Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Everyone seemed to have a good time over the weekend. This year, instead of going on a Winter Retreat, we had the speaker come to the church and had our activities and session on site. The pics above were from Friday night with the inflatable games and mechanical bull.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I didn't have time to find and post this yesterday. Here is a trailer for Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed movie. I am looking forward to the release, which I think is February 12.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This new film, according to its website, follows Stein and his heroic and, at times, shocking journey confronting the world's top scientists, educators and philosophers, regarding the persecution of the many by an elite few. Ben travels the world on his quest, and learns an awe-inspiring truth that bewilders him, then angers him and then spurs him to action! He realizes that he has been "Expelled", and that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired for the "crime" of merely believing that there might be evidence of "design" in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance.
I was a little disappointed at first that the producers gave the idea that they didn't want to endorse "Intelligent Design", but was encouraged as they talked about fighting for free speech in the academic world and elsewhere. They welcome all "reasonable" theories. However, Stein did mention that he felt Darwinism is lacking in certain fronts. Of the many educators and others they interviewed, many had their faces blacked out for fear of reprisal while others flatly refused to be interviewed at all. Many had lost their jobs, tenure and had been ridiculed if they dared go against the elite. Ben, himself, has lost opportunities because of his work on the project and regularly receives hate mail.
Both Stein and Walt Ruloff, Executive Producer and President of Premise Media Corporation, also mentioned that they hoped this movie could begin some open and intelligent dialog between those who believe in some form of intelligent design and those on the side of, for lack of a better word, Darwinism.
Ben said he thought that the country had "lost Its way morally" and hoped to see the return of morals throughout the land.
They gave two websites for "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed". The first, http://www.expelledthemovie.com/ is the official site. http://www.getexpelled.com/ is a site for educators, pastors, youth leaders and anyone who would like some resources, etc. to help with this free speech agenda. On both sites you can post your own experiences via text, video, and/or audio on the "shout-out" link.
The movie comes out this spring. I will post a trailer soon.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
represents one of my blessings - all the tenagers I have been able to
minister to over the past 21 (almost) years. When I think about it, I
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Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I lost 5..2 pounds this week for a two week total of 18.2 pounds! I
am pretty pleased. Ten more weeks to go. I can't wait for next
week I hope to be below 300 pounds for the first time in a long time.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
there as well. We decided to " encourage" each other on our weght loss
trek. We are going to give $1.00 per pound to the charity of the other
person. The little contest has taken a friendly turn. Today I recieved
a card of encouragement and this BIG bag of potato chips! What kind
of help is that?!? So .... THE GAME IS ON!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
So a good friend of mine bought me 20 flavored waters and one Diet Mt
Dew for Christmas. The instructions on the Dew said I could drink it
AFTER all the waters were empty. I waited to start drinking water
until my diet began. TODAY I am drinking my last water!!!!!!!!
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Jesus wasn't a "leader." He wasn't a CEO. He violated the "laws of
leadership. "He actually resisted opportunities to increase his influence—even
when the crowd demanded more of him. (How strange is that in this day and
age?) No, Jesus was none of the mental images that are so prevalent in our
current North American thinking about leadership. I contend that Jesus was, first
and foremost, a follower.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
The best place to drop pounds may be your own house of worship. Researchers
set up healthy eating and exercise programs in 16 Baltimore churches. More than
500 women participated and after a year the most successful lost an average of
20 lbs. Weight-loss programs based on faith are so successful because there's a
built-in community component that people can feel comfortable with.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
I weighed in in front of the youth on Wednesday night and will do so each Wednesday night. This is an unofficial weight but will help to show my progress. The weight there was 322.6 lbs. which was 4.6 pounds more than the weight at the MACC. I will update here every Wednesday night (via my phone) after 8:30 PM EST.
By the way, if any of you would like to donate to the "Hungry for Hungary" fund. Get in contact with me and I will let you know how to do just that. Every little bit helps.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
One of the area fitness centers, the Middlecreek Area Community Center, has made an offer. If you are a member of the Center, they will pay you $10 per pound that you loose through the end of March - thanks to an anonymous donor. Actually I think it is more of a fundraiser for the M.A.C.C. and it worked to get me to join. I had to weigh in this morning and I have three months to loose as much weight as I can! I am going to donate any money I get to our Mission Trip to Hungary this summer. I guess you could say I am going to go Hungry for Hungary!
To help me keep on track, I plan to weigh in each Wednesday in front of the teens. I will show some pics, etc. and keep you updated. (I assume you are interested) I have no doubt I can loose weight, but I am hoping that after I loose it, I will be able to keep it off.
Anyone can join and be involved, but you have to sign up and weigh in by January 5. Check out the MACC web site for their contact information.