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my eyeballs

so what? I am weird and do weird things....
I got a new camera and it is awesome: Nikon Cooolpix S550

took about 100 shoots to get those first two pics, but I finally got them. Like it? (I do.)

Freebie Friday: A Pic of Heaven

I am sure you have heard pastors or preachers talking about heaven...you get a picture of halos and clouds and harps circled around the throne of God where everything in heaven, is simply worshiping God forever ...is ths the correct picture of hat Heaven will be like?... No WAY!

It will be more like a rebirth. It will be back on the new earth, but this time as God intended it.
It will be perfect and mind blowing.

This is the stuff that should motivate us to share our faith!
This is the truth that should set our thinking correctly.
We need to realize that our fallen sinful bodies are not permanent, the God has new bodies waiting for us in new Kingdom in Heaven.

Recommended readings:


Heaven - Randy Alcorn
Living With Questions - Dale Fincher


Error Messages

I guess it is more difficult to read than I imagined:
"The Game Disc could not be read
Please reset the Nintendo Gamecube."

I received this error while I was playing NASCAR 2002. I was winning on the final lap, I had just received the white flag and BOOM- the GAMECUBE gives me this!!! ....
Not far

Narnia review

I saw Narnia a couple of weeks ago. I thought the movie itself was pretty good. Nice effects, cool digital features, good background music and just a fun movie in general.

The movie was of course a little-watered down and condensed, which you almost expect from Hollywood today. I was glad that Narnia made it to the big screen though.

Awkward situation: Aslan says to Lucy in a dream..."I grow as you grow..." After Lucy says "You are bigger than I remember..."

This is not how C.S. Lewis dialogues this conversation in the book. It was frustrating that they did not take the extra minuet or two it would have taken to get that particular conversation correct.

I can relate to Peter...it would be tough to go from being a respected aged high king in Narnia
and then have to go back to real life and deal with real people.

I am in awe of CS Lewis and his imagination whenever I pick up a Narnian book. And in this movie that sense of creativity was displayed.

Faith of Lucy

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set a example for the believers in speech, in life, in faith, and in purity. 1 Tim. 4:12 (NIV)

Lucy is the youngest of the Pevensie children, and as such, she possess the heart of a child, seeing the good within those around her. She is the first to enter the Wardrobe, but because of her age, no one believes her about Narnia. Yet, she does not let this destroy the faith she has in herself.

We see Lucy's child-like faith again in Prince Caspian. Lucy sees Aslan off in the distance and tell her siblings to follow her. None of them believe her again.

But this time, Lucy does not step out ahead of her siblings in faith as she did in the Wardrobe. Despite that fact, Aslan is good and forgives Lucy.

We can learn a lot about faith from Lucy today.


Tiger... really he is a tiger

Tiger is a killer....

Tiger Woods plays 91 holes and now he is OUT for the rest of the season again!
He went agianst what the doctor told him and played...I mean WON the U.S. Open in extra holes.
That man is ridiculous! He was not his full self. He was hurt, he was slow, he had to use every once of his strenght to get through the rounds, yet he still was competitive, yet he still won.
Talk about mentally tough!



obama clinton???

probably unlikely....

A little over ten days ago, Hilary surrendered and endorsed Obama for the democratic nomination for the 2008 election for Presidency.
Right after the endorsement, the media did what it does best and stressed the question: "Will Obama select Clinton as VP?" and "Wouldn't that be your best move after such a long hard race?"
Obama and crew wisely pushed the question aside and said it would be best to think it over, let time pass and the storm to weather over before making such an important decision.

One issue with this whole concept is that VPs have and always will be chosen at the Conventions...it is too early for a final decision and you are not going to get one.

