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Just wondering

Well, here's the latest article on the 'Swine Flu' pandemic:
WHO to stop using term 'swine flu' to protect pigs
GENEVA – The World Health Organization announced Thursday it will would stop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. The policy shift came a day after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs in a misguided effort to prevent swine flu.WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency had expressed concerns that the term "swine flu" was misleading consumers and needlessly causing countries to ban pork products and order the slaughter of pigs."Rather than calling this swine flu ... we're going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A," Thompson said.Egypt began slaughtering its roughly 300,000 pigs Wednesday even though experts said swine flu is not linked to pigs and not spread by eating pork. Angry farmers protested the government de…

April 30 2009

Motivational quote: "There comes a special moment in everyone's life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission--a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. Int that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour." -Sir Winston Churchill

Thought #1: You mean God has a purpose for everybody?

Thought #2: Seek that moment, don't just wait for it to find you.

Proverbs 30:1(NLT) ->the NLT uses an alternate translation/letter division from the majority of other translations. But it makes more sense to me. Compare it to Proverbs 30:1(KJV)

Proverbs 30:4(NLT) ->Who is He? The Great I AM, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 5:3-5 ->First principle: adult children have the primary responsibility to provide for their parents when needed, yet our society (and our churches) barely encourages planning for that. You can get plenty of info on retirement, paying for your kid's college, planning fo…

Things we don't understand

One of the things that I use to keep connected with the outside world is a web-service called Twitter. Now, you may have no use for keeping the world updated with 140-character shouts of what you are doing. Or, you may not have time to wade through all the people that want to be your friend in the same way your neighborhood Amway family wanted to be your friend: Yeah, that's great, and I can sell you __________to help with it! If you don't have the courage to block or not follow people you can't imagine needing to follow, or that are obviously trying to sell you stuff, stay off Twitter. You'll only frustrate yourself.

But, one of the great things on Twitter is that there are a few celebrity types that use it, and they actually keep up with it themselves. I follow a few, selected celebrities. They are, in no particular order, Mark Lee (guitarist for Third Day), Mac Powell (lead singer for Third Day), Third Day's official Twitter feed, Mark Hall (Casting Crowns l…

Consider the consequences

I had the opportunity yesterday to visit the new offices of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. It was a very good opportunity, but there was one thing that I found slightly disturbing, and incredibly funny.

Right beside the room I was in for a seminar was a little alcove with vending machines. Starting from the left, there's a Coke machine, a snack machine, the Pepsi/Aquafina machine, and then something else. Look at the picture:
That's right. It's a scale. Like the one the nurse puts you on when you go to the doctor for anything that's wrong, and then shakes her head slowly. That one.

I thought it was funny. Add in that the scale is one door down from the cafeteria/lunchroom area, and it gets funnier.

But, then, as I was about to buy a Coke, I looked at the scale. And I considered the consequences of my actions...the health effects, the impact on my hope to lose weight, the fact that I'd be going to lunch with the folks in the seminar, and would likely d…

April 29 2009

Motivational Quote: "Ethics must begin at the top of an organization. It is a leadership issue and the chief executive must set the example." -Edward L. Hennessy Jr.

Thought #1: This is not the Hennessy that produces alcohol. So, none of that 'sure, he believes in ethics, but he sells liquor to the poor' complaints.

Thought #2: Why do we pastors not get this? When we are closed off and secretive, the church gets that way.

Thought #3: Businesses and churches: this includes a level of openness. It requires sharing enough information to be credible in your ethics claims. People will not 'just trust you.' You've got to show enough that they can see it.

Proverbs 29:12(NLT) ->You are known by the company you keep.

Proverbs 29:16(NLT) ->See it, not force it. [not force it via revolt, but you darn sure should vote against the wicked.]

Proverbs 29:18(NLT) ->The wildness of ignoring the Lord isn't the same as happiness.

