Swagger Wagon

I’m an unabashed fan of the minivan. If you need to haul a significant number of people or a significant amount of stuff or both on a regular basis, there is no better vehicle. I’d bet that my Odyssey minivan does more things well than whatever else your driving.
I’m a Honda guy, but the new Toyota Sienna looks like a very nice van. Regardless, this rap video for the Sienna is just plain awesome.
(Ironically, our next vehicle will likely not be a minivan because we want better towing for a possible camper upgrade in a couple of years. We’ll likely end up with a Chevy Traverse crossover, sacrificing some interior space and an MPG or two for 1,700 lbs of towing capacity. Most folks would be glad to get out of the minivan, but I’ll miss our Swagger Wagon.)
HT: Byrne at Majodojo

Mt. St. Helens

From NPR’s picture show blog:

The destroyed site around Mount St. Helens was declared a monument and virtually closed to the public for the past three decades. And some interesting ecological developments came of it: life not only returned but also exploded, new forms of flora and fauna flourished, and rainbow trout somehow returned to waters — and grew in size.

Today marks 30 years since the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Since that time, the area has mostly been closed off to man, yet the creation has returned. (see the entire amazing slide show here)
How do men claim that there is no creator?

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.

Psalm 19:1-3

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Romans 1:20

Morality Is Not The Baseline

Jared Wilson once again skewers the idea that the aim of Christianity is to produce good people, or better people. The bottom line is lots of folks do good stuff and are ‘good’ by any worldly standard and do so with no help at all from any church or from Christ. Jared writes:

… the still persisting message of the American evangelical church, that of “Be a better you thanks to God” or what-have-you, is a powerless, un-compelling message. Aside from the fact that “Behave!” is not the message of the gospel or the concerted call of Scripture, it is not something that will appeal to millions of Americans who think they’re doing pretty well already, thank you very much. They love animals, provide for their families, give to charities, cry when “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” ends, and aspire to justification by recycling. And see the dangers of p*rn and the moral bankruptcy of many modern films. Why add the baggage of church when they’re managing moral just fine?

As long as ‘Church folk’, or at least the politically vocal ones, connect Christianity to good behavior, the church will continue to loose the attention of the population. Christianity is all about how we cannot become good people until we fall at the feet of the only true good man to ever live.
If anything, Christianity is about demonstrating the truth than people are incapable of any meaningful goodness at all so that they may see that they must turn to Christ’s goodness if they wish to be rescued.

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Romans 7:21-25


We watch lost and Hurley is by far my favorite character. jezebel.com put together this compilation of Hurley saying Dude, which he does a lot. Almost 4 mins worth. Awesome.

Five for Friday

pomplamouse - tribute to famous peopleAn “Occasional Series” here at Salguod.net. Inspired by Daniel at Alien Soil, I fire up Media Player on random and post the first 5 songs here.
Want to listen? Head over to my blip.fm profile and look for the songs tagged #five4friday.

  1. Pomplamoose – Mrs Robinson from Tribute to Famous People
    Pomplamoose is a fun band. I love her voice (I think the harmonies are all her too). I’m pretty sure Bill at Thinklngs turned me on to them. A fun version of a Simon & Garfunkel classic (This is from a covers disk.) This is available as a free downloaded from their MySpace page.
  2. Big Brother and the Holding Company – Piece of My Heart from Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits
    It’s Janis Joplin singing perhaps her most famous song. What more needs to be said? Awesome stuff.
  3. Sting – Fragile from Nothing Like the Sun
    I like this Sting album, a departure from his Police years. This is an light, airy song.
  4. Huffamoose – Mary from WCBE Vol. 2 – Where are my Headphones?
    Huh, two ‘amoose’ bands. 😀 Not the best song from the WCBE disks, pretty bleh. Even the singer seems kinda bored.
  5. Kelly Clarkson – Gone from Breakaway
    I tend to like Kelly Clarkson (am I loosing man points admitting that?), but I’d never heard this one. My wife bought the CD, this must be one of the ‘other’ tracks that didn’t get airplay. Not a bad song though.

Your turn, fire up your MP3 player, put it on random and give me yours in the comments.

1 Corinthians 8 – Knowledge vs. Love

1 Corinthians 8:1-3 – Paul contrasts knowledge vs. love. Knowledge focuses us inward on ourselves, love focuses us outward on others. He’s setting the stage for his teaching on food sacrificed to idols.
1 Corinthians 8:9 – This one verse sums up the chapter: “take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” In verses 1-3 Paul establishes that knowledge cannot trump love, in verses 4-6 he establishes that idols are nothing, there is only one God, implying that food offered to them is simply food.
However, the last paragraph of this short chapter proclaims that knowledge of the truth that there is only one God, that Idols are nothing and therefore the food is fine, is dangerous. Some do not understand this, for them an idol holds real power and food offered to it is contaminated. So, to eat it is to lead the weak astray, for they cannot fathom a way that this is not a sin against God.
Paul says that if it makes his brother stumble, he will never eat meat (v. 13). Are we willing to do the same, sacrifice our freedoms for the sake of our ‘weaker’ brothers?

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