Shockey Showdown

December 18, 2006

playoffs…..we’ve got a shot! 

Eagles -36

Giants -22

’nuff said.

Quizzo Questions

December 6, 2006

so last night I was playing quizzo at Kildare’s, and one of the last questions was “If something occurs bi-annually, how often does it occur?”

My answer, of course, was every two years.  After all, the bicentennial happened in 1976, after two centuries.  A bicycle has two wheels.  A bisexual likes two different sexes.

However, the quizmaster said the answer was every 6 months or twice a year. 

After checking some websites, I’ve seen it used both ways. See http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bi-annual

So somebody smart help me out here — what is the correct definition of this word?

Thanksgiving

November 23, 2006

Well, it’s thanksgiving once again and there’s several things I’m thankful for this year.

- I’m done with college! (no more Carnegie Mellon University)

- I’m gainfully employed

- I have a beautiful nephew who just turned one

- I have a caring family

- I’m in a wonderful small group (when I’m able to attend)

- I’m (fairly) healthy

- I have food to eat and a roof over my head

What is everyone else thankful for this year?

Week 8 NFC East Round-Up

October 30, 2006

Man, it hurts to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan.  It also hurts to be an Steelers fan (who loses to Oakland?), but fortunately I’m not a Steelers fan.

Before the start of the regular season, Sports Illustrated predicted that all the teams in the NFC east would finish the season at 9-7.  I disagreed with that prediction then, and I still disagree with it.  Here’s my predictions for the NFC East for the second half of the season.

New York Giants: 5-2

11/5 – Texans: W

11/12 – Bears: L

11/20 – at Jaguars: W

11/26 – at Titans: W

12/3 – Cowboys: W

12/17 – Eagles: W

12/24 – Saints: W

12/30 – Redskins: W

 Final Record: 12-3

Philadelphia Eagles: 4-4

Nov 12 – Washington: W

Nov 19 – Tennessee: W

Nov 26 – Indy: L

Dec 4 – Carolina: L

Dec 10 – Washington: W

Dec 17 – Giants: L

Dec 25 – Dallas: W

Dec 31 – Atlanta: L

Final Record: 8-8

Dallas Cowboys: 3-3

10/29 – Carolina: W

11/5 – Washington: W

11/12 – Arizona: W

11/19 – Indianapolis: L

11/23 – Tampa Bay: W

12/3 – Giants: L

12/10 – New Orleans: W

12/16 – Atlanta: L

12/25 – Philadelphia: L

12/31 – Detroit: W

Final Record: 9-7

Washington Redskins: 2-5

11/5 – Cowboys: L

11/12 – Eagles: L

11/19 – Buccanneers: W

11/26 – Panthers: L

12/3 – Panthers: L

12/10 – Eagles: L

12/17 – Saints: L

12/24 – Rams: L

12/30 – Giants: L

Final Record: 3-13

So at the end of the season we’ll have:

Giants: 12-3

Cowboys: 9-7

Eagles: 8-8

Redskins: 3-13

so the Giants win the division with the cowboys possibly a wildcard in the playoffs.  for the Eagles and the Redskins, there’s always next year.

Unfortunately for Philadelphia, a city that has been without a championship for a long time, the chance for a superbowl win is over.  The franchise has been built around Donovan McNabb who is getting older, and won’t be in his prime much longer, as are key defensive players, Jeremiah Trotter and Brian Dawkins.  While some of the younger players look talented, they are not superstars.  It seems that Andy Reid, Jim Johnson, and Marty just don’t have what it takes to coach this team to any sort of decency.

Here is another excerpt from Tim Conder’s book, “The Church in Transition”.

Somtimes our churches resemble me and my chainsaw.  The chainsaw is high on my hierarchy of personal tools.  It’s convenient, efficient, and kind of fun to use.  I feel strong and in control when I use a chainsaw.  But each of the seven homes located on our circle owns a chainsaw–and none of us uses this tool more than once or twice a year.  Why do we have so many chainsaws?  Ignoring our affluence for the moment, part of the answer lies in the suburban “holy grail” of independence.  We want to be able to use the chainsaw at the precise moment we choose, and we don’t want to depend on anyone else’s graciousness to tend to our little corner of creation.  It’s our way of being adam in the garden and saying to Eve, “I don’t need you!”

An abbreviated list of “chainsaws” in the tool sheds of many churches could include our children’s programs, youth programs, support groups, mission endeavros, facilities, and vehicles.  These can all be necessities, but often they are redunancies created in competition with other churches.  Missional proximity and missional dependence are closely related.  When congregations have a stronger sense of missional proximity, it will diminish redundancies and increase their dependence on one another.

I would love to see more churches working together, and less churches competing.  Anyone have any idea on how to foster these types of relationships?

The Role of a Pastor

October 4, 2006

I’ve been reading “The Church in Transition” by Tim Conder.  I think the beginning of the book is quite boring – he talks about post-modernism and what it is…but that’s really nothing new considering the wealth of commentary on that subject.  However, I became intrigued when Tim started talking about the role of the Pastor as an ‘apostle’, ‘poet’, and ‘prophet’.  Some say that pastors need to have “the entrepreneurial skills of Bill Gates, the counseling skills of Dr. Phil, the organizational abilities of Stephen Covey, the authenticity of Oprah, the compassion of Mother Teresa, the courage of William Wallace, and the humor of Jon Stewart.”  I think this is a pretty accurate assessment of what most people expect from a pastor.  There’s no doubt about it – being a pastor is hard.  That said, just because a job is hard isn’t an excuse to do it poorly.  There are many professions which require people to wear many different hats.  Doctors need to have the technical skills to assess and diagnose illness, as well as the proper bedside manner.  Engineers need math and science skills to make machines work, as well as creativity to create and develop new technology.  Pastors simply need to follow God, and draw upon the wealth of resources offered by a multi-faceted supreme being.

an APOSTLE leads a congregation to be witnesses to the gospel in lands where old maps no longer work – he leads the church out of its insular experience as a safe harbor from the surrounding culture and into the uncharted seas of the emerging culture. 

 a POET hears and expresses the experiences of the congregation – sensing the experience of the body and giving that experience a voice….poignantly narrating the yearnings of a gospel community.

a PROPHET leads with insight and savvy, addressing of the word of God directly into the specific, concrete historical experience of the people of God.  The contemporary prophet translates God’s revelation into our current realities.

Does anyone know of a Pastor that is an apostle, poet, and prophet?

Monday NFL Update

October 2, 2006

Since I haven’t done an NFL update yet, I’m gonna provide brief thoughts on Weeks 1-3 and then talk about Week 4. 

 Week 1:  I was in LA, and missed the Eagles.  I did see a little bit of the Reggie Bush action, and he looked great for a rookie.

Week 2:  The absolute worst loss for Philadelphia sports in recent history.  Anybody disagree?

Week 3:  The Eagles try to redeem themselves against the 49ers.  They won the game, but a 14 point swing on a Mike Patterson fumble return isn’t enough to show fans that you’re serious.  However, I love seeing defensive lineman stagger down the field.

 Week 4: The Eagles play the Packers tonight.  With Lito Sheppard back in the Eagles secondary, they should be fine, but Favre will still play well enough to keep the Packers in the game.

Crooked Soulz Play Of The Week: Byron Leftwich steps into a big hit on 4th down in order to throw a pass setting up the field goal to tie the game.  Sadly, the Jags lose in overtime.

Fantasy Update: Overall, I’m 4-4 right now….however, after the Eagles play tonight I should be 5-3, which might move me into 3rd place in my division.  It’s gonna be a tough end of season for me if I’m gonna make the playoffs.

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