Proverbs 29:25(NLT) ->Don't be…

Upcoming Review

I'm a very happy participant in Thomas Nelson Publishing's Book Review Bloggers program. You can find out about it here.

I've gotten the chance to read several books for them, and, in exchange, I get the books for free. The next time around, I'm getting to do something different.

I get to review the Bible. That's right. The Bible. This one, to be precise:
Hah!

Ok, so I'm not really reviewing the Bible. I'm reviewing some of the study notes, the format, and layout of this particular Bible. But still, I think this one may take a little extra dose of humility....

Although, with my status as a dangerous, right-wing extremist, this will probably be counted by the Powers-that-ought-back-off as propaganda or something like that. Especially since I'll be done reading this month's American Rifleman by the time it gets here....

April 28 2009

Motivational quote: "I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference." -Abraham Lincoln
Thought: All that matters is whether, in the end, we've been obedient to God. The criticism of men or praise of angels is irrelevant otherwise.
Proverbs 28:6(NLT) ->Decide which you'd prefer.
Proverbs 28:8(NLT) ->Is this what is happening to banks?
Proverbs 28:12(NLT) -> Yep. Like right now.
Proverbs 28:13(NLT) ->Another verse for church leaders!
Proverbs 28:20(NLT) ->So skip that email---and go to work!
1 Samuel 14:12 ->All Jonathan needed was the assurance God was in it. No army, no detailed plan.
1 Samuel 14:6 ->Yet we wait to have many.
1 Samuel 14:43-44 ->Integrity vs. dumb oaths!
1 Timothy 4:16 ->Staying fast to the word demonstrates our salvation and provides the hearing for others as needed in Romans 10:14
Lor…

Politics and Math

For those of us that have a hard time dealing with the insane amounts of money our federal government uses, here's a great video visualization:




I don't know about you, but that doesn't really look like much help.

Sure is a lot of change, though, isn't it?

April 27 2009

Motivational Quote: "The way I see it, leadership does not begin with power but rather, with a compelling vision or goal of excellence. One becomes a leader when he or she is able to communicate that vision in such a way that others feel empowered to achieve excellence." -Frederick W. Smith

Thought #1: It's interesting to me to see the world's perspective of 'Frederick W. Smith' after living in Memphis, home of FedEx, and seeing many local people's view of 'Fred Smith.' I wouldn't put this quote in his mouth based on the people I knew that worked at Fed and how they felt at that company.

Thought #2: FedEx is an amazing company, all of the success and wonder surrounding it, you forget that Smith used a multi-million dollar inheritance to get it started.

Thought #3: I think this quote is missing a that. I would find it to make more sense if it said that "others feel empowered to achieve that excellence" in reference to the leaders visio…

The Noticer

Ok, I get free books from Thomas Nelson Publishers, because I take part as a book review blogger. Usually, the way this works, I read a book, post the review, look through available books, and pick the next one I want.

Then, one day, I got an email from the blog review department, announcing they had a special project to get a limited number of reviews for Andy Andrews' next book, The Noticer. The email raved about how this was his next book, all of his accomplishments, and so on. It sounded great. Well, except for one minor detail.

I've never heard of Andy Andrews. Really. I don't try to live in a bubble, but UPS wasn't a hotbed of motivational speaking, and the Baptist world is, shall we say, a little over-hero-worship oriented, and he's not a Baptist hero. So, not to be rude, but he hasn't made it into my world. Until now.

The Noticer is a remarkable little book. The story contained within its 167 pages is well told, recounting the experience of a smal…

April 26 2009

Motivational Quote: "I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy, and enthusiasm and hard work."-Harry S. Truman

Thought #1: And those people didn't even need a middle name--just a letter!

Thought #2: Ecclesiastes 9:10 anyone?

Thought #3: If you are faithful with what you have, more will be added...

Proverbs 26:13(NLT) ->And I have a ferocious cat in the kitchen! But I still have to cook and clean.

