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My son, J.D., playing college ball.

I’ve been watching the playoff games. For one thing it’s easy to have on in the background while I work on booking shows for next year. For another thing, at this point I have a love-hate relationship with the Astros. I go back and forth between wanting them to go all the way again, and wanting them to get their asses kicked. They are a Texas team, true, but they are still – the Astros.

Then again, watching the playoffs reminds me that it’s not freaking raining EVERYWHERE! More importantly, I overload on baseball to get me through the drought until spring training. The only other sport we watch is some golf on the weekends – the tournaments of which have also been having some good weather, by the way.

The playoffs are getting interesting now. The games from the wild card games to the current two series were decidedly one-sided. It’s a competition in both series now. I’m interested to see how it turns out. The announcers are freaking annoying, but that’s why the mute button was invented.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

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Cyndy and I watch golf tournaments on the weekends, particularly this time of year. Baseball, rodeo, and horse races are over and we rarely watch football. I play disc golf, but they do not have the sport on television. So we watch golf - the scenery is beautiful and we do not have to pay constant attention.

On Saturday, we were while watching the OHL Classic at Mayakoba - in Mexico if you did not know that already. It rained for nearly the entire round. But, without lightning present, the round continued. There were times when the rain let up some and times when they had to simply stand under the umbrellas.

I need to interject the fact that sports announcers drive me crazy - as I’m sure they do you. If sports are as special as they are purported to be, then they should be treated as such by the announcers and reporters. “Hat trick” was started with hockey and they should be allowed to keep it. An inning in a baseball game is not a “frame.” That should belong to bowling. You get where I’m going.

Part of the problem is that they do not realize that they could just be quiet and let us watch the game and we would be happy. I do not need the announcers to describe the game to me while I am watching it. The only problem with the review system in baseball is the incessant replaying of the play in question from every angle possible. I’m quite surprised we cannot get a satellite view - not that it would tell us much. And all the dialogue among the announcers when, in the end, their opinion does not matter.

Okay, so I’m watching golf. I’m also working and so on, so I do not have to listen to the continual babbling of the announcers. But I never completely get away clean, as it were. Someone hit a nice drive and the announcer said that the shot was “quite tasty.” Which was not the only time, I’m sorry to say. I ask you, how do you taste a golf shot?

But wait, as they say in infomercials, there’s more. As I was saying, it rained for almost the entire round. Fresh towels would be wet by the next hole. The announcers have “beaten that dead horse” the entire round. And yet, nearing the end of the round - get this - one announcer turns to another and says: “I think their grips might be getting wet!” Need I say more?

Peace be with you.

[Re-posted from former blog]

Faith and Pop Culture is the eighth installment of the Christianity Today Current Issues Bible Study Series, published by Thomas Nelson. As stated in the introduction, “[t]his Current Issues Bible Study is designed to facilitate lively and engaging discussion on various facets of entertainment and how it connects to our lives as Jesus’ followers.” The Faith and Pop Culture study examines the compatibility of our faith with the current culture as it pertains to the various parts of the entertainment industry. The book includes observations on movies, books, sports, television, and violence in entertainment media.

The study also takes a look at how entertainment affects Christians and vice versa. Must all entertainment Christians enjoy be “family friendly?” Can Christians influence the entertainment industry? With “entertain me” as the cry of our culture, is it compatible with a life of faith? These are questions to be discussed during the eight weeks of this study.

The Current Issues Bibles Studies are designed to be small group studies. Each session of the Faith and Pop Culture study begins with a Scripture Focus which provides the passages pertaining the lesson. After a brief introduction, a relevant article from Christianity Today magazine and ChristianityToday.com follows. The study guide of each session following the article are Open Up – discussion activities, The Issue – focusing on the main issues with which the session is concerned, Reflect – sharing thoughts and observations on the Scripture Focus passages, Let’s Explore – discussion questions, and Going Forward – taking what is learned and discussed and putting thought into action within our culture.

Each study guide includes ample questions and activities. Which allows for flexibility within the small groups using the study. If the group meets for two hours, they have plenty of questions, scripture reading, and activities. A group that meets for a shorter time has many options to choose from. Some sessions have “bonus” ideas or extra activities which could also be done outside of the regular group time.

In a time when many books and articles are written about modernism, post-modernism, and, indeed, faith and culture, Faith and Pop Culture is an intriguing Bible study that allows Christians as a group to actively apply their faith to the culture in which we live. The studies are also relevant for any small group in any situation. After reading the study, you might find yourself mentioning the book and series to group leaders whom you know.

Peace be with you.

I was given this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers for the purpose of  review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor did I receive any compensation other than the book itself.