Seinfeld Reunion?!

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It’s no secret that Seinfeld is my all time favorite TV show.  I own all the seasons on DVD and have seen every episode at least multiple times.  No, I wasn’t old enough to watch the show when it was actually running on television but I still love it.  The writing and the situational humor still holds up today.

People, including myself, have always been looking for a Seinfeld reunion.  There have been a few cast reunions here and there like the Seinfeld cast showing up on some episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm or Michael Richards (Kramer) appearing on one of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee we’ve never had a full blown Seinfeld reunion.  Until now!

Jerry announced today that he has indeed filmed a few things with Seinfeld cast members and that the secret project will be available shortly.  My original thought was that it would be some sort of Super Bowl commercial, but the article says that won’t be the case.  I for one am excited for whatever it may be.

-Jacob

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Six Ways To Help End Slavery Right Now

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness month.  Many people don’t even realize that slavery is an issue in the world today and I’m sure that even more would be shocked to find out that it is an issue that is happening here in America as well.  It is a terrible reality.

Luckily, there are a few ways that you can help to take action against this right now!  I was going to list them out but my friend Wil Ramsey already did a great job of it over at his blog so I encourage you to click this link and go check it out right now.  Let’s help make a conscious effort to end this injustice.

-Jacob

 

My Problem With SNL

This is a meaningless post.

Don’t get me wrong, I love SNL.  I have watched it for as long as I can remember and am never one of those people who say things like “it’s not as good as it once was” or “now that so-and-so left there is no point in watching anymore”.  Of course I miss Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader but I also love the new cast members from this season like Noel Wells and Beck Bennett (despite their sometimes low screen time).  But recently it seems like the “live” aspect of SNL is going away.

Take last week’s episode hosted by Jonah Hill.  Three of the eight skits were pre-taped and not performed in front of the audience but rather shown on a screen.  Two of the three weren’t even funny (in my opinion).  The only good one from the night was the parody of the Her trailer.  And that is something that I think is a good use of a pre-taped skit.  The other two skits which consisted of some hit men sitting in a car enjoying the snow and a rabbit and one about some SoCal boys hosting a semi-talk show in their friends house could have been done live.  The show does plenty of talk show skits live and the hit men skit could have worked live as well.  There was no need for it to be pre-recorded.

Pre-taped skits should consist of fake movie trailers, fake commercials and music videos.  If they aren’t one of those things I think it should be done live.

How about you?  What are some of your favorite SNL skits?

-Jacob

I Believe

Today is day 15 of my attempt to read through the bible in 90 days.  This past week was particularly rough as the reading took me through the books of Leviticus, Numbers and the majority of Deuteronomy.  If you are unfamiliar with the bible those books are fairly boring.  They consist of a lot of laws, counting people and walking through a desert.  But I made it!

Another thing that I’ve dealt with while reading these past two weeks is a lot of questioning.  There are certain events or things that happen where I am constantly wondering “why would God do that” or “that doesn’t seem fair”.  My friend sent me this affirmation of faith from a church service he recently attended that kind of addresses believing despite doubts and questions that was written by Bruce Prewer.

I Believe
 
In spite of many unanswered questions, I believe.
 
I believe in the living God, the joy of the universe,
  who is the pulse and purpose of all things seen and unseen,
  who from the dust of earth calls up living beings to be children of eternity,
  who through countless ages has provided for us many liberators
  and tirelessly seeks to bring victory out of defeat and life out of decay.
 
I believe in Jesus the Christ, God’s true Son,
  who is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh,
  who took upon himself the healing of the human race,
  who bearing the burden of our sins went to Golgotha carrying his cross,
  who was betrayed, crucified, dead and buried in a borrowed tomb,
  who on the third day was found to be gloriously alive,
  meeting with those who trust him and serve him to the end of the world.
 
I believe in the Holy Spirit of God,
  within and among all who cherish Christ and his way,
  who brings hope out of despair, love out of apathy, and joy out of sorrow,
  who unceasingly regenerates and reforms the church
  that it may always be the contemporary body of the risen Christ,
  loving the world through prayer, word and deed.
 
I believe that even I am caught up in the resurgent life of Christ Jesus,
  and that nothing in life or death can separate me from his love and joy.
 
In spite of unanswered questions, yes I believe.
Amen!
 
-Jacob

Find The Bagel

I love bagels.  Ever since I had my first cinnamon crunch bagel from Panera Bread I was hooked.  They have become my favorite breakfast food of all time.  I eat them and almost all of my days off and the only reason I don’t eat them on days I work is because I love sleep more than bagels.  You need to know how much I love bagels to understand this post.

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Sunday night during youth group my wife had the kids go around and give their high moment and low moment from the week.  At first nobody wanted to talk and one of the kids asked me to go first.  I was caught off guard by this because I should’ve been at the end of the circle.  After a quick moment of thinking I decided that my high moment of the week was that I found a bagel in the fridge that I forgot I bough and was able to have a bagel for breakfast the other day.  They all looked at me like “THAT was your high moment”?  I’m sure I had a better moment but thats the first thing I thought of.

But as we went down the line some kids still couldn’t think of something.  I finally shouted out with the energy of a self-help guru that they need to “find the bagel of their week”!  It quickly became a phrase that we were shouting out stupidly but also as a way to encourage people to find the positive thing in their week no matter how stupid it may seem compared to someone else’s high moment.

So I challenge you to find the bagel in your week this week.  I also encourage you to go to Panera Bread and eat a cinnamon crunch bagel for me because I live in Idaho and they don’t have Panera Bread.  Thats the low point of my week.

-Jacob

The Bible in 90 Days

Yesterday I started a new challenge.  I am attempting to read through the entire bible in 90 days.  I use the word challenge because it will be quite a big task to stay on top of.  It breaks down to 16 chapters a day and would probably average about an hour of reading a day.  I definitely have the time in my day to do so its just a matter of actually using that time for this instead of something like watching TV or playing games on my iPad.

I honestly don’t think I’ve read the entire bible which is one main reason I’m doing this.  I can think of at least two books in the bible right now (Habukkuk & Titus) that I don’t think I’ve ever read before.  I hope that doing this every day will help my biblical knowledge and my relationship with God.

You can learn more about this specific bible reading plan here.

-Jacob

Humans: Naturally Good or Evil?

This question is a question that has plagued mankind forever.  Are people naturally good or are people naturally evil?

After spending Christmas with my niece and nephews (ages 1-2) I have decided that mankind of naturally evil.  Evil sounds like a harsh word.  Maybe bad is a better way to put it.  I’m not sure, but those kids made me come to this realization.  Now don’t get me wrong, they are precious.  I absolutely love them and loved spending time with them.  But watching them open gifts and then proceed to fight, scream, throw things and cry at each other all morning made me come to this realization.  My one nephew proceeded to shout “ITS MY TOY!” to his cousin after she kept trying play with his brand new toy.  This is not a behavior he saw modeled somewhere.  I know for a fact he doesn’t watch movies or TV shows that show this type of behavior.  He didn’t learn it from his parents.  It was just his basic instinct.  And (hopefully) his parents will raise him and teach him that that is not acceptable behavior and he will LEARN to be nice and polite and an overall good person.

And I do think that overall the general population is more good than bad.  But I think that we all start out bad and have to learn good behavior.

What are your thoughts?  Agree or disagree?

-Jacob