Proverbs 26:16(NLT) ->There's a difference in laziness and wisdom to avoid unnecessary work.

Proverbs 26:20(NLT) ->Drop it. Move on with life.

Revelation 5:6 ->Christ has the fullness of the Spirit and the power

1 Samuel 13:14 ->Saul still has the opportunity to repent.

1 Timothy 4:14 ->The ones who go before have both the right and responsibility to strengthen the ones behind them. Including observing their gifts, and push…

Random Observations

1. Kansas City, Kansas is smaller than Kansas City, Missouri. Shouldn't that be the other way around?

2. Motivational speaking is scarier than preaching.

3. Even with increased security, you're still 30,000 feet up, hoping the mechanics were having a good day.

4. When you fly, now you get a drink, but can buy a snack. On the way from Little Rock to DFW, the announcement was that 'Items are available for purchase. Just inform the flight attendants what you want to purchase.' Since it was early Monday morning, and I didn't want to cause a problem, I didn't ask to purchase a parachute. I thought about it.

5. All of Kansas isn't flat.

6. Make sure you realize how many steps you're taking when you take the stairs instead of the escalator!

7. Racetrack grandstands are huge!

8. I'm wondering how Cabela's got the stuffed and mounted elephant?

9. There's not a lot of room in the back of an Impala.

10. I'm happy to report that the Warren, Arka…

Book Review: John C. Maxwell's Put Your Dream to the Test

My next book in the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger program was John C. Maxwell's Put Your Dream to the Test.

John Maxwell has written several books on leadership, most of which have dealt with developing your ability to lead others and impact the organizations you are a part of in a positive manner. This latest offering is slightly different. Put Your Dream to the Test focuses more on the individual's leadership of, well, their own selves.

My opinion? Well, first a little background: I've worked in small business, big business, and now as pastor of a church, I have read and continue to read many books on leadership and personal development. Most of them are like Fridays at my college cafeteria: Monday's leftover potatoes met Tuesday's ground beef with Wednesday's peas, all reintroduced with the title "shepherd's pie." Most leadership books are just that, a remixed mash-up of other books, repackaged and retitled, but, in truth, you've go…

April 25 2009

Motivational Quote: "My own success was attended by quite a few failures along the way. But I refused to make the biggest mistake of all: worrying too much about making mistakes." -Kemmons Wilson

Thought #1: I didn't know who Kemmons Wilson was until I googled him. He started Holiday Inn of America, my second favorite hotel chain. He was born in Osceola, Arkansas. Which shows his determination. There's not a lot to Osceola.

Thought #2: I've been learning more and more how to cook, and not just from recipes. I learned this lesson in cooking as well: you can make sure you make no mistakes, and create blandness, or you can risk a mistake. Sometimes it's a good turnout, sometimes not!

Thought #3: I doubt he's saying that you can go do stupid and not worry about it. He's referring to making thought-out, wise choices that may not turn out right.

Proverbs 25:16(NLT) ->Too much of what we want is dangerous.

Revelation 5:5 ->Christ overcame completely. H…

Shameless self-promotion

Sometimes, what you do with a blog is all about trying to get other people to read your blog, because when the visitor stats drop, you start to feel alone. And, knowing that you are being read is a good reminder to write. Add to that the hope that you will be read, and possibly get interacted with, for good or for ill, and so you write better.

So, today I'm writing a post to help me get listed on a bloglisting site so that more people will read my blog, because more people will go to the site, then link on through to my blog. This will generate revenue for the weblisting, and readers for me! I like readers...

The person running the website is Tony Kummer. He's also the brains behind some other blog sites, all of which are linked at his new website, www.mychristianblogs.com. So, naturally, I want to be listed on his site. To get there, I have to write a post about that site.

