Showing posts from January, 2007

Seven Days Without Blogging Makes One Weak!

No excuses here. My week has been incredibly busy, but in a good way. I have actually sat down to blog several times in the last week, but I just wasn't "feeling it," so I decided to wait.

It's early Sunday morning...about 8:00 am EDT. I am preparing to go speak at my sister's church. They graciously invite me to come at least once a year. I am looking forward to it. I confess that I miss preaching every Sunday. For me, it is a way of connecting with people on many levels. I also enjoy seeing the faces of the people who tune in and listen while trying to apply the biblical truths to their lives. I will undoubtedly post later on how it went.

Quick resolution update: since January 1, 2007, I have dropped 4.2 lbs. That's four point two, not 42. At least I am going in the right direction. Only 35.8 more to go!

If you are looking for something a little different today, go to Rick's blog and accept his invitation to online church at 2:00 pm EDT. …

Weekend Recap

Whew! What a busy weekend. It was a weekend off for me and Tracy, but it was one of those, "I can't wait to get back to work so I can relax" weekends as well.

Saturday night was a WFJ television taping. It was by far one of the best we have done. We had a blast, but it was a late night for everyone getting home.

Sunday was full of out-of-town in-laws and old friends. Recall that I opened the post with, "Whew!"

Lately the Lord has been revealing some very basic yet powerful truths about "covenants." In the days and weeks to come I will be posting some of what I have learned. Right now I am just too tired.


Winter is (Finally) Here!

Tomorrow we are expecting a "Wintry Mix." Where I come from, a wintry mix is a snowball fight where bruises are inflicted and maybe a few teeth are knocked out! Not sure exactly what we'll see on the morrow, but it is chilly outside, and I like it!

In Small Packages

Today at church we were treated to the ministry of Victoria Huggins. She is a 13 year old gospel singer from St. Pauls, NC and is a multi-talented young lady. But that's not what most impressed me about her.

There are a lot of 13 year olds who can sing. I have a house full of them! Victoria was more than just a cute little break from "church as usual." For a 13 year old, she displayed a wisdom and spiritual maturity way beyond her years. I watched her pray for other people with Christlike compassion, shedding tears as she did so.

I hope that many people were ministered to today as I was. I have three daughters close to her age. I would love to see a heart for ministry in their lives like the one I saw in young Victoria Huggins. I would love to see it in my own life as well.

Government Snow Plow


A Man Named Clyde

I read a powerfully insightful article posted on Rick's blog. Brace yourself, dear reader, for I am about to confess some things in bold honesty.

Confession # 1: I do not like Oprah Winfrey. I do not like her show. But let's give credit where it is due here. If I were an author who had just written a book, I would not be disappointed to be mentioned by Oprah. Writers who receive a nod from her genuinely fair quite well. Furthermore, whatever her motivation may have been for building a school in a place where such a school is desperately needed, I tip my hat to Oprah for her generosity, compassion, and courage to do what's right. How many so-called "megachurches," or for that matter, even non-megachurches have given their resources and time to build schools for underprivileged children living in a country frought with unspeakable violence? Thank you, Oprah, for reminding us Christians what we ought to be about.

Confession # 2: I cannot stomach Pat Robertson. Isn'…

What the...?

According to my Star Trek calendar, courtesy of James, it is January. Yet when I step outside, it is July. This weather has been the only consistent gripe that I have about SC, other than rush hour traffic. At one time, I considered moving back up north just so I could actually live in a place that has four seasons. Ironically when I visited Wisconsin in November, the weather was warm. Before I arrived, they were calling for snow. When I left, they were calling for snow. While I was there, I wore shortsleeves. I packed all sweaters and warm clothes for my trip, and ended up having to wear the shirt I left SC wearing.

South Carolina is a great place to live and raise a family. The rich history and beauty of this place is unrivaled. I just wish that we could have winter. I am a yankee. Yankees need cold now and then. Today it is raining and in the 70s. It looks to be like this for a few days. Welcome to the "armpit" of the south.

On a more positive note, President Bush is planni…

Nothing to Report

Absolutely nothing happened today. Nothing good. Nothing bad. Nothing of consequence. Were it not for the fact that 1 year ago today the bottom dropped out in my life, this little post would have no significance. But it is significant to me that I am a long way from where I was a year ago, and I'm glad.

No more drama; no more trauma. All is good in Todd's world today.

One For the Home Team!


Reader Questions 2007

Today we begin a new feature at The Word of Todd. I will try and answer some of the 1,000s of fan letters from 2006. I regret that I cannot answer each one personally, but will try to make a small dent nonetheless.

Q: Dear Todd, since you are such a die hard Badger, what's your pick for the Capital One Bowl?
---M. Funkhauser; Walla Walla, WA

A: Badgers 45, Razorbacks 10

Q: Dear Todd, what is the point of "American Idol?" I mean really. What a bunch of morons to get on national TV with no real talent! Is this what the world is coming to?
---J. Billings; Ritter, SC

A: I couldn't agree with you more. Speaking of morons on TV with no talent, have you seen the new cast of ER? And what about the coverage of this year's Rose Parade? Makes me want to pick up a book and turn the one-eyed monster off until they bring back Seinfeld.

Q: Dear Todd, I have looked high and low, but I just cannot find that key to the Coke machine. I'm not accusing you or anything, but have you seen…