LET THE WOOKIE WIN

As you all know, May the fourth is widely known as “May The 4th Be With You Day” or “Star Wars Day.” I, for one, think this is brilliant.

Here’s a Star Wars-related story for you. In both my local church ministry and my traveling concert ministry, my job involves talking a lot – often ad libbing – which can lead to some regrettable statements.

For example, a few years ago I was introducing a song at a marriage conference, and I was thinking about some of the conflict-resolution strategies that had been offered. For some reason I had mentioned Star Wars earlier and was now talking about how complicated relationships can be.

I said something along the lines of how, in marriage, you have to choose your battles carefully, and that I had learned that sometimes (I can’t believe I said this) “you have to let the wookie win.”

This statement was greeted with an awkward, stunned silence. Except for my band members, who were all on the floor laughing. Continue reading

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“NAME THE BABY LAMBS” CONTEST WINNER!

We have a winner! Emily has agonized over the names (there were over 100 submitted) and she has come to a decision… The winning names are…

… “Ping” and “Pong,” submitted by CarolBeth! Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas! We had a great time (and a few laughs) looking over your suggestions. And congratulations, CarolBeth – I’ll contact you soon to make arrangements for your prize (free CD or DVD).

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TAZ IS BORN – AND THE LAMB CONTEST CONCLUDES!

Yesterday, a new baby goat named Taz was born at the Riggan Ranch (that’s him to the left).

You may remember that last week I wrote about our two new baby lambs. I decided to hold a naming contest, but then Easter Weekend happened and I completely forgot to wrap up the contest and have a winner declared. Better late than never, right? If you haven’t submitted your suggestion, click HERE to leave a comment. My daughter Emily will judge the competition and I’ll announce the winner by noon on Friday (tomorrow). The winner can choose any of my CDs or DVDs as a prize.

Don’t forget to submit your name suggestions (for the lambs) by clicking HERE!

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“IS EVERYTHING SAD GOING TO COME UNTRUE?”

A few thoughts about Easter and The Lord of the Rings

There’s a part near the end of the third book (“Return of the King”) that strikes me so powerfully. The character of Samwise Gamgee encounters a dear friend whom he had believed to be dead, and with profound simplicity asks the question “Is everything sad going to come untrue?” Continue reading

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MORE BABIES AT THE RIGGAN RANCH…

On Monday, my son’s sheep (Cutie) had two babies (Joshua and Jericho). Just a couple of hours ago, my daughter’s sheep (Anabelle) had her two babies, which are unnamed so far. Click the “More” button to see what they look like (hint: they look like lambs). Any name suggestions? I think I’ll make a contest out of this… I’ll have my daughter be the judge. The winning entry will get a free CD or DVD (your choice). Continue reading

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UNIFORM SUGGESTIONS?

In my previous post (“Love – Or Learn To Sew”) it was suggested that Christians could use some kind of identifying uniform (something better than a Jesus Fish or Christian t-shirt). Now I’m curious – what kind of “uniform” would you propose, and why? Remember, the Penguin Costume has already been submitted…

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LOVE – OR LEARN TO SEW

My friend Eric decided that Christians need some kind of uniform so that everyone around us can tell we’re followers of Jesus. He figured it would need to be something drastic and unmistakable. His brilliant idea for a uniform? Penguin suits. You have to admit that would definitely get people’s attention …

Say you’re standing in line at Starbucks. I’m pretty sure nobody around you could guess that you’re a follower of Jesus by just looking at you. Would your order of a Grande Soy Mocha clue anyone in to your faith orientation? How about if you were wearing a Christian T-shirt? Would that do the trick? Or what if people could plainly see a Jesus Fish on your car as you drove away? Continue reading

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FRODO OR FRO-DON’T? (The LOTR Poll)

The kids and I just finished watching The Lord of The Rings (Fellowship of the Ring – Extended version). It was their first time, and they loved it. Epic in every way. Beautifully filmed and designed, mostly great acting (I still scratch my head about the choice of Elijah Wood for Frodo) and themes of loyalty and friendship, love and honor, kindness and sacrifice.

So what about you? My wife is pretty creeped out by Gollum, so she’s not a fan. Do you love LOTR? Hate it? Indifferent? Take the poll below and let’s see what y’all think! Continue reading

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THE FIRST RULE OF MAO

At a party not long ago, I got roped into playing a bizarre card game called “Mao.” There are a lot of rules to this game, but the first rule is that, if you’ve never played before, no one can tell you the rules. You observe the game being played and when it’s your turn you try to guess how you should play your cards. If you guess right, that’s great. If not, you get penalized.

Eventually you figure out, for example, that anytime a Spade is played you have to say aloud “Queen of Spades” or “Five of Spades” or that when an Ace is played the next player is skipped. And anytime you mess up, the dealer penalizes you by giving you a card and telling you something like “you failed to scratch your four…” I’m not making this up, I promise. Continue reading

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THE “LAME LYRIC CHALLENGE”

What’s your Favorite Lame Lyric? Comment below…

Over on my FaceBook music page, I called for lame lyric nominations. I was thinking about poor Rebecca Black (whose song “Friday” is a huge YouTube phenomenon) and how embarrassed she’ll be when she someday learns what good songwriting is. See, she’s a kid – so she can be forgiven for lines like “tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards” (don’t you love how great art contains these little epiphanies?) or “fun, fun, fun, fun” (brilliant stuff, that!).

Again, she’s a kid, so I don’t expect her lyrics to have the heft of Bob Dylan. But it’s fair to expect adults in pop music to be able to write coherent, intelligent songs, don’t you think?

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