Now, keep in mind, not everything you'll find at www.mychristianblogs.com is going to be deep Sout…

From Emil Turner

Emil Turner's weekly blog from ABSC

“I Don’t Like My Pastor”
Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009
<>How could anyone not like a pastor? But, we do hear this from time to time. We hear it from church staff, church members, and occasionally from pastor’s wives—not really, just a little humor to lighten things up. In hopes that some of the folks that struggle with their pastors read this blog, here are some suggestions about what to do if you don’t like your pastor.God wants you to be part of a local church. Not liking a pastor, staff member, deacon, or church member is no excuse for dropping out, withholding tithes, or refusing to serve in a church. The church is more important than the pastor. Pastors serve the church, just as you do.God sent your pastor to your church. God is more grieved than you with your pastor’s faults. He is the one to whom you should appeal, not your fellow church members, or others in the community.Pray for your pastor’s spiritual and physical he…

Home from Kansas

Ok, I'm home safe and sound from Kansas. It was a good trip, albeit a fast one. I want to give a quick update and then I'll fill in details as the days come in next week.

First of all, I posted various pictures and short comments through the trip. Why? Because I had my Blackberry, but left my laptop at home, so I was typing on a really small screen. And, my thumbs got tired. The pictures were mainly of airplanes and airports, to keep my family posted on what was going on and where I was. They've all got the 'KC Trip' label. I didn't take the laptop for space reasons and because I figured I'd be sharing a hotel room with other people, and didn't want to be rude. Turns out, I had my own room. Oh well. At least it was smooth going through security!

Second, the trip was jointly sponsored by the North American Mission Board, the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the Kansas-Nebraska State Convention, and the Bartholomew Baptist Association. I don'…

Been away

I didn't get this posted before I left. Meant to do it Monday from the Blackberry, but had dumb-thumb syndrome and couldn't type.  I've been out for 3 days.  I'll be catching up on this blog and others tomorrow. Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug

Done

In Little rock. Just ate lunch with Ann and kids. We're headed to make a quick stop and then home!Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

40000 ft

Here's a shot from 40000 ft over Missouri. Real updates on the trip tomorrow when I have a full keyboard.
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

Outbound

Here's a shot across the wing of the 757 from my seat. I'm sitting behind a lady that looks like Tina Fey.
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

Sunrise

Headed home
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

Lunch

We're headed to eat Famous Dave's barbecue. There's a bear statue out front.
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

From 33000 ft

I didn't get a picture of the C-141 that was, well, a little closer than I expected another aircraft. All is well that ends well. We're headed to eat and check in to our hotel.
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

In Dallas

Okay, I'm propped up on a vending machine. I've got one ipod earbud in, and we're waiting to board our flight. Here are some more pictures. I didn't see Captain Oveur, but I found his phone!
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

IPod

It's an ipod vending machine! DFW airport. Terminal A.
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

in Dallas

We're safely in Dallas. Having breakfast. Then going to eat donuts! We had a smooth flight. I couldn't get a picture, but the sunrise was beautiful at 30000 feet. God is so amazing with the beauty He has made!
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

Airplanes

These aren't the best pictures but here is the first plane for the day.
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

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The crew.
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

Moon over Little Rock

Here's the moon over Little Rock as we head into the airport!
Tapped out by thumb on my Blackberry!

237 AM Monday

We left Warren 5 minutes ago. We turned a corner and then, blue lights!That's right, Bro. David got a car full of Baptist preachers stopped at 2 AM! Why?The officer came to the car. Told us he stopped us because our music was too loud! He had us confused with a different car. Tapped out by thumb on a Blackberry.

Monday 2 AM

Ok, the alarm went off at 1:30 this morning, so I'm up, showered, and waiting on Ray from Second Baptist.  We're off with the Bartholomew Association to Kansas City, Missouri, and then on to Kansas to look at missions partnerships.
And I check my twitter feed and see that some of the people I follow, like Mark Lee and Third Day, just went to bed about 30 minutes ago....

Oh dear

That's why it's so darn hard to solve these crimes!!



see more pwn and owned pictures

What would they say, anyway? Ouch?

