People familiar with the matter say…

I have an article here in front of me from the Wall Street Journal, dated March 24, 2014, regarding the potential deal between Apple and Comcast.  This article was of particular interest to me because I am an Apple stockholder and a user of all things Apple (iPhone 5, iPad mini and MacBookPro).  I also am a Comcast subscriber, not by choice but because there is no competition in our area for cable.

As I was reading this article with interest, I came across the following phrases at least eight different times in the article

people familiar with the matter say

the people familiar with the matter say

said one person familiar with the talks

this person said

one person familiar with the talks

I understand about freedom of the press and the right to protect one’s sources. What I am trying to understand is if this story made the front page of the Wall Street Journal, then why were people afraid of being quoted? It made me wonder if no one could be directly quoted, then would this fall under mere speculation or a rumor mill?  I know that news like this between two publicly traded companies can affect both companies’ stock prices.  I also wondered about fact checking.  How can facts be checked when there are no sources?

Hopefully a journalist or two or three will read this article and enlighten me!  Comments are always appreciated.

On a side note, I recently started subscribing to the Wall Street Journal and I enjoy reading it.  I do recognize some of the liberal slants/biases. I appreciate the broad spectrum of articles and that it is not just another boring financial paper.

Miscellaneous Musings After a Brief Absence

In no particular order..

I apologize for not writing here recently.  I have been doing a lot more journaling which I think has been a good thing for me, but what I am writing is not for a widespread audience.  I would encourage you to get in the habit of journaling.  I try to write everyday if possible, if not then at least every couple of days.  If you wait too long, then details might be fuzzy.  Not only is it a good practice/discipline, you can leave behind something for your family.  I think this became evident to me when my mother passed away in 2006 and we do not have much outside of photographs.  I have her Bible which she marked up and made copious notes in, but not much else.  I wish had some of her recipes for some of my favorite meals from my childhood and she told a lot of good stories about relatives and family members from years gone by.  I personally use Day One for Mac and I have it on my iPad mini and iPhone to jot things down as necessary to trigger what to write on later that evening.  The hardest part is getting started, once you get started then it starts to flow and you find yourself writing a lot more than you thought you would and about things that you wouldn’t have thought about.

My son and I were having a discussion the other day about the planets and I realized a few things that I had never thought about before, see if you agree:

  • The Bible says nothing else about the existence of any other planets, other than earth.  I am not saying that they don’t exist, but interesting that there is no mention of anything other than the earth, sun and moon
  • With the exception of the earth, all of the other planet names are of Greek or Roman deity (Mars, Venus, Jupiter, etc.)

I am preaching intermittently in Iowa, but I am glad to be home more often.

More later….

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Do we really need another McDonalds?

This is more of a local interest story for those living in the West Metro suburbs of Minneapolis, MN

Many of you may have noticed the construction that is taking place rather rapidly on Hwy 55 in Plymouth, MN near Medicine Lake Dr. where they are building a new McDonalds across from the The Waters and adjacent to Fourth Baptist Church.  Not that I or anyone else can do anything about it, but it does beg the question:  Do we really need another McDonalds?



The reason why I ask the question is because if you were to travel two miles west on Hwy 55 near Northwest Blvd, there is a McDonalds near the WestHealth complex (still in Plymouth)and if you travel east two miles on Hwy 55 and then turn left on Winnetka there is another McDonalds (in Golden Valley).  So why are they building another one in between the two locations?  From a business perspective, I am not sure this makes sense putting another location this close to two other ones, unless they are intending on closing either of the locations that I mentioned.  That does not appear to be the case at this point.



I guess this is one of those things that makes you go hmmmm…

I am not a big fan of McDonalds except for their Egg McMuffins at breakfast and they have really good french fries.  Not my first choice for dining options.  I wondered why they didn’t put in a Panera Bread here instead of McDonalds.  The only thing that will happen in this area is that traffic will increase exponentially during breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I can imagine that it will be convenient for people living at The Waters and for those attending worship services at Fourth Baptist Church on Sundays and Wednesdays… With Fourth Baptist Christian School nearby, wonder if that will drive some traffic to the new McDonalds? I am not quite sure when they are scheduled to open, but I can see that they are working six days a week to get everything ready for opening.

Any ideas?


Photos courtesy of Terry Lange – taken November 23, 2013.

Taking issue with Malcolm Gladwell

Recently, I was able to download a sample portion of Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath.  I was interested to read this book because in our Men’s Bible Study we are studying the life of David and I wanted to read someone else’s perspective on this well-known Bible story.  I was flying home from Dallas last Friday and decided to read the sample portion that I had downloaded.

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Photo courtesy of

I was enjoying reading the immense detail as I started in the introduction and then I got to page 10 in the Introduction and when I read this statement:

What matters next is a matter of legend”

I was absolutely appalled.  Here is a well-known author who is writing on a well-known Old Testament Biblical Narrative and he undermines the rest of the book by negating the core Biblical account of the entire story.  After I read that phrase, I went back and re-read it to make sure that I wasn’t overreacting and I read it right.  At that point, I went to my Bible to see what Gladwell was calling legend.

Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him.  But there was no sword in the hand of David.  (I Samuel 17:49-50 NKJV)

I do not see how this could be considered legend when the Bible is very specific regarding the events that took place at this point.

I was really looking forward to reading this book, but after reading this one phrase that undermines the Biblical narrative, I am not so sure that I would be impressed with the rest of the book. I might end up downloading the rest of the book some day, but right now I am not in a hurry to do so.

I would love to engage Malcolm Gladwell in a discussion regarding this phrase, but I seriously doubt he will even see this posting.



Did something I have never done before…

I finished preaching through a book of the Bible.  I have been providing pulpit supply off and on since the end of June at the First Baptist Church of Bancroft, IA, as they have been without a pastor since April.  I have been preaching through the book of 2 Peter on Sunday evenings and we finished the book this past Sunday.

I am very thankful for the opportunities to preach “regularly” lately since June. It does make for long days because when I travel by myself,  I have to leave at 6:00 am and I return home the same evening around 11:00 pm.  The church has been gracious to host a couple of pot-luck luncheons and an afternoon service that allow my family and I to return home much earlier.

Please pray for the First Baptist Church of Bancroft, IA as they search for a pastor and for me as I assist them during this time of transition by providing pulpit supply.

If you are interested in having me speak at your event or church service, please see my speaking page. I look forward to hearing from you!


Learned something new

I have been a Christian since 1987 and I have through the Bible numerous times.  I am always amazed that I see things that I have not seen in previous readings.

Our Men’s Bible Study is doing a character study on David this cycle.

As I was preparing this week for Chapter 1, I was reading 1 Samuel 8 to get the context of what was taking place prior to Saul being chosen king.  I did not realize that Samuel’s sons did not walk in the path that he did.  1 Samuel 8:3 says “But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.”

This is powerful because most people look at Samuel and remember his young life being brought up among the disgrace of Eli’s sons and Eli’s inattention to his own sons wickedness. As a parent I can only imagine the disappointment that Samuel must have felt that his own sons turned away from what was right. It is also a great reminder that just because a child grows up in the right environment (going to church, Christian school,etc) there is no guarantee that they will follow the Lord.  A great reminder to pray for your children and to be an active parent in your children lives.

Thankful that the Bible is a living book and full of truths that we can apply to our lives even in the 21st century!

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