Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 26, 2016


  • Yesterday on BaD Radio, Bob stated he never bought a book as a student at Liberty University as a journalism major. He felt he could just take detailed notes and get by, which he did. I had some friends that were communications majors at Hardin-Simmons and they never had to buy books for their communication classes, but they certainly did for their basics. I need Bob to explain this in more detail, surely he had to borrow books for literature or to work problems assigned in a math book.
  • GIF – Road rage fight in Austin yesterday involving a man with a bat and one with a long pole. Here’s the news story.
  • The Dallas Morning News used to have something in their Religion section called Texas Faith. A reporter, once a week or once a month, would send the same question to church leaders of different faiths and denominations and you got to see their response. It was always interesting to compare the answers from one Christian denomination to another. Sometimes they were about the same, but sometimes they would vary quite a bit. A few times they’d quote the same scripture but had a different take on it.
  • CNN – 7 types of evangelicals — and how they’ll affect the presidential race
  • I know some pastors (I use that term loosely) are more of a motivational speaker than a minister of the Gospel (see, Joel Olsteen), but there’s one thing I do a massive eye roll over (figuratively) when I hear someone talk about why they like their pastor, “He preaches the Bible.” or “He preaches the Word.” Well, duh, he’s supposed to. You know, I like my car mechanic because he uses tools, and I like our fire department because they use water. Just give me something of substance rather than the obvious.
  • Buzzfeed – This Man Created A Museum To Honor His Late Wife And It Will Make You Believe In Love
  • There are several things wrong with this Buzzfeed article – 19 Food Truths Only Texans Would Understand
    • 2. And there’s almost NOTHING better than a perfect brisket slathered in BBQ sauce. – Real BBQ needs no sauce or even a fork to eat it with.
    • 8. Especially if it’s made at a chili cook off and served with a side of cornbread. – The accompanying picture shows beans in Texas chili, there are no beans in Texas chili.
    • 16. You’ve ~dreamed~ about loaded breakfast tacos with sour cream PILED HIGH. – Sour cream on breakfast tacos?!
    • 18. You know that the insanely delectable Big Red is basically made from baby angel tears. – The only beverage mentioned in the article is Big Red and not Dr. Pepper, Texans highly prefer Dr. Pepper over Big Red.
  • A pretty interesting article on the price of Super Bowl tickets and how they are sold in the secondary market.
  • The pastor at First Baptist Dallas sure loves the political spotlight – In Iowa intro, First Baptist Dallas’ Jeffress says he can’t “officially” endorse Trump, however… –  “Although as a pastor I cannot officially endorse a candidate, I want you to know I would not be here this morning if I were not absolutely convinced that Donald Trump would make a great president of the United States. … Most Americans know we are in a mess, and as they look at Donald Trump they believe he is the one leader who can reverse the downward death spiral of this nation we love so dearly.”
  • I had no idea that Jeffress and Kenneth Copeland flew up to New York in September to lay hands on Trump. Video of the laying of hands and prayer is in the article.
  • Back in the day, Jeffress stated, “I believe we should always support a Christian over a non-Christian.” Perhaps I shouldn’t be questioning Trump’s faith.
  • According to the FBI, Amarillo is the fifth most dangerous city in Texas
  • YouTube – Man shoots all sorts of guns at a block of titanium to see what happens. That Barrett .50 looks pretty darn powerful. I’m guessing the guy is an Aggie since there’s a sticker on his truck.
  • ‘X-Files’ thought (spoiler warning) –
    • I don’t care what the critics have written, I’m enjoying what I’m watching and I’m basking in this ray of nostalgia. It’s not a second coming, and it’s not a trip down memory lane either.
    • I love how they use the old intro, there’s no reason to screw with it.
    • Yesterday I mentioned that I wouldn’t have been surprised to see the Lone Gunmen and someone commented that they died. I already knew that, but considering the first episode ended with CSM making an appearance after a missile blew him to bits on the series finale, anything is possible. Normally, I’d roll my eyes when a series brings back a character that’s dead, but I don’t care, I’m enjoying the ride. At least, the cast didn’t wake from a dream and find him showering. That’s an old ‘Dallas’ reference for you young ones.
    • That first episode was strange in that it revealed so many answers, and the series is known more for providing more questions than answers.
    • I hear the writers and cast are, in some ways, poking fun at themselves, which shows occasionally in the script and dialog.
    • The show is known for two types of episodes, the mythology episodes that was part of the overall story arc, and the offshoot monster-of-the-week shows that could pretty much stand independent.  Since this series revival is only going to last six episodes, I thought it would stick with just the mythology, but that wasn’t the case last night. However, there was a dash or two of the mythology thrown in. Unlike most fans of the series, I preferred the monster-of-the-week variety.
    • Dana Scully – There’s no character I’ve had a crush on more than here. , and she still does it for me. Smart. Is. Sexy. Oh, and I love the red hair – and the voice. I wish she could read me a bedtime story every night.
    • With that said, last night’s episode had Sarah, the doctor’s assistant. She only had one line, but it would have been nice to see more from her.
    • I loved last night’s hat-tip to former series writer and ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ head man, Vince Gilligan.
    • I think Mulder’s old apartment was used for those two dream sequences with their lost son, William. Speaking of him, I like how he used the Alan Shepard line, “Let’s light this candle!”
    • The original series used to reference Planet of the Apes from time to time, I caught at least two references to the film last night.
    • It’s a small little thing, but it makes me smile when I hear “I made this!” at the end of each episode.
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15 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  1. RPM says:

    The guy with the bat was about as stupid as stupid gets. He's lucky the big guy didn't come out with a gun like you thought. The big guy wasn't much smarter. He should have used whatever that was as a spear or quarterstaff instead of a bat. A couple of stout pokes to the gut or face would have done more damage and kept the other at a distance. Both those guys are about as smart as a box of rocks.

