Archive for February, 2007

A Faith Question

February 26, 2007

casket

You have probably heard on the news by now that archaeologists have allegedly found the tomb and bones of Jesus. The caskets found in the tomb also reportedly include the bones of Mary Magdalene and their son, Judah.

There are claims now that this controversial find will “shake the very foundations of Christianity.” My reaction to that is why should it? Why should a find such as this chip away and even destroy a faith that has been building within me for years upon years? If someone came to me today claiming they have definitive proof that Jesus was not the Son of God and that He was never raised from the dead, I should have the faith to look that person in the eyes and say “So what!” Faith is based on believing WITHOUT empirical proof one way or the other. If someone claims they can prove Jesus was just an ordinary man, why should that change the fact that I believe He is the Messiah? If it did change my beliefs, how deeply was my faith rooted to begin with?

Having said that, the only tragedy I see in this find is the possibility that it will cause those who were already weak in their faith or not sure about Christianity to stray even further from the truth. To those individuals I offer my prayers and point out the fact that this discovery has been kept under wraps for around 27 years. Why, if it had any validity to it, has it been kept a secret for so long? How, even with the names that are claimed to be on the caskets, can it be proven that they belong to THE Jesus, THE Mary Magdalene, and THEIR alleged son Judah? I guess it all goes back to what one wants to believe, and what one wants to prove true or false.

So the question is—how deep is YOUR faith? Do you find yourself questioning your beliefs in light of this find? Questioning is ok—it can make your faith stronger. The answers to the questions are the important part.

"Child’s Last Steps Captured on Video"

February 20, 2007

This is from the comedic minds of The Onion. It comes from a series of photos dealing with children. The caption for this particular photo is quoted in the title of this blog entry. Hilarious!

Rockin’ Robins Rock Around the Buffet

February 18, 2007

They flock around the food, excitedly searching for that savory morsel. More and more of them gather to dip their beaks into an endless supply of food. Never does it cross their mind the inevitable weight they will gain from their gluttony.

No, I’m not describing the obese Mississippian as he or she lines up for the all-you-can-eat buffet. I am describing what is sure to become the new state bird. Move over mockingbird, the robin is soon to take your place! Perhaps you have noticed the over-abundance of robins that have taken their places on the ground lately. I pass by them everyday as they walk around in search for food. Over time I have noticed that many of them have gained a significant amount of weight. The other day I saw a robin so fat that it could hardly lift itself off the ground!

Wouldn’t you agree the robin would make a much more appropriate Mississippi state bird? The mockingbird can represent the rest of the nation, as we are continually the brunt of their mockery.

New Look

February 11, 2007

You’ve probably noticed the new look of the blog. I’m trying my hand at editing the blog template, and so far it has been a welcomed learning experience. This is a work in progress, so expect more changes over the next few days, weeks, months–who knows! Let me know what you think!

And the winner is . . . Freeny!

February 8, 2007

On the way to work every morning, I usually listen to Mix 98.7. On a typical morning, I’m in the car just in time to hear Movie Madness Trivia, a game in which they play a movie clip and the listener has a chance to identify the the movie. Yours truly tries on a regular basis to win the coveted prize of four movie passes to any UA theater of my choice.

A couple of days ago just happened to be my lucky day.

Ironically, the movie clip was the famous line from Dirty Harry, “Do you feel lucky, punk?” Yes, I know that one is quite easy, but I can answer with an emphatic “YES” that I did, in fact, feel lucky as I accepted my prize. Britney and I are in for some intense free movie watching. Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to play the game again for the next 30 days.