Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
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Monday, March 27, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
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Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
This was a pretty great weekend. Nice and low-key, well after friday night at least. We had our St. Patrick's day party with a bunch of people over. It was one of those nights where me and bunch of my guys were standing outside near the BBQ and I looked inside the house to see all our wives, an average of 1.5 kids per couple, and mayhem.
Kids everywhere, chocolate coins being sqeezed into melted chocolate, green food dye on the floor, chewed up sausage in the carpet (thanks dave). My brother thought it was play-doh until he couldn't get it to squish back together! It was a great time and Jacinda and I even cleaned up completely that night before hitting the hay.
So, we have dish network, like the lowest level of it. Every once in a great while, they try to entice you by giving you some movie channels for free. This was one of those weekends. Because we have the Tivo, I just record as many as possible: Starsky and Hutch, Phantom of the Opera, Romeo & Juliet, Envy, Ray, Shrek 2, Hide and Seek, and more. It's like going to Blockbuster and renting a bunch of movies for free! That usually lasts us until they have another one of their "free trial" weekends.
We also led worship at JR's new church for the last time. It was good to be there, to help out JR and to see his family, but I am really excited to get back to our home church, Peoples Church in Fresno. It is an amazing thing, when you know that you are where you are supposed to be.
Friday, March 17, 2006
I don't really know why, but I have been amped about St. Patrick's Day this year. We are having a party tonight with bangers and mash, shamrock shakes, and all things green. I don't even know that much about irish culture, but I get excited about it.
Our last name is Hale which is Welsh in origin just like Glyn Hale who was the musical director for the BeeGees. I looked up to see what other famous people either came from Wales or were of Welsh decent. Here is a pretty good list:Russel Crowe, Tom Cruise, Dean Cain, Minnie Driver, Christian Bale, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Clive Owen, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Spacey, Noah Wyle, and Robin Williams.
I guess since Wales is near Ireland, I feel some kind of affinity with anything Celtic. My family is probably only 5% Welsh, because we are all basically muts, made up of so many different worlds. I guess it is just my way of trying to know where I come from. So much of America is new, no real history, no tradition, and no respect for those that do have it. But, I always say that I am half mexican, a quarter chinese, and a quarter american; because of my enormous love for mexican food. So, what culture do you identify the most with?
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
These are my friends Chad and Emma Wilkinson. I have known Chad since Kindergarten, but we didn't truly become friends until second grade. So, we've only been friends for a little while! Chad is one of those friends who you can not see for months or even a year, then when you hang out, it's like nothing changed and you are right there just chillin' again. There is a link to them on the right.
Chad has been working hard on his blog, so go check it out. They are missionaries in Romania but are in the states for a couple months to raise money to buy a vehicle for their ministry. Chad is from Clovis, and his bride is a native of the country they minister in. Pretty cool story of how God can bring two people together. Anyways, make sure you check out some of the videos that he has to see what church is like on the other side of the world. Oh, and speaking of checking things out...if you have some extra money, send them a check. The really big ones like they give to race car drivers and sweepstakes winners are preferred, they are more fun to take to the bank and cash!
By the way, I am getting freaking killed right now. God is putting all kinds of people/authors/blogs in my life that are being used to prick my heart and mind. Service was great last night. Blake spoke on "freedom"...kind of. It actually turned into more of an "examine yourself" night which is always a good time. Let's see who I really am Lord. Let's see what my motives really are.
I just praise God for all that He is doing right now. My life is being tremendously blessed while my heart is being ripped out...in a good way. Still nothing solid about the work situation to tell yet. It should all go down next month.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Okay, so Granger Community Church in Granger, IN put this billboard up to advertise for a new series on sex that they are doing at their church. I found out about this ad thru ChurchMarketingSucks.com. This is one of my favorite sites becasue it so often makes fun of really lame church ads. So, they asked for comments on the ad. You can check out the entire discussion here. The first response says this (among several other points):
"Another question is, do the billboards use deception? This church knows that signs saying "sex talks next week at Granger" won't work, so have they resorted to a form of trickery to get people to visit their website? Is God happy with this kind of "sneaky evangelism"?"
No big deal, that's his opinion, right? So, I responded with my opinion:
"man, come on. Did Jesus use billboards? Did Jesus even go to church? It's all your opinion what you think God would do. Here's the truth...Jesus "advertised" by word of mouth. He would do a miracle, preach a sermon, etc. and people would talk. Here's the deal now. Everyone has heard of who Jesus is. Now we have to spread the message by marketing. Even if a huge miracle happened in your church there are still people who wouldn't come because they would be skeptical, or just wouldn't care about us crazy, weird Christians. I love the ad and would be proud if my church put out something like that."
So, you can disagree with me if you want. But, here's what someone wrote in response to me:
"Pretty ironic that some of you have no problem with Granger's billboards, and then we see pictures like this on your own blogs. What should that tell us about your morality standards and your credibility on this issue, Brian?"
The picture referenced was of Los' head with the boob statue from my Vegas post. I found this hilarious that someone would pull that out of context and try to tear me down with it. My response to this guy (Not sure if it really is a guy or girl, because they didn't sign in when making their comment):
"I think it's pretty ironic that "Ironic" would attack my character but not even list his name/website. At least I'm willing to put myself and my beliefs out there for people to see. If you can't stand behind your own words, then the weight of those words isn't much. Also, in terms of my morality... wow, that is a big statement to make. I'm not sure if you can judge that. James 4:11 says, 11Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. Also, when speaking of "credibility" on the isssue, I'm not sure what to say to that except that everyone here has about the same credibility level since we are all viewers of the ad. All these people have their own opinions and that is what we are giving. So, I don't see how that becomes a credibility issue unless you are more saved than I am. And since I am the worldly one, and therefore the target audience that needs to be more moral, my opinion would probably hold more weight."
So, what do you think of that? How do you feel about the billboard? Oh, and please sign in so we know who you are.