I honestly do not think that Obama will select Clinton for several reasons:
1. Obama is not going to want 2 1st on the same ticket, too risky.
2. Clinton is too alike on so many issues, and too far apart on other issues
just not a compatible fit
3. Obama does not need Hillary to get Hillary's voters.
4. Obama needs to focus more on getting voters from the other side of the fence, by selecting a more conservative, more Christian, older, stoic moderate

In the news today, "

Clinton, Fundraisers To Meet With Obama"

According to the article, it seems that Obama is not considering Clinton for the ticket. This makes sense to me. although a Clinton donor on Monday called a "slap in the face."

free will?

As usual, I am loving Michael Patton's Parchment and Pen Theology Blog and have been reading it a lot. Here is an excerpt from his blog entitled "What do you mean by Free Will?" Some of these ideas I have personally dealt with and have continued to ask these questions. Free Will vs. Predestinati0on has been one of the most interesting issues that I have dealt with and continue to deal with in my life...

"Do you mean:
  1. That a person is not forced from the outside to make a choice?
  2. That a person is responsible for his or her choices?
  3. That a person is the active agent in a choice made?
  4. That a person is free to do whatever they desire?
  5. That a person has the ability to choose contrary to their nature (who they are)?"
Michael explains what he believes and what many other Calvinists believe. I have to agree with him on the matter. I agree that the first three are true and that the fourth and fifth I do not agree with.

"Does Free Will mena you choice agianst nature? If “free will” means that we can choose against our nature (the power of contrary choice), if “free will” means that we can choose against who we are, what does this mean? What does this look like? How does a free person make a choice that is contrary to who they are? Who is making the choice? What is “free will” in this paradigm?"

"...even if this were not the case,—even if total depravity were a false doctrine—libertarian freedom would still be untenable. Not only are you who you are because of your identification with a fallen human race, but notice all these factors that you did not choose that go into the set up for any given “free will” decision made:
  • You did not choose when you were to be born.
  • You did not choose where you were to be born.
  • You did not choose your parents.
  • You did not choose your influences early in your life.
  • You did not choose whether you were to be male or female.
  • You did not choose your genetics.
  • You did not choose your temperament.
  • You did not choose your looks.
  • You did not choose your body type.
  • You did not choose your physical abilities."

Anyways there is more to this post...but it got me thinking and I really enjoyed reading it....I am still deciding on which theory I completely agree with.


Happiness and religion

According to a recent Harris poll : Americans Who Are Religious and Older People Are Happier...

Here is one of the cool charts, go to the website to see the rest:

Base: All adults


Strongly agree

Somewhat agree


Somewhat disagree

Strongly disagree

Not sure

My relationships with friends brings me happiness









I have positive relationships with my family members









At this time I’m generally happy with my life









My spiritual beliefs are a positive guiding force to me









I feel my voice is not heard in national decisions that affect me









I frequently worry about my financial situation









I rarely worry about my health









My work is frustrating









I rarely engage in hobbies and pastimes I enjoy









Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100 percent due to rounding

Cool addition findings from Gallup.

think gas price is bad in America....?

CNN keeps track of gas prices worldwide: Keep this site as a bookmark as a reminder that someone else is paying more than you per gallon!

Good article from Washington Post

Here is a good Youtube video about WHY gas prices are so high right now and will continue to rise more soon and continually.

The video then suggests a product that will suppose-ably help save money by increasing your fuel mileage and save money...I am not endorsing this product. But I thought the video was insightful.


OU printing profit

As a student @ O.U. during my time their, every student was entitled to 50 pages of black and white print per month at any printer on campus.

when I was visiting O.U. to say goodbye to my friends I noticed that the University has began a new campaign and strategy. They are no longer allowing students to have 50 pages of print per month, now students must pay for all pieces of paper that they print on while printing from a University machine.

That sucks, but I do not care too much since I am graduated!

Narcissism -pics, article, video

Great CPYU article on Narcissism and today's youth culture by Walt Mulluer

. It’s a cultural reality we must seriously consider if we hope to effectively understand and reach our kids.

