Much sooner than later

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It was only a matter of time. And it came much sooner than later.

When the United States Supreme Court ruled in June that same-sex marriage is protected under the Constitution and is legal in all 50 states, concerns were expressed that religious liberty would come under attack.

Questions arose as to whether ministers could speak freely against homosexuality and call it what it is — sin.

At least in Kentucky the answer is no. Fox News reported Aug. 11 that volunteer chaplains had to sign a document promising not to tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful.”

When Chaplain David Wells said he could not sign such a document, the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice revoked his credentials.

Wells, who spent 13 years ministering to troubled juveniles, had to give up a labor of love.

If anyone is really surprised this has happened, then your head has been in the…

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Dec. 10 – A Christmas Tune…

Dec. 10

 The 12 Days of Christmas (right-click on the file for download)

So the other day Allan and I were headed home from the “Yellow Room” and this version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” came on the radio.  Immediately the child that has been learning to count said “Dad they are counting wrong! And that is not how to sing that song!”   All I could do was laugh!  Even as a 4yr old he has heard the crazy repeated nature of “The 12 Days of Christmas” and knew enough to know that this version was not correct!

Come on if you really tried could you get “The 12 Days of Christmas” in order?  It would be like trying to name all of the reindeer, the 7 dwarfs, the 12 disciples and so on!  We think we can, but to no avail we tend to fail more than we succeed.

So as you “wrap” up these last 12 days till Christmas try your best to succeed!  Christmas is about celebrating and acknowledging the Christ Child.  It is not about whether or not we find that perfect gift or get “The 12 Days of Christmas” in order!

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Dec. 9 – A Christmas Tune…

Dec. 9

 Sleigh Ride (right-click on the file for download)

A sleigh ride!!!! Wheeeeeeeeeeee!  Ok so living on Westcrest Dr. in Nashville was AWESOME!  We lived at the top of the PERFECT sledding hill!  I can not tell you how many times I walked back up Westcrest Hill pulling a sled after both a perfect and not so perfect runs.  I have had many of bruised knuckles, knees, checks (both bottom and top), and everything else! It is one of the things that I wish my children could experience!

In today’s song I have chosen a more modern version of “Sleigh Ride” by Reliant K!  Last year I got this CD as I alternative to the typical “old” Christmas music to play for the students at UABC!  Much to my surprise they enjoyed the tune!  So set back and enjoy this  unique version of “Sleigh Ride”

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Dec. 8 – A Christmas Tune…

December 8

 Santa Claus Express (right-click on the file for download)

So the other night I was working on a Bible study series for the students while listening to “Christmas Classics” on Pandora.  Along came this song.  I thought that is a neat tune.  I quickly recalled that as a child the start of the Christmas season began with waiting on Santa to arrive at the local mall on a train.  So with that memory I thought this song should be included

This song was performed by Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra in the late 1930’s.  Henry was born in 1898 and died in 1989.  When he formed this dance group in the 30’s is when he his career really began to take off.  It was during War Times that a this song brought excitement and energy to children of all ages.

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Dec. 7 – A Christmas Tune…

December 7 – another re-post from two years ago. Today would have been my 3rd St. Jude Marathon and my 9th overall. Thanks to all that put up with my running posts!

Run Rudolph Run (right-click on the file for download)

It is time to run!!! Since July of this year I have been “training” for this day! Today is the St. Jude Marathon here in Memphis. I started out on the much bigger task almost 5yrs ago to lose weight. I had no idea that I would end up here…running in my first marathon! This is not only a great Christmas present to myself, but to my family as well. They have endure my running and training, as well as all the aches and pains. But they never stopped encouraging me!

So it was appropriate that today I choose Chuck Berry’s song titled “Run Rudolph Run” This song was first recorded as a “B” side song to what was suppose to be a “big” hit “Merry Christmas Baby”. Well little did he know that in 1954 this would be a song that has been covered by numerous singers, as well as been featured in many Christmas movies and TV shows.

So as I run today this will be in my iPod mix. Thanks to all for cheering me on!!!!

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Dec. 6 – A Christmas Tune…

Dec. 6

 That Spirit of Christmas (right-click on the file for download)

So during the Christmas season of ’89 I sat in a theater and watch for the first time “Christmas Vacation” staring Chevy Chase!  I must admit that while that was the first time, it was, nor will it be the last!  I watch it each Thanksgiving with my brother-in-law, then I catch it somewhere on the many TV stations that play it, then after all the gifts are done on Christmas Eve…well I fall asleep watching it.

While the movie is riddled with many great scenes…one of my favorites is while “Clark” is in the attic.  The slap stick comedy aside (the attic boards hitting him in the face!) I love the part of him in the nostalgic clothing.  There he is watching home movies of Christmas’s past (I have my parent’s old projector that he is using!) and simply smiling and crying.  The tune that is playing is titled “The Spirit of Christmas” by Brother Ray Charles.

Brother Ray released one of the finest secular Christmas album of the 1980s by a country mile. He produced this album with his classic soulful, blues-drenched jazz sound. The hippest of Christmas sets, this one also has plenty of room for Charles’ open-hearted, humanistic approach (listen to “That Spirit of Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas”). Ray’s version of “Winter Wonderland” is still heard every year in When Harry Met Sally, and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is a bonus cut culled from Charles’ classic duets record with Betty Carter.

As you hear today’s tune take time to recall your fondest Christmas memories with those that are no longer here with us!  Merry Christmas!

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Dec. 5 – A Christmas Tune…

December 5

 Soul Cake (right-click on the file for download)

I recall watching the CBS morning show “CBS Sunday Morning” a couple of Christmas’s ago and seeing an interview with Sting from the musical group “The Police”.  He shared with the reporter about his desire to produce a “Winter” album, not for the sure purpose of raking in more money because he did traditional “Christmas” music covers.  Rather he wanted to connect his fan base with his Irish roots.  The song the news cast highlighted was “Soul Cake”.  After hearing the song and more of the interviewed I choose to download the album.  For me it has become a song I use to usher in the Christmas season.

The 1891 song contains the following lyrics:

A Soul! a Soul! a soul-cake!
Please good Missis, a soul-cake!
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul
three for Him who made us all.

Soul cake is a small round cake which is traditionally made for All Saints Day or All Souls’ Day to celebrate the dead. The cakes, often simply referred to as souls, were given out to soulers (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who would go from door to door on Halloween singing and saying prayers for the dead. Each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes is often seen as the origin of modern trick-or-treating. In Lancashire and in the North-east of England they were also known as Harcakes.

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