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A highlight from Missions and Evangelism 101: The "What"
"Word of God. And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience, among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved, and raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace and kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast, for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Thus far the reading of God's Word, brothers and sisters in Christ, you probably know that the word gospel means good news. You, most of you probably know this. When this concept is used in the Bible, it speaks of the proclamation that whatever was wrong has now been made right. And just a very brief survey of this in the Old Testament, perhaps the most famous passage and well -known passage for the concept of the gospel is found in Isaiah 52 verse 7. It goes like this, how beautiful upon the mountains, now keep a, put a pause on that phrase right there, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who says to Zion your God reigns. It's upon the mountains. You get this picture that's there that the runner is taking his position on perhaps the tallest peak of whatever mountain is around Jerusalem and he's shouting to everybody your God reigns. In other words it's a very public thing. It's not a private thing. It has to do there with the announcement that the exiles are returned from captivity. Yay! It's a very public thing. He's got thousands of people right there right behind him or a couple hours they're gonna storm your city and it's a good thing. This is how we know that your God reigns. In the time of the New Testament it refers to a person who was designated to run or sail in front of an army that just won the battle against the enemy. And the guy would call out to the city in very similar terms, we've won! I don't know if he would fist pump or anything like that but this person who would bring good news, he was referred to in the New Testament times as an evangelist, the one who brings good news. He would bring good news of victory for the good guys, good news of defeat for the bad guys and there'd be this kind of nonverbal understanding that everybody okay if you're not a part of that city if you're not a part of that country there would be this nonverbal understanding that y 'all better get your act together right and get in line with this king who just won this victory. This message of victory would then bring confidence that you belong to the right king and he can defend you and he can fight your battles for you. I mean what a good news, what a sense of confidence that you would have in your king who just fought for you. We've been thinking about how the church heralds this gospel of Jesus Christ for a number of weeks now largely because of the Boardwalk Chapel trip and if you were here last week you kind of got a little snippet of what our students did out there. They sang the gospel, we showed a little program of a little bit of what we do there with singing of the gospel, they did skits that are based upon the gospel, you've seen how they've evangelized to me, even as I played the role of someone who they, an average person who they would normally find out in the boards and stuff like that, and how they led me to Christ. This is something of the product of what we've been meditating on for a bit now. Firstly we've seen the why of missions and evangelism. Why is it that we do missions and evangelism in the first place? We saw firstly that that it has to do with the mission itself. We also saw that it has to do with, which by the way the mission as we saw in Ephesians 1, it begins firstly primarily in the mind of God. Okay and then moving out a little bit farther we've seen this because of the mandate that that we have and the means that we have in order to do it. And then we moved on to think of the how of missions and evangelism, just how is it that this is to be done? Well we're to do it with confidence, with readiness and joy. Oh tonight we're going to be looking at the what of missions and evangelism, particularly evangelism for us. In other words okay pastor I get I get it. I get the philosophy of it. I get the theology behind it. I understand kind of the head knowledge that the conversion of the sinner is on God's terms and it's according to God's provision. It's according to his means. Okay I get I get this. And I also get the sociology. I also get the psychology of that it that I need to be confident. I need to be sure in the success of God's plan that I should be ready, that I should be joyful in doing this. Okay I get that. But what do I say? What is it that that I say or what are the basic kind of basal concepts that are in that that should be in my mind to inform me or kind of orient me towards evangelistic activity? Just what do I do? What do I say? Well that'll be on tonight's agenda. The what of missions and evangelism. And there's many ways to do this, many programs available. I suppose you could get kind of just pick one that suits you best. But what we'll be doing just tonight is to survey the most basic, the three most basic concepts that should be on your mind in the work of evangelism particularly. Firstly as it is written in your bulletin, the power of the law. Secondly the problem of the heart. And then thirdly the provision of the gospel. And to start our first point I want us I want to emphasize something to you. Take a look again at Ephesians chapter 2. I want to overemphasize this to you that Ephesians chapter 2 is my personal go -to location for whenever I share the gospel or whenever I have to think about something with a gospel lens. Ephesians 2 is my go -to. This is perhaps my number one passage that I most often go to for all things gospel related. So if you want to put a star on this page or perhaps put a perpetual bookmark here or whatever you will be very well served in knowing this passage, knowing the address of this passage. I've turned to this passage many times on many occasions with all manner of people coming from all kinds of backgrounds. Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims, so -called progressive Christians, many many others. I found that this passage at least for me most sufficiently expresses the end the essence of the gospel. I've also found that it handles a lot of errors and misunderstandings about the gospel as well. We can say that Ephesians chapter 2, this passage that we just read out of just a second ago, gives us a fulsome and yet digestible survey of the entirety of the Christian experience which makes this passage fit the book of Ephesians rather well actually might I say. It fits the book of Ephesians as a whole very very well. This book, mind you, doesn't have a specified reason for it being written. It's about the basics of the Christian life and our unity with with Christ, our union with Christ, and our unity with one another. And so this passage fits this book very well. So all that to say that I highly commend to you this passage for your reference. There's other passages like this but please have this very passage for your quick reference memory. But for the power of the law, we're looking at the power of the law right now, we come to Ephesians chapter 2 verse 1, our passage which says, and you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. Well the first order of business in terms of the what of evangelism, at least when I do it, is the exposure of a life that's lived in defiance of God. You got to expose, we got to expose a life that is lived in defiance of God. In other words, we start with what's most obvious, that there are trespasses and sins in which the unconverted currently walk and by which they are characterized. They're known in the Bible as those who commit trespasses, those who commit sins. Now the technical difference, mind you, between trespasses and sins is something of the knowledge and their wilfulness. A sin in the Bible is a missing of a target, that's what a sin is. It's when someone tries to do the right thing but can't quite get there because of some default, they fall short of what they're supposed to do, they fall short of the glory of God, they fall short of what they're striving for, it's a missing of the target. A trespass on the other hand is an overstepping of a known boundary, it's an overstepping of a known boundary. It's an awareness that something is right and yet they want to do whatever is opposed to it anyways and they end up doing that. In short, technically, sins are when people don't do what they're supposed to do and trespasses are when people do what they're not supposed to do. Now the authors of the Bible don't always bring this distinction out all the time, mainly because they're making other points. I'm thinking of 1st John 3 verse 4. John there says sin is transgression of the law, he doesn't make that distinction as apparent right there as Paul does in this this passage. He's making another point in that very passage but here in our passage Paul highlights the relationship between the two. Now the big question that underlies this very passage is the question, what determines sin? What determines sin? How do you know what constitutes a transgression? And this is where the power of the law comes in really handy. Just as in verse 2 you see you're following the course of this of this world, the spirit is now at work and the sons of disobedience. Just as disobedience can only rightly be demarcated by whatever obedience looks like, sins can only be known in reference to the law of God, specifically in the Ten Commandments. Okay, sins can only be known in reference to the law of God, particularly in the Ten Commandments. So what we have here is that any lack of conformity unto or transgression of the law means that something is sinful. And so how do you apply this to evangelism? Well we start with the power of the law that exposes sin. Usually I say something like this to someone, have you ever lied? It's a very cut -and -dry sort of question, have you both have told lies before? Okay, have you ever hated someone? Matthew chapter 2 chapter 5 verse 22, Jesus says that if you've hated anyone, as a matter of fact if you've even called them a fool, you've committed murder in the eyes of God. So we've lied, we've also committed murder in God's eyes. Have you ever used God's name in vain? God calls that blasphemy, right? So we've lied, even if it's a if the of use the name of God as something that's a throwaway statement. That's tantamount to blasphemy. It's taking the name of God in vain in the Hebrew literally means as though it were nothing. It were a thing of vanity. It's just like anything else. So using the name of God as a throwaway term, which our culture is very, it's a very popular thing to do nowadays, that's the essence of breaking that commandment to take the name of God, to not take the name of God in vain. That's called blasphemy. So we've lied, we've murdered, we've committed blasphemy in God's eyes, and we could keep going I suppose in order to show that we've done all manner of things according to the Ten Commandments. We've committed adultery, we've coveted, we violated the Sabbath, we've dishonored our parents and so on. The law of God is able to expose sins for exactly what they are. Now this is a tactic that I do. I kind of hang out there for a little bit, okay. I kind of hang out there for a little bit in order to drive the sentence of guilt to their hearts from the from the mouth of God himself, from the very law of God. I kind of hang out there in order so that they they know they come into personal contact with the sins that they've committed. So the law therefore is a base indicator that kind of equalizes everyone out and determines that all people everywhere have sinned, all people everywhere have transgressed the law of God, and all people everywhere are in need of grace and mercy. This is where you start with the power of the law. Secondly we move on to the next related point, the problem of the heart. Verse 3, here we see something of a progression of sorts. It continues from the previous verse where we read of the sons of disobedience, among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. In the last couple of verses that that we considered understand we that the law of God has the ability to call sin exactly what it is. The law of God has the power to call sin, sin. Therefore we know that our actions are sinful in some way. In other words we've either not lived up to the commands of God or we've willfully broken it. However I want you to see that there's a progression here in that verse 3 diagnoses the reason why we've acted in disobedience it's because it's what comes most natural to us. And the reason why it's most natural to us is because there is a problem with our hearts. That's the reason. There's a problem with our hearts, the innermost aspects of our being. God doesn't merely recognize us outside of Christ as quote people who commit trespasses and sins, right? Even particular ones. As much as he recognizes those outside of Christ as sinners, transgressors. In other words as Saint Augustine says we don't we're not sinners because we sin. We sin because we're sinners. Again we don't sin I'm we're sinners. In my version of it sin indicates that someone is a sinner. It's far worse to be a sinner than it is to have committed sin in God's eyes. And we can see this in our passage here. Namely that we all as the passage says once lived in the passions of our flesh. Now that doesn't mean that you know the body is a bad thing or you know to have a desire is is a bad thing or something like like that. He means when he says this this phrase he means that the passions of our flesh stand in stark contrast to the will of God. And it's the passions of our flesh that produce the transgressions and the sins in which we once walked. In other words the corruption of the heart is the very standpoint from which all actual sins take place. Most commonly we refer to this as original sin which is the problem of the heart. Original sin is the problem of the heart. That is we inherit or we are imputed with as the theological term the guilt and the corruption of Adam's first sin to us. His sin nature becomes ours by being from Adam's line under his headship. And this means that when we sin we sin out of our own sin nature. Again original sin is the position of the heart. It is the problem of the heart that all of us had which affects all aspects of all of our being. I say I usually say this that that sins are not as great as sin is. And this forms for us mind you one of the strongest standpoints that again flattens the whole of humanity out so that every single one of us are in one box. Makes really it makes things very convenient that sins the sins that are pointed out by the law of God indicates that we are sinners. The problem has never been any one sin. The problem has never been any one transgression that has kept us from the grace of God. It's our whole sinful nature that is itself the problem. And so long as the sin nature is there as long as verse 3 says as long as we are by nature children of identifies us as rebels and therefore we're we become worthy recipients of his wrath and curse. So how do I bring this to people? I'm glad you asked. How do we know what do we say? I begin something by saying yes if you've lied you've stolen you've blasphemed in God's eyes you've murdered you probably have done a lot more things and you've most likely done them knowing that they're wrong. You know why that is? You know why you've acted in this way? You know why you have done this? It's because that you have a heart that produces wickedness. Jesus says in Mark chapter 7 verse 21 out of the heart comes evil thoughts out of the heart comes sexual immorality theft murder adultery coveting wickedness deceit sensuality envy slander pride foolishness all these things come from within and they defile a person.
