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If Batman and Daredevil got in a fight, who would win? And why?

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Will the real Rambo please step forward!!

O.K.,

So I’m messing around youtube looking at upcoming movie trailers and come across the new Rambo, titled simply John Rambo, movie trailer. Wow. I loved Rambo as a kid. I played sick just to watch the premeir of the Rambo cartoon. Anyways, I ran across the John Rambo trailer and it blew my mind. This thing is a mix between 300, which rocked by the way, Goodfellas, and Quentin Tarantino’sKill Bill Volume 1 and 2. I’m not sure what to think. Anyways, I will probably, no lets be real, I will see this movie. It’s kind of good to see some of the eighties stars making a comeback. Whose next? Chuck Norris?

“I don’t go a hunting, I go a killing”

 Until then….

Reviewing the Empire built by I

So here we go as promised. My first ever printed CD review. So who is the lucky band this week? How about the new release I Empire by Angels and Airwaves. First and foremost I love this band. There first album suprised the mess out of me and I fell in love with it. But could their sophmore release hold up? Well in my opinion, yes it can. The opening song, Call to Arms, pretty much defines this band. Very tight, very rhythm driven, and super catchy lyrics. Pretty much all you need to sell lots of albums and have lots of fans. The second song, Everything’s Magic, has got an eighties feel all over it. Some early REM/Cure thing going on. Love it! It also happens to be their first single released off of the album. The third song, Breathe, has this almost Himalayans thing going on with a hint of Adam Duritz coming through vocally. Decent love song. Love like Rockets, the forth song, solid filler song. Fifth song, Sirens, very Police sounding, again with catchy lyrics. Sirens is followed by Secret Crowds, which with its Foo Fighter sound has a good thing going. Star of Bethlehem is next, a instrumental that sets up one of the highlights of the album TRUE LOVE. True Love goes back to the sound the captured me on their first release, We Don’t Need to Whisper. Great song that has a U2 feel to it with great lyrics telling us that Love will guide us home. You know it’s interesting how Christ shows up in things when we have our eyes and minds open. Star of Bethlehem sets up a song called True Love. Huh…..Lifeline is next and lets us know that no one is perfect, but all is fixable. Jumping Rofftops is a short instrumental that takes us to Rite of Spring. The best song on the album. It’s got a little bit of that teenage angst theme behind it with Tom Delonge dropping a small biographical peek into his life. The album ends wiht another U2 felling song called Heaven. It’s a strong finish to a strong album. I recommend this album if your looking for some fresh air in todays new rock world. Go buy it. It gets three and a half s stars out of five. Well, that’s it for this week. Until later!

Shalom

No, The Gods are no longer Angry!!!!!!!!

So I just got back from hearing Rob Bell speak tonight in Raleigh. Amazing, Amazing, and more Amazing. So the evening starts out in a great venue called the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh. We are in a box on the side of the auditorium looking at the stage that has this huge alter in the middle of it. There is a loud track of opera music playing. Pretty neat setting if you ask me. And then Rob comes out and launches into this story or parable about a cave woman and how the cave woman is figuring out that this plant she has is connected to the sun in the sky. And the sun in the sky is connected to the mooon at night. And the moon at night runs in these mysterious cycles, the same way her body does. And she’s figuring out that all is connected. And if she makes a nod to these “Gods”, they may just leave her alone and let her continue being this great cave woman.

Rob then begins to explain for about fifteen minutes about all kinds of early civilizations and their Gods. And what they had to do to appease their Gods. The things they had to sacrifice to make sure that their Gods were one, not angry with them, or two, would stop being angry with them.  There seems to be a fundemantal problem with this. More on that in a minute. When begin to learn that an alter is this, “vortex of Anxiety”.

Then we jump into the story of Abraham. How he was called, from this mysterious voice, to leave his fathers household. We find out that household in this scripture does not mean a place to live, but actually a worldviewand Abraham is told to leave his fathers worldview behind. Unheard of in the day that this took place. Chapter 12 of Genesis is the first time that God steps in and there is this divine intervention between humans, Abraham, and God almighty himself. The beginning of Gods divine interactions with humans.

