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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Veteran's Day

Here's my Veteran's Day rant from a few years back...back when I was on Supertalk 930 WKY.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kids Are Weird

Our parents never really understood us, or at least that's what we believed "back in the day."  We enjoyed our music loud, blaring out of our high-tech cassette players or for some, even those clunky 8-track tapes seemed to get the job done.  Interestingly, kids today aren't that much different - though the music and delivery systems are remarkably different.  And more expensive.

I remember when I first saw the movie, "The Exorcist."  I still believe it to be the most horrifying movie ever made for numerous reasons.  I didn't sleep for days after seeing it and watching it today, it still gives me the creeps and makes me sweat.  For our generation, those types of outlandishly made movies had a sense of realism if you believe in the supernatural and it is that sense that scares the stuffing out of us. 

(Note:  It was hard for me to even post that picture to the right.)

But kids don't find "The Exorcist" so scary and it befuddles me.  My teen daughters actually laughed at the movie, considering it humorous.  Yes, you read that right...humorous.  Of course, these are the same teen daughters who consider sampled music with thunderous bass to be "good music," mind you. 

Kids are weird.  Kids who don't find that movie scary are super weird.  That is all.  Tip your waitress. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mission: Missions

Which is more attractive to you?
1.  Going to South America for a month.
2.  Spending a month working in your community.

For most of us, the inclination is to jump at the opportunity to see South America, experience new culture, new cuisine, perhaps even some beaches and sunshine.  It simply appeals to hedonist side, our desire to enjoy ourselves.

Missions work for a lot of faith communities promote travel to exotic locations and the work is always worthwhile.  Meeting need, regardless of the geographical location is absolutely necessary as part of the faith experience.  Yet, it does make one wonder why more efforts aren't pushed in our local communities.  Certainly there are people within our reach, close by who need a helping hand or even a visit just to check on them.  But that isn't as "sexy," as appealing to the wayfarer spirit within us.

In some ways, it's rather like the legendary "Red River Rivalry" between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas.  Rather than having a home/home rivalry which would generate revenues for each of the respective communities, the rivalry is held in Dallas - a halfway point between the two colleges.  This affords fans an opportunity to travel from their home cities, act crazy, then return to their homes with memories.  Dallas benefits, the schools benefit, but then what?  Lather, rinse, repeat next year.

Don't take this the wrong way - I do believe that mission trips to far off lands has value and particularly so when humanitarian aid is provided.  However, I believe that there is a mission field ripe for the picking within our own communities.  We are to help the "least among us," and those are individuals who are right in our own neighborhoods.  It could be the elderly shut-ins, it could be the single mom or dad down the street, it could be the new family in town, it could be someone with whom we work...getting the picture?

We can do a better job of helping those around us.  We live in the greatest country in the world, with the most giving and caring people in the world and much of that reason is because of the influence of faith in our daily lives.  We don't have to be all "preachy," just caring.  We can do it, and we should do it.  Faith communities should spend more time meeting need, and less time involved in politics.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Show YOU the Money - New App

Gone are the days of scouring government websites to determine just how much money a presidential candidate has raised.  We remember the days when it was anyone's guess whether funding came from individuals, PACs, or from a candidate's own pocketbook.  According to a story on Mashable today, there is a new iPhone app in town that can, and will, break it down for you.

From the story:
Politicash 2012, a new mobile app from non-partisan research organization MapLight, aims to track money’s influence on this year’s presidential election in an easy-to-read way.

When you open Politicash, you’re greeted with a series of screens showing the money raised by either candidate, whether thaPoliticash 2012, a new mobile app from non-partisan research organization MapLight, aims to track money’s influence on this year’s presidential election in an easy-to-read way.