Bag of Randomness

  • In my Abilene days I use to attend a weekly a worship service aimed at college students on Thursday nights with my roommate.  I think the worship service use to average about 2,500 in attendance, but I’m bad at numbers.  Either way, the place was packed.  I remember the speaker asking us to turn to a certain verse in the Bible, and my roommate turning to me and pointing out, in a gentle whisper, the beauty of the sound of so many Bible pages being turned at once, and how you couldn’t hear anything else but that sound.  I think I’ll never hear such a sound again, as most scripture is now placed on video screens and many will now use their smartphone or iPad Bible app.
  • I know a lot of folks prefer to use an actual Bible and write notes in it.  As a teen, I viewed the Bible as Holy, after all, the book was labeled “Holy Bible”, and thought it was weird, even a bit disrespectful to write in a Holy text.
  • I still view the Bible as Holy, and think it’s OK for people to make notes in it, but I just thought it was a bit weird as I was being introduced to practicing Christianity.
  • A while ago I came across a list of 51 Books Every Christian Should Read.  On the list was The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living written by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.  Basically, Cutler speaks with the Dalai Lama and compares his thoughts with western psychology.  It sounded interesting enough that I’d though I’d give it a try, and I finished it yesterday.  I know some of my Christian friends are thinking I’m losing my faith and may be worshiping a false idol by reading this book, but it was nice learning about another faith and feeling a bit more cultured, understanding some of the misconceptions that I had about that faith, and seeing how it compares to western thinking and Christianity in general.  I found the first three quarters of the book a fast read, but the last quarter was a bit deep at times.
  • I always have to read the Acknowledgments section of a book, otherwise I don’t feel like I actually finished it.
  • I much prefer a bar of soap over body wash.
  • Is it possible to cross breed a cobra and a rattlesnake to create one heck of a venomous snake?
  • An Obama rally interrupted a wedding, but it appears the president provided a gift.
  • Anyone remember when ‘planking’ was popular?
  • Eventually, Twitter will be upgraded so that Direct Messaging is plainly obvious.
  • A Texas mother of three is scheduled to have the world’s first double arm transplant.
  • The Colbert Report: A Rare Behind-the-Scenes Look
  • 21 of the Most Disturbing TV Scenes Ever – I think I’ve only seen five of these, but the one that I remember most is the bicycle shop owner in “Diff’rent Strokes”.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to hold “A Christmas Story Bobble Leg Lamp Night” this season.
  • The Popemobile is now electric
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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. Stefanie says:

    Definitely picking up the Dalai Lama book. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. dan says:

    The Colbert Report: Very interesting. I always wondered how guests are prepped. I can't imagine going up against the guy live. He thinks so fast; I rarely see him caught off guard. On the other hand, I have seen guests totally freeze up. I don't know why people go on knowing they will be mercilessly ridiculed. However, I once saw an author at a book review, and who had been on the show, say that there is a legitimate, considerable "bump" in book sales after an appearance.

    I only saw two of the disturbing TV scenes. I normally did not watch the X-Files but I happened to catch the mutant Peacock family. That was truly terrifying show; not surprised they never ran it again. I also saw "The Day After". As I recall the show had a sobering effect on the entire country with respect to nuclear armament because I don't think anyone had ever clearly visualized what it would be like for the survivors.

  3. Jonathan Cliff says:

    That was the Matty Chandler bible study, right?

    • Geeding says:

      It was started by and lead by Steve Hardin. When Steve stepped down and moved to Dallas, that's when Chandler started to speak. I can't remember who was speaking at the time that I referenced, but I think it was Steve.

  4. b_caesar says:

    Re: "The Day After" – oh, yeah – I grew up in Missouri, and when that mushroom cloud appeared over Kansas City, I couldn't help going to school the next day and imagining the worst. And then soon after came the movie "Red Dawn" – I was in high school and in many ways both the TV show and the movie scared the bejeezus out of us – both felt like such a real, real possibility at the time and that we might have to deal with something like that during our lifetime. In some strange way I think they helped me cope with 9/11, too.

  5. theangrypanda says:

    Surprised you didn't pick the Dawkins book and the snake movie has already been made.

  6. David Bryant says:

    They should add the sound of pages turning to the Bible Apps

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