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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!.

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Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you

August 31, 2013

Roadkill Goldfish

Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.

Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word “no,” made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.

If you ever even consider doing something like that, I promise you that I will run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks. I will duct tape your mouth shut so your tongue doesn’t hang out like an overheated hound dog. I will smack any male whom you decide to smash against his pelvis – after I first knock you on your butt for forgetting how a lady acts in public.

Why would I do that? Because…

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Merry Christmas From the Ekong’s

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas From the Ekong’s.

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Lutheran Education Uniquely Well-Suited to Prepare Grounded and Exceptional 21st Century Citizens

March 3, 2012

Lutheran Education Uniquely Well-Suited to Prepare Grounded and Exceptional 21st Century Citizens.

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$25,000 Worship Resource Giveaway from Proclaim

February 28, 2011

$25,000WorshipResourceGiveawayfromProclaimNew church presentation software is coming out soon called Proclaim andit’s located here http://proclaimonline.com. Unlike all other churchpresentation software systems, this one will allow pastors, worshipleaders, and worship team members to all access and add to the samepresentation before it’s presented, and then use the same application torun the presentation during the service.

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To add to the excitement of the release of Proclaim, they are giving away$25,000 in worship resources in The Great Worship Resource Giveaway.They are going to have 100’s of winners of some of the best worshipresources on the market. The giveaway is located on the Proclaim homepage http://proclaimonline.com where you will see how to enter. You canalso see all the prize partners there, listing out some great resources fromcompanies like Planning Center Online, Graceway Media, Worship LeaderMagazine, Centerline Media, Musicademy, Clover Sites, Christian MusicianSummit, Luna Guitars, National Worship Leader Conference, and prizesfrom many more.

I’m excited about this new product Proclaim. You can see a video of thesoftware on their site which gives a quick detail of how it will help worshipleaders and ministry teams. Visit http://proclaimonline.com to see thevideo, and enter ‘The $25,000 Great Worship Resource Giveaway’.

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Random thoughts while reading…

August 14, 2010

I’m reading Jonathan Udo Ekong “The Log-Bell Ringer” and I have numerous thoughts going through my heads I read through this compilation of memoirs. Unfortunately, folks will have to wait until I write my review for the Concordia Seminary’s “Around the Tower”. Yup, I just sucked you in with a teaser blog. 🙂

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Sometimes you can’t go home again.

August 13, 2010

Cleveland is and will always be my home. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Cleveland. As the rapper Eve used to say “it is where I am from”. When we think of going home, we are referring to the structure that provided shelter for us. For me that residence was/is in the 131st/Miles Rd area. That’s right I grew up near the train tracks, Eagle grocery store, Mr. Hero (my first job), MLK drive, and home to drug dealers, drunks, gang members, etc.

Over the years since leaving for college I return home sparingly. The main reason for sparingly is that I become so involved in the tasks before me. This last visit was extremely tough. It seems the neighborhood I grew up in and is continuing downward in a spiral. Our home has been broken into twice in as many weeks. When we lived there and the house was broken into we felt violated. Now, as Jessica and I have grown up and move away we have settled elsewhere.  That doesn’t mean our hearts aren’t in the city and the home we grew up in. This last visit was surreal, not only had they broken in several times over the years, but now they are getting to the point where they’re destroying things inside the house.

I guess no one is really upset by the break-ins that have occurred because for the most part they just took what they wanted … minus the time they stole the copper pipes in the basement and decided to not turn off the water while doing it. Nope, now they are just being down right destructive. Sure, it is our stuff in the house. Notes from grade school and high school, toys (i have removed the ones I cared about years ago), furniture, clothes, and memories are all that remain now.

I guess it is a good idea I didn’t have the camera with me documenting all the destruction from the latest break in. Jessica, my parents, and my room had things all over the floors and beds flipped. I did manage to take notice of a few things. They evidently have no interests in black and white televisions, books, freezer, fridges, or bibles. So, those that are breaking in do not care to better themselves. Sure I know someone is thinking druggies and under age kids are causing all this damages.  As I said before everyone in the family knows that evidently the folks breaking in needs the stuff more than us. Honestly, that is fine.  Stop trashing the house. I resisted leaving a note for the next time break-in.  If I did it would go a little something like this:

Dear Clutter Reduction Crew,

Since you are here for your next visit, please make sure to clean up after you leave. We would suggest you work on one room per visit. What you don’t like and can’t find a need for, please move it to the street for the trash collectors to take. If you break glass clean it up.  We would ask that since you will no doubt need to come back to go through each room in the house over time… How about leaving a list of what you’re looking for. We would be more than happy to direct you to the location to find things. This is the only time we are going to offer this advice to you and your friends.

Our next course of action will be to allow our children to go on a cleaning spree at which time the house will be emptied into a dumpster. Also, during your next visit, take note to the Bibles throughout the house and the strategically placed Catechism. We understand that you have entered our house looking for something, but we are positive the thing you’re looking for is right in front of your face.  If you need more copies, leave us a note and we can get you more. 🙂

Yours in Christ,

The Ekongs

P.S.  Leaving beer cans and drinks around the house just isn’t smart. Please watch a back episode of CSI and step up your game. Have some pride in your craft.

Needless to say, sometimes you can’t go home again.