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Boys to Men

 

Lately I have been busy and haven’t had the time to listen to the Albert Mohler radio show. This is a show I would recommend to anyone interested in growing spiritually and how our Christian life interacts with our culture. Today as I looked up some of his previous shows I found one that was broadcast over a week ago called “Raising Boys To Be Men“. This one attracted me because my wife and I are parents to now, four adult men. We have struggled over the years to raise them to become godly men. So needless to say these topics often attract me. Especially if they have strong credibility such Dr. Mohler

The program was broadcast on January 24th, and Dr. Mohler’s guest was Col. Shane Blanton, President of Chamberlain-Hunt Academy. Chamberlain-Hunt Academy is a Christian based military academy for boys in grades 7 through 12.  On the show they discuss the transition of boy to manhood and how to teach and train them to be mature and godly. The program is very beneficial to anyone who is trying to raise boys. Especially since we live in a culture that is luring them in the opposite direction. I have included the link above and below.

Raising Boys To Be Men 

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Music Review Tuesday – Airbourne

It is once again Tuesday and time for another music review. Today I will be reviewing an album from a band who is “down under”. That’s right, they are from Melbourne, Australia but originally moved from Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. The band is Airbourne. They are a fairly new band. They released an eight track (visions of square plastic cartridges) EP in 2004 but, the album I am reviewing is their first full length album. The genre of Airbourne is categorized as pub-rock. I can summarize them down to one word, “attitude”, rock n’ roll attitude. They epitomize the attitude of the early to mid 1980’s arena rock bands. It has been said that Australia is a few years behind in pop-culture. But with this band, it’s almost as if they ignored the grunge rock phase America went through in the 1990’s. That grunge phase has effected many hard rock bands of today. The effect has made the lyrics and music darker and more moody. With Airborne, the classic “in your face” rock n’ roll attitude is back, alive and well.

The album title is “Runnin’ Wild” and was released to the U.S. on January 29th, 2008. “Alright people! Welcome to the show!” These are the first words heard as album starts with a guitar explosion in “Stand Up For Rock N’ Roll”. The music and sound are reminiscent of early AC/DC, as it is with many of the tracks on the album. “Runnin’ Wild” is the next track and is the also the album title. The song is definitely about young man angst about breaking up. The following song is the epitome of the “attitude” I spoke of earlier. It is called “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”. The chorus lyrics say it all:

Too much, Too young, Too fast
I’m gonna drink it up while it lasts
Too much, Too young, Too fast
I’m gonna tear it up so fill my glass

The next track “Diamond In the Rough” is such a simple rock song with some real good old rock n’ roll guitar. This is followed by “Fat City” which is “juiced up and ready” for a night of rock n’ roll.

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Posted by on February 5, 2008 in Airbourne, Music Review, Runnin' Wild

 

Best play from Superbowl 42

David Tyree catch

NY Giants 17 – New England Patriots 14

Check out an impressive play from the Giants game winning drive to win Superbowl 42.

Eli Manning to David Tyree

I will post the embedded video as it becomes available.

 
 

I dreamed of a city called Glory

Last night a precious person to me went to be with God in Glory. Her name was Ruth West. She was my grandmother, but everyone in our family called her Ninnie (by me) or Mimmie (by some of our kids). It was a name I gave her when I was just a toddler. My family had tried to get me to call her “Grannie”, but all I could muster was “Ninnie”. So the name stuck. Ninnie had some pretty twisted theology but there was no doubting that she loved the Lord. She served the Lord through her local church, and worked most of her life in one of the local textile mills. Her biggest theological error was that God punished people when they did wrong. It was a fear that she lived with all of her life. Early on her spiritual life someone told that her “God is gonna get you for that”, and she made it her own. Today she knows better and is no doubt sitting at the feet of Jesus, a spot that she dearly loved to talk about. Ninnie had some funny ways about her, but most everyone that knew her, loved her. I will miss her, but hope to see her again one day when I sit at the feet of Jesus as well. There is a favorite song of hers that spoke of where she is now and I would like to paste it in here:

I Bowed My Knees

I dreamed of a city called Glory,
So bright and so fair.
When I entered that gate I cried, “Holy”
The angels all met me there:
They carried me from mansion to mansion,
And oh what sights I saw.
But I said, “I want to see Jesus,
He’s the One who died for all.”

Chorus
Then I bowed on my knees and cried,
“Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Then I clapped my hands and sang, “Glory,
Glory to the Son of God.”
Then I bowed on my knees and cried,
“Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Then I clapped my hands and sang, “Glory,
Glory to the Son of God.”

I thought as I entered that city,
My friends all knew me well.
They showed me the streets of Heaven;
Such scenes too numerous to tell;
I saw Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
Mark, Luke and Timothy.
But I said, “I want to see Jesus,
He’s the One who died for me.”

Chorus
Then I bowed on my knees and cried,
“Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Then I clapped my hands and sang, “Glory,
Glory to the Son of God.”
Then I bowed on my knees and cried,
“Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Then I clapped my hands and sang, “Glory,
Glory to the Son of God.”

Amen

Soli Deo Gloria

Update: The following is a video of Charles Billingsley, who, in my humble opinion, performs this song the way it was written to be sung.