A highlight from The Light of the World
"Next year, the Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, but before they begin, there is a race or maybe just a relay where the Olympic torch is lit and carried all throughout France, going from city to city until it ends up in Paris, where it lights the big Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony. Maybe some of you have seen this on TV in the past, but it's a several month event. As this begins, it actually starts in Olympia, Greece, and then will end where the Olympics begin. Well, the passage we will look at tonight tells us that we as Christians are a lot like those runners carrying the torch, but the torch we carry is the light of the gospel and the land that we are to run in is the entire world. And the event that we are ushering in is not the Olympics, but it's the second and final coming of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. So with this in mind, please turn with me to Matthew chapter 5, specifically verses 14 through 16. Matthew 5 verses 14 through 16, where Jesus says, you are the light of the world, a city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. Well, I want us to take a deeper look at this passage by examining it under three points. First our calling explained in the first part of verse 14. Secondly our calling illustrated in the second part of verse 14 through verse 15. And then thirdly, our calling applied verse 16. Then I'd like to make four uses of this passage, but let's pray together one more time and then we will begin. Heavenly Father, we thank you for the light of Jesus Christ. We thank you for the light of your word. We thank you for the light of your grace. We pray that all of these things would shine upon us now. Give us understanding in the word of God, enlighten our hearts and our minds to what Jesus says to us here in this passage. We ask in Jesus name, Amen. Well, first, our calling explained in the first part of verse 14. Jesus has just told the disciples that they are the salt of the earth. Now he switches to another metaphor, which describes the identity and calling of his disciples in another way when he says you are the light of the world. Now, what does Jesus mean by this description? Well, first, let's consider the light. Light in the Bible is almost always associated with God. He's the creator and dispenser of physical light. Just think about Genesis Chapter one there, we read about how God speaks light into existence and then he makes the sun and the moon and the stars to give light on the earth. But God is also the creator and dispenser of spiritual light. Throughout the Bible, the term light takes on a figurative meaning and it refers to the blessings that God bestows on mankind. So he is the spiritual light source that shines down his blessings of mercy and grace and truth and salvation and life and glory on us. Now, this is especially true of Jesus Christ. Some of his titles include the light of the world, a light for the nations, the bright morning star, the lamp of the New Jerusalem, the day spring from on high and the sun of righteousness. And for those of us who are Christians, the Lord Jesus Christ has shown in our hearts the light of the gospel. Christ has taught us the way of salvation. He has poured out on us his saving grace. He has given us eternal life. He has opened our eyes to see his glory. He has shined spiritual light upon us. So Christ has put his light within us, in our hearts, in our souls, in our church, and now we're considered light in the Lord, not light in and of ourselves, but we're light in the Lord. We're not the spiritual light source, but we are reflectors of that light. We're mediators of that light. We are those who are to shine forth the light and blessings of Jesus Christ to the whole world. So that's the light. But let's also considered the part of the phrase of the world. World here, I think, means Earth, like the previous description. We are the salt of the Earth, not referring to the physical ground, but referring to the peoples and the communities and the societies of the world. But implied in this description of us is, I think, the natural condition and state of the world. If we are called the light of the world. Or the light that shines on the world. What does this mean about the world? What means that the world needs light? If we're the light of the world, the world needs our light. It means that by nature, the world is shrouded in darkness. But not physical darkness, moral and spiritual darkness. Natural man is in the dark. He is completely lost. He is ignorant of the way of salvation. He is enslaved to his sins. He is living in the shadow of death. He is ruled over by the devil and he is under the curse and wrath of God. But this is where we come in as the church, we are the light of the world, and for lights to be useful, they have to shine. They have to emit light, and it is our calling and our duty as little lights to shine forth the big light of Christ on this spiritually dark world. Now, this is the very point that Jesus makes in the next part of this passage. So let's now look at our calling illustrated. Jesus illustrates what it looks like for us to be the light of the world, and he does so in the second half of verse 14 and in verse 15. And there he tells us that we are like a shining city set upon a hill. And secondly, we are like a bright light set on a stand within a house. So let's look at those two illustrations separately. First, we're considered a shining city in the second part of verse 14. Some have likened America to the shining city upon a hill. It wasn't just Ronald Reagan who said that. There's others who have said that in the past. But this is not what Jesus says here. He doesn't say America is the shining city set upon the hill. He says that his disciples or his church or his spiritual nation is like a city set on a hill, and for good or for ill, this city cannot be hidden from people's eyes. We're city set on a hill, and I think this is one place where the eschatological promises of the Old Testament find their fulfillment in the New Testament. What do I mean by that? Well, throughout the prophets, it was prophesied, especially in Isaiah and Micah, that Zion, the city of the living God, would one day be set on the highest mountain for all the nations to see and flock to. Read about in Isaiah two and Micah chapter four. And there the nations would learn the ways of God and they would walk in the light of the Lord. Well, I think Jesus here is telling us that the church is the fulfillment of all of those prophecies, that the church is Zion, the city of the living God. The church is set on the highest of hills and the greatest of mountains. The church has the place of prominence and preeminence in this world. And that's God's doing. God has exalted the church to this highest position on earth. But why has he done so? He's done so, so that all the nations and all the kingdoms and all the societies on earth might see our light shine so the nations would flock into the city of God and learn of his ways and walk in his light. So a city like this cannot operate incognito. It will attract the attention of the world. People will either see it and run to it as a place of instruction and refuge and salvation, or they will see it and charge at it and fight against it as an enemy fortress. But either way, the church, as the exalted city of God, is to shed the light of Jesus Christ upon this dark world. So we're like a city set on a hill for all to see. Secondly, we're considered a bright lamp in verse 15. Here, Jesus moves on to another illustration of the church as the light of the world. And he says this, nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house. Well, this is pretty self -explanatory and nobody lights a light or turns on a light in order to simply cover it up and hide it. Why do we light a light in a house? Why do we turn these lights on in the church building so that it might shed light upon everybody who's in that place? Well, this is the church. We are a lot like the lampstand put in the house of God in the Old Testament. Remember, there is a lampstand that was to be put in the inner sanctuary. One of its purposes was to light up that entire sanctuary so that the priest could do their work in the tabernacle and in the temple. So they were to do the work in the house of God in order for them to do that. That lampstand had to be burning day and night. Well, brethren, we're a lot like that. Except we don't serve in one tiny little house of God. We serve in the cosmic house and temple of God. And as that bright, burning lampstand, we are to shine light upon all of those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. So that's our calling illustrated. So Jesus has told us here we are the light of the world. He says that looks like a shining city on a hill. It also looks like a bright lamp in a house. But then in verse 16, he makes a very specific application of these truths to his disciples and to us. He exhorts us in these words in the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. Just like the shining city set on a hill and just like the bright lamp set on a stand, we, as the Church of the Lord Jesus, must not hide our light. We must not cover up our light. We must not disguise our light, but we must shine our light on all the peoples of the world. Jesus tells us here what the purpose or the end goal of this shining our light is, he says, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. I think here Jesus tells us the kind of light that we are to shed or shine upon the world. It's the light of our good works, or we could say our beautiful works. People are to see our good works and not just some of them, but they're to see all of them, the good work of confessing the lordship of Christ, the good work of obeying the commandments of Christ, the good work of proclaiming the gospel of Christ, the good work of loving other Christians, the good work of cooperating with other churches, the good work of fighting against our sin, the good work of submitting to those over us in the Lord, the good work of taking care of our families, the good work of helping the poor and the needy, the good work of raising our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, and the good work of loving and praying for our enemies. The list could go on and on and on about good works, but Jesus does not limit these things or qualify them. He speaks in generalities here about the good work of the church and both proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and living out that faith, that profession before a watching world. The point is we are to show the world the beauty, the honor, the value, the glory of the Christian life by our words and our actions. And this should have a practical effect upon the world. It's not to lead to our praise and glory. It's not so that people would pat us on the back and congratulate us and tell us what good moral people that we are. Of course, the Pharisees did all of these sort of things. They did their good works before the eyes of men so that people would praise them. But we are to have a totally opposite motive. And Jesus tells us what our motive should be here. It's not for us, but it's for God. God's the one who has ordained our good works. God is the one who works these good works in us. Therefore, God is the one to get all the glory for our good works. As one commentator says, we are to shine our light and do good works, not to win praise from men, but to win men to praise and glorify our heavenly Father. Our desire is not glory. Our desire is for that glory to go to God. And the apostle Peter says something very similar in First Peter two, verse 12. He says, Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. So that's our calling explained, our calling illustrated, our calling applied. But I want to touch on four things in this passage that call us to do something with this passage before we end. So first, there is a call to worship in this passage. Jesus calls us here the light of the world, but we have not always been the light of the world. Before the Lord saved us, what were we? Well, we were part of the world. We were part of this dark, evil, depraved, wretched, lost, ignorant world. Our minds were darkened, our eyes were blinded, our hearts were dead to God. We were not just in the darkness, but the Bible says that we were darkness. It was us by nature. We were called darkness. But God had mercy on us. God called us out of the darkness into his marvelous light, and now we are called sons of light, children of light, children of the day who belong to the day, saints in the kingdom of light, light in the Lord, and here the light of the world. So, brethren, we should work hard to win people to praise and honor and glorify our God. But first and foremost, we