Friday, August 12, 2005

SBC Slogans

Over at the SBC Outpost, Marty Duren, has addressed the fact that is hard to describe the SBC’s mission in a sentence. I agree that we have to get our act together and have a unified mission that explains who we are and what we are about. Here are the top ten slogans that I could come up with. (Note: Most of these are meant to be funny, so before you get all hot and bothered, chill out. Us SBCer’s need to have a sense of humor and laugh at ourselves.)

1. SBC, The Place For Me!!!

2. We’re old school and we don’t give a crap!!!

3. SBC, On Our Knees!!!

4. The new SBC, we’re contemporary, relevant and we don’t beat our women.

5. SBC, Making a difference in a world that doesn’t care.

6. Delivering the Great Commission with Great Passion.

7. No Sunday School, No Hymns, No Problem.

8. Look, we don’t even care about the length of your hair anymore!!!

9. The New SBC, We’re Missional!!! (Whatever that means)

10. Preaching The Word even if no one is listening.

I hope you enjoyed the humor in most of those slogans. Please add a comment with anymore that you can come up with. Really when looking for a slogan we should go back to the Bible. Jesus told us our purpose as Christians in Matthew 22: 37-39,

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.

How about this for our new SBC slogan, “The SBC, Loving God and His People”. Catchy, right?

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Abandon Ship!

I really love old movies, especially Alfred Hitchcock. The movie Abandon Ship (1957) is also one of my favorites and it raises some very important ethical questions.
The premise of the movie is very simple. A large luxury liner is destroyed after an old mine collides with it. Only about 30 people survive. They are crammed into a lifeboat, with some holding onto the side floating in the ocean. The captain dies from injures sustained during the blast and the next in line Alec Holmes (Tyrone Power) assumes command. After a series of events, they realize they have little chance of survival with the boat so weighted down. Captain Holmes then orders the people that are sick or injured to be thrown overboard, so the strong can survive. The remaining passengers row for the nearest continent 1500 miles away. They eventually survive a storm and praise the captain for his bold leadership which enabled the strong to survive (the boat would have most likely sank if all the people including the weak remained during the storm). Just as they are praising him for his decision they see a ship in the distance and realize they are saved. They then began to turn on Homles and leave him with the sole responsibility. As they near the ship they realize that all the people thrown overboard are alive and have been rescued.
As they climb the ladder to the deck of the ship a voice over tells us that this was a true story and the real Holmes was found guilty for attempted murder and was given only six months in prison because of the extremely unusual circumstances. Then the question is posed, "How would you find Captain Holmes, guilty or innocent?"
This is great story about human emotion and suffering, but even more than that a story about ethics. In a similar situation, what would you have done? Would you have subscribed to the survival of fittest and thrown the weaker ones overboard? Or would you have remained moral and possibly cost all the people their lives? I hope in that situation I would have remained moral, but I can't say with complete certainty I would have not done what Captain Holmes did. What would you have done?

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Palmeiro Busted!!!

Is this really a surprise? Did you really believe him when he went before Congress and swore he never used performance enhancing drugs? I bet he is really sorry now that he got caught and it may keep him out of the hall of fame. This just goes to show you that lying never does anyone any good. I hope the MLB has a harsh penalty for him. Also this just goes to show you that almost everyone in the league cheats, except for my beloved Cubs.... ah awkward silence...... You guys don't happen to remember a guy named Sammy Sosa, Mr. Corked Bat. Oh, well as the old saying goes, if your not cheating your not trying, right, right, anyone!!! Palmeiro story here.

Goodbye Daisy...

Today is a very sad day for Kristi and me. As you may already know we took in a stray cat that had a litter of kittens. I had to take Cindy, the mother, to the vet today and I decided to take one of the kittens, Daisy, with me. Daisy was the first born and did not have a tail. I wanted to get her checked out because she did not see to have all the right equipment. My suspicions were confirmed by the vet, she did not have a way to expel her solid waste from her body. This birth defect would cause an infection and eventually cause a painful death. The only humane option was to have her put down. This was very sad for Kristi and me because we have become very attached to the kittens over the past two weeks. So, I guess as a way of coping with the event I am writing about it. You may think I am over-reacting since it was after all only a cat, but our pets sometimes become more than pets and often times we view them as family members. All I can say now is goodbye Daisy, we will not forget you.