Sep 142012
 

“Everything is achievable through technology.”

If only that were true.  Will had probably watched Ironman 2 twenty or thirty times, but never from a hospital bed.  Somehow, Howard Stark’s words seemed a little hollow. Everything, Howard? Everything is achievable? Then how come you can’t fix me?  Howard didn’t seem to have a response.  But his favorite movie gave Will a little comfort in a bad situation.

The doctors hadn’t given Will too much time. Maybe a day, maybe two.  Car accidents can be rough like that. There was a lot of pain.  A ventilator. Tubes everywhere.  A machine that beeped a very odd intervals. Funny, I always thought it would end in a hospital somewhere, but not now. Not like this at least.  I thought I had more time.

At least his family was here.  Their strength comforted him much more than he expected.  Their prayers gave him hope for what lied beyond this life.  Strangely, he felt ready.  A strange calmness came over him.  He drifted in and out of consciousness.  Not sure how much time had passed.  Not sure how much was left.

And then, the room started getting darker.   There was no pain anymore. But the light was fading.

This was it.

He wasn’t afraid.  He knew it was time.  He smiled.

And then… cold… and… smooth?

Jun 072012
 

Is it just me, or is Christianity getting a bad rap lately?

It seems to me that every time Christians are being discussed, it’s  about what we’re against.  Or supposedly against.

Gay marriage.

Abortion.

Politicians.

Movies.

Fill in the blank with the hot topic of the day.

Is this what we’re known for now? Being against things?

I thought we were supposed to be known for our love.

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:35

I thought we were supposed to love our enemies?

““You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Matthew 5:43-44

Is angrily protesting someone’s lifestyle showing them the love that Christ showed you?  Are we trying to legislate people into heaven?  Is coming out against a movie displaying how Christ died for our sins?

So, I’ve decided I’m against being against things.

Who cares about all these stupid arguments?

Stupid - trivial, silly, or frivolous 

And yeah, it is stupid when you consider what we should be coming out as for.

We should be for people having a relationship with Christ.  That’s all that matters.

Why are we surprised and/or angered when people who don’t know Christ act like they don’t know Christ?

“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” Judges 21:25

LET’S TALK ABOUT CHRIST.

And if we want to talk about someone’s sin, let’s start with our own.

Let’s talk about how God impacted our life when we needed him.

Let’s talk about what’s God’s doing in our life right now.

A little off-topic, but this is why I’m becoming a bigger fan of Joel Osteen. I know a lot of people hammer on him for not discussing heavier matters. But I think the dude just wants to talk about Christ and worry about all the other fluff later.

Isn’t Christ more important that all the other stuff anyhow?

May 192012
 

In case you didn’t know, I’m a bit of a nut for basketball.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve probably watched a game or two every day (DVR helps. I didn’t have it for a long time. Who knew?)  Even with my beloved Bulls out of the playoffs, I’m pretty sure this is one of the best stretches for the NBA in a long time.  Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Boston, and the Lakers all look like possible title contenders, and are all surprisingly fun to watch, give or take a instances. A few… instances…

OK, I just need to rant about the NBA for a few minutes.

 

1.) OK, first of all, how many more incidents do we need with “Metta World Peace”?  I’m all for second chances, even third chances, but this dude is just an embarrassment to the league at this point.  Someone needs to get him some help.  He’s just not right in the head.  How can someone have this many bad physical altercations (and an infamous one with FANS) before he’s removed from the league? Especially now with all the concussion problems that the NFL is going through. Artest probably shortened James Harden’s life by a year or two.  And he’s only suspended 7 games? Get him out of the league already!

2.) I don’t know about you, but I really dislike when teams abuse the rules. San Antonio is probably most known for fouling bad free-throw-shooters off the ball, ala “Hack-a-Shaq”, and, while a legal play, it’s just awful basketball. It’s terrible.  I doubt any basketball fan outside of San Antonio would want this rule in the game. So, how do you get rid of it? Not 100% sure on that, but how about the person with the ball at the time of the foul shoots the free throws?  Too simple? OK, how about the foul is considered a flagrant-1, the person fouled shoots the free throws, but his team gets the ball back?

And while I’m here, another thing I can’t stand is jumping into a player who has left his feet to draw a foul. It’s stupid.  It’s not a “veteran move” or a “smart play”, it’s just bad basketball.  It’s not how the game should be played.  Can we just agree to not call that a foul ever again and move on?  Do we really want to watch more free throws?

3.)  Can we go back to calling technical fouls on players upset over not getting a call in their favor? I’m all for passion, I’m all for getting caught up in the heat of the game, but I can barely stand to watch another drive to the lane, no foul call, and the player barking at the ref (I’m talking to you, Manu).  It’s bad enough to watch, but it also sets a bad example for kids and such.  Just make your play, get up and go after the ball and not the ref.

 

OK, I think I’ve ranted enough.  Really looking forward to the Heat losing.  I’m hoping for a Spurs-Celtics finals, with the Celtics winning it in 6, but after watching the Spurs today against the Clippers, I can’t see anyone beating them.  Spurs over Celtics in 5.