Monthly Archives: April 2008

Things I Should Be Surprised to Hear Larry King Say, #2.

So when I mentioned the other day that I should make this a new category, it was kind of a joke. But then tonight, Larry said this, talking to the medical director for the LA County Department of Children and Famiy Services:

“You have child abuse cases every day here, Dr. Sophy?”
“Yes we do.”
“In L.A.”
“Yes we do.”
“Every day?”
“Every day.”
“So it’s not just polygamy . . .”

??!?

And thus a new category is born.

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In Which Larry King Needs Some Help.

The Wise One and I are watching tonight’s Larry King Live, and he just asked a group of seven mothers from the Mormon compound, randomly, “Did you ever think polygamy is wrong?”

Yes, Larry. They’re on tv in their homemade matching dresses with 14-inch bangs to defy their prophet and denounce the only life they’ve ever known. And you’re only six minutes into the interview.

And they just cut for a commercial break: Larry says, “Well, we know polygamy is against US law; we’ll ask if it’s against God’s law, right after this.” Larry’s been senile for a while, but sometimes I think he’s actually starting to lose it completely.

Maybe I’ll start a new blog category: Things I Never Thought I’d Hear Larry King Say.

Update: Here’s a teeny tiny screen shot from the cnn.com website; notice that the lady in the back right is asleep. Again. (She slept through most of the interview.)

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In Which Jeff Made Me Think Of This.

Saw this in the store the other day. Because Everything should taste like bacon.

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In Which I Post Many Links to Material on John the Baptist.

A couple of weeks ago I preached on John the Baptist at Crosspointe. It probably should have been a series — there was a ton of stuff I had to leave out so that we could be out of the gym in time for Children’s Church on Sunday morning.

I read a lot of stuff while preparing for the message — some of it very enlightening, some of it not so. For anybody who found any of it interesting and wants to dig deeper, here are some of the more interesting articles/sermons/etc. that I found. (I’ll be posting the actual message (text) in the next week or so.)

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Quick Quotes for Tuesday April 15

Anne Lamott on grace:

I know that grace meets you wherever you are, and doesn’t leave you where it found you.

From Laugh Lines:

And only in America can a 46-year-old black man who just finished paying off his student loans be called “elitist,” a 60-year-old woman who with her husband has earned $100 million dollars call herself “middle class,” and a 71-year-old man who has received government paychecks his entire adult life call himself an “outsider.”
– Janice Hough, Palo Alto, Calif.

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In Which I Am Reminded Of The Beauty Around Me.

This little piece won the Pulitzer Prize this year for Feature Writing. The writer conspired with world-class violinist Joshua Bell to play for an hour in the DC subway on his $3.5 million Stradivarius, and then documented the results. It’s a bit long, but well worth a read. If you don’t have time now, print it out and then read it in the bathroom when you have more time.

For me, it serves as a reminder to be aware of the world around me. I work right on the waterfront in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Even on cloudy, rainy days, the view is fantastic, and on clear nights the sunsets are breathtaking [note: not my pics]. But too often, I walk past the windows, smell the salt air outside, and don’t think about how blessed I am — to live here, to have such a wonderful family, to know a God who loves me.

Conversely, too often I am oblivious to the needs of others around me. I get cranky, self-absorbed, tired, sore, busy, short-tempered with my children, distant from my wife, I don’t touch the world around me and I am not touched. It’s no way to live in Christ, and no way to be a husband/brother/father/son/friend. For those of you whom I ignore too regularly, I ask your forgiveness. I’m trying to be a better man . . .

And such work begins simply by being aware. Aware of the beauty around me — not just in nature, but in the people I encounter each day. Aware of the needs of those around me. Aware of the beauty inside me.

I wonder — if I had been in the DC subway that day, would I have noticed the music?

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

–St. Francis of Assisi

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In Which Goofy Is Better Than Pluto.

Another post inspired by a poll over at This or That?:

In September 2004 we took the boys to Disneyland with Grandma and Grandpa. We went a couple of weeks after school had started; Chester was 4 1/2 and Peanut was 9 months old. We drove (of course; The Wise One hates to fly and our boys will learn to love road trips the way we do).

The scoop, with pictures, after the jump:

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