November 30, 2008

Smelling History

Filed under: Family — Neil @ 7:37 pm

Our bodies are so interesting.  It’s crazy how certain smells trigger memories.

  • nasty, sweaty, dirty clothes smell = jr. high boys room at summer camp
  • greasy fried foods = state fair
  • vomit = my days of working in the French Quarter

For the past few days Amanda & I have both been battling a head cold.  Amanda lost her voice on Friday night & it’s just now coming back.  I’ve had headaches, sore throat, congestion, etc.

This morning I was at Sunday School, but then Ken gave me approval to head home for the day.  I made a stop by Walgreens to pick up a few things we needed.  One of the items was Vick’s Vapor Rub (or more accurately Walgreens version that was $3 cheaper).  Nothing helps me to breath better when I’m sick than Vick’s.

It has a very unique smell.  After applying it today its smell took me back to being a kid at my grandmother’s.  I’m not sure how often I got sick at her home, but I know that every time I did she would cover me w/ Vick’s.  She clearly believed the more Vick’s I had on me the sooner I’d feel better.

What smells trigger memories for you?

November 29, 2008

Can’t Imagine

Filed under: Sports — Neil @ 10:40 pm

Anyone who knows me knows that I bleed maroon.  I’ve never not been a State fan.  Today, one of the best men in college football resigned as the State coach.  Unfortunately, an incredible life story & morals don’t guarantee success as a head coach in the S.E.C.

No one was more excited about Coach Croom when he was hired.  I was proud that my school was the 1st SEC school to hire an African-American head coach.  His 1st press conference won me over.  However, it was during this game was when I started having serious doubts.

Looking back on his 5 years as coach I believe he made some critical mistakes in his first couple of years that stopped him from succeeding.  What I’ve learned from Coach Croom:

  • When you are the leader you can’t make decisions personal.  The same goes for criticism.
  • Be willing to evaluate everything & make the needed changes.
  • It’s ok to be stubborn on the big issues, but on the process/system/ministry be very flexible to make sure you achieve the goal.
  • Doing the right thing doesn’t always = success.

While I agree that him resigning was the right decision.  I can’t imagine living your life in that much of a fishbowl.  Where your career is front page news, all over ESPN & even blogged about by a youth minister.  I watched the end of Phil Fulmer’s final game tonight & felt the same about him & his family.  It has to be tough on the coach’s family to see someone they love so much & know the long hours they’ve worked only to see their failure plastered everywhere.  I know they make millions, but that can’t make the pain go away.

November 27, 2008

Give Thanks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 4:58 pm

We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near;
men tell of your wonderful deeds

Psalm 75:1

November 26, 2008

History of Thanksgiving

Filed under: Videos — Neil @ 9:58 am

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more about “History of Thanksgiving“, posted with vodpod

November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Prayers

Filed under: Family,Videos — Neil @ 3:24 pm

Who prays at your family Thanksgiving meal?

We eat at Amanda’s grandmothers home for lunch & my father-in-law ALWAYS prays.  At my family its rotated around.

Ever had a really awkward prayer at Thanksgiving or Christmas?

I hate when someone prays forever before a meal?  Just saying more doesn’t make you more thankful/spiritual.  If it does I’m lacking in both areas.

I used this video on Sunday to launch into talking about Thanksgiving w/ the youth group.

November 24, 2008

Economy Poll

Filed under: Polls — Neil @ 10:31 am

Sunday Recap

Filed under: Parkway,Sundays — Neil @ 10:26 am
  • I thought the 11:00 a.m. worship service was our best in a long time.
  • We’ve been having lots & lots of visitors in the 11:00 a.m. service.
  • Ken’s sermon on the rich young ruler was one of the best Gospel presentations I’ve ever heard to a “churched” crowd.
  • The Swerve Blog had a great post about the rich young ruler.
  • We had a great crowd in youth Sunday School.  I never know what it’ll be like on a holiday weekend & especially w/ it being the 1st weekend of deer season in Mississippi.
  • I’m really enjoying learning how to use our new video camera & Final Cut Express.
  • Brett is playing like he’s 29 rather than 39.

November 22, 2008

Speeding Ticket Video

Filed under: Videos — Neil @ 9:43 am

This was posted on the Fail Blog.


Filed under: Videos — Neil @ 7:00 am

It’s cold this morning in Clinton, but thankfully not this cold (I apologize for the cheesy ending to the video).

November 20, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 10:58 pm

What does it mean to have character?  Andy Stanley defines it this way “Character is the will to do what’s right even when it’s hard.”

I’m a fan of Mike & Mike.  I listen/watch most mornings.  For the past few days their show has been consumed w/ the story of golfer J.P. Hayes.  Hayes unintentionally used an illegal golf ball for a single hole in a qualifying tournament.  No one noticed.  He didn’t realize it until he was back at his hotel room.  The match was over and he had earned his card for another year on the PGA Tour, but then he notified everyone that he had used an illegal ball.  It disqualified him from that tournament & cost him a spot on the PGA Tour.  It’s a decision that will likely cost him mega $$$.

You can read the full story here.  You can listen to Mike & Mike debate the issue by clicking here.

What would you have done?

What do you do when no one is looking?

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