boon-dog-gle: (noun) work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
free: (adjective) provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment.


got it...


You've just been Lig'd...

If you know what this is referring to, then you will find it hilarious. If you don't, it would take hours to explain so it's not worth your effort.



Rescue Dawn...

Thanks to my friend Craig, I saw this movie last night in a sneak preview. I added my thoughts about it here.


AFI 100...

A few weeks ago, the American Film Institute released an updated list of the Top 100 American Films. It's sad to me that I've seen A Murder of Crows and Caddyshack 2 and yet there are many movies on the Top 100 list that I've not seen.

My question: How many of the Top 100 have you seen? (I posted on a similar topic once before, but I've seen more movies since then, and maybe you have too.) I've seen 42, which are highlighted in bold.

Feel free to argue about the list in the comments, but all I'm asking for is your personal tally. Just to stir the pot, however, I think the AFI is probably right, because Citizen Cane is the best American movie I've ever seen (even though it's not my favorite). The AFI is wrong, however, in not recognizing Raging Bull as the most overrated movie of all time.

Here's the list:

1. "Citizen Kane" (1941)
2. "The Godfather" (1972)
3. "Casablanca" (1942)
4. "Raging Bull" (1980)
5. "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
6. "Gone With the Wind" (1939)
7. "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962)
8. "Schindler's List" (1993)
9. "Vertigo" (1958)
10. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
11. "City Lights" (1931)
12. "The Searchers" (1956)
13. "Star Wars" (1977)
14. "Psycho" (1960)
15. "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)
16. "Sunset Boulevard" (1950)
17. "The Graduate" (1967)
18. "The General" (1927)
19. "On the Waterfront" (1954)
20. "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
21. "Chinatown" (1974)
22. "Some Like It Hot" (1959)
23. "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940)
24. "E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
25. "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962)
26. "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)
27. "High Noon" (1952)
28. "All About Eve" (1950)
29. "Double Indemnity" (1944)
30. "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
31. "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)
32. "The Godfather, Part II" (1974)
33. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)
34. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)
35. "Annie Hall" (1977)
36. "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)
37. "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)
38. "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948)
39. "Dr. Strangelove" (1964)
40. "The Sound of Music" (1965)
41. "King Kong" (1933)
42. "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967)
43. "Midnight Cowboy" (1969)
44. "The Philadelphia Story" (1940)
45. "Shane" (1953)
46. "It Happened One Night" (1934)
47. "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)
48. "Rear Window" (1954)
49. "Intolerance" (1916)
50. "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001)
51. "West Side Story" (1961)
52. "Taxi Driver" (1976)
53. "The Deer Hunter" (1978)
54. "MASH" (1970)
55. "North by Northwest" (1959)
56. "Jaws" (1975)
57. "Rocky" (1976)
58. "The Gold Rush" (1925)
59. "Nashville" (1975)
60. "Duck Soup" (1933)
61. "Sullivan's Travels" (1941)
62. "American Graffiti" (1973)
63. "Cabaret" (1972)
64. "Network" (1976)
65. "The African Queen" (1951)
66. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
67. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966)
68. "Unforgiven" (1992)
69. "Tootsie" (1982)
70. "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
71. "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)
72. "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
73. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
74. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
75. "In the Heat of the Night" (1967)
76. "Forrest Gump" (1994)
77. "All the President's Men" (1976)
78. "Modern Times" (1936)
79. "The Wild Bunch" (1969)
80. "The Apartment" (1960)
81. "Spartacus" (1960)
82. "Sunrise" (1927)
83. "Titanic" (1997)
84. "Easy Rider" (1969)
85. "A Night at the Opera" (1935)
86. "Platoon" (1986)
87. "12 Angry Men" (1957)
88. "Bringing Up Baby" (1938)
89. "The Sixth Sense" (1999)
90. "Swing Time" (1936)
91. "Sophie's Choice" (1982)
92. "Goodfellas" (1990)
93. "The French Connection" (1971)
94. "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
95. "The Last Picture Show" (1971)
96. "Do the Right Thing" (1989)
97. "Blade Runner" (1982)
98. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942)
99. "Toy Story" (1995)
100. "Ben-Hur" (1959)


More Than Carpentry...

For the past few years my good friends Jim & Tammy McGarry have been in the process of beginning and developing More Than Carpentry Christian Ministries. It's been neat to have known them from the time that this ministry was just a dream and a hope in their hearts and minds up to the present day as they now have a building and volunteers helping to continue preparing and growing the ministry. Through many struggles, setbacks, and difficulties, it has been clear that God has been providing a way for this ministry to serve and grow His kingdom.

I've volunteered and prayed many hours for Jim & Tammy and More Than Carpentry. I wrote an article about their ministry for our church's newsletter a while back. And I'm on the board of directors. In a nutshell, I support MTC, and I think you should too.

Here's a link to a summary of MTC's purpose and vision for the ministry.
Here's a link to MTC's blog, where you can find updates about the progress of the ministry.
Here's link to an interview that Jim & Tammy did on a local radio program. (How cool is that!)

Find out about this ministry. Decide whether you might be called to support MTC financially. If you're in the St. Louis area, decide whether you might be called to support MTC with time and sweat on a volunteer work day. You can easily (and powerfully) serve MTC by praying for it. This is missional, kingdom work, bringing the gospel to a community that needs it. This is Jesus fulfilling His promise to build His church. Join in!


Studying the Body Politic (updated)...

Help out my friend Craig by reading and commenting on a post on his blog that will help him prepare to write an article for the PCA's byFaith magazine. He wants to know what youngish Christians think about the American political scene and how involved in it you get. I haven't posted my response yet, but maybe one of your comments will inspire me.

UPDATE: Now Craig wants some stories too. Sheesh--Can't this guy write his own article?

(Just kidding bro!)

G.K. Chesterton...

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."