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Presenting…………..the Best of Amy Grant in all forms! January 30, 2010

Best single – Christian: Lead Me On (1988). The driving guitar and impeccable lyrics are what makes this her best known-Christian song.

Best single – nonchristian: Baby Baby (1992).

Best album – Christian:

Unguarded (1985). With high-energy songs such as Love of Another Kind, Fight, Wise Up, Find A Way, and her trademark leopard-print jacket what is not to love about this peppy classic?

Best nonchristian album: House of Love (1994). Probably one of the then-most hypepd calbums ever done by a christian during that time.

Best single from the 70’s: Father’s Eyes (1979). The lyrics are more like an anthem. That is what makes this song very special.

Best single from the 80’s: Find A Way (1985). This was her first real attempt at crossing over into mainstream music.

Best single from the 90’s: Good For Me (1992).

Best single from the 2000’s: Simple Things (2003). The song that reintroduced her to Christian audiences.

Best Christmas album: tie A Christmas Album (1983) and Home For Christmas(1992).

Best video:

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Stuff Christians like website……yes people there is one! January 29, 2010

Christian radioI found a rather interesting website. It is sorta like stuff white people like but its for christians. Though I am a rather devout Christian, I just thought I would share some personal commentary on some of these subjects.

  1. Famous Christian people – My personal favorite has always been Amy Grant. I think she has powerful lyrics (see: the both the entire Unguarded (1985) and Lead Me On (1988) albums and you will hear what I mean.)
  2. Saving seats in church – This one actually has some sad truth to this. This is really destructive and can make others feel left out or unwelcomed at church. I try not to do this, but always fail.
  3.  rooting for the christian on American Idol – ATTENTION ALL CHRISTIANS: AMERICAN IDOL SUCKS! It makes me wonder if true creativity is dead on all fronts of musicdom.
  4. not dancing – Growing up in a Southern Baptist church, this one was quite common. Apparently for some people dancing=sex when here is a thought: David danced before the Lord. Now the church I attend has dancers in the worship service – but I am a terrible dancer and I fear my dancing will end up on youtube. Acutally though I have a funny story for this one. I was at a the Amy Grant Lead Me On 20th Anniversary concert one time and, during the song Everywhere I Go, she asked everyone to get up and start dancing. However this was a rather interesting dance that just involved you bending your knees and lifting one foot after another off the ground. She explained that if this were to further progress, it would be “blasphemous” according to her late grandmother. (She was raised in the Church of Christ) It was a very funny moment from an excellent concert.
  5. Chick-fil-a is not a christian company. They may think that they are and maybe were founded by one. However, when you have to experience working there and all 3 of your bosses do not adequately train you and you mess up=they get pissed, that is not very Christ-like now is it?
  6. Christian radio – Though hopefully I will be working at a radio station like this one day, I think we need a big change in christian radio. The personalities could be a bit more honest.
  7. Not forgiving Amy Grant nearly fast enough – Every single time I bring her up with someone who either grew up listening to her (like me) or is a member of any church, there is always 2 categories that they fall in: those who have forgiven her (like me) and listen to her music and those who are still judging her. To the latter I have a word for you STOP JUDGING HER! Her divorce is in the past and God already forgave her when he sent his son to die on the cross for all sins, mine included as well as yours! Also, it is not right to judge such a public figure like that because, well, you honestly don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, such as the fact that her ex-husband had a drug problem and was jealous of her success – as seen in the Age to Age tour video. I am sorry but if I were her, I would leave that guy too.
  8. anxiously awaiting autotune to infect christian music – The last bastion of music that gave us greats like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Nicole Nordeman should NEVER consider using autotune.
 

Everybody needs a helping hand: list of suggested places that you can give to in order to help Haitian victims January 14, 2010

Her is a list of suggested places to make donations for those affected by the earthquakes in Haiti. This is just a small list of places. No bias is meant in what I suggested.

The American Red Cross:

1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Español)

to make an online donation, go here: redcross.com

American Red Cross
PO Box 4002018
Des Moines, IA 50340-2018

Compassion International

(800) 336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MT.

Mailing address
Compassion International
Colorado Springs, CO 80997

Street address
12290 Voyager Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80921

http://www.compassion.com/

Vineyard USA Mercy Response:

http://mercyresponse.com/cgi-bin/kingdomtools/ktpublic.rb

Lutheran World relief

http://www.lwr.org/

World Vision

http://www.worldvision.org/

The ONE campaign

http://www.one.org/us/

Doctors Without Borders

http://doctorswithoutborders.org/

Catholic relief services

crs.org

 

A Christian’s take on Pat Robertson January 13, 2010

Pat Robertson seems to think that he can speak for all Christians. He thinks that he is like a prophet of the Old Testament. However, he does not speak for all Christians and he does not speak for me, a fellow Christian.