    I don't know why student don't video their classes, unless it's not allowed. Seems like that would be the ultimate notes. With today's technology it would be easy and not disruptive.

  2. Ben W. says:

    Long-pole guy in that road-rage fight looks like a hefty Ted Cruz.

    I find the phrase "He preaches the Word" is passive-aggressive code for "He preaches the REAL truth, straight from the Bible," thus implying that most other pastors are not. It's a fundamentalist point of pride to have a pastor who preaches the REAL truth, and doesn't just "tickle your ears."

  3. John Mackovic says:

    Big Red is huge in the Texas Hispanic community, at least where I grew up.

  4. towski says:

    First Baptist needs to lose it's tax-exempt status.

  5. DF of LL says:

    Yep…he's an Aggie. Early in the video you can see his class ring on his right hand.

  6. Jason says:

    Why would they have books at Liberty University? Do they even know how to read? Isn't a Baptist who learns to read called a Methodist?

    Don't get me started on Jeffress. I have a hard time deciding whether Osteen or Jeffress commits the most blasphemy, but have settled the debate on Jeffress, because of the affirmative harm that he wishes on other human beings. At least Osteen just wants to lull everyone to sleep and give his church money. Jeffrey advocates war and murder. I cannot imagine why anyone with a clean heart could listen to him or attend his church.

  7. False Prophet says:

    " You know, I like my car mechanic because he uses tools, and I like our fire department because they use water. Just give me something of substance rather than the obvious.

    I like BBQ because they use BBQ sauce

  8. Brent says:

    I can't speak for everyone who uses the phrase "he preaches the Word" but I've always understood it (and probably used it myself) in reference to someone who practices expository preaching rather than thematic or topical preaching. Expository preaching typically goes through a book of the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter. Topical preaching focuses on a certain issue or theme and then finds Scriptures to "back up" what the preacher is trying to stress (I'm generalizing here). I prefer and practice expository preaching myself (perhaps it is a point of pride); plus, it's a whole lot easier planning your preaching schedule that way!

    I think Jeffress (and Baptists for that matter) gets overly criticized. I certainly don't agree with everything he says, but to label his preaching as blasphemy is unfair (although Muslims would certainly disagree). I think he is an excellent interpreter of the Scriptures, but I am not a member of FBC and haven't heard every sermon. Now, his political posturing is something different, and perhaps that fact alone is what drives people to such levels of hateful rhetoric.

    I miss the "Texas Faith" discussions too.

    Oh, and thanks for the shout out to my hometown (I think?). Not a way one wants to be recognized!

    • Jason says:

      I tell you what–while I stand by blasphemy in its broadest sense, Jeffress is probably more accurately labeled a heretic than a blasphemer. And if you don't see that his teachings are contrary to the word of Christ it's because you haven't seen enough of Jeffress' hate speech, or the red letters, or possibly both. If calling out a hypocritical heretic makes me guilty of "hateful rhetoric", well, then I guess I am a hateful, rhetorical dude.

      • Brent says:

        I did not say that you were a hateful dude, but it appears I struck a nerve. In return, it sounds to me like you are questioning if I have read Christ's "red letters" and I assure you I have. We can certainly disagree (and we do – on the heretic count too), but I hope we can be respectful.

    • Nathan says:

      Yes to the discussion about regarding expository preaching. It is the only way to "preach the word."

    • Geeding says:

      I always value your thoughts, Brent, and forgot you were from the land of The Big Texan. Silly me.

      I would agree that the Baptist get overall criticized, but not Jeffress.

      I feel like people that I hear "he preaches the Word" are what Ben described in his comment above (mostly), and they wouldn't know how to describe any other kind of preaching other than saying it's the prosperity gospel. It makes me feel they are trying to draw a line in the sand and saying "we are right, they are wrong" when it comes to denominations and such. At least, the people I've heard the phrase from. But I'm sure the people you hear the phrase from are a different crowd, those that are rooted in the faith and actually have spent time in seminary. The folks I hear it from make me wonder if they finished junior high.

  9. john says:

    I have to admit I came close to wetting my pants laughing at the Trump prayer. Trump is looking around like a small child after Sunday sermon at the kitchen table. He is saying hurry up, I want that chicken leg. Also reminds me of the movie Young Guns when they are saying a prayer. I just wanna eat.

  10. sara says:

    After my first semester of college, and spending $600+ on books that the bookstore wouldn't buy back, I decided not to buy any more books. (From the bookstore.) I only bought about half of the books, because I was awesome at taking notes. The ones I did buy I got from Amazon / used, and promptly sold them back at the end of the semester for usually what I paid for them. If there was an older version of the book that was cheaper, I'd get that one. There was also some classes, especially in the beginning that everyone took, so I would just borrow someones book who had the class on an off day, or in the am/pm. I had one Art History class that had a huge book that was 500.00 by itself once, so I bought it from the bookstore, stayed late at work one day (at a radiology imaging center) and made copies of the book. I then returned the book. And got an A. It worked out because most major works of art are online, in high def.

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