Narcissus is the youthful Greek mythological character who couldn’t take his eyes off his own reflection. Self-absorbed, his world revolved around nobody or nothing but himself. It wasn’t until I was a college senior that I remember hearing about Narcissus, even though I had already embraced him a bit—probably a lot more than I ever realized—as a part of my life. Cultural analyst Christopher Lasch had just released a new book on self-centeredness in American culture, The Culture of Narcissism, and it was assigned reading in a sociology class. Lasch believed that as a result of the political turmoil of the 1960s, Americans had retreated into themselves and were focusing solely on personal preoccupations. This type of living in the moment cut all ties to the traditions, rules, conventions and cultures of the past. “I” became the center of the universe and source of reality and morals. The narcissist thought of himself in the here and now, became his own audience, but also loved an audience of others who were equally enamored with who he was.

Lasch’s “culture” of narcissism has snowballed to the point where it’s even more deeply embedded and entrenched in the fabric of today’s students, a generation that’s inherited the legacy of their self-absorbed ancestors to become second- and third-generation narcissists. Researchers at San Diego State University recently reported that their ongoing studies show that narcissism continues to rise among college students. Our kids are mastering the lifestyle and are “spending” their “inheritance” with great gusto. If you don’t believe it just spend some time with pop culture, listening and watching as music and music video promotes the self-absorbed lifestyle of me, myself and I entitlement. Think about narcissism as you watch the auditions of thousands of youthful “American Idol” wannabes who believe the lies that “I’m a star” and “I can sing,” even though Simon realistically tells them otherwise. Consider how readily kids expose their thoughts, photos and lives for all to see on social networking sites like MySpace (note My). Narcissism moves to a deeper level on Facebook, where members no longer refer to themselves as “I,” but become part of their own audience by referring to themselves in the third person, much like “Jimmy” and “George” in the classic “Seinfeld” episode. Toby Keith captures the reality in his recent hit song “I Wanna Talk About Me,” where one narcissist who can’t seem to get a word in edgewise butts heads with another: “I wanna talk about me/Wanna talk about I/Wanna talk about number one/Oh my me my.”

If we desire to see our children and teens fulfill their calling as the church in the world, we must reckon with how the world might actually be in them as they function as the church. In other words, if we want to see our kids live out and communicate the selfless Kingdom of God as it confronts their narcissistic culture, then we must first recognize and confront the narcissism in them. This task will be difficult, because if we are honest, we will find ourselves admitting our own narcissism. All of us have been swimming and marinating in the soup of narcissism for so long that it’s become so much a part of who we are that we don’t even recognize its presence.

A look at our contemporary church and youth ministry culture offers plenty of discouraging evidence that the culture of narcissism has indeed, shaped who we are.

First, there’s our love affair with money and wealth. The great unaddressed sin of the church is materialism, defined by Webster’s Dictionary as, “the doctrine that the only or the highest values or objectives lie in material well-being” and “a preoccupation with or stress upon material rather than intellectual or spiritual things.” When we place ourselves and our interests at the center of the universe, there’s nothing wrong with selfishly pursuing and accumulating as much as we can. Hammered by a marketing machine that exploits their youthful anxieties and aspirations, today’s teenagers are being socialized into narcissism, and they are eagerly embracing materialism as a lifestyle.

Second, there’s our theology … a theology that has demoted almighty God from his rightful place at the center of the universe, and replaced God with a god made in our image who comes running when we snap our fingers to serve us and cater to our needs. Christian Smith’s not-quoted-enough research on the shape of teenage faith offers convincing proof that narcissism has led to a self-defined faith that is also very self-serving. In his book Soul Searching, Smith notes that just like their adult counterparts, American kids are “profoundly individualistic, instinctively presuming autonomous, individual self-direction to be a universal human norm and life goal.” This individualism is “an invisible and pervasive doxa that is unrecognized and unquestioned,” and it informs the shape of their faith (p. 143). The resulting faith is what Smith has labeled “moralistic, therapeutic, deism.” Stated simply, this lethal distortion of orthodoxy has kids believing that I must be a good person, be happy, feel good, and that I can call on the God who exists for me whenever I need something. This type of faith not only multiplies and thrives when fed by a narcissistic culture, but it feeds and encourages the spread of narcissism. Could it be that our faith has been shaped less by God’s story, and more by our culture of narcissism?