should praise and honor and glorify our God for calling us out of the darkness into his marvelous light. We should glory in our God for shining the great light of the gospel on us and turning our darkness to light. So there is implicitly here a call for us to worship God, to glorify him ourselves for the work that he has done for us and the calling he has placed upon our lives. So there's a call to worship in this passage. But secondly, there is a call to action in this passage. We are called the light of the world. But that means that we are to be light to the world. We are to let our light shine before others. That's what Jesus tells us, and not as some sort of star in a faraway galaxy that has little to no impact upon this earth. But we are to shine like the blazing sun in all of its glory to give sight, to give life, to give warmth to this cold, dead world. Our Lord and Savior has given us a commission to continue the work that he began in his earthly ministry. And that commission is to carry the gospel torch to the nations, to instruct them in a way of salvation and to model for them a new way of life. So think back to the illustrations that Jesus uses to tell us what we should be doing as the light of the world. But what he is telling us is just as it is inconceivable. That a city built on a hill would be hidden from the public, and just as it is inconceivable that a lamp in a house would be covered up to all in that house. So it is inconceivable that the church would be a secret society closed off to the world. So, brethren, let us constantly and continually remind ourselves of our calling in this world. We are not called to be monks who are shut up in a monastery. We are not called to be scholars who are retired to our studies. We are not called to be introverts who withdraw from the public. We are not called to be spies dressed up in a disguise, but we are called to be the light of the world and to let that light shine. So let us then seek to burn as brightly as we can for as long as we can for the glory of our Savior Jesus Christ and for the eternal good of our fellow man. So there's a call to action. We are the light of the world. That means we are to be light to this world. But third, there is a call to be encouraged in this passage. It's easy to think that we as Christians have little to no positive impact upon this world, especially as we see it getting worse and worse and worse. We can really become pessimistic. Really down in the dumps, really discouraged about our role and our calling in this world, but this passage gives us great encouragement to let our light shine, because Jesus says here that by the way we live our lives, we can actually cause others to give glory to God. We can cause others to give glory to God. Our good works can cause opponents of the gospel to give glory to God by shaming them and shutting their mouths and giving them no reasons to speak evil about the Christian faith. God gets glory for that. They can cause the general masses of people to give glory to God by making them fear God and be of all in all of God for his power at work in us. They can cause other brothers and sisters in Christ to give glory to God by causing them to give thanks to God for our labors of love, and they can cause sinners to give glory to God by leading them to confess with their own mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord and to call upon his name for salvation. So the encouragement is, brethren, your good works matter. Your conduct at home and in the office and at the ball field and in the restaurant and at the park and at family get togethers and at church and on the Lord's day. It matters. It can make a difference. By God's grace, you can have a part in changing the world and leading people to hallow God in their hearts and praise him with their lips. Your good works can beautify this ugly world. Your good works can enlighten this dark world. Your good works can preserve this decaying world. Your good works can add value to this vain world. So please never forget this. Always be encouraged by the words of our savior here to let your light shine before others so that they may glorify our father who is in heaven. But lastly, there is a gospel call in this passage. For anyone here this evening who is still living in the darkness of their sin, there is a gospel ray of hope in this passage that you need to run to. The church is the small L light of the world, but the Lord Jesus Christ is the big L light of the world. Christians can't save you, but what we can do is point you to the one who can. So Jesus is the light of the world and dear sinner, Jesus can rescue you from the darkness and he can bring you into his marvelous light. He is the light of the world who can give you eternal life. He is the son of righteousness who can bring you spiritual healing and joy. He is the day spring from on high who can guide your feet into the way of peace. And he is the bright morning star who can usher in an era of grace and salvation in your life that will last forever. So if you are still in the darkness, if you're still of the world, there is hope for you. Come and believe and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Bible says you will never again walk in darkness because the Lord Jesus will give you the light of life. Amen. Let's pray together. Heavenly Father, help us to consider the words that our Savior has spoken to us to be the light of the world. Give us grace to shine forth pure rays full of holiness and love and kindness to this world that is shrouded in darkness. Please help us to fulfill this calling, this great commission to preach the gospel of Christ, to preach light to the nations and help us, O Lord, to reflect the light and glory of Christ in our very lives. Bless us as a church. Help us to be salt and light. May these callings be ever present in our minds and hearts every day of our lives. Give us grace, we pray in Jesus name. Amen.
Monitor Show 16:00 09-12-2023 16:00
"With Bloomberg, you get the story behind the story, the story behind the global birth rate, behind your EV battery's environmental impact, behind sand, yeah, sand, you get context. And context changes everything. Go to Bloomberg .com to get context. They still have time to maybe get in on this a little bit here. Yeah, I mean, interesting though on this day where we're seeing the NASDAQ really taking on the chin, the S &P only down a fractionally on the day, but believe it or not, the Dow holding up relatively unchanged on the day, the Russell similar as well. And the S &P 400 mid -caps actually in the green, though only fractionally. You put it all together, once again, a mixed market, you could call it a holding pattern if you will, as we wait, of course, for tomorrow, 8 .30 a .m. Washington time, that big CPI report. Here are the numbers here as we wait for them to settle, the Dow Jones Industrial Average down roughly 16 points, we're going to call that basically unchanged as we wait for the numbers to settle. The S &P down 25 points or about six -tenths of a percent, while the NASDAQ Composite is And the Russell 2000, as we speak, again, waiting for these numbers to settle, poking into the green. Looks like it's going to finish with a fractional gain, a tenth of a percent. There's a little, hey, we'll take it, there's a little bit of green on the screen. Taking a deeper look at the S &P 500. It's called picking up pennies in front of a steamroller. Yeah, that's true. 212 stocks moving higher, 287, Scarlett, in the S &P declining today. All right, let's take a look at how the S &P 500 stacks up when you break it down by 24 industry groups. Energy in the lead there, up by 2 .3%. With all 23 big cap energy names higher on the day as oil prices climb, WTI approaching $89 a barrel. Banks also doing pretty well, led by the likes of Zions and PNC, as they make comments at an industry conference. On the flip side, software and services, that's Oracle. Oracle dragging that group lower. Household and personal products also lower by about 2 % on the day. Yeah, Scarlett hitting the nail on the head when it comes to the gainers that I picked for today.
Monitor Show 19:00 09-07-2023 19:00
"I hope your place is alright, but some of these roads are looking like rivers. You could go quite happily on a couple of them and just find yourself in the sea, probably. Yeah, I'll tell you, I got some rain here. We were driving from Zion National Park over to Colorado, going up to Boulder, and we got hit with a hellacious rainstorm. Anyway, that's another story. The next hour of Bloomberg Daybreak Asia begins right now. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act, this is Bloomberg Radio. This is Bloomberg Daybreak Asia for this Friday, September 8th in Hong Kong, Thursday, September 7th in New York. Coming up this hour, shares an Apple tumble on reports that China is planning to expand a ban on iPhone use to state -backed agencies and companies. China is seeking to improve access to semiconductors during G20 talks on tackling climate change, and the United Auto Workers reject a pay raise counteroffer from General Motors. ASEAN closes and leads to what could be a tense G20. Ukraine aid becomes a major issue on what could be a U .S. government shutdown. Australia, China, leader face -to -face possibility before the end of the year. I'm Ed Baxter with Global News. The women's semifinal matchup is ongoing tonight at the U .S. Open. I'm Dan Schwartzman. I'll have that story and more coming up in Bloomberg Sports. That's all straight ahead on Bloomberg Daybreak Asia. On Bloomberg 1130 New York, Bloomberg 99 .1 Washington, D .C., Bloomberg 106 .1 Boston, Bloomberg 960 San Francisco, Sirius XM 119, and around the world on BloombergRadio .com and via the Bloomberg Business App. Thanks for watching.
A highlight from A New Testament Biblical Theology of Evangelism | John Miller
"This resource combines expositional sermons and lectures from the classroom of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary to help equip listeners for the work of the ministry. All right, we're coming back to our study of a biblical theology of evangelism and missions in the Bible. We've been working our way through the Old Testament, and we're going to come to some of the New Testament as well. Before we come to the New Testament, we're going to end by looking at some of the prophets, and particularly in Isaiah. I could spend some time, we could go through many other areas in Zechariah or in Jonah especially. You can see God's heart for the nations there in Jonah. But I just want us to look particularly at one of the major books that's often called the Gospel of the Old Testament, and that is Isaiah, and it has much to say about the good news of the Messiah and the Messiah's work, not only for the nation of Israel, but for the entire world. Just to note a couple of things before we come to some of the servant songs, you may recall for example in Isaiah chapter 2, it talks about the mountain of the Lord. Just read a few verses from there, it says, the word that Isaiah the son of Amos saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains and shall be lifted up above the hills and all the nations shall flow to it and many people shall come and say, come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways, that we may walk in his path. For out of Zion shall go the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations and shall decide disputes for many peoples and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord. How it speaks of the wars ending, nations coming to the mountain of God, coming to worship him, it's a picture, one sense of what happens to some degree now in the new covenant as people from various nations come to worship at Mount Zion, which is not a physical location in Jerusalem or in Israel today, but it is spiritually welcome, as Hebrews 12 speaks of, you're not coming to Mount Zion, but you've come to Mount Zion. So that's happening today and it's also in one sense a picture of what will be at the end when all will come. So nations will come to worship the God of Israel and you find that in several passages in Isaiah. You can also see it in Isaiah 55 verses 3 to 5, Isaiah 66, 18 to 24, again don't have time to look at those passages, but I commend them to you. But one of the main things that you see in the book of Isaiah is the servant songs, how the suffering servant will accomplish his mission. And there are four main servant songs in the book of Isaiah, Isaiah 42, Isaiah 49, Isaiah 50, and then Isaiah 52, 13 to the end of Isaiah 53. And God is in so much of the book of Isaiah, he's indicting Israel for trusting in idols for their deliverance, and God is calling them to trust in him and his servant for deliverance. Going back to Psalm 2, right, it's the Lord and his anointed, take refuge in the Lord's anointed.
