The Day Carolina Basketball Killed my Cat

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Truth is often stranger than fiction, and in this case, the passing away recently of one of the famous members of Carolina's 1957 undefeated championship team (the noteworthy Pete Brennan) brought to mind the day in 1958 or so I unexpectedly found another member of that team in my front yard apologizing for hitting my cat. But I am getting ahead of the story.People can say all they want about some of the great Final Fours in modern basketball history, and Carolina has played and won … [Read more...]

What Price Closure?

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I was watching a Dateline program. This one was about a situation where a man was accused of killing a teenage girl, he did confess, but then he recanted, saying he was a teen at the time and was coerced. What interested me most about the story (besides the fact that the man is getting a second trial years later), is the reaction of the mother. Her basic words were "I want some closure here, and some justice. I want to stop living in limbo." What she really wanted was her son to be … [Read more...]

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child?

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On June 8th of this year Prosperity Preacher Creflo Dollar (yes, that's his name) was arrested for assaulting (choking involved) his 15 year old daughter when she would not co-operate with his ban on her going to a party after midnight. In my life time, the issue of corporal punishment and whether it is acceptable or not an acceptable practice for parents to use with their children has become a contested and controversial one, whereas when I was a child, not only was it seen as an accepted … [Read more...]

The Lovely Bones– a Jackson Classic

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There are some movies that are fine films, but for lack of time or opportunity you simply miss them. Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones is one such film, a film about the afterlife. As afterlife films go, this one charts a somewhat predictable path--- prematurely dead person seeks to guide one or more of the living to her killer. It's not Ghost, nor is it the Sixth Sense, nor is it Poltergeist, but this movie is effective in its own way. Here is the summary of the film. … [Read more...]

The Ignorance of the Media about Religion

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Here is a helpful post by Larry Hurtado with link to an even more helpful survey of the media's general ignorance of religion among other things. Religion in the News Media by larry hurtadoA recently-published survey of American views on the reporting about religion in the news media is very interesting. Here's the link to the survey: http://annenberg.usc.edu/~/media/PDFs/winston-bliss.ashxThere are a number of interesting findings in the 40-page survey, among them the … [Read more...]

Annual Conference Teaching

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Here is a link to the two teaching sessions I did at the South Alabama West Florida Annual Conference Sessions in June. Note that you have to first click on this link and then look for the two links to my Bible Studies on Monday and Tuesday mornings.http://www.christumcmobile.com/annualconference … [Read more...]

Ice Age IV– Cartoon Drift

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Drat that Scrat, in his eternal search for the perfect acorn, he causes a whole lot of unintended trouble, in this case Continental Drift itself. Who knew? And who knew that there was somewhere out there a Scratlantis as well? These and other revelations are unveiled before our not so 3D eyes in this latest one hour and 34 minute extended cartoon, which I saw in Real 3D (causing Scrat's already long snout to become like Pinocchio's).However, before we say something about that, what … [Read more...]

Uncle Drew– a Basketball Fantasy

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Loving like Cats and Dogs

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