6… 5… 4… or “Tag! You’re it!”

The new year is counting down (in the western world) and my friend Jeromy has challenged me to reflect over the last 12 months and encourage some friends to do the same… I’m just getting ready to leave work, but I will try to countdown or at least, recount some of the top most influential, life-changing experiences of 2007 a little later on tonight… to my friends/family/readers back east… I’ll be thinking of you at 9 PST!

SDG,
Matty

10…9…8…7…

Greetings all and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! My prayer is that 2008 will be the best year yet!

As a word of note, I will no longer be referring to my son as “Fish”… he is now, “Bug”… my mom always called me “bug” when I was small and after spending a week with her and my dad and sister, my son is the new “bug”… ok, anyway… whatever… Continue reading

“Ding Dong the Witch is Dead…”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071216/ap_on_en_mu/celine_finale

Is it me?  Or does Las Vegas suddenly seem brighter?

outta line?

A poor orphan girl named Maria…

I hate cheesy, sentimental, over-done songs written simply to tug at the heart strings… you know the one’s I’m talking about… Proud to be an American by Lee Greenwood and The Christmas Shoes sung by Bob Carlisle… oh… and speaking of Carlisle… how about Butterfly Kisses? I hate being manipulated by these stupid songs.

However, there is a song playing on my local 24/7 Christmas music station that I just adore… it’s called The Gift and it is performed by Aselin Debison. Here are the lyrics: Continue reading

God and I had a long talk…

… and we came to the following conclusion:

It is perfectly ok for me to be discouraged, depressed, sad, frustrated, etc by the turns life takes, HOWEVER, to wallow in it shows an IMMENSE lack of Faith and I should cut it out!

21st Century Legalism

I just read a great post by Bill Giovannetti on his blog, Max Grace (click for the original post). Bill is Sr. Pastor of Neighborhood Church in Redding, CA (my soon to be home town, with God’s help).

In his post, Bill describes the new legalism facing American churches in the 21st century. He is witty and insightful and I think these words need sharing! Just a caveat before you go read his post (and you WILL go read his post, right?!), it’s a post in two parts and, as of this writing, only the first part is finished. Bookmark it so you can check back, or look for it in my newly re-designed blogroll!

more on The Golden Compass (pt 2)

Al Roker interviewed Phillip Pullman about the books and movie, specifically about its “atheist” overtones… read the text of the interview here…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21595083/

now… before you go off on a rant, let me just say I realize some of these answers seemingly contradict other things he is quoted as saying… could it be he is rethinking his position?  could it be he is getting pressure?  could it be he’s just trying to soften the message so he can make more money?  sure…