A highlight from Worldwide Word of Rebuke and Worldwide Plan of Mercy
"Isaiah chapter 17 and 18, these are God's words. The burden against Damascus, behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap. The cities of Erewear are forsaken. They will be for flocks which lie down, and no one will make them afraid. The fortress also will cease from Ephraim. The kingdom from Damascus, the remnant of Syria, they will be as the glory of the children of Israel, says Yahweh of hosts. And that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob will wane, and the fatness of his flesh grow lean. It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain and reaps the heads of his arm. It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain in the valley of Rephaim, yet gleaning grapes will be left in it. Like the shaking of an olive tree, two or three olives at the top of the outermost bough, four or five in its most fruitful branches, says Yahweh. And that day a man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel, the work of his hands. He will not respect what his fingers have made, nor the wooden images, nor the incense altars. And that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation. Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the strong will. Therefore you will plant pleasant plants, and set out foreign seedlings. In the day you will make your plant to grow, and in the morning you will make your seed to flourish. But the harvest will be a heap of ruins, in the day of grief and desperate sorrow. Woe to the multitude of many people who make a noise like the roar of the seas, to the rushing of the nations that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters. The nations will rush like the rushing of mighty waters, but God will rebuke them when they will flee far away, and be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, like the rolling thing before the whirlwind. Then behold it even tied to trouble, and before the morning he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us. Woe to the land shouted with buzzing wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, which sends ambassadors by sea, even in vessels of reed on waters, saying, Go, swift messengers, to a nation long and smooth of skin, to a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation powerful and treading down, whose land the rivers divide, all inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth. When he lifts up a banner on the mountains you see it, when he blows a trumpet you hear it. For so Yahweh said to me, I will take my rest, and I will look from my dwelling place, like clear heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he will both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches. They will be left together for the mountain birds of prey, and for the beasts of the earth. The birds of prey will, some are on them, and all the beasts of the earth will enter them then. In that time a present will be brought to Yahweh of hosts, from a people of tall and smooth skin, and from a people terrible, from their beginning onward, a nation powerful and treading down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of Yahweh of hosts." To Mount Zion, so far the reading of God's inspired and inerrant word.
A highlight from Pride, an Enemy More Deadly Than Armies (and the God Who Weeps Over the Proud)
"Isaiah 15, 1 through 16, 14, these are the words of God. The burden against Moab, because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste and destroyed, as in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste and destroyed, is gone up to the temple and to bond to the high places to weep, Moab will wail over Nebu and over Medabah, on all their heads will be baldness and every beard cut off, and in their streets they will clothe themselves with sacra, on the tops of their houses and in their streets everyone will wail, weeping bitterly. Heshmon and the Layalover will cry out, their voice shall be heard as far as Yehaz, therefore the armed soldiers of Moab will cry out, as life will be burdensome to him. My heart will cry out for Moab. His fugitives shall flee to Zavar, like a three -year -old heifer, for by the ascent of Luchit they will go up with weeping, for in the way of Oranayim they will raise up a cry of destruction, for the waters of Nimrin will be desolate, for the green grass has withered away. The grass fails, there is nothing green, therefore the abundance they have gained and what they have laid up, they will carry away to the brook of the willows, for the cry has gone all round the borders of Moab, its wailing to Igla 'in and its wailing to Be 'er Eilin, for the waters of Diman will be full of blood, because I will bring more upon Diman, lions upon him who escapes from Moab and on the remnant of the land. Send the land to the ruler of the land from Selah to the wilderness, to the mount of the daughter of Zion, for it shall be as a wandering bird thrown out of a nest, so shall be the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnim. Take counsel, execute judgment, make your shadow like the night in the middle of the day, hide the outcasts, do not betray him who escapes. Let my outcasts dwell with you, O Moab, be a shelter to them from the face of the spoiler. The extortioner is at an end, devastation ceases, the oppressors are consumed out of the land, in mercy the throne will be established and one will sit on it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness. We have heard of the pride of Moab. He is very proud of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath, but his lies shall not be so. Therefore Moab shall wail for Moab, everyone shall wail. For the foundations of Kir Haraseth you shall mourn, surely they are stricken, for the fields of Eshman languish on the vine of Sibmah, the lords of the nations have broken down its choice plants which have reached Jezer and wandered through the wilderness. Her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea, therefore I will bewail the with the weeping of Jezer. I will drench you with my tears, O Eshman and Alela, for battle cries have fallen over your summer fruits and your harvest. Gladness is taken away, and joy from a plentiful field. In the vineyards there will be no singing, nor will there be shouting. No treaders will tread out wine in the presses, I have made their shouting cease. Therefore my heart shall resound like a harp for Moab, and my inner being for Kir Haras. And it shall come to pass when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he will come to his sanctuary to pray that he will not prevail. This is the word which Yahweh has spoken concerning Moab since that time. But now Yahweh has spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of a hired man, the glory of Moab will be despised with all that great multitude, and the remnant will be very small and feeble. O my dear family, how dangerous an enemy is our own pride. At the beginning of chapter 15, the picture is of a nighttime surprise attack by the Assyrians entering Moab from the north, going from one city to another. So quick is the destruction by the plan of the attack, and the location, and the time, that they're able to take multiple cities in one night, in verse 1, and the destruction moves rapidly south. The warriors of Moab are left impotent, powerless, and you get to the end of verse 4, and Moab is in the ruins, and their strongest men are helpless, and hopeless, and crying out. And then we have this wonderful surprise. It's only a surprise to us because we don't know the greatness of the mercy of our God, but this interruption, where Yahweh himself is saying, my heart will cry out for Moab. And he describes how great the devastation is through the end of chapter 15. And then he gives them advice. He says, send a lamb, a lamb to the ruler of the land, from Salah to the wilderness. So now they're all the way down in Salah. The remnant, whatever is left of Moab, is stuck in the lowest part of the nation, almost to the border with Israel. He doesn't say send it to Ephraim, Ephraim is in their own mess, as we'll be hearing next week, Lord willing, in 17 and 18, and their alliance with Syria. It says, send the lamb to the mount of the daughter of Zion. And the picture in verse 2 is the Arnon, which is the big river in Moab, and they're crossing at the place where the Arnon is most crossable, trying to get over to Judah, trying to get over to their new alliance with this small and despised people who have an infinitely great and exalted God. Now alliance with Judah does not sound like the best military strategy, but an alliance with the daughter of Zion is an alliance with the anointed of the Lord. And so it certainly is the best strategy. And so he says, take counsel, execute judgments, let my outcasts dwell with you, O Moab, I'm bringing this on them too, but you can be joined to my people, and you can suffer together and you can be restored together. And he describes the restoration and the end of the trouble in verse 4 and the restoration in verse 5, the extortioner is at an end, devastation ceases, the oppressors are consumed out of the land, so the trouble ends, and then the restoration, verse 5, in mercy the throne will be established and one will sit on it in truth in the tabernacle of David. Now we read it that way, because we know who sits on the throne in the tabernacle of David. It's the Lord Jesus, of course, but if you were a Moabite you'd be like in the tabernacle of David. And so there's an implied rejection between verse 5 and verse 6. One will sit on it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness, but Moab rejects the proposal out of hand. And verse 6 through 12 really is a lament of the Lord over Moab, because he's been invaded by something much worse than Assyria. He's been invaded by his own pride, which kept him from trusting the Lord. We've seen this several times. Of course, pride is what destroyed the devil and Babylon and Assyria and Philistia in last week's reading. Pride was Ahaz's big problem. When the Lord told Ahaz that, you know, offered to Ahaz a sign that he would be Ahaz's savior, but Ahaz was already trying to form an alliance with Assyria and Tiglath -Pileser. And the Lord described himself as the stumbling stone that is laid in Zion that Ahaz stumbled he over because wanted to trust in himself, not in the Lord. Whenever we think we are going to make up for our sin, we are going to fix our life, we are going to take away our guilt, we are going to fix our situations, we are going to... That's our pride invading, and pride is a worse invader than Assyria. And so here the Lord has made Moab this wonderful offer to be joined with Judah and Zion under the ruler who sits on the throne of the tabernacle of David in mercy. And they reject it. And so you have the lament over Moab. We have heard of the pride of Moab, verse 6. He is very proud. But his, and the word James translates it lies, it's empty words, his empty words shall not be so, all the things that he tells himself about what he is going to be able to do. And he says, Therefore Moab shall wail for Moab, but the Lord himself mourns over him. Therefore I will bewail the vine of Sidma, etcetera. He says, I have made their shouting cease, therefore my heart shall resound like a heart for Moab, and my inner being for Tir Haaretz. You see this sympathy of God, this love for God, grieving, now not just over Israel, we're accustomed to that. Right? And Ezekiel, why will you die, O Israel? Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked? But that you would turn from your sins and live, or Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. But here it is with Moab, in 1 Timothy 2, God desiring that none should perish, that all should come to the knowledge of the truth, all the horrible pride of man that refuses to be saved, and the mercy of God that sympathizes here pictured as weeping and wailing, even as he is righteously punishing them. And of course the righteousness of that punishment comes out in verse 12, because what does Moab do? He goes from one of his worship places to the other, from the high place of worship to the house of worship, the temple, and of course he's worshiping what are not gods and those can't help him. And basically the gist of verses 13 and 14 is verse 13, that this isn't the first time the Lord has warned, that the Lord has been faithful in warning. But what the Lord is doing now is similar to what he's done in other parts of the prophecy of Isaiah so far, he's given a time soon. Sometimes he gives a time and amount of years, sometimes he gives it before the child is weaned, and those kinds of things here, he gives it exactly within 3 years as the years of hired man. But what does a hired man do? He counts down the days, right? He knows the exact amount of time. And so when it comes exactly on the schedule, then everyone knows to see what the Lord does to Moab as a warning from the Lord, as an example, and warning not to be destroyed by our own pride. For pride is a worse invader than the Assyrian army. That's the point of these two chapters. May the Lord help us to see his mercy and have our pride humbled so that putting our trust in him, we will be restored under King Jesus and we'll be happy to be under him, instead of too proud to be ruled. Let's pray. Our gracious God and our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your faithful and consistent warnings all to peoples everywhere, and especially to us where your warnings are so clearly spelled out in your word, which you have caused us to hear, and we thank you and praise you for displaying to us your compassion and even grief over the very ones whom you punish, that we might know your love, that we might know your mercy, even in the midst of judgment and never doubt the justness of your judgment. Save us, O Lord, from pride. It does so much damage to our lives in so many ways, and the best of us have more than enough to harm us left in us. So please forgive us and help us, we ask, in Jesus' name, Amen.
