I will deal with this story and issue soon. In the meantime, I wanted to post this video from Washington Watch, as it knocks down all the stereotypes that I’m sure people are looking for. Many times people will say, “Well, I’m sure something happened to make that guy act that way” or “Maybe the kid was threatening to the man”.
What saddens me the most is that my son and I were just visiting the Orlando area exactly one month ago. I gave him more freedom while we were away than I normally would at home since his other siblings were not there. My heart rate increases when I ponder on the “what-ifs” like, “What if neighborhood watch would have been following him when he was making the one-mile walk to his cousin’s house?” “What if something would have happened when he was out playing football and on his way home just before dark?”
I think I would be thinking just like Trayvon Martin’s dad said in the above video, he would have been waiting on me to protect him, and I would not have been there.
My mentor Dr. Lyn Lewis used to say something to the affect that black men grow up knowing that they are one step from jail or dead, no matter who they are or what they do in life.
I’ll echo another saying she’d say, that’s some good Sociology right there, because this Trayvon Martin murder proves her point. Good kid, good parents, smart, athlete, but still dead like a L.A. gang member.
Lets keep the heat on this story before it gets swept away by more important things like what the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing or what Peyton Manning is doing.
- Why is the issue of the Trinity so controversial in today’s church?
- What is the definition of the Trinity?
- The Bible doesn’t have the word “trinity” in it, so where in scripture do people get this concept or are they just making it up?
Church history shows us that people who denied the Doctrine of the Trinity were considered heretics. Is this you? Are you a Christian that considers the Doctrine of the Trinity irrelevant? If so, perhaps you should examine yourself to see if you really in the faith.
What am I talking about? Please check out this episode of True Riches With the Mission Men at the following link: http://missionmen.posterous.com/god-is-a-trinity-god-is-a-three-part-being-li
I’ve taken numerous shots of Motown, so I really dig sites like this that show the historic value of many of the buildings and factories.
I stumbled upon this site (http://detroiturbex.com/content/industry/packard/index.html) that shows the old Packard plant and some other historic sites in “The D.”.
So pull the kids on the lap Dad, and take a walk through history!
Who is God?
What is Theology?
True Riches With the Mission Men looks at these questions that many think are basic, but the answers are not as simple as most think.
This is where theology meets the street, so come learn what theology even is by clicking right here: http://missionmen.posterous.com/who-is-god-join-the-mission-men-as-we-introdu
Alonzo from the Mission Men brought the message for February at New Life Rescue Mission and lays out the question, “Are you indeed a child of the Lord?”
Check it out right here: http://missionmen.posterous.com/are-you-indeed-a-child-of-the-lord-februarys
Just to let my subscribers know, the post by Jay Smooove went out about 10 times from some strange reason. WordPress created new way of creating new posts and it seems that every time the draft was saved, a new post was created.
I’m not sure if the problem has been resolved, but I’m posting the old fashion way again and things seem to be working well.
So sorry for what seemed like spam, but hopefully everything is fixed on the WordPress end.
True Riches With The Mission Men tackles 5 myths about Heaven.
Do you feel there is no Heaven, only sleep/rest/unconsciousness/nothing as heaven and hell are what you make it here?
Do you believe that everybody goes to Heaven?
Do you think that if you believe in God, you’re not atheist or just religious, and you try to treat people fair and right, you’ll go to Heaven because you’re an all-around “good person”?
Do you think you’ll get to Heaven because you’re very religious, you’ve been baptized and you tithe to the church regularly?
Do you feel that if your good works out weigh you bad, you’ll go to Heaven?
If you said yes to any of those questions, as an insurance guy would say, “You are not covered and would suffer loss in a disaster!” However, the loss is this case, is your soul into eternity as you pay for your sins because you have not repented and trusted in the only ransom, Jesus Christ.
But don’t take my word for it, check out the show: http://missionmen.posterous.com/5-myths-about-heaven-listen-to-or-download-pa
Sometimes comments get overlooked, but Jay Smoooove shared this classic story that deserves a blog post on its own!
Jay commented on the CornerstoneDad Back-In-The-Day Video of the Day post, and if you missed it, read more after the jump.
Do you have a similar story to share, let us know. As our parents always said,
– “Boy, we broke the stick you trying to walk on.”
– “If it’s been done, I’ve already done it.”
– “I’ve written the book on what you’re trying to get away with.”
Yes, stories like this add validity to those classic statements…
Thanks again Jay!
“Parents Just Don’t Understand” is the second single from DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s second album, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper.
Oh-kay, here’s the situation
My parents went away on a week’s vacation and
They left the keys to the brand new Porsche
Would they mind?
Umm, well, of course not
I’ll just take it for a little spin
And maybe show it off to a couple of friends
I’ll just cruise it around the neighborhood
Well, maybe I shouldn’t
Yeah, of course I should
When the cop pulled me over I was scared as hell
I said, “I don’t have a license but I drive very well.
My story, of course, isn’t nearly as good as Will Smith’s version. After all, his song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989, and was one of only two songs to ever do so before the award was discontinued in 1991.
The parallels end somewhere around the part where our parents left town. Obviously, I didn’t take the keys to the Porsche, or the New Yorker sitting in the garage. I took the keys to the 1986 Dodge 400. I must admit, I was grip’in-the-grain rolling down the Lodge Freeway in my Mom’s ride. That was day one.
I had a little paper in my pocket, so the second day, I bounced to the mall.
The third day was my girlfriend M&M’s birthday. Need. I. Say. More!
You know I had to do it. I washed the ride, Armour-all’d the tires, put on my new threads, and dipped. I pulled up like the party was mine; Strolled into the joint like I was Mayor Coleman Young; Kissed my girl and gave her her gift; Paid my respects to her Mom; Dropped some mackish lines to a couple of girls I didn’t even know; Showed my cousin AJ some love. Then bounced like a true playa.
[Note: An automobile’s power to transform boys to men still amazes me to this day. I understand it, and I can appreciate it. So when I see vintage cars with 20” rims and candy colors, it’s cool. Until I see that the driver is over 40 – then it’s not.]
The fourth day was total recall. Now I had to undo everything I had done. The car was dusty before, now it’s clean. The car was full of gas, now it’s empty. Logic says wash off the Armorall, take the car for a ride through the hood to build up some dust, and finally get some gas on the way home. The problem with every good plan is that things don’t always work out, especially when you get greedy.
I’d gone three days of driving, with no license, with no drama, with no damage. But that wasn’t enough. I had to go downtown. And then the car overheated. I eventually made it back home, but my Aunt was waiting. I was busted. But my Aunt was cool, she didn’t tell. She didn’t have to. Apparently, when the car overheated it burned out the coils. So when Mom tried to go to work the next day, the car didn’t start.
My Mom still tells that story to this day, better than I ever could. How did it end, you may ask? Well let me finish with the last few lyrics from the song:
My parents walked in
I got my grip, I said, “Ah, Mom, Dad, how was your trip?”
They didn’t speak
I said, “I want to plead my case”
But my father just shoved me in his car by my face
That was a hard ride home, I don’t know how I survived
They took turns –
One would beat me while the other one was driving.