Best Advertisement Ever?

I’m sold! I’m hooked! And there is no changing my mind…

I’m going to Denny’s…

And I’m having BACON!

Denny’s just launched a new promotion entitled Baconalia and it gave me goose bumps. I’ve been hearing so much about healthy food and low carbs and few calories that I am ready to rebel. And bacon sounds like the perfect solution…

So – who’s joining me?

Honorable mention for other great advertisements (insert sarcasm here):

Crystal Pepsi – famously spoofed by SNL

New Coke – even though Max Headroom should be remembered as a success

Lifelock – maybe giving out your social security number was not the best idea

Groupon – making fun of Tibet without any backstory – FAIL

Best Signs Ever

In watching the Masters a few weeks ago, it got me to thinking of one of my favorite Masters memories – Ms. Martha Burk – went with the Ms. since I’m pretty sure she’s not married…

Quick backstory – In 2003, Martha Burk led a charge against the Good Ole’ Boys in Green Jackets in order to force them to accept women as members. Ended up being more bark than bite, but it did produce the below sign, which while incredibly wrong, but at the same time full of awesomeness, therefore to me it means the whole event was a success…

Other perfectly awesome sports signs:

And the follow-up to possibly the best game ever:

Christianity – The Ultimate Paradox?

My good friend and I were discussing Christianity and how it could easily be considered life’s greatest paradox. Think about it – the claims of Christianity are at the same time the most inclusive on any religion or belief system. Check out the following statements by Christ:

  • John 1:12 – Yet to ALL who received him…he gave the right to become children of God
  • John 3:17 – God did not send his Son into the WORLD to condemn the world, but to save the WORLD through Him
  • John 5:24 – WHOEVER hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life
  • John 6:40 – For my Father’s will is that EVERYONE who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life
  • Acts 1:8 – You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth
  • Romans 10:13 – For EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

The inclusivity of the Gospel shows that any man, woman, or child to come to faith to Christ and spend eternity with him.  There are no set rules, or regulations, or birthrights, or anything else that precludes any one from accepting the Gospel message; however, there is another side to the Gospel which we mustn’t forget, and that is the exclusivity of the Gospel…

In the same way that anyone can choose to follow Christ and spend eternity with him, any one who does not choose to follow Christ must face the consequence that comes from denying the claims of Christ – and this is where the we come face to face with the exclusivity of the Gospel:

  • Matthew 7:13-14 – For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it
  • John 3:3 – I tell you the truth, NO ONE can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again
  • John 3:18 – Whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son
  • John 14:6 – I am the way and the truth and the life.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through ME
  • Acts 4:12 – Salvation is found in NO ONE else, for there is NO OTHER name under heaven given to men by which we MUST be saved
  • 1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is ONE God and ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

After thinking about this paradox, my brain began to wonder about other paradoxes, like “What happens when an irresistible force collides with an immovable object?” Or “This Page Left Intentionally Blank” – really, then why is there writing on it…

Others of note:
Invalid Proof – isn’t proof by its nature valid?
Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t
This statement is false

if it is known to be false then it is known that it must be true, and if it is known to be true then it is known that it must be false

Anyone born on February 29th

Did I miss any? Can you think of any others?

And what do you think of the inclusivity and exclusivity of the Gospel?

Music Monday

I thought I would have a bit of fun this week and put together the best songs for each day of the week, starting with Sunday.  This was actually harder than I imagined it would be, especially since Saturday through Tuesday came pretty easily…

Why no love for the middle of the week?

As always, these are my opinions, but let me know what you think…

Sunday – Sunday by Bebo Norman

Monday – Come Monday by Jimmy Buffett

Tuesday – Tuesday’s Gone by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Wednesday – Tacos on Wednesday by The Baptist Boys (Backstreet Boys parody)
Thursday – Twenty-One by Corey Smith

Friday – Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band

Saturday – Another Saturday Night by Sam Cooke

Foot in Mouth?

Foot in Mouth Disease. This is something we’ve all struggled with at times – whether it be an argument, a joke, or just general conversation, we each have something we’d like to take back…

Here are a few examples of others who probably wish they’d have that moment back:

The Kenwood Chef

Bobby Bowden – “Just Like a Woman”

Joe Namath – “I Want to Kiss You”

Ben Wright (Golf Announcer for CBS)

Helmbreck began her story, which ran on the front page of the News Journal on Friday, May 12, with a quote from Wright: “Let’s face facts here. Lesbians in the sport hurt women’s golf.”

He was also quoted as saying, “They’re going to a butch game and that furthers the bad image of the game.” He was quoted as saying that homosexuality on the women’s tour “is not reticent. It’s paraded. There’s a defiance in them in the last decade.” And, “Women are handicapped by having boobs. It’s not easy for them to keep their left arm straight, and that’s one of the tenets of the game. Their boobs get in the way.”

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1007519/index.htm#ixzz1KINqkulE

Music Monday

Most Music Monday posts offer new music that I came across that I thought others would enjoy; however, I’d like to take a small detour from the standard Monday procedure and present some tunes that I often use to lift the spirits. These three songs make me smile while still offering legitimate lyrical value…

Song 1 – The Healing Song by Bebo Norman (from Ten Thousand Days)

Song 2 – Names That Fell by Zach Williams (from Story Time)

Song 3 – What If I Stumble by DC Talk (from Jesus Freak)

Music can be as much of an encouragement (or a stumbling block) as a friend, which is probably why I enjoy it so…

The Appetite of a Caterpillar

Clemson University researchers doing what they do best:

To demonstrate the (caterpillar’s) destructive power, Clemson University entomologist Jeremy Greene planted two cotton varieties — one genetically modified to provide protection from caterpillars, one not — in a demonstration field at the Edisto Research and Education Center.

The non-protected cotton was planted in a pattern that spelled the word “Tigers.” Aerial photographs taken near harvest show that while the genetically modified crop survived intact, the unprotected plants provided three square meals a day for the crop-hungry herbivores.