I'm thinking, maybe, "GET ME OUT OF THIS BOX!!!"
(note: Not all content at failblog is family friendly. Not all failblog content is funny either, but a lot of it is!!)

April 19 2009

Motivational quote: "Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." -Lin Yutang

Thought #1: People walk where there is no road because of the destination they see. So, what we see with faith, and travel towards together, builds up the road of hope for others to follow.

Thought #2: Too much hope will put the highway department out of business. And the environmental lobby will be hacked that you destroyed a field in the country.

Thought #3: This illustrates the value of community. One person walks through the open countryside, a few blades of grass bend, and soon recover. A group passes through, they leave unmistakable evidence of their path.

Proverbs 19:2(NLT) ->Listening pastor? You who hopes to radically change your church overnight?

Proverbs 19:3(NLT) ->"Why did this tragedy happen?" The answer may well be in this verse.

Proverbs 19:14(NLT) ->God alone can make a marriage work: Seek …

April 17 2009

Motivational quote: "Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. The only time you don't fail is the last time you try something, and it works. One fails forward toward success." -Charles F. Kettering

Thought #1: As long as you keep working forward---giving up is a failure. Be sure to learn from them.

Thought #2: Didn't this guy invent Freon? Does that count as success or failure? (Actually, he invented a lot of other stuff, so it's not like Freon was his claim to fame!)

Proverbs 17:7(NLT) ->But you'll see it!

Proverbs 17:8(NLT) ->Don't trust sudden success. It may be unearned. By extension, be wary of 'overnight success' in others---a little prudence goes a long way.

Proverbs 17:27(NLT) ->So why do you preach so long? [this verse should be a required memorize for sermon students]

Isaiah 45:7 ->Darkness is not simply God's absence, but is His creation as well.

Isaiah 45:10 ->Woe to those who criticize par…

April 16 2009

Motivational Quote: "A good manager doesn't try to eliminate conflict; he tries to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you're the boss and your people fight you openly when they think you are wrong--that's healthy." -Robert Townsend

Thought #1: The difficulty is to not be wrong very often. Otherwise, every decision becomes a source of debate. Also, you've got to train people about proper avenues of debate and discussion.

Thought #2: There also comes a point at which, if you're leading, people need to be following. If you are constantly being questioned, second-guessing, why are you the one in leadership?

Thought #3: Don't over apply this: God is not to be questioned. The plain truths of Scripture are to be treated as just that: Plain truths. It is not healthy for people to question whether or not we should preach the Word, tell people about Jesus, read the Bible, gather with God's people. It's healthy to discuss how to put these…

Exodus 30:22-33

I try to bring God's Word into my head through several avenues throughout the day. I read my Bible in the morning, usually reviewing the Sunday School passage for the coming week, sermon texts for the coming Sunday, the day's Proverbs chapter (read Proverbs every day, the chapter that corresponds with the date. you'll read it through 12 times a year. I rotate through a few translations: NLT, NASB, ESV, KJV,NIV), and I get a daily Bible reading email. A few days ago, this was the Bible reading email passage:
The Anointing Oil and Incense22 The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, 24 and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. 25 And you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. 26 With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of …

Colbert Show Video

I wanted to share a couple of video clips from the Colbert Report. Now, typically, fundamentalist Baptists aren't Colbert's biggest fans, and, really, I think it's hidden somewhere that the SBC doesn't much approve of anything on the Comedy Channel. And there are some good reasons for that. Colbert, however, is quite sharp, and worth the occasional check-in. I think he's better than Jon Stewart, because it seems to me Colbert skewers both sides of a debate equally. He did, however, have a great interview with Bart Ehrman, and another good one with Queen Noor.


The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cBart Ehrmancolbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest


Bart Ehrman is supposedly a theologian. However, to make the job easier, he has decided that you can't really know anything about God, which means you can't pick on a theologian for just, well, making it up as he goes....