Move on to chapter 22. Abraham is asked to take his son to the alter and kill him for God. For so long I have thought this passage was about us being loyal to the will of God no matter the sacrifice, but its not. God was doing something really big here. One, this was the norm of the day. Notice Abraham did not say nope. He just went to do it. Two, as he was doing it a being came down instructing him to stop and pointed out that God had provided a different sacrifice to take the place of the son he loved, which by the way, this is the first time love is mentioned in the Bible. God is saying the old way, no more. I am providing a different way. My sacrifice given for you. Starting to sound a little familiar. God is saying, I am not the God who wants your son, but the God who provides. Trust me to provide. All of the sacrificing you have been doing was for your piece of mind. Not Gods.

Go to Leviticus. The saducees were violent people. Used violence to express their opinions. Wanted blood offerings and even used the military to back them up. They built a violent system in the hopes that the people would know and have peace with God. Bad idea. This system stayed in place until Christ came and shook things up a bit. Here is a guy healing and fixing people without any sacrifices being offered and the saducees are threatened. THey result to the only thing they know, get the Army involved, and kill Jesus. What is interesting is that the whole way to the cross, Jesus could have stepped in and stopped it. Peter pulled a sword and Jesus corrected his mistake. Jesus did not even have a sword, because he knew if he resulted to violence it would only strenghthen what the saducees had already set into place. The very thing he was undoing. Anyways, this tour is brilliant and this is just a quich sypnopsis on things.

Rob eneded with a beautiful story. There was this lady who was having visions from Jesus. THe local priest did not believe her and called her a liar. She protested so he asked het to ask Jesus one simple question the next time she was having a vision. He said to ask him what were the last things this priest had asked for forgiveness for. So he leaves and catches wind a little later that she has another vision. So he confronts her and ask her if she askes Jesus the question. She says yes and grabs his hand. He asks her what did Jesus say I asked forgiveness for. Her response was that Jesus said HE DID NOT REMEMBER. WOW.

RECONCILIATION OF ALL THINGS AT THE CULMINATION OF THE AGES.

AMEN.

Are the Gods Angry?

So tomorrow a group of friends, family, and myself are heading out to find out the long awaited answer to this question. And who will be answering you ask? Mars Hills very own Rob Bell. He’s speaking tomorrow in Raleigh and it sould be interesting. I consider myself a satellite member of the Mars Hill community, thank you podcast, and am very excited about seeing Rob speak. I had the chance to hear him last summer on the Everything is Spiritual tour. Mindblowing by the way. I heard there was going to be DVD of it, but it has yet to surface. Anyways, I should have the answer to this question tomorrow and I plan on breaking down what brother Rob is talking about. Until later.

Shalom

Something I’ve always wanted to do.

So I had this idea the other day. I have always wanted to review music. So here’s whats going to happen. On Fridays I am going to review a new release or rerelease that has came out in the weeks prior. It will be very opinionated and revolve around what I consider good music. But I will be, sometimes,  buying random albums off of itunes that I would not normally buy just to review them and maybe expand my horizon a bit. Another idea I just had is this.  The last Friday of each month will be a review of a not so new released album. Probably some of my favorites or possibly most hated. Your comments are welcomed! I’ve always wanted to do this. Can’t wait. Already bought this weeks album. We’ll see how it ranks.

Later.

A little down, but not out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So yesterday I went to lunch with some friends to celebrate another friends birthday. I have eaten at this place many times before with no problems. Ordered the buffallo chicken fajitas and all seemed well. Until last night. Sick, sick, and more sick. I’m not saying for sure it was the food I ate, but it wasn’t as good the next time around. Anyways after a long night of wonderful stomach games and chills with headaches I have done very little today. Didn’t feel very well today either, but atleast my food has stayed with me. Anyways just battled Slash on guitar Hero III, watched last weeks episodes of CSI and the office with Suzanne, and now I am going to watch the Batman episodes of Scooby Do with my girls. Until Later. Oh, I did write a letter to  Paul today. He’s our compassion kid in Africa. Go to Shlog.com and see what Shaun is doing right now. It is really cool.

Shalom