A highlight from Leaders Perspectives on Strengthening YSA
"Hey everyone, this is Kurt Frankam, the host of the Leading Saints podcast, and I'm excited to announce that we will be helping premiere a new podcast that is actually produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints. This podcast is called At the Table, creating space for single members of the church. I actually had the pleasure of partnering with the church to produce this podcast, and so I wanted to make sure the Leading Saints audience is aware of it. We will be publishing three episodes over the next three weeks on the Leading Saints podcast feed to give you a little flavor, and then you can hear the other episodes by subscribing to the At the Table podcast on whatever platform you listen to Leading Saints. This will most likely be a semi -annual series. To help the church improve the podcast content, each episode will have a link in the show notes for a feedback survey. After listening to each episode, we encourage you to take the time to fill out this short feedback survey. Now let's jump into the first episode. on the At the Table podcast. I'm currently in Provo, Utah, but I was born and raised in Livermore, California, right outside San Francisco, California. I ended up serving my mission in New Hampshire, the New Hampshire -Manchester mission, and some of my favorite things are playing pickleball, tennis, or staying inside playing some board games or reading books as well. And I'm just really excited to be part of this. My name is Kami Castrijon. I'm originally from Colombia. I was born and raised there, and I moved to the United States when I was 16. I moved to the big city of New York, and that's where I joined the church. And then soon after, I served my mission in Riverside, California. Then after my mission, I moved to Utah, and I've been here ever since. I love dancing, especially salsa, hiking, baking, and I am thrilled to be part of this amazing podcast At the Table. I'm Kami Castrijon, and we're happy to be here at the institute, and we're here with some phenomenal leaders, and we'll give you the time to introduce yourselves. All right, my name is Bishop Wessel. I am the bishop of a geographic ward north of here, and I've been the bishop for about two and a half years. I'm President Bigelow. I'm the stake president of the Riverton YSA stake. I am President Boha, the second councilor in the stake presidency of the Riverton Young Single Adult Sake. We have this new document, this strengthening YSA that was just released in the library, and we just kind of want to go through with initial thoughts and impressions that you have or anything like that. Like, what did you think when you first saw this document or when you piloted these things in your ward? Yeah, I'll jump in there. Just the idea that the church is thinking about young single adults and trying to come up with something to address young single adult needs, and their participation in the church I thought was awesome, was amazing. As I look at the church, I think it's really well organized for the youth, and it's really well organized for older people. Maybe there's some opportunity there in the middle for young single adults for us as an organization to meet the needs or interact with young single adults in a better way and invite them, invite you to come in and participate in this church that is ours together. And so I was really excited to see that the church was doing something there. It just, when we were called to stake presidency, the General Authority 70 who came made a comment. He said to our stake, he said, this is not, he said, I want you to think about yourself as a YSA stake. You are a stake of Zion, just like any other stake in the church. And I think this document really speaks to that idea of young single adults taking the leadership roles for their stake. But there's a wonderful balance that can come when you have some people who have had lots of years of experience together, yoked together equally with young single adults to create some pretty spectacular things. And I think that's what I felt as I went through the document is that this is setting the stage for a great deal of growth for young single adults. You know, it just really just got broadcasted and put on the tools. For me, it started, my awareness kind of started when the, when him and his wife gave the fireside for young single adults. You know, at the moment I was teaching a class for single adults in my stake. And then they had the broadcast that came out in May where him and Sister Nelson talked. And in his beginning speech, he said, they've been waiting months for this. So, it'd been something that he's been inspired to kind of head and to be able to address the young adults before anybody, you know, in the beginning of the year. And so, he also gave that charge for us to take charge of our testimonies. He gave that to the young adults first. And then he mentioned it again during conference, where he says, hey, I just want to remind you of the charge I gave to the young adults. And this is something that I guess I boast of the young adults is he kind of gave the young adults the charge first. And he's kind of like giving the young adults the baton and saying, hey, here you go. You run with this. You're the one that's going to do it. And so, you know, that, and I don't know if in sequence that was planned or not, but just his ability to say, young adults, I'm going to give you the charge to take charge of your testimonies. And then he gives a couple principles and teaches us about that. But just glad to be able to take this on and apply it to our great members of the young adults. I mean, you've kind of got our responses as leaders. How do you young adults feel as you kind of see the initiative of the church coming out with special attention to your growth, especially in your leadership skills and your leadership abilities? I mean, how does that make you feel? You're the direct, I guess, the direct audience of this revelation and of this initiative. How does that make you feel? No, I love that question. And I was, as you were speaking, I was trying to think of my experience in the YSA world, I guess, because I'm a convert to the church and I was baptized when I was 17. And I remember when I turned 18, I was in New York and I didn't want to move to a YSA ward. I wanted to stay in my family ward. I was kind of scared. I went and visited the YSA ward there and I just didn't feel like I belonged, you know? And then I went on my mission, moved to Utah, and I've been here for a few years, but it wasn't until recently that I felt like I belonged somewhere, that I had, that my voice counted, you know? And I've been able to see how other friends of mine, and I was in a Spanish YSA ward, and so it was great for me to see how our culture, our Hispanic culture, we're being given the opportunity to lead and to learn more about how everything works in the church, especially like me being a convert. I didn't really know how everything worked. And so when I was given the opportunity to lead, I was given a calling and that's how I started understanding, oh, this is how the church works. This is how we do things and we often hear that we're going to be the future of the church. We are right now leading the church and I think that's great. So that's been my experience.
A highlight from Episode 115 (Lost Episode) - July 10, 2023 - Full House Pt. 2
"We haven't had this segment in a long time. What's up with you, it's that? Unpopular opinion, man, it's been like a couple episodes, months actually, about two months. So, we are kicking off the inaugural return of the unpopular opinion, and here today, to give his unpopular opinion, is the master of disaster, Mr. Saidi Said. Oh, man. Now, Saidi Said, you remember the rules? Yeah, let's do it. For the audience at home. You have five minutes to make your case, after five minutes are up, you're allowed to speak, and to, you know. Before the clock goes off, this unpopular opinion is going to lead into what I want to talk about for my new story, so it has some bearing to those stories. But yeah, I'm ready to go, my band, just hit the clock, and I'm ready to go. Let's go, tap it. All right, guys, I know Social Media has been around for about 20 years, since, well, over 20 years, actually. God damn, I'm old. And honestly, a lot of people would like to be opening books online, you know, like to show people their lives and their trips, that they're probably their benefactor paid for, in order to get them cheeks, or the cars they don't own, because their uncle owns that car, or things of that nature. They study for the gram, they're studying for Snapchat, studying for whatever. People really are claiming to those things that they actually, they don't do what they can out there, because we don't need too much information online to get you robbed, or killed, or arrested, as we've seen so many times before. But recently, people have been airing out their dirty laundry online, and honestly, it's a bad look all around, no matter who is responsible, what have you, who try to make people look bad, it's just a bad look around. So I'm going to say this, and this shouldn't be needed to be said, but here it is, stop airing out your private -ish online. Stop it. Nobody should be an audience to your dysfunction at all. Keep it in -house. Do not put it out there for the world to see, because then you can't come back and say, oh, say I'm a business. No, we are in your business now. We're now, you know, paid for and bought for audience members on this clown show, therefore our can opinions be said without being vilified by the likes of you. You put it out there, guess what? We get to play judge jury. That is what it is. And we have multiple stories as the last couple of weeks of this happening, and let's start off with, unfortunately, Mariah Mills, singer, ex -porn star, listen, she's a porn star, she globbles and glizzies swallows sperm for a living, so let's give her 100. She put Zion Williamson on full blast on social media, giving, churning out his deposits to her account, giving her over $100 ,000 a month to be her, you know, pretty much his high class escort. I'm going to say it, high price hoe, let's give her 100, that's what she was. She was pretty much, he misinterpreted saying that, that he thought that that's his girlfriend, blah, blah, blah. He gained the girlfriend experience for $107 ,000 a month to date of wisdom tooth. Like that woman's disgusting looking, I'm sorry. BBL's should be banned at this point. It's disgusting, it's horrendous, it makes you look like a freaking cartoon character. I see blow up dolls with better proportions than her. Stop it. No more BBL's, BBL's should be banned from now on for the rest of the decade. No more BBL's women, get on the treadmill, get on the StairMaster, earn your ass. I said what I said, I stand by 10 toes down. Moving on, next story, the baby daddy of Keke Palmer. Listen, we all have boundaries, whatever, in relationships and say things don't put out the way it is, but when you look like a hypocrite, when previous posts showed that you were showing your girl's booty cheeks clapping for the gram, and then you mad at her for having her butt cheeks out there for Usher, yeah, no, nah, homie. You can't just, you know, turn her face because she's getting sung to Serenade by Usher. Negro, he has a man, not a man, has a woman, and there's no chance of Usher going to steal your baby mama from you, all right, it ain't gonna happen. That's insecurity, my dude, that's on you, and to put it out there for the world to see Oh, oh, did the Keke party, the Keke clan came out in full power to the point that he had to shut down all his social media pages. They dragged this man to hell to the point that they had to cancel all his accounts. He played himself, man, big time, and unfortunately this song has so much reading now. Oh, man, this is embarrassing, my dude. Dude, Darius, or Donnell, whatever the hell your name is, dude, you are out here on your girlfriend's wifi all bucky -nicky wearing your boxers, and you're mad about your girl being at an Usher concert with her see -through dress with her pennies on, come on, guy. This looks like something out of the boondocks, you're bringing this thing exactly happening. You better check that out, you can't check it because she's the breadwinner, homie. I don't know how much you owe, I don't know how much, what does he do, that dude Darius, what does he do? What does he have money in? I don't know, I don't even know who he is. I don't know, he just shut up - Nine seconds. I don't know, he shut up Keke's club. Five seconds. At one per minute. Two. At one per minute, can I have more? Damn it, man, I have more. Sorry. Jonah Hill. He was wrong. There you go, I said what I said. Can't you explain why Jonah Hill is wrong? No, because, you know why? He set boundaries, he can't respect the boundaries, it is what it is. Jonah Hill the actor, right? Yes. What did he do? Pretty much, this girl, his ex -girlfriend, put him on blast, comb him, massaging this and this on her third, but here's the thing, is he insecure? Yes. Dude used to be a fat bastard, you see how he was, and for him to lose all that weight, of course he's going to be somewhat insecure too in himself, it's going to happen. I could lose 120 pounds tomorrow, I'm still going to be insecure because I've never dealt with women like that on the regular, dealing with now, where I lost weight, because that's just what it is. Women, you don't gravitate towards big dudes, let's keep it 100, and for those who do, God bless y 'all, I love every one of y 'all, so y 'all the real ones, y 'all the real heroes out there, alright? So, please, by all means, man, I appreciate a woman that loves the big dudes, alright? You're God's gift to us, alright? There are women that gravitate and like big dudes besides them just being big, and there are women that gravitate towards big dudes because they go out there and get it and get the money, but women are wired subconsciously to gravitate towards men, they feel like they could protect them. Dude, I'm 360 pounds, and homie, some of that pounds is muscle, I work as a bouncer. No, what I'm saying, there are a lot of things that make you dangerous. Make sure you're the fat athletes.