Her Majesty, Queen Noor, is the widow of the …

Now, the Feds don't like me!

Well, while piracy is gaining a foothold of respect in the media, the government has officially listed 'right-wing extremists' as a threat. Here's a link to a prominent blogger, and her article has a link to the downloadable report. Why link a blogger? Because the media won't report this yet. It took over a week for any media, liberal or conservative, to report on the MIAC report that labeled me a domestic terrorist. It will take some time for the media to report this too.

What are some of the marks of right-wing extremists? Well, copied and pasted from the report are these marks:

Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and indiv…

Apr 14 2009

Motivational quote: "Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise." David Seabury

Thought #1: This works for me. IF your spirit testifies with His Spirit per Romans 8:16. Otherwise, you're up against Proverbs 14:12.

Thought #2: He seems to be emphasizing that your whole self needs to be in line with the idea. Don't jump on just because you think it's a good idea, but your whole heart needs to be there!

Proverbs 14:4(NLT) ->You want a clean church? How are we going to get one? By it being empty?

Proverbs 14:9(NLT) ->Guilt isn't always bad...

Proverbs 14:15(NLT) ->Or everything you get forwarded in your email!

Proverbs 14:16(NLT) ->Danger is something to avoid, not plow head-on into. Or to recklessly send your children into.

Proverbs 14:35(NLT) ->So should all leaders.

Isaiah 43:2 ->Bad stuff will happen

Isaiah 43:25 ->He forgives for His glory

1 Timoth…

Apr 13 2009

Motivational Quote: "Failure is a learning experience. It can be a gravestone or a stepping stone." -Bud Hadfield

Thought #1: Failure is also inevitable for human efforts. So, we need to be prepared to handle it well!

Thought #2: I'm flying to Kansas next week to go to a meeting about mission opportunities. I'm hoping the pilot has had all of the learning experiences he needs.

Prayer:Lord God, give direction to our motion, and help us to be actively following you today. Guide my steps into something useful, please. Let my light brighten today as I seek You.

Proverbs 13:3(NLT) ->Watch out for the quick zinger replies.

Proverbs 13:7(NLT) ->Appearances are not good indicators.

Proverbs 13:10(NLT) ->Learn to listen!

Proverbs 13:11(NLT) ->Skip that email! And get to work.

Proverbs 13:12(NLT) ->Wait for the joy!

Isaiah 40:7-8 ->How to stand in the Spirit of the Lord? by His Word!

Isaiah 40:12 ->He's either big, patient, or this is symbolic....this is not a…

Apr12 2009

Motivational quote: "He is Risen!"

Prayer: Lord God, you are the Living One. Life flows from you, and you alone!

1 Corinthians 15: The abandonment of the Christian faith is at the point of denying the resurrection of Christ. If the Son of God truly died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, was buried, and was raised up, and you believe that, with its Biblical definition (no redefining Son of God!), then the rest, God is able to correct in you....

Proverbs 12:3(NLT) ->Our roots are in Him!

Proverbs 12:10(NLT) ->watch over the lesser creatures in your care. Maybe your robots, too.

1 Timothy 4:6 ->The responsibility of the minister is to preach the Word, to remind the church of the Truth!
Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug

Apr 11 2009

Motivational quote for today: "There can be doubt. There can be questions. Hope is not the absence of these things, but the underlying assurance that there is a strength greater than the struggles that doubt and questions bring."

Luke 24:8 ->Remember His Words! That He will rise, that He will return. That we are to love one another, that we are to stand for truth, look after the helpless. That we are to go and tell!!!

We do not live in the Sabbath between the cross and the empty tomb. It is not the time to sit, rest, and go not much of a journey. It is not time to not work. It is time to GO! To follow Him who was dead, and now lives...


Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug

Random observations

Ok, no week in review this week. Maybe next week. Instead, tonight we bring you:

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS!

