You may have heard of Jesus and question what would Jesus do, but the essential questions are: 1) who do you say Jesus is and 2) what will you do? Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." 15 Jesus said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Chillin' in Chi-town

What comprises a perfect storm? Forget George Clooney, I'm talking about having three relatives from different locations of the country converge into a major city at the same time.

For the past week, I have been in Chicago for work, and this past weekend Dee and my parents both happened to be in Chicago during the same time. Very strange, yet cool, how the timing worked out.

Needless to say, anytime four Howells get together there are good times to be had. Friday night included dinner at acclaimed Frontera Grill, voted the third best Mexican restaurant in the world.

Saturday was for shopping along The Magnificent Mile and Chicago did not disappoint. The weather was awesome with a high of 75 and cool breezes from Lake Michigan.

We did Saturday dinner at my all-time favorite pizza place...Giordano's. The only problem was the location I had been to before was now shut down. D'oh! Fortunately, there was another Giordano's a few blocks away, but my parents and Dee had to listen to me throw what Dee deemed a "man fit" as we walked to the other location.

Alas, after the extra 10 minute walk, I tasted the greatness of Chicago's best pizza, a stuffed, deep dish, sausage pizza. It was awesome...but even better because I got to share the experience with family.

One more week in Chi-town and then I return to the sweltering heat of H-town...ahhhh yes, home again.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Just in time for Oktoberfest...

AHHHHHH! Apparently, it's easier to predict the winning lotto numbers than to estimate when a house will be finished.

Our builder's salesperson originally told us the house would be ready "sometime in December." A week later it was November, this past Sunday we drove by and saw that the house was framed and the roof was being installed. It was at this point the salesperson reconsidered and nominated October 15 as our move in date. I think the cable guy is coming next Tuesday to hook up ESPN HD.

In any scenario, it appears that we'll be enjoying the World Series and the meaty portion of football season in our new house...with the plasma...well, a boy can only dream.

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Today, Dee and I finalized a deal for a new patio home in Houston. We choose our colors and layouts and then made an offer. The salesperson told us it would be tomorrow before we knew if our offer was accepted, but about 2 hours later, we got the call. The house was ours!

It’s a new patio home just outside of the 610 loop, near 610 West and I-10 is close to everything. It’s less than five minutes from our church, 15 minutes to work, and 7 minutes to Chickfila and Pappasito’s!

We scouted Houston for a house and stumbled into the area where the house is being built. In addition to the great deal we got and all the cool features of the house, I knew it was the right one for us when we stopped by a gas station near our neighborhood and saw that they sell Dr. Pepper icees there. That sealed the deal for me!

Our house will be ready in mid November…at the latest, it is already being framed. We’re looking forward to having our first annual Superbowl Bash in the new house and watching the big game on the new plasma!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

No So Fast My Friend...

Three Words - Juan Freakin' Pierre. What a catch! It's inevitable now, barring a homocidial incident, Bar-roid Bonds will surpass Ruth on the all time home run board. But not on Juan Pierre's watch, at least not on Tuesday night.

Juan Pierre, from Alexandria LA, stole Bonds' 714 moment and sucked the life out of the 39,000 Giants fans last night. I hoping that Bonds gets hurt and never swings again, but if he must, I would rather him break the record against the Cubs before the Dodgers head up San Fran this Friday. No one wants to be the guy who gave up 714 to MLB's biggest jerk.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Sam Bowie Anyone???

Super Mario? First of all, please let me apologize. I grew up a Cowboy fan and bleed for the Star through and through...until I moved across the street from Reliant Stadium and glued my radio to Sportsradio 610. No doubt I was still a Cowboy fan, but inside, a love for the Texans grew. How can you blame me when my twin is the starting QB of the Texans? In fact, I was being fitted for my Reggie Bush Texans' jersey when I heard the news...Super Mario? What the hammer?

I apologize because I took a few years off from being a diehard Cowboy fan. Sure I still followed them and rooted for them, but I secretly embraced Battle Red and Steel Blue. Well dear brethren, those days are over. Mario Williams? You're passing on the guy who could be the next Gail Sayers/Barry Sanders for a guy who could be the next Reggie White. Did I mention that Asians can make a tv out of a watch or almost anything...not even MacGyver could do that.

Mario Williams? The guy only had sacks in 16 of his 36 college games...that's not dominating nor worthy being picked over Bush. Ten of his 14½ sacks in 2005 came in just three games and against lesser opponents. Three of his six sacks in 2004 came in one outing against Florida State, but come on...Super Mario?

I apologize to the Cowboy Nation. My love for the Boys grew faint as my childhood heroes slowly faded, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Randy White, Bill Bates, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmit Smith. If you can forgive me, please make room for one more fan on the 'Merica's Team wagon.

