill the desire to protect your family like literature did?" she asked. So, I sat down and looked through my game collection and seriously did an assessment.

There are games inappropriate for children even though they demand to play them (just like there are movies children should not see). The Grand Theft Auto series of games is one of those games a five year old should not play. In this game when you are low on energy/health you have sex with hookers and to make sure you don't lose your money you beat them up to get your money back. This game is for adults - not children. However, a lot of parents refuse to be parents and as long as they, the parents, say it is all right for the child to do something then heaven help anyone who tries to explain how a mature game might not be appropriate for their child, or any child under the age of _____.

I have been in several game stores where children, twelve years of age and under, are picking up games like Grand Theft Auto, Gears of War, and several other titles that are written and made for adults and older teens. Even though there is a rating system on the game listing what age group it is for, the parents don't even look or seem to care. They just buy the game because the child wants it. I have also seen where the store personnel have told the parents or adult with the child that the game has a specific rating and has "mature themes unsuitable for those under age *insert age here*" and the store personnel have been given verbal smacks and insulted. I heard one parent tell a game store clerk, "Wait until you have children and you'll change your mind: You will do anything to shut them up." The store clerk replied, "I have three children, and I won't let them play this game or any game with this rating until they are older." The parent looked totally shocked, as if that was the strangest idea they had ever heard!

Children are, well, children and need to be guided until they have enough experiences to make good choices and decisions for themselves. Video gaming is here to stay, folks. It is not only a multi-billion dollar industry, but it is a part of the entertainment world we live in now. Just as children should be guided in what books they read, they should also be guided in what games they can and cananot play, and when they can play them (playing until Midnight is fine if you are an adult and know you are going to be wiped out the next day for work, but not for kids).

Games such as my own personal favorites listed above are not for children. There is foul language and lots of blood and adult problems to face in an adventure setting. The main character of Gears of War is the hero and must not only survive, but get his team through what happens. There is camaraderie and a deep sense of responsibility and respect for the other characters in the game for Marcus Fenix (the main character). In the second installation of the game, Marcus Fenix kneels beside a wounded young man and stays with him until he dies so he will not die alone. Fenix's best friend, Dom, has lost contact with his wife Maria, and when she is found some tough choices have to be made and Fenix tells Dom in a cut scene, "We can plan this thing through or we can storm the gates. It's your call and I'm with you." The decision is for the two of them to storm the gates of the enemies because Fenix isn't going to let his friend go in alone.

In playing Gears and Halo I can see why there is a desire for your people to want to join the military in real life: They want to live what they have played, especially if they have played Call of Duty. Usually they do not completely understand the consequences of their decision at first from a few young men and women I have spoken with in that the adversary they faced and will be facing is not an alien but a real human being and they will have to kill or be killed in many situations. The U.S. military has also clued into this and have set up simulators in malls and other areas where the prospective recruit is in the back of a "Jeep" or other vehicle and shooting other vehicles and faceless/helmeted people.

The bottom line in all of this is really quite simple: Video games are ultimately meant to entertain, not teach life lessons. The lessons of life are supposed to be taught by the parents and elders to the children as well as experience. Although there are "educational" games out there, they should not replace parenting, but only assist in the parenting and teaching arenA. There is heroism in the games being made and played, but there needs to be a boundary between children and adults in the playing and purchasing.

The video game industry writes games for all age groups and I am not going to stop playing video games. I even encourage some younger people I know to play some games I have played, but I am very careful as to what title I suggest to them. Some parents at my Church have even asked if certain titles were acceptable for their child and I have given my honest opinion on them.

Video games do not "destroy" the innocence of the child playing them. It is ultimately the parent(s) who does that by simply not taking the time to be parents.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Lenten Readings

Today we're doing it a little differently. Here is the link to read them from the site I usually read them from. Just to make sure everything is listed, though, here are today's reading listed for you:

Isaiah 3:1-14
Genesis 2:20-3:20
Proverbs 3:19-34

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Lenten Readings for Today: LIGHTBULB!

Readings:
Isaiah 2:11-22
Genesis 2:4-19
Proverbs 3:1-18


Something struck me today when I read the Genesis portion of today's reading. The portion that stood out to me is "The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it." Why did this leap out me? Because of a "documentary" that was talking about the Garden of Eden and exactly what it was Adam and Eve had done to get thrown out of the most wonderful place on the Earth.

According to this particular program, the thing that ultimately did it was that Adam and Eve would become like gods. What would make them most like gods? Growing their own food. So, when Adam and Eve learned how to grow crops they were dangerous and thus kicked out of the Garden of Eden.


n today's reading this argument is easily stripped away because God had put Adam in the Garden to "till it and keep it" which says to me, Adam actually grew food in the Garden of Eden. Not only this, but Adam was also given the task of taking care of everything there. What kind of knowledge and skills would he have had to possess in order to do his job properly. I mean, Adam had to have knowledge of agriculture, horticulture, and animal husbandry and veterinary skills. Plus, he had God there directly teaching him and giving him knowledge of how to care for everything. God trusted Adam enough that Adam named all plants and animals. This is a big trust, and one you only give to your best employee and servant.

Sometimes it is fun to see how the "logical" scientific mind thinks when they are trying to "debunk" Christianity and The Bible, but if you actually look at the words in the Bible and use logic and common sense, you see just how easily the arguments against the faith melt away. Is this why Christianity is so feared, even in our own country and among our own people?