Robertson has a history of thinking that he speaks for every Christian when he does not. He thinks that he speaks for all Christians in regards to the massive earthquake that happened in Haiti yesterday. Robertson said on his show this morning, the 700 Club, that “something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French, uh, you know Napoleon the 3rd and whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the Devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French.’ True story. And so the Devil said, ‘Okay, it’s a deal.’ And, uh, they kicked the French out, you know, with Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by, by one thing after another, desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti on the other side is the Dominican Republican. Dominican Republic is, is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etcetera. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God and out of this tragedy I’m optimistic something good may come. But right now we’re helping the suffering people and the suffering is unimaginable.”

Now is not the time to be saying that Haiti deserves to be hit by a natural disaster.

In 1999, Robertson said to a UK-based newspaper The Guardian that “you’re supposed to be nice to Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Methodists … Nonsense. I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist.” He basically said that these denominations of Christians were filled with the Antichrist spirit.

Perhaps by that token, some of the former presidents of the United States, are “filled with the Antichrist.” Former presidents Ronald Reagen, George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush were either Presbyterian, Methodist, or Episcopalian.

In 2007, Robertson predicted that a terrible attack of terror on the US would result in “mass killing” in late 2007. That killing or attack never occured.

In 2005, Robertson suggested  an assasination of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. He later recanted the suggestion.

Robertson has also said, in 2004, that the reason for hurricanes hitting the Florida coast was due to the Gay Days at Walt Disney World.

Now, here is the beef: Gay Days at Walt Disney World is not sponsored by the Walt Disney Company. According to gaydays.com, this event is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and gaydays.com – not Disney.

Also, since Pat Robertson claims to be a Christian, maybe he never read these Bible verse: John 8:7(KJV) which says “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Perhaps he also missed the verse in Exodus 20:13 that says “You shall not murder.” This covers wishing someone were dead as well.

Pat Robertson thinks that he can speak on behalf of the Christian community, but instead has forged a negative stereotype of all evangelical christians in the US.

Sources:

 

Changes that should be made at the House of Mouse: Disney January 12, 2010

The other day, I purchased The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2010. For those of you that love the Walt Disney Company (like I do), I highly recommend this book because, aside from things like hotel accomodations, it gives a little bit of inside info in regards to the parks and what may become extinct soon.

Reading the book, I could not help but come up with some ideas for the Walt Disney Company.

Disneyworld:

This is one great place that Disney could make some changes.

Epcot:

  • Where the Wonders of Life pavillion used to be, make another ride. One idea that would work well would be a 4D spectacular ride called Space Paranoids – based on the 1982 Disney cult classic and video game Tron and the December 2010 release of its sequel, Tron Legacy. It would take elements of the Toy Story Midway Mania ride and expand on them. The preshow area would consist of narration and instruction by a man named Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) and there you would recieve your 4D helmets which would come in adjustable sizes. The interior of the place would look alot like Flynn’s arcade in the original movie. These helmets would look like the ones in the new movie – complete with surround sound and a clear shield that would show you things such as targets. The preshow area and helmets would be designed by the original Tron designers Syd Mead, Peter Lloyd, and Jean Giraud (a.k.a Moebius). The ride would start off as a virtual track ride where each participant would ride in a light-cycle and would be guided by bit, who can only tell you in yes-or-no fashion whether a data bit is safe to merge with. The second game in the ride would be the light-cycle race, where (in virtual form) the object of the game is to cut off the other light-cycle. The last one standing would be the winner. In the final game, it would be a shooter style game where you shoot down enemy spacecraft. The helmets would look like what is seen in this trailer.

Epcot World Showcase

  • Another country needs to be added. My recommendation would be Australia so that you could do the outside exterior of the Sydney Opera House which would house The Rescuers Down Under ride.  There, you could add a Rescuers Down Under-style 4D show where Cody, Bernard, Miss Bianca, and Marahute rescue a red kangaroo from the clutches of fur-hunters. The Sydney Opera House structure at Epcot could also house other live acts such as Austrailian cover bands that would cover such artists such as Rebecca St. James, Men at Work, Kylie Minogue, Keith Urban, INXS, AC/DC, and Olivia Newton-John. As far as retail shops go, a Billabong surf shop would be a great aspect to the Australia pavillion. They would offer shipping of your surfboard or skateboard (should you choose to purchase one) to anywhere in the world. Swim and skatewear would also be sold. Next door there would be a shop where children could purchase toys such as boomerangs, rugby balls, stuffed kangaroos, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed up as surfers. For dining, 2 restaurants – one being a fine dining/bar and the other being a quick-service restaurant would be a great choice. These choices would be Uncle Tony’s Kebab’s, an actual fast food restaurant based in Australia that serves kebabs but in this case would also serve vegemite sandwiches, and Quay.
  • The Germany Pavillion would have a new live-music act entitled 99 Luftballoons that would play popular music from Germany. Included in their setlist would be the german version of 99 Red Ballons by Nena and both Der Kommisar and Rock Me Armadeus by Falco.
  • The England pavillion would lose the cover band “The British Invasion”- a Beatles tribute band in favor of a ride entitled Yellow Submarine – based on the upcoming Disney film of the same title, which has been in talks by Disney for a remake directed by Robert Zemeckis. To replace the cover band, there would be a Top of the Pops-style show that would feature 1 band that would cover lots of British artists and bands such as the Eurythmics, Coldplay, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Clash, Yes, the Who, Queen, Kate Bush, Duran Duran, the Pretenders, etc.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formely MGM studios)