Pelicans' Zion Williamson in a 'mental battle' to play again
"All star forward, Zion Williamson said he won't return to the New Orleans pelicans lineup until he's confident his body will respond well to the way he wants to play. Williamson says he's fine physically after recovering from a right hamstring injury suffered in early January. I know the atmosphere I would be entering based off like the playoff experience. So now it's just a matter of when I feel like Zion. The former first overall pick played in just 29 games this season, averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds, New Orleans is set to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Western Conference play in game on Wednesday. I'm geffen cool bar.
John Zmirak Draws Parallels With Dostoyevsky's Novel 'The Possessed'
"Just got, you know, ten minutes here to continue talking about the things we're talking about. So I was talking about novel the possessed. In which he shows how lazy thinking herd mentality among intellectual people following the trend, people not wanting to get canceled, people wanting to fit in with the other intellectuals, how this has real world consequences and can lead to chaos and destruction. He, in a way, predicted the Russian Revolution, the Russian Civil War, the gulags, the terror, all those things followed because people didn't listen to dusty. What we are seeing today, all the chaos, the fact that the FBI is censoring our social media and it's silencing our doctors that people got thrown out of the military for refusing to take an experimental vaccine made from dead babies for disease that didn't really threaten them. Actually not dead babies. Murdered babies. Right. Murdered babies. There's a difference. Yeah, yeah. You're right. The fact that universities have been taken over by a mindless irrational group think. And it's not that intellectuals are preaching some truth that we benighted religious conservatives can accept. These are anti intellectual. These are morons to 1619 project is bad history. It is made up history. It is a left wing conspiracy theory aimed at white people the way the protocols of the elders of Zion was a right wing conspiracy aimed at Jews.
"zion" Discussed on Leading Saints Podcast
"Hey everyone, this is Kurt Franken with leading saints and I'm excited to jump on here slide in a quick announcement on the podcast feed about some upcoming events that we have more specifically retreats that we have coming up that we're doing on the leading saints brand and it's called gathering saints and we're starting out with a women's retreat and of course we went out and found the best woman to organize this and that is Carrie Stoker. Carrie, how are you? Doing great. Thank you, Kurt. I don't know about the best woman, but yes, I've been involved in many retreats and planning them and being part of them. And I love women's retreats, but this one is going to be unique. It's going to be amazing. I'm really excited about it. And thank you, Kurt, for inviting me to head the planning of this. I'm very honored about that. I'm a fan. I'm a super fan of leading saints. I have been for quite some time, so this really is going to be exciting. So let me just give a few details about this. This is a gathering saints retreat by leading saints and it's going to be held this fall September 2022, the 15th through the 18th. That's a Thursday evening through a Sunday morning. We're going to be heading out early Sunday morning. It's a bear Lake Utah in garden valley, and you'll find some details about that on leading saints dot org backslash gathering. Now obviously you definitely need some more details and what we're trying to accomplish with this. And so we recorded a round table discussion with myself, Carrie and Dan Duckworth, who's also a member of our board of directors to really unpack what we're trying to accomplish with this new approach to content creation, which is creating retreats. And so let's jump into a clip of that and learn more. Hey everyone, this is Kurt Franken with leading saints and jumping on a sort of a round table discussion here. There's no host. There's no interviewee, but I'm with Carrie Stoker, say hi, Carrie. Hi. Hi. You're doing great. This is good. And Dan beckwith, say hi, Dan. Hi, Dan. Perfect. You see they're well rehearsed. Many of you know that Dan and I both sit on the board of directors of leading saints and we've been in various discussions about the future of leading saints. Are we just a podcast? Do we want to just continue to crank out a podcast episode for until the end of time throughout the millennium and onward or is there a deeper opportunity in mission that we could put out there to invite the leading saints community into? And that led to discussions of creating more dynamic experiences like retreats, creating a place where we can go to gather community, the community of leading saints and discuss and explore deeper leadership thought and for not only the church leader, but for all Latter day Saints, whether they're trying to have an influence on their community or just in their ward as a unofficial leader without a title, right? And so we are in the works of putting together a first retreat is a women's retreat in September of 2022 and we'll make sure we link to that so you can have all the details. But I want to just approach this discussion and we can ask each other questions as we've been on this journey together of developing this retreat experience. But Dan, I want to go to you first, what thoughts come to mind as far as creating a retreat experience and why are we doing this or why did we step into this world of retreats? Yeah, so I'm actually going to, I'm going to flip this around, Kurt. So don't put me solo on the screen because I'm going to flip this back to you and you started by saying we've been having these discussions in my mind instantly went back to, you know, one particular discussion we have we were walking through the streets of oram in between meetings that we were having. And I was really pushing you because you kept bringing us back to this idea of like, we need to be hosting retreats. And I love retreats. I do leadership development. I host retreats. I teach and retreats. I understand the power of them. But I wanted to know why us. Why leading saints? Why are we hosting retreat? When there's so many other options out there, right? So I wanted to know kind of strategically why this mattered to us. And I was really putting that question to you, okay? And you don't have to try to remember exactly what you said then, but I do want to flip it to you and say, Kurt, what was the driving force behind you saying, for really the last couple of years, we need to be hosting retreats. Yeah. Well, I think to me, I had the opportunity to experience a few retreats, and I was just amazed at the transformational experience of when you actually physically go somewhere, you sit among people, you talk, you know, because I'm a podcast junkie, like many individuals who listen to the leading saints podcast. And I get a lot from listening. I get a lot from reading books. I get a lot from reading articles online, but I've noticed that there's just this, you can only go so far with this content of consuming content on a private basis, as you mow the lawn, do the dishes, or whatever it is, driving in a car. But when you give an opportunity to step into disconnect, go to a place where the energy is there of different people, different perspectives and whatnot. It was so transformational for me. And I've talked a lot about the warrior heart retreats that we do. There's also the heart of a woman retreat that we promote and encourage people to check out. And just seeing leaders come there and be transformed and come back again. I thought, man, this is something, this is a concept that we really need to explore and leverage and make available more formally to the leading saints audience because as we get our physical bodies involved and go someplace and have an experience like that, it is worth years and years of listening to podcasts within just a few days. Yeah, I love that. And I want to add to that kind of where my mind went after you started to explain that to me and share your energy and your passion behind them. Because we were really working behind the scenes to clarify, what is the leading saints purpose? What's our vision? What is it that we're doing? Because Kurt, you have largely created this amazing community, this leading saints community with thousands of viewers, thousands of subscribers. It's really quite phenomenal. The growth that we've seen with this community. And the question that we began to ask ourselves is now that we've got this community thinking of it like an asset, like what is it that we should be doing with and for this community? Should we just continue to be airing podcast episodes like we always have been? And that's obviously the main reason why people are in this community, right? But is there something now that we should be doing? Is there almost like a responsibility that we have? To this community. And so we started thinking about these ideas of, you know, fundamentally, what energizes latter day saint leaders more than anything else. In my experience, as I've talked with people, is the concept of building Zion. And this idea that there is work to be done. And it's a leadership work that needs to be done. And it's work that needs to be done in our wards and branches and stakes. But it's also work that needs to be done in our families and in our businesses. And in our PTAs and in our neighborhoods and in our nonprofits, in our governments, there's Zion building that needs to be done there. And we as Latter day Saints have a unique perspective. And we ought to have unique spiritual gifts and endowments that would enable us to go build Zion, but what we, what we do, or what we don't do, I should say, is we don't empower ourselves to go build Zion as Zion builders, as though we are commissioned by Christ to go do that work.
