Also, our church will open a clothes closet for the county -- with a startup date of February 1. Decatur does not currently have one. The Bridgeport Church of Christ operates one. We have a number of people here at our church that are excited to be involved in this ministry.
I am SO grateful to be in a place where we are concerned about the poor. I have been reminded in recent years of just how important this is to God. The prophets stress this theme over and over again. Jesus has SO much to say about it, as well. In fact, in two weeks I am going to begin a series (it may turn into more of an epic) on the Gospel of Luke. Of the 4 Gospels, this one tells us more about Jesus' emphasis upon ministry to the poor and disenfranchised.
A sign of tough times: Buick has dropped Tiger Woods. He has been receiving $7 million a year for his endorsement (commercials, golf bag logo). I hope he doesn't have to let his house go back as a result of this financial setback.
Three finalists for the Davey O'brien Award (given to the top college QB): Colt McCoy, Graham Harrell and Sam Bradford. ALL from the Big 12. What a turnaround for this conference. It seems like only a couple of years ago that pundits were saying it was one of the weakest conferences. Now it has 3 teams ranked in the top 10 (Texas, Tech, and OU), and others hanging around (Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma State).
This is a late addition to my blog: I just received word that Prentice Meader, longtime minister at Prestoncrest Church of Christ, passed away this morning in Nashville. Prentice was a good example to me of how much more positive our influence can be when we emphasize Jesus in our preaching. Our prayers go out to the family.