  • The Great Movie Ride, while it is a good ride on its own, needs a little updating. It was suggested in the forementioned travel guide that they are thinking of getting rid of the soundstage set for Alien (1979) and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). In place of those soundstages, some suggested great assets to these sets would be the soundstages for Poltergeist (1982), Blade Runner (1982), and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).  Some suggested scenes that could be used would be the scenes from Poltergeist where Carol Ann Freeling is getting messages from the static in the tv and exclaims “They’re heeree!” , the scene where mom gets possessed , or when Carol Ann gets rescued . The most appropriate scene from Blade Runner would be the following scene . Any scene would do from The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  • Get rid of Sounds Dangerous starring Drew Carey. Instead, why not a show about how special effects are done?

The Magic Kingdom

  • Get rid of Stitch’s Great Escape. Replace it with a 3D space adventure-motion simulator ride.
 

20 greatest moments from “The office” January 11, 2010

  1. Dwight Schrute as “Hannibal Lecter” –  This was disturbingly funny!
  2. The Dundies – The whole episode! 
  3. The Dinner Party – Once and for all we are shown that Jan is nothing short of a psycho.
  4. Dwight Schrute’s Speech when he accepts an award – He sounds like a dictator. I would fear him as president!
  5. Michael Scott and Oscar Martinez kiss – Oscar did not want that kiss.
  6. Michael sings “Goodbye Toby”…………complete with a band!
  7. Meredith takes ‘casual day’ literally and too far: she wears no panties. No video available.
  8. Dwight Schrute prepares Michael for “childbirth.” No video available.
  9. Andy gives Erin the 12 days of christmas and they wreak havoc on Erin and each other. 4 calling birds, 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves, you get the idea of what could happen. (No video available)
  10. Jan Levinson-Gould goes to a sperm bank to be imp regnated. Michael offers to be the baby’s daddy but calls her “ass-turd” instead of her proper name Astrid. No video available.
  11. The Kiss between Pam and Jim. No video available.
  12. Phyllis gets flashed. No video available.
  13. Jim gets a wooden mallard (a recording device) from Dwight Schrute. No video available.
  14. Dwight loses his desk.
  15. Pavlov’s dog and Dwight schrute. See above video.
  16. Dwight Schrute’s rules for life.
  17. Anytime Michael Scott says “that’s what she said.”
  18. Phyllis catches Dwight and Angela having sex on Oscar’s desk. No video available
  19. Stanley yells at Michael.
  20. Creed Bratton. Need I say more?
 

Houston Rodeo 2010 lineup? Eh?

According to the ktbx.com website, the 2010 Houston Livestock show and rodeo. The lineup is as follows:

Alan Jackson will kick the rodeo off on tuesday, March 2 at the Reliant Stadium.

The other acts include:

Wednesday, March 3-Dierks Bentley
Thursday, March 4 -Kenny Chesney
Friday, March 5 – Mary J. Blige
Saturday, March 6-Aldean
Sunday, March 7-Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato
Monday, March 8-Tim McGraw
Tuesday, March 9-Darius Rucker
Wednesday, March 10-Rascal Flatts
Thursday, March 1-Brad Paisley
Friday, March 12-Toby Keith
Saturday, March 13-Blake Shelton
Sunday, March 14-Pesado, El Trono De Mexico
Monday, March 15 -Lady Antebellum
Tuesday, March 16-Keith Urban
Wednesday, March 17-Gary Allan
Thursday, March 18-Black Eyed Peas
Friday, March 19-Eli Young Band
Saturday, March 20-Brooks & Dunn — The Last Rodeo Tour
Sunday, March 21-Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber

Ticket sales begin on Saturday, January 16 at 10 a.m., at all Ticketmaster locations, http://www.rodeohouston.com and 1.800.726.1313. Tickets cover admission costs to Reliant Stadium, Reliant Arena, Reliant Center and the carnival with kids under two years of age admitted free.

Okay, is it just me or does this lineup suck?! I think it does. Here’s who I would want in the lineup this year in lieu of some acts like The Black Eyed Peas, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Eli Young Band, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith. Instead, why not acts like  Jeff Foxworthy and Jerry Seinfeld for a double-header comedy night, Trisha Yearwood, Gretchen Wilson (she released a new album recently, so why not let her promote it here in Houston?), Lee Ann Womack, and Casting Crowns (for a special ksbj night).