"zion" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"The court in terms of the kind of attention that's being drawn to the grizzlies for a franchise that needs this kind of buzz around them. I think he is just huge for this organization moving forward again on and off the court. Absolutely massive. So this is a no brainer decision from Memphis. Yeah, and what's going to happen with jaws too is he'll get that designated player language where if he makes all MBA again or he MVP, even if he can win that, which I mean, I don't think he will win MVP next year, but I'm certainly not taking a completely off the table. That's how good he is, but as long as he makes all NBA next year, then he'll get that designated language, which will bump him up with salary to your probably up to that 30% max tier with that Zion's probably not going to get that language just because of the injury concerns. He'll get the injured passion language instead. It is my guest there, but these two guys we'll see about Zion, one of the things I've been floating around is maybe in exchange for the injury protections. The Republicans give him a 5th year player option. Just kind of say, hey, we'll let you get out early, but we need protected in case at all goes sideways on us. Job will get that 5th year player option absolutely. Those had gone away for a while, but they're starting to come back now. We're seeing like Jayson Tatum got it, Donovan Mitchell got it. The best of the best we'll get him. And jaws certainly in that category. Like it's useful for these players, but I also feel like there's an element of that 5th year player option being kind of a status symbol for the player as well. I mean, it matters, but it's also, look, my team is willing to give me everything they possibly can, that's how that's the level I'm at, right? So I think that's something that matters too, because on the surface, you just think, well, what's the big deal? A 5th year player option you're getting, you're getting millions upon millions of tens of millions of dollars regardless, but I think it does matter to these max level stars. No. You absolutely right. Yeah. In the best of the best get up. Try young and Luca. And they're extensions that will kick in those coming season both happen as well. She goes to Alexander tear down from those two guys. I think we would all agree. He did not get one..
"zion" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"You know, I know he was on the team. But whenever I think of this situation, I always think of Josh Smith. Obviously that's not the right team, but that's the first name that I always think of when I think of that situation. Gosh, I can't even think of who it would be. Kyle singler. No. Yes, last year. On the books for the I would have never gotten that, right? Yeah, so that's why they'll add all those things up and they're going to be in over the cap team, especially once you factor in resigning dort and things like that. So that's why they're motivated to use this cap space now. Now, they're not going to go crazy. I don't think they're going to take on 20 more million in salary from other teams. The only reason I say that is they certainly don't want to be a tax team. And you start messing around too much and take on too much dead money, then resigned dort for something in the 12th to $15 million a year range. Now all of a sudden you start knocking on the door being a tax team and that's certainly not what they want to do. So correct. But maybe another 8, 10 million? Yeah, you could probably pull that off and figure that out. All right. Why don't we jump down south to New Orleans? Let's talk a little bit about Zion Williamson. It sounds like things have been kind of clearing up between Zion and the pelican. It sounds like they're getting on the same page. And that a deal will be coming, Zion Williamson will be staying long term with the pelicans, at least that's the message that's really coming. And in fact, that this is coming from both camps. We've heard the pelicans want to resign him. We've heard that Zion wants to resign and we've heard from them directly. I think this deal gets done..
"zion" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"Let's jump over to the pelicans, the pelicans announced recent imaging of Zion Williams right 5th metatarsal show continued improvement. He's cleared to return to play progression without any restrictions. So that's great news in terms of Zion getting in a full off season of work and then preparing for next season to get missed the entire season this year, but the hope is that he can get back on track and be ready to go for opening night this next season. Yeah, huge. I mean, no other way to put it. This is a massive for the pelicans. I just posted their off season preview. Without looking. How many free agents to take the two way guys out of it? How many free agents do you think the pelicans have this off season? Oh my gosh. I know they have most of their guys that are locked up for one. That's it. Wow. And I thought I was maybe maybe aiming a little. I was like, maybe there's like guys that I'm not thinking of on the roster. I thought I was, okay. Got three if you count there two way guys, Gary Clark and Jared Harper. Wow. But of their standard players, just one, Tony Snell, Jose alvarado is on a partially guaranteed contract, which clearly they're going to keep him. And let that contract become fully guaranteed. All the other guys, the other 13 players on standard deals are signed. For next week. And that's it. Continuity and consistency. Now you get your main guy back. Some are workouts. You're going to have them on the floor. Going into training camp. You're going to have them on the floor. I'm going to it's way too early to fully lock this in. So we don't need to make this a lock pick. But this team's going to be pushing for a home court advantage in the playoffs next year, I think. They were pretty good. In the second half of last year, CJ McCollum was awesome for them..
"zion" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"Challenge is this, if Zion was on the free agent market, how many teams would give him fully guaranteed as many years as they can? I mean, a lot. I mean, so that's the challenge. If you're Zion and you look at it and you're not a free agent, but if you're looking around and you're saying, well, you guys aren't willing to do this, but these ten teams will, so you need to up the offer here. I want more guaranteed, that's the tough spot that the pelicans can find themselves put in because this isn't just a Zion deserve to have a partially non guaranteed deal or should there be stuff built into a contract in order to protect the pelicans. Sure, ideally, for the pelicans, that makes sense, but in order to get a talent like Zion, theirs teams who would take that risk. And so that's the challenge is you're competing with that with that factor in the marketplace. No, absolutely. That is great point because that is what it becomes is it's not just about what is the pelicans want to pay him. It's about what else can he get? I still don't think he's a real threat to sign the qualifying offer. As a free agent and just say I'm going to play out it would have to go really sideways for both parties involved for that to happen. My guess is they would trade him before that. Whatever happened and they let it kind of be somebody else's issue to resign him before they let it get to there. But yeah, I mean, this is the one once we get to July 1st and extensions are allowed. Now it's important to remember rookie scale extensions to nap in a little later in the process because you have up until the start of the season. So I don't no one should freak out if we're on July 1st and there's no extension news for Zion Williamson because the pelicans are going to have other things to take care of first. Yeah..
"zion" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"You know the thing is you want to make sure it's healthy. So this can be something that's ongoing year after year after year after year. Not just be concerned with this year in 2022. So will a green may see that big picture and understand that. David Griffin may see that bigger picture and understand that ownership might even see it. Sometimes the player themselves do not do it when they're younger. Never do. No, that's why you hear all the time, Howard. You have to keep players from themselves. You know, and you can look back throughout the course of history and point that different guys, and if you set those guys down now and say, if you could do it again, would you? And they will tell you 100% hell yes, I would. I would do it different. What I would do is I would listen to my training staff. I would listen to my medical staff because maybe if I did or if I had, I may still be playing today. You know, and then Zion's case, I understand. He's 21 years old. He wants to get back on that floor. And for me, I love this kid. I have an I have a deep love for this young man. Because I think what people lose sight of with Zion is the fact that he's 21 years old. I said all the time. We think about it. When these guys are drafted, right? When they're one and done in their drafted, they are two years removed from prom. Right? There are two years removed from where it tuxedos and limos are going to problem and now basically what we're telling them now we want you to be the face of a million $1 billion franchise. And then we get upset with guys don't know how to handle it. Did you know everything at 21? I didn't. I didn't..
"zion" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"We have these back to back days of Zion doing something and then the last we've heard officially is he's cleared for some one on one. What does this all mean? What does it not mean? In terms of the bigger picture here, right? We've been waiting all season. He was gone for a while. He's having a Portland. There's all this mystery. All of this. And here we are. We are just down to the last couple of weeks of the regular season. Pelicans fighting for position in terms of the play in. Are we overreacting? Do we take anything out of this? What's meaningful? What's not? Okay, so the question to ask how it is, what did you take from it? So I can't say if you overreact and if I don't know exactly what you got from the three second clip or the ten second clip. So tell me what you got from it. And then I will tell you if you're overreacting. I personally as these sober minded nuanced member of the media that I am. Who just goes with the facts as Shaq always told us, write what you see, I just write what I see. Okay. I look at it as, okay, he dunked. Dunk doesn't mean anything, a two second clip doesn't mean anything. And with apologies to Corey brewer, driving a dunking on Corey brewer in a ten second clip. Doesn't mean anything in terms of whether or not Zion is ready to come back and whether the doctors are ready to clear him, whether he's physically ready, whether the coaching staff wants to put him back in the mix at this late stage of the season. So those are the questions I have for you as the pelicans expert and insider. And you're there for practices, a lot of the time too is a broadcaster too. You guys get to see a lot that we don't. What else have you seen Antonio that gives you an indication of where Zion is in this process? And look, you're a former player who's gone through injuries and everything is everybody's different, but what is your sense as we sit here on March 24th of whether we will see Zion back in the mix with the pelicans before this season ends? I'll say, first and foremost, do I think we'll see Zion back in the mix with the pelicans this season? Probably not. Because if you think about it, we are.
"zion" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast
"Like if they offer him a max contract and it's $200 million, something like that. And by the way, this is no statement on whether or not the pelicans should or should not offer him that deal. I mean, based off of talent, they should. I mean, we've seen enough in my opinion to where if you're willing to bet on Zion Williamson, you're betting on the conditioning and thus your betting on his defense improving. I think through conditioning. But like I just, he would be nuts based off of where he's at now to turn down $200 million. Regardless of who it came from, it would be absolutely insane of him to do that. I just, I don't know, I feel bad for pelicans fans. Like this is such a complicated situation for them. It's such complicated situation for the pelicans. This is a team that hasn't, like they didn't make great moves this off season outside of the herb Jones draft pick, which was phenomenal. Kyra Lewis is obviously out for the year. There are a lottery pick last year. Jackson Hayes is starting to come on a little bit, but the previous high level draft pick that they made. He is not turned out as positively as what they could have hoped. The Devante Griffin devonte Graham, I'm sorry, signing has just been not good. Let's go with. Let's go with not positive toward the team's bottom line. It's tough. It's really, really tough for me to look at what David Griffin has done when also taking into account the fact that he's now problems with JJ Redick. He's now problems with Zion Williamson. He's now on coach number three. It's hard for me to look at this and go like, are we sure that David Griffin's the guy worth keeping if there's friction between him and Zion Williamson as was reported earlier today? I don't know, man. It's a complicated deal. I feel bad for pelicans fans. It's ultimately my takeaway. But I think that at some point, Zion Williamson is going to talk, and we're going to hear from him before the end of the year. I don't think the people at CAA are done. And I think that they're probably starting to understand that Zion Williamson is doing a good job of tanking his value right now. Not only in terms of his basketball value, but his off court value, which is considerable if things go right for him as a player. So I would imagine that at some point here he's going to speak because the people at TA aren't stupid when it comes to brand management and image management. Tony, you're up, bold prediction number one from you..
