Friday’s Random Thoughts

1. I may or may not tap my foot when my wife is listening to Taylor Swift.

2. I sent in a request to get a refund for the new Radiohead album. I told them I downloaded the wrong album…I downloaded an electronica album by mistake. I will keep you all up to date on that.

3. I have now read in two different places about bacon-wrapped dates. Both times I picture me going to my wife’s old apartment to pick her up and she’s wrapped in bacon. And then I just wish the kids were staying at my parents.

4. These random thoughts are effortless but get a heck of a lot of hits. Maybe I should stop writing and start thinking.

5. Tired of cool. Want beautiful. Like my daughter.

6. There are not many things more enjoyable than watching a 4-6-3 on a spring day.

7. Since Libya still remains on the UN Human Rights Panel perhaps my dreams of working with Michelle Obama on her nutrition task force are still viable.

8. Ask yourself this, “If the new radiohead were released by a new band without a cult following, would I like it”?

9. Advice to young bloggers: More questions. Less answers. More about what you are learning. Less about what others should learn.

10. So this is the new movement? I wondered what would be next.

Update: Due to some unflattering comments (one which I deleted…Dave, my mom reads this blog) I want to be clear that I’m not entirely cynical on this blog. In this edition of Random Thoughts I affirm the musical stylings of Taylor Swift, my wife, bacon, dates with my wife, my wife wrapped in bacon, random thoughts posts, baseball season, spring and my daughter.


But I am also not Pollyanna about the promises made to young men about movements and what they might produce. I am cynical about these things and would ask you to at least think long and hard about them. 


And be nice on my blog…I’ve never begged anyone to read it. Wait, there was that one time…

11 thoughts on “Friday’s Random Thoughts

  1. Johnny! February 25, 2011 / 2:26 pm

    We always have to find a new technique to bring reviving, huh?

  2. Jared February 25, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    Johnny and Matt, I'm not sure that's a charitable assessment of Steve's point in the post. He seems far more "what if?" than you appear to be giving him credit for.In any event, a stirring among young men to preach the gospel outside their church buildings hardly seems like cause for wet-blanketism.

  3. Matthew B. Redmond February 25, 2011 / 4:02 pm

    I didn't realize I was engaging in any "ism." But sometimes a wet-blanket may be needed. 'What if' this is what I think it is? Is that a reasonable question?

  4. Jared February 25, 2011 / 4:04 pm

    I have obviously misread your inquiry for undue cynicism and premature criticism. I am sorry.

  5. Matthew B. Redmond February 25, 2011 / 4:14 pm

    Nope. I'm fairly cynical about movements. And for some real flesh and bone reasons.The questions I have are, "Is there any criticism that would be allowed"? "Is it fair or ok to question/criticize the promises of potentially changing the face of American Christianity through open-air preaching…or any other idea which holds out such promises?"

  6. C-Dub Collins February 25, 2011 / 7:10 pm

    I think you're too cynical about Radiohead.

  7. Dave K February 27, 2011 / 11:11 am

    I am sorry I went too far.I suppose generalisations are always bad (…just noticed the irony that comment!), and I did generalise in my comment. You're certainly not entirely cynical. Your non-review of Peterson's memoir was moving, and I do enjoy your obsession with bacon!I really do enjoy and benefit from your blog, which is why I read it.It is hard to hit the right tone with blogging and blog commenting.

  8. Anita Kay Head February 28, 2011 / 5:01 pm

    Most importantly, you would seriously LOVE bacon-wrapped dates. You really must try them.

  9. Steve McCoy March 3, 2011 / 4:53 am

    It's not about a movement, as you seem to mean it. It's about something that's mostly lost being restored to what it was always meant to be. To herald the Gospel to the lost, to those who won't come into our churches. I just hope that preaching in public will become something normal, done by solid preachers. And I think if it does, it will change the face of American Christianity because something is wrong. And it's not a technique any more than preaching the Gospel in buildings is a technique.

  10. Matthew B. Redmond March 3, 2011 / 1:10 pm

    Steve,You know what? I should apologize to you. What I did above in that flippant statement is the very thing I wish Piper had not done in this whole Rob Bell debate. While I do have come very real concerns regarding the practice, I should not have be so flippant and dismissive as I was towards your post. I do apologize.

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