My days as a casual Texan fan are gone. I love David Carr and wish Dre Johnson had a star on his helmet, but passing on Bush will be the albatross for this young franchise. If they passed on Bush for Ferguson, I could live with that, after all, Carr needs the protection. But skipping Bush for Williams...defensive end, really? Granted, the Texans' defense needs help and DD is a solid running back, but Bush is explosive and a playmaker.

Call it Black Saturday, Doom's Day, or just a bad hair day, but Saturday, April 29, 2006, the Houston Texans sealed their fate for mediocrity for at least another five years by passing on The President. I wonder how I will look in a Lindale White Cowboy can only hope!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Goat or God's Conduit?

Found by an Egyptian farmer (yes, there are farms in Egypt) in 1970s, the Gospel of Judas ("the Gospel") made its way to the US in 2000 and eventually landed in the hands of the National Geographic Society. Today, the NGS released news that its scientists verified the antiquity of the Gospel of Judas. The NGS says the codex dates back to the 3rd and 4th centuries and is a copy of a document from the 2nd century. Now that the Gospel's s age has been validated, let the debate about its authenticity and validity begin.

Essentially, the found Gospel dates back to the 2nd century (albeit a copy), so that's anywhere from 68 to 267 years after Jesus's death. Ok, so what if scientists discovered a document about Kelly Clarkson, but it was written 150 years after she was everyone’s favorite little idol. What would we hold to be more accurate - the writings about Kelly that were written during her time as a pop tart on Earth or those that came a century and a half later? This would bring a new appreciation to her hit “Since U Been Gone.” Count me in with those that tend to believe first-hand accounts, or at least accounts that occurred around the same time...not 150 years later.

In addition, there are always those people that try to create a story or twist the truth into their favor...I think they call themselves "the media" these days...they'll do anything to sell a story. Back in the 2nd and 3rd century, the Cainites, an equally scandalous group of characters, could hold their own in a mud-slinging controversy. The Cainites, part of the Gnostic community who consider traditional biblical villains of the Bible, like Cain and Judas, to be heroes.

Dr. Ben Witherington, a theology professor, describes the Cainites as "always on the fringes of their movement,” a kind way of saying they had a little David Koresh in them. Most scholars, on either side of the Gospel of Judas debate, agree that the recently discovered Gospel was written by the Cainites, thus the Gospel cannot be considered mainstream Christianity.

So what does this mean? The bottom line is that there are three things followers of Christ Jesus can do:
1) Unequivocally believe everything that Jesus and the Bible says is true
2) Pick and choose parts of the Bible to believe (aka the spiritual buffet)
3) Renounce your faith and move away from God (i.e. move to New England)

Perhaps C.S. Lewis said it best, "Jesus was a liar, lunatic, or Lord." No matter the outcome of this latest Gospel discovery, the position we give Jesus in our lives is ours. Dee also had a great take on this recent debate - she can't deal with Judas just yet, she's still try to solve the pre/post/a millennial debate and the whole free will fiasco.

Sidebar - Yes, I did manage to mix in a Kelly Clarkson reference in my Gospel of Judas take. It ain’t easy kids.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Apocalypse Now…

The end must be near. Consider yourself lucky to be outside of the NYC metro area. All the talk in New York/New England is how wrong Billy Wagner is because he dares to use the same intro music as the holiest of holies closer, the one, the only, Mariano Rivera. Apparently, there is only room for one Metallica closer in the city of 15 million people. Someone cue up REM because it’s the end of the world as we Southerners know it.

First things first, as you and I both know, Wags has been using Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” since Bags suggested he use it 1996…before Rivera ever used it as “his song.” In fact, one of Wagner’s cousins was a roadie for Metalicca, so he has some connections to the band itself.

I blame the two idiots at WFAN – Mike and The Mad Dog. WFAN is easily the worst excuse for sports talk radio. These guys may have invented sports talk radio 20 years ago, but they, like much of New England, still revel in the 1980s and are the worst by today’s standards. They can be described with words like conceded, belligerent, annoying, and unknowledgeable…pretty much your average person from the Northeast.

If this bogus ordeal is the epitome of sports talk radio, then count me out. Don’t get me wrong, sports are great, and they provide an outlet to the daily grind of our world, but concocting a taradiddle about an entrance song? C’mon Sally. To Rivera’s credit, he is not fueling the flames and doesn’t think Wagner is wrong. Rivera has repeatedly told the NY press that this is a non-issue and he could not care less about Wagner’s use of the song. You gotta love the NY press, they try to make a mountain out of a molehill on a daily basis. Just another reason why I think the NYC is O-VER-RAT-ED!