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  1. out with the old

    November 2, 2019 by tbholdren

    If anyone has visited this site in the last few years, you’ll notice I’ve removed a lot of old content for personal reasons. If anyone ever wants to see any of it again, please contact me directly. As if 😉

  2. why I like Tim Tebow

    January 11, 2012 by tbholdren

    To be honest, I really shouldn’t like him. Anyone that makes John Elway happy (after The Drive) should not be on my nice list.

    Tebowing (or, praying, rather)

    There are several reason to like Tim Tebow, but I’ll list just a few:

    1. This kid loves football, and he loves what he’s doing. His heartfelt celebrations after every play are evidence enough of this. It’s always a pleasure to watch someone who enjoys their work.
    2. He’s a running quarterback! How exciting is it to watch someone who’s supposed to throw the ball out of bounds whenever a receiver isn’t open instead tear off down the field and go head-to-head with the biggest defenders in the league? The added threat of a great rushing passer keeps defenses on their toes and makes games more unpredictable. Very fun.
    3. Who doesn’t love an underdog? David vs. Goliath. This unorthodox, scrappy team’s on-field leader has been told since he was drafted that he’s not cut out for the NFL. First they said he’d never win a game. Then they said he’d never have a string of wins. Then they said he’d never make the playoffs. Then they said he’d never win a playoff game. Now they’re saying he’ll never beat Tom Brady’s Patriots. I know who I’m rooting for 🙂
    4. Every time this guy gets criticized (and he does, constantly, from every direction), he just stays humble, smiles and keeps on doing what he’s doing. If you know who you are, and are confident, you can succeed despite the most withering attacks from anyone. I love that.
    5. All of his charity work, even if he weren’t a Christian, makes him a great person. There’s the Tim Tebow Foundation. Through it, he’s builing a hospital in the place of his birth (The Phillipines) for the people there, and there’s the W15H deal where he meets with children with disabilities to encourage them like Bailey Knaub.
    6. How often these days do you see an NFL player who actually WANTS to be a role model to kids?
    7. This guy is genuine. Whether it’s kneeling after every success to give thanks to God, or keeping himself pure until marriage, Tim Tebow is a genuine Christian. Maybe he doesn’t know the message of the hour, but it seems to me he’s living what he knows, and I pray God always blesses him for that. Like it’s been said, “When asked about his team, he praises them. When asked about his coaches, he praises them. When asked about himself, he praises God.”

    Win or lose against the patriots next week, I have a new favorite player in the NFL. I just hope they don’t have to play the Browns in the playoffs next year.

    I’ll leave you with my favorite Tebow clip… they had a microphone on him all game when they had a come-from-behind miracle win against the Chicago Bears. Why is he so cool under pressure and criticism? Listen to him sing, “Our God is an Awesome God” as he takes the field…

    My favorite quote from that video, “Dear Jesus, I need You. Please come through for me. No matter what, win or lose. Lord, give me the strength to honor You.

    Does God care about who wins football games? I seriously doubt it. But, I truly believe God would honor and answer a prayer like that.

  3. arizona shootings, pre-amble

    January 11, 2011 by tbholdren

    I don’t have time to make a full posting on this yet, but I would like to pre-empt myself by making two quick points:

    1. My prayers for a speedy and full recovery go out for Representative Gabrielle Giffords. My condolences and prayers also go out to the families of the other victims of this terrible incident. God bless and help them all.
    2. The following words need to be heretofore removed from all political discussion: “hateful,” “toxic/poison/bile,” “spew/vomit”, and “rhetoric.” Especially “rhetoric.” For example, the sentence:

    “Sarah Palin is so hateful, all she does is spew her hateful, toxic rhetoric!”

    would necessarily be changed to:

    “Sarah Palin is someone I strongly disagree with, and I really wish that she would stop expressing her point of view in a way that effectively resonates with a vast number of Americans, which lessens the political impact of my own arguments!”

    See what I did there? That second sentence is an awful lot more honest and makes one sound more like a rational, sensible adult and less like a opportunistic, cliched drone repeating whatever you just heard on MSNBC or read on the Huffington Post.

    More to come.

  4. everybody draw mohammed day

    May 20, 2010 by tbholdren

    There is a page on Facebook, which I will not link to, that currently is in a state of flux. Internet Jihadists are trying to bring down the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” page, a page made to protest the threats of violence throughout the last half-decade, from Muslims towards anyone who would dare to blaspheme by drawing an image, whether respectful or not, of their prophet Mohammed. (I will not link to it, and will suggest that NO ONE visit the page because it IS offensive to all, not just Muslims. I agree with the concept, but cannot approve of some very offensive imagery there, with even some directed at Jesus).

    As I have said before, I am a Christian. I love and respect the Lord Jesus Christ. But I do not expect, nor require, everyone around me to do the same. It is our God-given right (free-moral agency) to believe what we want, to obey whatever religious code we wish. No man has a right to enforce those codes upon others.

    I wouldn’t want anyone to disrespect Jesus Christ, but I would die for their right to disrespect him, because it is that same freedom from religion that gives me the government-protected right to worship how I choose.

    Some suggest that we should censor ourselves in an effort to reach out to Muslims in respect and “understanding.” That we should obey their religious traditions in some noble effort to bring them out of the dark ages. This is an appeaser’s argument, trading freedom for (peace and) security. Such people deserve neither. (Thanks, Benjamin Franklin.)

    I think Michelle Malkin’s post sums up my feelings on the issue quite nicely. Very good read.

    p.s. Do NOT click that link on Michelle’s page to the EDMD page unless for some reason you want to see some VERY offensive imagery. Final warning.