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Wide White: April 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009


I had way too many bumper stickers in college...yes, I was one of those students.

When that car died, so did the bumper stickers.

I don't plan to add a sticker collection to the Jeep, but this one from a liberal coworker did make me laugh...or groan...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Why I don't tweet

Twitter is apparently all the rage. It comes up in every talk show interview. Everybody's doing it.

Everybody but me.

My life is barely interesting to sustain a blog that hardly registers on anyone's radar (with the exception of the occasional post about Mark Driscoll, which brings Google hits out of the woodwork).

Could my life possibly be interesting enough to warrant "tweets" every two hours with a maximum of 140 characters letting everyone know...well, nothing, really.

For me, the answer is a clear and resounding NO!!

(NOTE: if I am tweeting in 2 months, this post can and must be held against me...)

Friday, April 17, 2009

High-speed disaster

Apparently Obama has a plan to start connecting major metropolitan cities by high-speed train. Minneapolis to Chicago is one of the proposed routes.

Maybe I'm just naive, but don't we already have a few high-speed routes to Chicago? Service providers include Southwest, Delta, American Airlines...

One-way fares start at $75. Trains won't be able to touch that with a 10-foot-pole and stay profitable.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

MacArthur is still upset

Two weeks ago Mark Driscoll honored John MacArthur in a blog post, despite MacArthur's past criticism of Driscoll.

Yesterday, MacArthur slammed Driscoll in an article titled, "The Rape of Solomon's Song."



I haven't listened to Driscoll's sermon series on the Song of Solomon, but my wife and other friends have and I haven't heard any reports that warrant that kind of accusation.

MacArthur adds that Driscoll has "boldly led the parade down [a] carnal path."

Having visited Driscoll's church and listened to him speak a few times doesn't make me a Driscoll expert and I do have serious reservations about him. He has weaknesses with pride and bridling his tongue that I don't think can be overlooked (and in fairness, I don't think he overlooks) and have damaged his ministry.

But MacArthur's handling of Driscoll - especially in comparison with how others such as my own pastor (John Piper) have treated him - have only served to give me greater reservations about MacArthur.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Weather that smells

I have a few brothers who will think this is hilarious.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Battered and broken

Jesus still wants you.

That's the briefly summarized message of this clip from Matt Chandler, and it presents a great challenge to the way that I probably think more often than I'm willing to admit.

Thanks Abraham.


I noticed a curious misspelling on the seat in front of me on a recent plane ride with Northwest. I dismissed it when I noticed that the seat next to me had the correct spelling. I thought it must have been a one-off.

Then I took my return flight and noticed the same misspelling. Nope, it wasn't just a one-time occurrence...

I know, "flotation" versus "floatation" isn't that big a deal. But they got it right on the overhead lights and on half of the other seat cushions; you'd think someone in quality control would have caught that!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

My dream come true

No, not the 3rd North Carolina Tar Heels national championship in my lifetime.

During the game last night my wife reminded me numerous times that she is my "dream wife." Consider her evidence...

Two weeks after we were married two years ago, March Madness - something she'd never heard of - happened. I don't watch much TV, so basketball all day for a few days straight was a shock to her system. There may or may not have been a few tears of confusion.

Last year I got her to fill out a bracket. Her methodology (which remains unchanged): look at rankings first, but in close games, first analyze mascots and if still in doubt, then factor in team colors. She nearly beat me.

This year I stayed ahead until the Final Four, when she surged past me with a vengeance. She correctly picked 3 of 4 Final Four teams, both teams in the finals, and the national champions. I haven't met anyone yet who can match that this year. (Yes, she won her bracket challenge at work.)

And as we watched the Tar Heels surge ahead last night, with Jamie decked out in her Tar Heels jersey, she just smiled and said, "I'm your dream wife!"

And who am I to argue?

Final NCAA office pool standings


If I hadn't made the online entry blunder with Louisville I would have been 22/107.

I've had worse years.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Things you learn working with a 10th floor window seat

The tops of the brown UPS trucks are white.

I thought it was really odd at first, but realized it probably keeps them cooler since white reflects the sunlight.

Stupid, random fact for the day...