Third, there’s our increasingly human-centered corporate worship, particularly the songs we sing as we gather together. In a narcissistic world, the criteria for “good worship” is that worship leaves me “feeling good.” Rather than centering on God and God’s character, worship’s content and focus is centered on me. When it does mention God, God exists because of what he can do for me. Yes, God has done and continues to do great things for us, and for that reason we should bow down and worship. But in today’s culture of corporate worship, are we really bowing down to God? If you want to put what I’m saying to the test, ask your kids this question: “What makes worship good?” Many of them will answer in ways that reveal their narcissism.

Fourth, there’s the disturbing shape of our faith in practice. In his book The Culturally-Savvy Christian, Dick Staub describes our narcissistic faith as “Christianity-lite”—it tastes great, it’s less filling and it’s the source of spiritual impoverishment. Dick says it’s a faith that produces conversions rather than disciples. In practice, what results is an army of people who take the name “Christian,” but instead of living a life marked by self-denial and sacrifice, the army embraces the wonderful promise of heaven for their future, while pursuing the American dream. The result, Staub says, is “that Jesus would not recognize the message and practices of Christianity-lite” (p. 47).

Fifth, there’s our emphasis on spiritual consumerism over spiritual conviction. There’s no denying the fact that narcissism and materialism have combined in a mix that shapes our message and methodologies: we treat people as consumers who need to be won over by marketing efforts that convince them to choose our church, rather than calling them to the self-sacrificing life of carrying one’s cross. We are spending more time becoming what people want, rather than focusing on frankly telling people what it is that they need. Church and faith have become commodities to market and sell. The sad reality is that in a narcissistic world, there’s not much of a market for a faith that’s not all about me. The temptation is to water down “the product” so that it will sell. Perhaps we should take some of the blame for socializing kids into shopping for faith in the same way they shop for a pair of jeans.

The culture of narcissism takes adherents—especially easily influenced kids—down the wide road that leads to destruction. How can we counteract this focus on self, and lead kids into a lifetime spent on the narrow God-centered road that leads to life? I don’t think there are any easy answers. I do, however, believe we need to look in the mirror to evaluate what we say and do. Here are some initial steps we can and must take to counteract narcissism’s powerful and pervasive influence.

First, understand the importance of studying and teaching theology. All of us teach theology, whether we do so consciously or unconsciously. If we aren’t consciously pursuing a deeper knowledge of God, we might be unconsciously promoting all types of heresy—including narcissism—without even knowing it. If our mission is to serve as signposts pointing to God, making an effort to consciously know and teach the God we point to will go a long way in exposing narcissism’s lies while promoting God’s truth.

Second, deliberately promote a theistic world and life view. Sure, we’re doing that already, but the culture of narcissism dictates that we can’t do it enough. Kids need to be reminded over and over that all of life is to be God-centered, not me-centered. Some of the most timely and foundational words in Rick Warren’s best-selling Purpose Driven Life are the first four words of the book: “It’s not about you.” Narcissism’s incompatibility with the Christian faith was addressed several hundred years ago when the framers of the Shorter Catechism—a tool employed to teach children the basics of the Christian faith—wrote that the chief end of all humans is “to glorify God”—not self—and “to enjoy him forever.” Jesus turns narcissism on its head when he tells his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Take every opportunity to point out the centrality of God—not self—in all of life.

Third, shape your worship to focus on the audience of One. Times of corporate worship shouldn’t be about entertaining kids. While I’m sure none of us do this intentionally, it’s something that still happens too often. God is not the performer when we gather to worship. The gauge of “good” worship isn’t how our kids score their experience on personal fulfillment and pleasure while walking out of the room. God is the audience and we perform for Him. Carefully examine, evaluate and choose worship elements that focus on the character, acts and will of God, along with what constitutes an obedient response to God’s initiative on the part of your kids. Even more importantly, don’t allow your kids to fall into the trap of believing that worship is nothing more than singing popular praise choruses. The reality is that worship is what we’re called to be about 24/7 through our constant devotion to God in all the activities of life. Narcissistic devotion to self is simply idolatry.

