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Road Atlanta Petit LeMans

Posted in Musings on October 5, 2017 by Ed Pettus

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Journey to Israel

Posted in Musings on October 14, 2016 by Ed Pettus

Scratch one more item off the bucket list…Visit Israel.   This past summer, July 2016, the family spent a week touring Israel: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Meggido, and many other sites of interest.  Our first day was spent with Megan, our “tour guide”, through Tel Aviv and Jaffa.  We enjoyed the sites and busy streets of Tel Aviv and to old port city Jaffa.  The next morning we met with our next tour guide, Yuval “Val” Kalev, who picked us up in Tel Aviv and lead us over four days through the country.  Since we were a small group of four, we were able to move quickly and probably saw more sites in four days than large groups see in a week!  July is not a great time to go because of the heat, 100º a couple of days, but on the other hand there were very few tourists and we felt like many places were reserved just for us.  We saw a beautiful land and, at the same time, a harsh land.  It was a gracious experience to see the land of God’s chosen people and the places Jesus would have walked.  I was also grateful to have a Jewish guide who was willing to share his thoughts on Jesus and how the Jews today view Jesus.  Some are positive while others are not.  Part of the negative views relate to how Christians have treated Jews throughout history.  Yet, many Jews today are welcoming to the support that Christians are showing for Israel.  Political leadership, though, is a completely different story!

I also enjoyed hearing Val’s theories on Jesus that differ somewhat from scripture, like an alternative Bethlehem location or Jesus’ work as a carpenter (maybe a shepherd).  His theories match well with the historical evidence and thus made for interesting discussions.  While many of the sites are “possibly” the places where Jesus may have preached or healed or suffered, one place that was a slam dunk was Dan where the oldest gate is located and Abram would have entered the city.  Really hot there that day so the coldest spring in which you will ever put your feet was a welcomed stop.  We cannot know for certain where Jesus’ tomb was or the place the cross would have stood, but those holy sites are marked and adored by millions of pilgrims and tourists.  It is not that crucial that we know where everything happened in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, but the power of our faith is rooted in the gospel stories and being in the vicinity was good enough for me!

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From the Mt. of Olives overlooking Jerusalem.

Here we are again!

Here we are again! On the other side of the dome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Val teaching me everything there is to know about Jerusalem!

Barb and I getting ready to compete in the gladiator arena!

One cool crusader fortress, but no way cool in a weather sense.

At the Sea of Galilee

Capernaum - The Town of Jesus

Capernaum – The Town of Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abram walked up those steps!

Abram walked up those steps!

 

 

Meggido. This place is old!

 

 

 

Lack of Integrity – Restore the Stroke, USGA

Posted in Musings with tags , , on June 20, 2016 by Ed Pettus

It was a sad day for the USGA when they decided to penalize Dustin Johnson one stroke for a rule they deemed he may have broken during the 2016 USOPEN.  Fact is, he did not.  It was decided in real time on the 5th green that Dustin had not caused the ball to move.  Video clearly shows that he did not ground his putter.  Video clearly shows the ball moved backwards which only could have occurred if Dustin did ground the club to press down the grass behind the ball.  The rules official there, rightly so, ruled that Dustin did not break any rules.  Play continued and that should have been the end to that.

I have no problem with the USGA notifying Dustin, on the 12th tee, of a possible violation.  My problem is that there was no reason to notify him of any possible rule violation because there was none!  If there had been, the USGA was probably correct to notify.  What bothers me most about this debacle, is the compromised integrity of the USGA.  Rules committees of every golf organization stress the importance of the integrity of the game, the only game where players call their own penalties.  In this case the integrity of Dustin Johnson was challenged after reviewing the video and then after the round when the penalty was accessed, Dustin’s integrity was essentially called into question and ruled absent.  The USGA says, by this ruling, you lied.  How can Dustin, or any player, continue to play under an organization that has destroyed the integrity of the game by their absurd ruling?  If there is no trust in the player’s ability to call their own penalties then no trust is merited toward the USGA either.   The game has lost all integrity.  As one person commented on PGATOUR.com, To recap: The USGA impugned the integrity of a player and his playing partner, chose to put in doubt (but not actually overturn) an on-course ruling , threw its own on-course official under a bus, left the field unsure of the current standings and ultimately called its champion a liar… All in a day’s work.  (Jackie 42)

The only way the USGA can reinstate their integrity is to restore the penalty stroke to Dustin’s score.  History needs to show that Dustin shot 275 and won by four strokes.  Why does that matter?  Because without it the USOPEN and the USGA are forever marred by the lack of integrity to protect the player in question, all the players in the field, and the game itself.  Restore the stroke, USGA.  It is not too late to restore your integrity, the integrity of the game, and the integrity of the 2016 USOPEN leaderboard.

