Monthly Archives: August 2007

All in the love of Christ

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I ran across a website this morning that was sad, to say the least.

The folks over at A Little Leaven appear to be doing something good…pointing out hypocrisy in today’s Christian churches, so that we can get back to the business of preaching God’s word in our churches.

However, after reading a bit, it just seems that they take every marketing campaign and ridicule it. About 2 weeks ago, my church was the target because of our Bringing Sexy Back series. Since I have to leave the house in about 30 minutes and I’m not even showered yet, I’m not able to add a coherent response yet…but Bubba won’t be silent.

If you’re from that website…and you’re reading this…please know. Cornerstone is not trying to manipulate God’s word into what we believe. Are we using a gimmick to get people in church? Yep. Are they going to hear God’s word if they show up? Yep. Do we present it in a way that everyone understands? You betcha. Do we twist it to placate everyone? NO, NO, and NO. The sermons from this series are available here….check it out for yourselves.

Until next time…Bubba sez don’t mock what you don’t understand.

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Miscellaneous brain dump

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It is what it says. Proceed at your own risk.

Just found another Redneck blog called Born Again Redneck, which I thought was interesting because that’s what I am. I especially liked his post dealing with obesity and poverty statistics. Bubba sez check him out.

It sure is hot here. The Phoenix area just broke a record by having its 29th day this year with temps over 110 degrees. Thank God the buses here have air conditioning, just like the good Lord meant it. And the Arizona Republic is there to tell us that it could be worse. For instance, in Marble Bar, Australia, it was over 100 degrees for 162 consecutive days from October 1923 to April 1924. Well, guess you know why I don’t live in Marble Bar.

The Diamondbacks dropped their third straight to the Padres over in San Diego. They are now tied with los Padres for the lead in the National League West. C’mon boys, time to get moving. After all, my White Sox aren’t going anywhere this year…and can ESPN talk about ANYTHING besides the Yankees and Red Sox? ENOUGH!

I need to get making thank you cards for everyone that attended my birthday party. Won’t be tonight, however; I have to set up the lights at church for this weekend.

I just finished reading For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn. Shaunti spoke at our church last weekend…and I have to say…this book really nails down some of the most fundamental us boys have understanding girls. If you’re a guy, and especially if you’re married…Bubba sez get it. NOW.

There are several things I want to get sometime in the next few…well, whatever it takes: a new computer (yep, I’m gonna build it), an airline ticket back east so I can see my family, and an old beater of a car that I can pick up for really, really cheap.

Why do people complain about the heat here? Lemme tell ya somethin’….you live in a desert!!! If you don’t like the heat…MOVE! Bubba sez ’nuff said about that.

If you like cute games, you must check out Nothing that’s going to addict you forever, but some really cute stuff there.

Some of you have asked about my wonderful co-worker. Well, she left a couple of comments on here, one of them not so nice. After seeing it, I went to her desk and asked if she wanted to sit down sometime and talk. The response I got was “sure, but I don’t have anything I need to say to you.” When I mentioned that it’s sad that things had to end this way, the comment I got was “oh well, sh!t happens.” I left the offer open; but as of this post, I never heard back from her. I also see that her vow to not read my blog anymore was pretty much a lie; it still gets read by at least a couple of others at work.

You know, the only reason I put that post up was because I wanted to have a face-to-face conversation with her. And I’m not really sure why. I mean, it’s not like I want to date her again, or anything like that. I guess I’m just sad that someone who I was close to apparently doesn’t like me anymore. After her post, I know I have a couple of things to apologize for, and would gladly do so if given the opportunity. But it looks like it’s just going to be one of those things that just kind of gets left hanging out there.

Can you believe that August is almost over? I can’t.

Dear Lord, please give me the strength to clean my house. It needs it…badly.

Well, that’s about it. Bubba sez God bless…and hug yer loved ones today, mmmkay?

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Total Eclipse of the….Moon

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Bubba sez….hey, y’all…check this out!

Late tonight/early tomorrow we will have a total lunar eclipse. Bring yer clan outside an’ freak ’em out. Here in the wonderful Grand Canyon State, it starts at 1:51 am, with the moon being totally eclipsed at 2:52. Starting around 5:22 am you should start to see the moon again when it emerges from the shadow of the earth.

Bubba also sez…I’ll try to check it out…but I gotta work tomorrow!

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Quick Weekend Update

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Well, I’m back from the cool, peaceful, and relaxing Prescott Pines retreat for Singles & Others, 2007. A fun time was had by all, and Jeff didn’t have any kidney stones. If you went to the retreat, I personally thank you for coming and making this time what it was. Especially Brenda, the organizer of all this chaos…thank you so much.

We then came back to church…and it was definitely worth it. Shaunti Feldhahn came to our church to speak, and it was spectacular. She spoke about her first book, “For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men”…and all I can say is that there are some amazying truths that were discussed about some common misconceptions about how the male mind works. The one that really stuck out in my mind is the one about how fragile the male ego really is. I know that people normally see me as a hyper-sensitive male, and probably part of that is true. However, I believe that part of that is also because I let my true feelings out when I’ve been hurt by something. If a woman hurts my ego, I either tell her about it or withdraw…and I know that there is more than one person that wishes I would “grow up”. But I would rather be honest about my feelings, and work it out with that person than to just pretend everything is OK.

Well, more to come during the week. Bubba sez God bless.