Fourth, lead your students into a God-centered lifestyle. Our kids are raised in a culture that tells them “it’s all about you.” The result is a lifestyle of selfish indulgence marked by greed and entitlement. As people charged with the task of leading them to spiritual maturity, our goal should be to see their eyes and energies focus less and less on self, and more and more on God while embracing his will. The prophet Amos delivered a message that rocked the world of those who thought they were following God. Through Amos, God said “I hate,” “despise,” “cannot stand” and “will not accept” your offerings and worship. Instead, what God wanted was justice that rolled on like a never-ending river and righteousness like a never-failing stream (Amos 5). Likewise, the prophet Micah made it clear that God requires that his followers “act justly,” “love mercy” and “walk humbly before God” … actions and postures contrary to a narcissistic lifestyle. Youth ministries and families must be more intentional about offering students opportunities to learn how to faithfully live a life marked by selfless devotion to God through selfless devotion to missions, service and justice.

Finally, pray for crisis to enter the lives of your kids. Narcissism plays and advances well in a culture that feeds the beast of self-absorption from a deep well of luxury and wealth. Sometimes it’s not until the well runs dry through poverty, want or crisis that our students understand their thirst for what it really is—a longing not after self, but after God. While students might not see it as such, it’s a blessing when the clay feet on which a narcissistic lifestyle is built crumble to dust. Sadly, that’s oftentimes what it takes for them to reach out to their heavenly Father. As John Stott reminds us about the prodigal son, “he had to ‘come to himself’ (acknowledge his self-centeredness) before he could ‘come to his father.’” While we hate to see our kids hurt, sometimes their idolatrous obsession with self must be broken down before they can be built back up in Christ.

When I was a teenager, my dad was known around our house for his ever-ready arsenal of clichés—many of which were directed at me and all of which, at the time, I would have rather not heard and just as soon forgotten. There was one little sentence that he’d shoot my way whenever my narcissistic tendencies reared their ugly head: “Walt, the world does not revolve around you.” What often followed was a theology lesson that put me—literally—in my place. My behavior occasioned the utterance of this cliché so often that it’s seared into my being. Dad’s words were more true than I knew, and they’ve wound up being some of the most valuable advice I’ve ever heard. To be honest, I’m glad I haven’t forgotten. We must be obsessed with God, not self. Let’s look for ways to pass that same message on to our kids. In today’s world, it’s a message seldom heard and more rarely lived.

Crazy, informative, some times funny video I found on youtube:


Amazing weekend for me

So as many of you know I had my graduation commencment ceremony and party this weekend. All of that was great and a huge blessing to see family and friends and be honored with a degree.

Now I am even more recently excited (with adrenaline) because of two sporting events that just took place today:

1. My favorite NASCAR driver FINALLY won a race this season! After almost running out of gas, Dale Earnhardt Junior won a race under caution. His last pit stop was on lap 148- Ridiculous! Finally he does run out of gas AFTER the race! lol. Unofficially Dale is third in points only, 84 points behind Kyle (cough cough) Bush...

2. My favorite golfer, despite several set backs, clinched a play-off hole for the US Open, which will be played tomorrow.

So we still have two more exciting sporting events left:

1. the playoff hole tomorrow. Tiger is 13-0 one tourneys where he is leading after the third round, this is one of those tournaments, will Rocco Mediate break Tiger's streak? Tiger is NOT playing at full capacity - did you see how slow he was today, injured, and all.

2.Tonight: Lakers v. Celtics for NBA championship. (Honestly, I am not a big fan or either team) but it is for the championship. It is game 5 of 7, Celtic need to win one of three...Lakers have to win ALL three.

I am also excited about one other unmentioned thing. :)