My Dog Zeke

Posted in Musings on October 11, 2015 by Ed Pettus

When I first started a blog some time back in 2009, I spoke through my dog Zeke.  I was working off the idea I first heard from Allen Levi who wrote songs from his dog’s point of view or songs about talking to his dog.  (Click his name for a link.)  I thought my dog Zeke would be a good way begin, thus, if anyone was critical of my blog, I could just blame it on Zeke.  I looked up the original blog today and was surprised to see that it still exists on blogger.  Just in case you don’t care to scroll to the first entry, I repost it here:

Talking to my dog…

I was talking to my dog Zeke yesterday. He looks like Marley but his name is Zeke. Good name for a dog. He said something about blogging. Not sure how he knows about these things. Since he weighs in at 75+ lbs and his paws are full of mud all the time, I decided it was time that I typed up his thoughts.
Blogging is something Zeke has considered for a long time since I tell him about the blogs I read. He is an introverted dog, so the thought of blogging to the cyber world is a little bit daunting. It was a warm day yesterday and Zeke spent some time chasing a big ball that had blown into the back yard. He cooled off by prancing through the water in the ditch. Yellow labs look even more dirty after mudding up the paws. He enjoyed the warm sunny Sunday afternoon before tucking in to his dog house for the night. He was not happy when I told him to expect snow tomorrow.
Well, this is Zeke’s first blog so we will keep it short.
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I’m saddened to tell everyone that Zeke is no longer jumping and barking in my back yard and the yard feels terribly empty right now.  I got use to 12 years of daily running down to the basement to prepare meals, to toss the ball, or “wrestle” in a variety of ways.  Zeke was a yellow lab, a breed susceptible to arthritis in the hips and Zeke quickly degenerated in that area.  I did not want him to suffer any more than he had since his ability to get up or sit down or walk straight was compromised.  The vet asked if I would like to stay with him to the end and as I thought about it I told her, “I’ve been with a number of people when they died, but I’d rather remember my dog jumping and running.”  As all of you know who have had to part with your pet, it is a hard decision, but it is even more difficult to watch your dog in pain.  Zeke was the kind of dog that kept his “puppiness” for nearly all his life.
We used to joke that Zeke was my son and he was a good one.  He lived 12 good years, pretty good for a lab.  I miss him even if all he had ever done was just hang around.  Happy Just to Have You Hanging Around
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Enjoy another Allen Levi song:
I Wish I Were a Rich Man’s Dog
Building Zeke's house!

Building Zeke’s house!

Zeke's first snow.

Zeke’s first snow.

 

 

 

 

 

Zeke eating a football.

Zeke eating a football.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sit!

Sit!

Zeke

We will miss you, boy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A World of Information

Posted in Musings on February 3, 2015 by Ed Pettus

There are more blogs and magazines and commentaries and newspapers and “what all”, more than I could list here, that expound every idea under the sun on any and all topics.  The Internet is certainly the largest source of everything!  I’m on the Internet as much as any “techno geek” and I appreciate Twitter and Facebook for those who post articles that I would never see otherwise.  Most of the articles I read include authors who are so sure of their opinions, even treating their opinions as fact to be received with joy by every reader.  I exaggerate, of course, but so many people are so sure of their “rightness”.  And then there are the comments by the readers and the comments on the comments.  I also understand that articles without such certainty might be poor reading.  Authors do need to shock or exaggerate to get readers.  Yet, it also creates lots of poorly written shock and awe.  There is perhaps a greater need in our world today to retreat from the world for a short period of time.  We can easily get hooked on the information highway and lose sight of that which is most important.  The apostle Paul writes about the importance of transformation (Romans 12:1-2) but we tend to gravitate to mere information and thus suffer from spiritual malnourishment.

We are the most informed in the history of people.  What once may have taken weeks to know from around the world is now communicated in seconds.  It appears that there is nothing we cannot know or at least read about on the webinator.  But what we know does not always lead us to transformation of heart and soul to the degree necessary to a more abundant and fulfilling life.  My pet peeve these days is the 30 minute news broadcast that barely touches on a multitude of information tidbits with no reflection or meaning given to those events.  Then you tack on the liberal or conservative slant, depending on your news preference, and you get even more garbage presented.  It is just a constant barage of information and misinformation that numbs the mind to the transformative news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is not my intention to suggest a boycott of web or TV news but to encourage less for the sake of more good news from the good book.  All that we viewed on FOX or CNN yesterday will fade away if it has not done so already, but the word of the Lord will endure forever.  Add to that the brilliance of the word of God that puts all other information into proper perspective and you have a great motive for reading the words of life eternal.

Ezra 7:10

My Statement Released to the OGA: “Practice What You Preach”

Posted in Musings on July 24, 2014 by Ed Pettus

Check out Mateen Elass on his blog post – My Statement Released to the OGA: “Practice What You Preach”.

An Old New Shave

Posted in Musings on February 10, 2014 by Ed Pettus

I’ve done it.  I am back to the razor my dad used to use.  Not his particular razor, who knows what happened to that, but the same style razor.  One blade, double edged, safety razor, old school.  I was so tired of spending too much money on twin, triple, quad, (will it ever end) blades that just make shaving so boring and unappealing.  One surprise from my change to DE razor shaving is how much I enjoy it.  I have purchased an inexpensive razor and I am currently trying out various blades to find one I like the most.  After a month of shaving I now look forward to shaving every day.  I’ve been researching all the products available for DE razor shaving and will keep using my store of Edge shaving cream until it runs out.  Then I will consider a brush and soaps, etc.  There are several websites with lots of products like:  http://shavenation.com/  and I stopped by this store in Charlotte last time I was at South Park Mall, http://www.theartofshaving.com/.  Sometimes the best things in life are older and less expensive.  Even so, technology has greatly improved old style razors and blades too!  Razors have become like Rocky movies, I mean, how many blades can you fit in one handle?  DSCN8703