So, here they are:

1. Anybody that said Fireproof was a badly made movie never watched the Scorpion King.

2. The Disney corporation has never let facts get in the way of telling a great story.

3. When you play Fantasy Golf, not taking Tiger Woods seems dumb. But then you take him, and he goes -2, par, -2 and is 7 strokes back!!

4. I can't pick fantasy baseball any better than I can pick the NCAA Tournament bracket. On the upside, I beat President Obama, even though he picked UNC, which was right, and I picked Gonzaga.

5. Why did pick Gonzaga anyway? I want to take some classes from them, but can't afford. Maybe I should make a bet with their admissions people...

6. An Easter egg hunt is no place to discuss rabbit hunting.

7. Speaking of the Masters, what happened to that whole thing about women members at Augusta National?

8. Computers sometimes miss the obvious.

9. I li…

Thoughts on the day

It's been an action-packed 24 hours around here. Almost overwhelming when it's all put together.

First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to the folks in Mena, Arkansas. They got hit with a tornado last night, did some serious damage. I lived in Arkadelphia when that town was hit, and the news media is using the same terms as they did then. So, it's a mess down there.

Second, some storms of a different kind are erupting in Monticello. Not everyone, it seems, that is in ministry ought to be in ministry. Unfortunately, it's hard not get painted with the wide brush that will be breaking out soon.


I want right now to be a celebration of the Lord's resurrection. It's a great thing! Jesus is ALIVE! We get to celebrate. Unfortunately, life's little burdens are bearing down a little hard on me right now. I feel more like Cleopas before he met Jesus on the way to Emmaus than on the way back.

So, yes, Easter ought to be joyous. Good Friday is a day to refl…

Apr 10 2009

Motivational quote: "Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens, people feel centered and that gives their work meaning." -Warren Bennis

Thought #1: I don't know Warren Bennis, but I guess nobody introduced his writings to my division manager when I was at UPS. The most common refrain from him was that 'everyone can be replaced.' If you tell your people that, they'll let you replace them. If they are volunteers, they'll move on. If employees, some will move on. Others will let you pay them, while they mentally move on...

Thought #2: God's sacrifice of His only Son at Calvary was because we were at the heart of things. Our sin was at the heart of then need for a Redeemer.

Proverbs 10:4 ->Not always in an earthly, measurable fashion.

Proverbs 10:22 ->God's blessings are our wealth

John 20:…

Emil Turner---I can see clearly now!

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I had been driving two years before I took the test for a license. I failed the test because I could not see. I had no idea my vision was poor. I assumed everyone saw like I did.

The day I got eye glasses was amazing. It was autumn and Dad took me quail hunting that afternoon. I could not believe the things I saw. Every tree stood out in sharp relief, I could see leaves flutter in the breeze, bugs on the ground, animals; everything was suddenly clearly defined, and brightly colored.

…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ… 2 Cor. 4:4

The lost world does not see like we see. The things that are obviously of Christ, His creation, the way He changes lives, the blessings that accompany faithfulness, all these are blurred and indistinct to those who have not been saved. They see foolishness where we see faith. They think we are irrational, when we bel…

Interview with Dr. Turner Part 3

Here's the conclusion of my interview with Dr. Emil Turner of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention...


Why did you decide to move from local church service as a pastor to leading the ABSC?

I refused to consider denominational responsibility, even though the Operating Committee of the ABSC Board (which functions as a personnel committee) asked me to do so. After two weeks of ignoring their requests, Mary asked me if I was at least going to pray about it. I took three days to fast and pray at a private retreat site that I used from time to time. At the end of that time, God said to me, not audibly, but unmistakably, “You can reach more people with the gospel by working with hundreds of churches than by working with one church.” I knew then that I must be available to answer to this call.

Do you think it is necessary to sort all of our debates of interpretation, such as: Calvinism; what does 'husband of one-wife mean'; should we totally abstain from alcohol; deacons & p…