Baby Dancing to Beyonce Single Ladies

This baby is amazing. It is funny to see the baby imitate what is on the screen just after they do a similar motion. I never really thought Beyonce would make the blog but this is just too cute. Plus you have to give her some credit for her handling of the Taylor Swift, Kanye West debacle.


Shaq Dancing with Jabbawockeez at the NBA All Star Game

This video makes me laugh. I bet it was impressive to have been there…

Amazing Breakdancing Video

And now for something completely different…There has always been something about breakdancing that I find intriguing. This video is of a guy named Junior at the Red Bull breakdancing competition. See what you think…

Disney World and Longing for Heaven

AnimalKingdomDanceAs a parent of a two year old and a four year old, I can’t exactly say that everything about the last few days we spent at Disney reminded me of heaven. The heat, aggravated people, and cost of it all might just call to mind another place quite opposite of heaven. But in all of the heat and busyness of Disney, there was one moment while we were there that sparked a longing for heaven for me. There was this area in Animal Kingdom were some performers were leading a crowd in an African song and dance. It wasn’t on the program. You couldn’t find it on the map. It was one of those things they plan to seem like it wasn’t planned. As the guys started singing, dancing and playing drums a crowd formed around them. People started joining in. The people from the crowd were dancing the dance they saw the men dancing. They were singing the song they heard the men singing. Everyone was smiling, laughing and moving to the beat.

It was really pretty amazing to watch. The more I thought about it my amazement shifted from its entertainment value to the underlying reality of what was actually happening. It was a unifying moment. These people were from all over the world. Some of them couldn’t even speak to each other because of the multiplicity of languages you hear walking the streets at Disney. But for that moment they were unified, dancing the same dance and singing the same song and all having so much fun. There was a magnetism about it all as you heard the fun and wanted to see what was going on. It made you want to be there. It made you enjoy life. It allowed you to see the celebration of an extremely diverse crows that had nothing more in common except for wanting to spend some family day at Disney and they got drawn into a moment of unity and celebration.

I wish I could tell you that I joined in the dance. Even though Missy begged me to jump in there, I didn’t. But what I observed reminded me of heaven – a place where people of all backgrounds, languages and cultures get together to laugh, dance and celebrate. It made me wonder how awesome the spontaneous moments of celebration will be. It had me wondering how magnetic Jesus must be. It made me long for heaven and reminded me of these words from scripture,

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” – 1 Cor 12:12-14

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.” – Rev 7:9-10

The New Testament Scholar Two Step

Line dancing…something they can all agree on! I tossed Piper in the mix. Maybe I should do one with all the trendy young ministers. Can you imagine Driscoll and Bell dancing hip hop together?

Elf Yourself – New Testament Scholar Edition

N.T. Wright on Worshipping Without Inhibition

Commenting on the woman who anointed Jesus at Bethany in Mark 14:

“It always happens, when people decide to worship Jesus without inhibition – to pour out their valuables, their stories, their dancing, their music, before him just the way they feel like doing – that others, looking on, find the spectacle embarrassing and distasteful…Not everyone is called to pour out expensive ointment over Jesus’ head; but if someone is, the rest should respect it.” – Mark for Everyone, 190

Have People Lost Their Minds?

I don’t usually bring things up of this nature but this really has me pretty upset. Over the last several months there have been some really strange and evil things that have been happening all in the Tampa Bay area that makes me think people have gone crazy and lost their minds.

Here is the short list:

Stephanie Ragusa charged with five counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a 14 year old boy. She met the boy as a teacher at a middle school in Tampa Bay. He was a student and she was a teacher.

Mary Jo Spack, high school honors teacher, took students to a liquor store and then to a hotel to have sex.

Debra Lafave was accused of having sex with a 14 year old student in 2005.

Jaymee Wallace has been accused of having a lesbian affair with one of her high school students in November .

In addition to this short list are several other teachers who have done similar things and also over the last several weeks two stories about two girls 12 and 14 who were dancing at local strip clubs. One of them was taken there by her aunt who did it for a cut of the profit. How was she found out? The girl’s mother went to the club and happened to notice her daughter was one of the dancers! Have we lost our minds?

These are not merely “inappropriate relationships.” These kind of things are evil and can mess up the lives of these children for the rest of their lives. We have to talk more about personal responsibility, integrity, and give some share of the blame to the media who continues to push the envelop even though it is clear that it is making our society deteriorate. If anyone deserves to be charged with “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” it is the entertainment media.

212 Christian Blogs Worth Viewing

Here is an expanded blogroll of Christian blogs. Many of them are from the church of Christ. These do not include the blogs from my sidebar but I will add them in when I get a chance. For more blogs see John Dobbs’ list here.

