Mar 22, 2008

Thank you...

Yesterday was the day historically set aside for Good Friday. It's the traditional celebration of the death of Christ on the cross. While Christmas brings us the theological understanding of "Incarnation", Good Friday brings us the concept of "Propitiation" and "Justification".

Propitiation means that Christ provided an "atoning sacrifice" for our sins. It's not just enough that as a human Jesus died on the cross. The sinless perfection of Christ's life means that his sacrifice provided an atonement for our sins. Despite many who now want to deny the blood nature of the atonement, Jesus' death and all it's gruesomeness provided the payment necessary to provide for forgiveness of sins.

Make no mistake, the cross of Jesus is not some pretty symbol to wear around our necks or dangle from our ears. It should be a constant reminder of the grotesque extremes that God would go to in order ransom His glory that was marred by our sin. The cross has been aptly named by some "A Violent Grace".

Not only does the cross provide atonement, but also is the means of a legal transaction on our account. Justification is a legal term where God credits our account with the limitless account of Jesus Christ. Although we are guilty, God declares us "Not Guilty" because of Christ. I remember once that Wayne Watson wrote a song in which he said, "His gaze always passes through rose colored glasses." When God looks at his children, his sees us through the work of Christ. The greatest definition I ever heard of justification was provided by John MacArthur. He said, "The Father treated Christ as if he were me so that he could treat me as if I were Christ."

So in the maze of Easter candy, family get-togethers, chocolate bunnies, and filled churches, let us not forget how good Good Friday really is. Thank you Jesus.

Mar 21, 2008

Dawgs beat Ducks 76-69

Great win Dawgs! After being down all of the first half and by 10 at halftime, MSU came out and asserted it's will against the Oregon Ducks. They shut down Oregon's 3 point shooters and took control of the boards.

Charles Rhodes proved again that he is a beast! He will be much missed in Starkville next year. He follows in a long line of Power Forwards like Lawrence Roberts, Mario Austin, Robert Jackson, and Cameron Burns. Rhodes had 34 points and Barry Stewart came out in the second half with 16.

Bring on Memphis!

Mar 19, 2008

I have absolutely nothing to say about this...

A new feature on the blog. I will occasionally post absolutely ridiculous stories of which I have no comment. For those of you who know me, you know how hard it is for me to stay silent about something. Here's the first edition:

Woman Goes for Leg Operation, Gets New Anus Instead

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A German retiree is taking a hospital to court after she went in for a leg operation and got a new anus instead, the Daily Telegraph is reporting.

The woman woke up to find she had been mixed up with another patient suffering from incontinence who was to have surgery on her sphincter.

The clinic in Hochfranken, Bavaria, has since suspended the surgical team.

Now the woman is planning to sue the hospital. She still needs the leg operation and is searching for another hospital to do it.

Mar 14, 2008

Bulldogs advance past Crimson Tide

Congrats to the Bulldogs for advancing in their first game of the '08 SEC Tournament with a hard fought game against Alabama. The story was not the game, but the fact that some severe weather hit the GA Dome and downtown Atlanta during the overtime. The game was delayed 64 minutes.

State was up by three at the delay and then went on to win by two. Congrats to Jamont Gordon and the rest of the dawgs for staying in the game and playing hard. I didn't get to see much of the first half, but I understand that State had a pretty good lead and let Bama back in. Listening on the radio, it sounded like Bama was hitting three pointers about every trip for a stretch there. Congrats to MSU for coming back from a significant defecit in the second half.

On to play either Georgia or Kentucky tomorrow night. Kentucky is one of the hottest teams in the league right now.

Win again tomorrow Dawgs!

Mar 5, 2008

Good Times

Just reminiscing about good times last fall.

After a season filled with down moments, JD Drew went from overpriced ballplayer to playoff legend in Beantown with one swing of the bat.

Go Sox. Repeat in '08!

Mar 1, 2008

The Evil Empire Attempts to Strike Back...(or why Hank Steinbrenner should learn to shut his mouth)

Alright boys and girls. Time to get back to writing. I was thinking a lot this week what I could write about. Been real busy getting little league baseball and soccer going for Nathan and Drew, catching up on work after being out a week, and clearing things off the honey-do list. Then I wake up this morning and watch SportsCenter and see this following quote from Hank Steinbrenner:

"Red Sox Nation?" Hank says. "What a bunch of [expletive] that is. That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans. Go anywhere in America and you won't see Red Sox hats and jackets, you'll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We're going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order."

Alright, never mind the fact that Hank Steinbrenner is a fat, obnoxious nobody who has ridden the coattails of his windbag father and now takes over the reigns of the best team money can buy. It's already an established fact that the Yankees are the "Evil Empire". That would make old papa George "Darth Sidious" and Hank would be "Darth Maul". (Let's not forget that Darth Maul ended up chopped in half and falling down a dark hole.)

I will give credit where credit is due. At the end of the 90's, the Yankees won 3 of 4 World Series and were the most dominant team around. They also have won many more World Series titles than any other team (a feat they like to talk a lot about). However, they have also consistently spent astronomically more for talent than any other team in baseball and have nothing to show for it this century. King George has finally learned not to run down the farm system and pay for overpriced traitors like Judas Demon (Johnny Damon). While the Yankees are falling down, look who has won 2 World Series in 4 years. Look who unseeded them as the top team in the AL East last year. Look who has more young home grown talent on the field and is beating them with a bunch of kids. The Boston Red Sox. The Rebellion has finally begin to take over and that has Darth George and Hank Maul upset. So what is their reaction, deny the greatness and the depth of the New World Order - The Red Sox Nation.

Go ahead Hank - be ignorant of the truth. It probably is true that the Yankees still sell more apparel than the Red Sox. Lots of people love the Yankees. The Raiders used to sell more than any football team and they suck! However, don't deny the fact that the Red Sox have an army of volunteers and it's growing everyday. I live in Birmingham and I see as many Red Sox hats around the park here as I do the Evil Empire.

And about this ESPN has created the Red Sox Nation thing - come on! The Yankees are almost always one of the first highlights during the baseball season - even when they suck! The media is madly in love with Darth George and his legion of soldiers, Derek "watch me stick out my butt" Jeter, Alex "I cheat on my wife with an exotic dancer" Rodriguez, Joba "I can't pitch with all these flies" Chamberlin, Jason "I sucked ever since they made me stop doing 'roids" Giambi, Johnny "I'm a traitor for money" Damon, and Roger "I got jacked up on 'roids, no I didn't" Clemmens.

The Red Sox dominated last season, they will probably dominate you this season. However, you'll have enough money to buy all the players you want and soon you will win the division and then choke in the playoffs just like you have done every other year this century.

Go Sox!