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February 4, 2012 3 comments

What a week in Deucology land.  Let’s get right to it.

The new look seemed to go over well.  Several people commented that they liked.  I have also continued to explore the idea of going to a self-hosted blog.  I learned a great deal about it.  My friend, Jon, did this recently and has offered to share his experience with me.  (Jon, I’ve got to give you a call and talk about that.)

Here is a rundown of this week’s posts:

I Never Had “A” Salvation Experience started the week out on Sunday.  I conveyed how salvation is not just an experience in the past, but something that is present in my life every day.

First Church Year #2 on Monday continues our adventure of settling in at our new church.

January ended on Tuesday with me sharing Random Thoughts At The End Of January.

On Wednesday, I asked the question What’s Your Story?  I got some great comments from several of you.

I shared one of my favorite posts on Thursday, Wave Your Hands In The Air.

I ended the work week yesterday with My Quitter Experience.

Let me just say a word about yesterday.  Friday was one of those rare days that hasn’t happened very often.  Does the way I just said that make it double rare?  My college friends, Tony and Gretchen, kicked off the day by discovering my blog on Facebook.  They read several posts and got my traffic off to a great start.  Then it got really crazy.

I tweeted to Jon Acuff about the post, since his Quitter book inspired it.  Later, I commented on his blog and he replied.  He even asked if he could write a post about my experience, and, of course, I said yes.  That little exchange seemed to have driven about 25% of my blog traffic yesterday.  So, in a very public way, I want to thank Jon Acuff.  I met Jon once and he is someone who is truly interested in helping others achieve their dreams.

Another thing that happened this week was that there were more comments than any other weeks.  I passed 1,000 total comments.  That is something that truly makes this experience special.  I appreciate everyone who takes a few minutes to engage in the conversation.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

How was your week?  If you blog, how were things your way?

 

Random Thoughts At The End Of January

January 31, 2012 12 comments

Just some random thoughts I had this month.

Can you have true kindness and compassion without Christ?

We Built This City is possibly my least favorite rock song of all time.

Do you remember the show, Alice? I never wanted to kiss Flo’s grits. I prefer to eat grits with salt, pepper and butter for breakfast.

A friend of mine forgot to pray until he was halfway through lunch one day.Does it still count or is it, like, half a prayer?

Since Chi-Fil-A is closed on Sunday, should everyone eat there on Wednesday before church?
Our religion should be an expression of our relationship with Christ. One way or the other, most of the time it is.
What exactly was Kurt Cobain singing in Smells Like Teen Spirit?
52% of people do not wash their hands after using the restroom.
Why do people have to fly by you, then immediately pull in front of you, just to get somewhere one second faster?  It’s irritating, especially when it’s someone you know.
A friend of mine heard an ad on a Christian radio station for a spiritual coach.  Isn’t that your pastor?
Read that 90% of pastors spend just two hours per message on sermon prep during the week.  I know they have other stuff to do, but what is so important that they spend that little time preparing to preach the word of God?
No one has ever given me the key to a city.  If they did, I would stick it in the ignition and take the town for a spin.
The Bean Pot restaurant in Crossville, TN is closing.  I remember the last time I ate there.  This is truly a sad event.
I wish the University of Alabama would quit sending my daughter correspondence.  Not.  Going.  To.  Happen.
My daughter bought her prom dress the other day.  Sigh.
I hope you all had a great January.  Remember, it’s only 329 days until Christmas.
Did you have any random thoughts in January?

Random Thoughts At The End Of December

December 30, 2011 4 comments

Holiness > Morality.  Morality aims at outward behavior.  Holiness aims at God.

Why does The Band Perry call themselves that instead of The Perry Band?  That would be like calling Tellico Lake, Lake Tellico.  Tellico Lake is a local lake.

The most important institution on Earth is Christ’s Church.  Unfortunately, you can’t tell that based on the lives of those of us which claim to be a part of it.

John Piper says the United States of America compares the Christ’s church as a speck of dust does to the sun.  How many church members in America believe that?

The Pharisees were lovers of money in Luke 16:14.  The love of money is the root of all evil.  What does that say about Pharisees? Or lovers of money?

What will I blog about on Mondays after the church search is over?  How about the first year in a new church?

Having a bluetooth does not mean that you have to use it while standing at the urinal.

There is a local business called The Bed Store.  Their commercials are kind of creepy.  The owner winks at the camera and says they will even tuck you in.  No thanks.

If someone says they’re not a happy camper, encourage them to find another campground.  I’ve needed to do that a few times myself.

Would you like to have a great death?  Then live a great life!!!

How would Planned Parenthood have counseled Mary?

Did you have any random thoughts in December?

Random Thoughts At The End Of November

November 30, 2011 17 comments

Today’s post is not terribly original, but it is something that I am thinking about making a regular feature on the blog.  Check back next month to see if it makes the cut.  Now, without further adieu, some random thoughts that I had this month.

*When we read the New Testament, we find out that Jesus had brothers named James, Joses, Judas and Simon, as well as some unnamed sisters.  Do you think that whenever Joseph and Mary called them down they asked, “Kids, what would Jesus do?”

*I really wanted to turn the above into a blog post, but I just couldn’t make it work.

*I hope you didn’t find that offensive.  I worry sometimes that people find my sense of humor offensive.  Especially if it is based on something  out of the Bible.

*I read Sheldon’s In His Steps about 20 years ago.  I thought it was a fine book.  Funny, that about 100 years after it was written that the whole WWJD phenomenon happened with bracelets and T-shirts.

*I think Jesus’ brothers and sisters really loved Him.  They were so concerned about Him they wanted to take him home from His ministry.

*I would really like to submit something to Jon Acuff and guest post one Friday on SCL.  There’s just one problem.  I’m just really not funny enough.  At least I’m not when I write.  I can’t do satire.  Every time I try to write something like that all I can see are a lot of people getting really mad.

*I tried to write a couple of satiric pieces like Growing Up With Jesus and A Church For Bloggers.  I just could not make these things work.  So, I’m just going to quit trying to be intentionally funny.  I can’t do it in a blog.

*My football Vols didn’t end the season well.  I uttered indecipherable words when my Vols lost Saturday.  Some people in my family might have thought I was speaking in tongues.  I also went outside and took my frustrations out on a couple of basketballs.

*My BasketVols, however, are doing okay.  They lost twice last week, to Duke and Memphis.  However, I was proud of the effort that gave many of us who support the Big Orange.

*They lost again Monday night. I hate losing.

*One of the goals I have next year is to read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series.  I’ve never actually read any of Lewis’ fiction.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I have read The Screwtape Letters.

*I would really hate to have an artificial hip recalled.

*I am not the biggest Barack Obama fan, but should any President of the United States have a Chia in their likeness?

*Should there be a Larry the Deuce Chia?

*It looks like I’m really going to have to hold my nose when I vote in 2012.

*In 1 Samuel 25:25, in the King James, David says he will kill “all that pisseth against the wall.” When did that word become a not-so nice word and what has brought it back into social acceptability?

*This verse and my attitude about led to a huge disagreement between my wife and me once.

*I’m looking forward to the Townsend Christmas Parade Sunday.  It’s one of the true community events in our little area.  The Shriners should be there wearing their funny hats and driving their funny cars.

*I love the Christmas season.

*Tomorrow I will begin writing Christmas posts.  I hope to have a two or three of my blogging friends do guest posts.  So, if you don’t like Christmas, you won’t like the next 25 posts I write.

Do you have a random thought from November or have anything to add to those I listed?