Adam Ellis
Adrian Warnock
Adam Gonnerman
Al Sturgeon
Alan Bevere
Alan Rouse
Allan White
Amy Westerman
Ancient Hebrew Poetry
Andrew Jones (Tall Skinny Kiwi)
Anthony Parker
Anthony Stiff
Ben Overby
Ben Witherington III
Better Bibles Blog
Beverly Dowdy
Bible Software Review
Biblical Studies and Technological Tools (Rob Bradshaw)
Big White Hat
Bill Donahue
Bob Bliss
Bob Turner
Bobby Cohoon
Bobby Valentine
Brad Briscoe
Brad Palmore
Brandon Scott Thomas
Brian Eberly
Brian Mashburn
Brian Nicklaus
Brian Russell
Brother Maynard
Carl McMurray
Carson Reed
Cecil Walker
Chad Nall
Charlie Sohm
Chris Clouse
Chris Gallagher
Chris Lockhart
Christian Personal Finance (Bob Lotich)
Clint Rogers
Claude Mariottini
Cole Yoakum
Connected Christianity
Daily Hebrew
Dan Edelen
Dan Kimball
Dan Smith
Daniel Cherry
Danny Dodd
Danny Simms
Darin Hamm
Darrell Bock
David Underwood
Dee Andrews
Don Neyland
Donna Gossett
Donnie Carver
Doug Oakes
Douglas Schaefer
Dusty Rush
Eben Emerson
Ed Benesh
Evangelical Outpost
Fajita (Chris Gonzalez)
Family Dynamics Institute
Frank Bellizzi
Fred Peatross
Gallagher’s Preacher’s Pen
Gary Kirkendall
Gary Moyers
Gerrad Fess
Gordon Atkinson (Real Live Preacher)
Grace Centered Magazine
Greg England
Greg Kendall-ball
Greg Taylor
Harvest Boston
Heather Hodges
Houston Heflin
Internet Monk
James McMahon
James Tabor
James Wood
Janice (JEL)
Jason Bybee
Jay Guin
Jason Retherford
Jason Whaley
Jeff Jenkins
Jim Martin
Jim McGuiggan
Jim Woodroof
Joe Hays
John Alan Turner
John Dobbs
John Frye
John Lagrue
John Mark Hicks
John Mullican
John Roberts
John Siburt
John Stackhouse
Josh Brown
Josh Kellar
Justin Jordan
Justin McCreary
Keith Brenton
Keith Davis
Keith Lancaster
Kevin Cauley
Kinney Mabry (Preacherman)
Krister White
Kyle Meador
Lane Widick
Larry James
Larry Mouser
Latayne Scott
Leadership Journal
Lee Hodges
Lee Wilson
Les Ferguson Jr.
Liam Byrnes
Liberal Jesus
Lisa Leichner
Mark Adams
Mark Elrod
Mark Goodacre
Mark Lauterbach
Mark Love
Mark Parker
Mark Riddle
Mark Roberts
Matt Elliot
Mark Frost
Mark Galli
Mark Goodacre
Marvin Philips
Matt Elliot
Mere Comments
Michael Cooper
Michael Kruse
Mick Wright
Mike Cope
Mike Ratliff
Milton Stanley
Neva Cooper
Nick Gill
N.T. Wright
Ocular Fusion
Overflow Community Church (Brian Bennett)
Paul Littleton
Partnership for Missional Church (ACU)
Patrick Mead
Paul Davis
Paula Harrington
Peter Cockrell
Phil Sanders
Phil Ware
Phil Wilson
Philo of Alexandria Blog
Philip Cunningham III
Randal Matheny
Randy Carrol
Ray Fleming
Renaissance Guy
Rex Boyles
Rex Butts
Richard Mansel
Richard Mouw
Richard May
Rick Ianniello
Rob Brown
Rogue Minister
Royce Ogle
Rusty Peterman
Sam Middlebrook
Sarah Carpenter
Sarah (Logsdon) Renoud
Scott Allen
Scot McKnight (Jesuscreed)
Scott Morgan
Shane Coffman
Sista Cala
Steve Duer
Steve Maxwell
Steve Puckett
Steven Hovater
Ted Gossard
Terry Rush
Thomas Stewart (Believing Thomas)
Thoughts on Antiquity
Tim Archer
Tim Spivey
Tim Waldrop (Splinters of Silver)
Tony Morgan
Tony Myles
Tony Sheng
Travis Stanley
Trey Morgan
Tyler Williams (Codex)
Val Durrington
Wade Hodges
Wade Tannehill
Will Samson
Will Willimon
William Mesheid

I Have Been Elfed!

If you haven’t seen you have really missed out. It is only available for a couple of more days. Here is a link to a clip of myself, my wife, brother-in-law, and dog-in-law all dancing as elves. Enjoy!

Two Other Must Read Posts

The first is by Mike Cope about Laughing in Worship. Funny and touching all at once.

The second is funny in a different  kind of way by Keith Brenton on Adding to Scripture.