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Michael Vick

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Well, the news story of the day seems to be that Michael Vick has entered into some sort of plea agreement with the State of Virginia, admitting that he helped run a dogfighting operation, including buying property to house the dogs, and admitting that he had a hand in killing at least some of the dogs that were destroyed.

If you know Bubba, this ain’t sittin well with him. I do not believe dogs were put on earth by God so humans can shape them into killers, and I don’t believe that a dog should be put to death, humanely or otherwise, just because they cannot perform an athletic feat. It’s also my personal belief that anyone that enjoys seeing two dogs fight “to the death” has something wrong with their medulla oblongata.

But what really gets me going about this is the fact that Michael Vick appeared to be on top of the world. A respected athlete earning more money than people should ever be allowed to earn for playing a game, one would think that he would have no need for this type of illegal and intensely cruel activity. But, like Bubba’s momma sez, “that’s where thinkin got ya!”

Studies have shown that people that abuse animals have an incredibly high likelihood of physically abusing humans as well. If that’s the case, then anyone caught anywhere near a dogfighting operation is a potential abuser. That means the trainers, property owners, spectators, bettors, everyone.

If we have compassion and understanding, though, we know that abusers have often been abused themselves. Hopefully everyone involved will get the healing and help they need.

So, with all of this being said, Bubba has some final thoughts. Michael, and the rest of the defendants in this case, need jail time. Not 60 days in Sheriff Joe’s tents or something like that…but at least a year, if not more. Volunteer time in some no-kill shelters would be a good thing, too. And last, but not least, a lot of therapy to determine where these people have been failed to the point where they think animals killing each other for SPORT is a fun activity.

Now, I know what some of you are going to say. What about hunters? What about National Geographic films showing lions hunting down gazelles? Well, the hunters that I know use the animals for food, so it isn’t just sport. And the lions and gazelles is just part of the survival instinct of animals, and not just for fun and games. There is a huge difference between gathering food, and killing something just for the sake of watching it die.

Bubba sez say a prayer for Michael and his misguided cronies…that somehow they experience healing through all of this. And if you think dogfighting is fun…get some help, k? God bless y’all.

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Weekend Getaway

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Just thought I’d update really quick from my break at work…Bubba is gonna go back to the woods for the weekend. Starting out about 7:00am, I’m heading to Prescott for a church small group retreat. It won’t be all rest and relaxation, though…Bubba gets to help lead worship on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Yes, the Redneck Desert Dweller World Tour has its one and only stop in Prescott this weekend…come hear Bubba sing!

I also wanted to take a minute to thank Jeff, Marney, and everyone else that attended my 40th birthday party last Saturday. I was really touched to see the amount of people that came out to celebrate my birthday, along with Pat’s. Thank you one and all…and I am writing thank you cards for all the gifts that came my way. I love you all!

Well, that’s all for now. Bubba sez hug the ones you love TODAY…and God bless.

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Dinner with friends

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Here are my wonderful friends Jay and Alison that had me over for dinner last night. Crawfish etoufee…and birthday cake for dessert. Thanks guy…and I’ll be posting pics of the little ones soon…my babies!

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Slow motion photography

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You just HAVE to see this one.

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Last night

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Like I alluded to previously, I did not go to work today. Don’t worry; I’m fine, but I knew that I would be out late last night, and so I decided to take the day off.

For Pat’s birthday, we went to the Diamondbacks’ game last night. Unfortunately, they got whupped by the Brewers 9-0, but we still had an absolutely incredible time.

First of all, the tickets were in Friday’s Front Row, which is a TGI Friday’s restaurant located inside of Chase Field. What makes these seats so special is that you are sitting in the outfield, with an absolutely stunning view of the field, no one walks in front of your view of the field, AND you get someone to wait on you for the entire game. None of this having to get up so someone else can get to their seat, or having to eat out of your lap. A real table with lots of elbow room.

Since we got there so early, we went out to watch batting practice. We went out to left field, and started watching the balls fly over our head. There was a teenager that we started talking to, a really nice kid…and he was also a White Sox fan. Good boy! Then, as the Brewers’ players started shagging some of the balls that didn’t make it over the fence, I started hollering out “hey! the birthday girl would like a ball!” At first, I was ignored, but then one of them decided he’d look back, and flipped a ball over to Pat. She was in heaven! Thanks to Jim Crawford, a coaching assistant that made our night.

Then we found that the Dbacks had set up a table to make signs. I wish now I had taken a picture of mine…I put on it “Turning 60, but still cheers like a kid! Go D-Backs!”
Dinner was awesome, and we had a lot of fun. Thanks to Tami and Susan for going along.
Time to rest up. Bubba sez God bless…and Happy Birthday to Pat!
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Heartwarming story

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Here’s a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between a little 5-year-old girl and some construction workers that makes you believe that we CAN make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.

A young family moved into a house next door to a vacant lot. One day a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot.

The young family’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers.

Eventually the construction crew, all of them gems-in-the-rough, more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.

At the end of the first week they even presented her with a pay envelope containing a couple of dollars. The little girl took this home to her mother who said all the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the two dollar “pay” she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.

When they got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, “I worked last week with the crew building the house next door to us.

“My goodness gracious,” said the teller, “and will you be working on the house again this week, too?”

The little girl replied, “I will if those a**holes at Home Depot ever deliver the f**king sheet rock…”

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