"zion" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast
"Just the fact that, you know, this is clearly, you know, a message sent from Zion to management, you know, that he's not happy with the situation, you know, in his first in his first contract, while he's played like 85 of a possible 200 games. You know, it's just, you know, I just don't think that the owners are going to take it well and I think that, you know, you give people pushing their way out, you know, right before the third contract, middle of their second contract, you know, I think the owners are like, okay, we don't like this, but, you know, we'll roll it in. It kind of is what it is. You know, guys starting to, you know, to kind of buck the organization, you know, in the middle of a first in the middle of a rookie deals, you know, I think that that's just, that's just kind of going too far off. In the minds of the owners. So, you know, the design thing, I think it's going to really lead to some hard mind stances once the CBA is up and we're negotiating a new deal. I think that that's right if it continues down the road that it's on. I do agree with you that I think he's going to play for the pelicans again. And the reason that I think that is there is enough uncertainty surrounding him now. So where if he wouldn't play for the next, I don't know, year, year plus before they traded him or before he signed somewhere else's restricted free agent. I am unconvinced someone would give him a full max contract. At that number. Zion Williamson is, to me, one of the ten most talented players in the NBA, and he's undoubtedly worth a max contract. But I think he needs to play in order to actually confirm that he's going to get that money. He needs to prove again to people, hey, I can do this over the long haul. He sells it really done it over the long haul, and at the end of the day, the thing that people are concerned about Zion Williamson is that continued.
"zion" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"And the only thing we can deduce from that, Chris, is he didn't set up a text to welcome him because he himself doesn't expect to be there. Now that may or may not be the case, but that's what that conveys. What else could it possibly convey other than I'm not welcoming you because, you know, I'm not excited about adding a teammate that I'm not going to be teammates with very long, right? How else should we take that other than just, I don't know, he's shy? He forgot how to work his cell phone? I mean, what other rationale is there for that? I don't know. But it does continue to put a lot of pressure on the pelicans and their front office about how to deal with Zion moving forward. I mean, is it possible Zion could return this season? Sure. I'm sure the pelicans would love it because they're in the middle of a race to get into the play and tournament. They've got another lead guard in CJ McCollum. You can probably see a scenario where the pelicans start to surge a little bit in this second half post all star break. And getting Zion back would be great. But more importantly, he's extension eligible this off season. Now, I'm not overly concerned about Zion, not wanting the extension because if you're a player that's been dealing with the kind of injuries he's had, which have limited you to 85 games in the first three seasons of your career, you're gonna want the guaranteed money. Even if there wasn't the injury issue, as you and I have discussed at length in the past, no player in the history of The Rookie max extension is ever turned down. The Rookie max extension. There are lots of financial reasons for that. But if you're the pelicans, like, how anxious does this make you? How nervous are you about saying the Zion? Well, in the 85 games you played, you were great. So here's a 5 year max with the fourth year opt out, traditional contract that most top players of silence caliber sign. Like, do you get anxious about that? I mean, I think at the very least, you've got a structure and extension to protect yourself. Much the same way the sixers did with Joel embiid back when he signed an extension after a series of foot injuries cost him the first couple of years of his career. So if on the pelicans, I'm still trying to figure out how to make this work with Zion, but at the same time, injuries, all these off the court issues, the detachment as JJ said from the team, you gotta protect yourself, don't you? Yes, yes. I think the pelicans have multiple concerns. You just ticked them all off. His health, his conditioning, his dedication, frankly, to his body and to his career to the game. And his detachment, all of it. All of it. And, man, this is where NBA teams are over a barrel. Because his track record is very short so far in the league. It's spectacular when he plays, but you're gonna have to go invest 200 million in a guy who may or may not want to be there. May or may not be able to stay healthy, may or may not be willing to do the work that it takes to keep himself healthy and productive and that's scary, man, especially if you're in a small market where any misstep could cost you just could just devastate the franchise. So I don't envy David Griffin and that front office or ownership group, this is a tough one. This is a tough one. And I'll be very curious to see where we are with that team in July. Yeah, healthy Zion added to that mix. That's a playoff team next year. One on the rise, but at the same time. I will say this, like just on that, I love the CJ McCollum pickup. And I think Brennan Ingram's a great young player, Zion's obviously spectacular, you know, they were doing points on Jones, baby. Don't forget herb Jones. Herb Jones been phenomenal. One of the greatest herbs in NBA history potentially. That's a short list, I think. Zion likes to have the ball point Zion was a thing for a while. Ingram is great with the ball in his hand siege is obviously great with the ball in his hands. I like the talent I'm not sure about fit maybe one day we'll actually get to see them on the court together and we'll know. Zion is one of the hardest guys in the league to kind of project out what kind of players work opposite him. Like you said, ball dominant at times, a unique big man, but certainly a talent, man. I'm anxious to see those guys get up together and see if it does work out there. I want to finish our with something that NBA fans, I think, picked up on social media over the weekend, Adam silver made some comments about media access. Getting into locker rooms. Right now, and since the start of the pandemic, we in the media have not been able to get into locker rooms pre and postgame like we normally had understandable because of the issues with COVID, but the expectation was that, you know, once things got better, you know, we'd be able to regain the access that they had, Adam silver suggested in pretty strong terms that the media might not be getting that access back. Now, in a subsequent state, but he did kind of walk some of it back a little bit. I am a member of the basketball writer association you are an officer in the basketball right association. So we're not going to litigate this kind of on the podcast. But from your perspective, why is it important for media to have access to the locker rooms pre and postgame? Yeah, and you know, look, I have an officer with the PBW a so there's a lot of stuff that I am not going to say publicly because we're having a lot of discussions privately on this issue and I remain very, very optimistic that we in the league and the players will be able to agree on a comprehensive plan for how we're going to proceed as we presumably are coming out of the pandemic. And I will say, the league is basically declared the pandemic over right before all star weekend, the league decided that everybody who's in tier one. So that's a lot of team employees plus us in the media who are triple vs, right? Vaccinated and boosted. That we will no longer have to wear masks. We're now mask optional. We wear mask optional in Cleveland for all star weekend, although most of us still wore them when we were at events. We weren't required to. So the league is basically saying, and Adam said it too. This is one of the things he said at the tech summit was that we are at the beginning or even the middle of the end of the pandemic. I think he may be ahead of some of the epidemiologists, but that's, you know, that's for them to figure out. So when it comes to just the very follow the science, that's not quite the fall of the science line of thinking that the, that began with the NBA during this pandemic. But that's the other one. Yeah. So let me just say this though. Look, as soon as Adam said what he did, Saturday night about media access and locker rooms and him feeling like maybe this is not the right way and maybe this is an acronym and all this was the word he used. You know, you could see people on Twitter fans on Twitter immediately like, who cares? So what media shouldn't be in there anyway? They're going to say what the players. I get that. A lot of people don't understand what we do in the value of it and how we do it. So I think it's, you know, I think it's important for us to explain it, frankly. And that could be a whole hour podcast unto itself and we won't do that. I will just say this. I've been covering this league for 25 years. I started covering the Lakers during the Shaq and Kobe era. And because of locker room access, which at that time was 45 minutes pregame. It's now only 30 when we've had it. Was 45 minutes per game, plus the postgame. We were able to get into the locker rooms after practices at the forum back.
"zion" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"If Durant and Kyrie Irving is cleared for all games by then, perhaps, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving Ben Simmons, they just signed Gordon dragons. They've got some decent role players around them. Are the Celtics good enough to knock out this the nets, the bucks, the heat. That's what I'm gonna ask about every team that wants to try to win the east. Yeah, you mentioned Goran dragic sign there. That was a surprise. I thought, you know, Miami Milwaukee second year in a row, the net seemed to be doing pretty well on the buyout market right away, so we'll see what happens there. But yeah, I put it this way. I'm just much more bullish on the Celtics chances of doing something the playoffs now than I was a month and a half, two months ago. Sure. Absolutely. And fairly so. Yeah, no question. Have you ever wanted to learn about cryptocurrency, but don't know where to start? Well, the coin bureau podcast is here to help. My name is guy. 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In fact, we're marking women's history month with 12 trailblazing women in sports, media, politics, and more. Talking about the progress we've made or lost and how far we still need to go. From soccer star and equal pay advocate Megan Rapinoe, to veteran White House correspondent April Ryan, to world renowned fashion designer Stella McCartney. These women have risen to the top of their field and are fighting for equal rights for equal opportunities for everyone. We'll hear how they got started and who inspired them, how it feels to have power in their industry. And what it looks like when women are finally given an equal shot voice and seat at the table. So I hope you'll join us and listen to in fact with me, Chelsea Clinton, starting March 1st on the iHeartRadio app, Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. All right, I want to finish a little bit off script you're out. I didn't mention this to you in the rundown, but I'm scrolling through social media today. JJ Redick are friend media friendly JJ Redick. Now in the media, working for ESPN. He was on first take on Tuesday morning. And he was asked about the comments that CJ McCollum made over all star weekend where McCollum said that he had not yet connected with Zion Williamson. Here's what JJ had to say. There's a general sort of decor decorum of behavior that you should apply as a teammate. Look, I wasn't the best player on any team I was on, but if there was a buyout possibility, if there was a trade possibility, I would always reach out to team. I called erson Elias sova. I called Marco, I called west Matthews trying to get him to come to Philly. Like this just shows a complete lack of investment in your team in the organization in the city. I get that he's hurt in a way from the team. But you just traded for one of the 50 best players in the league. A guy that's supposed to be paired with you. Reach out and say hello. This is a pattern of behavior with Zion that we are seeing again and again. And look, I was his teammate. I can describe him as a detached teammate. That is an accurate statement. This is just, this is basic, basic level of humanity being a teammate. Send a text to a guy when he gets traded to your team. That is just normal behavior. That's the bar minimum that you have to do. And the pelicans, yesterday, sent out an email for season tickets for next year. Guess who wasn't in the email? Whose name was not in the email? Zions. Like what the heck is going on in New Orleans, Stephen, eh? You know, I love it when former players get pointed with their criticism. When former players lean on their experience, you heard JJ, he is a former teammate of Zion Williamson and he questioned his commitment to the team to the city and he described him as a detached teammate. Now, point of reference here, there's no real love lost. Between JJ Redick and the pelicans organization. Remembered all that drama in his last year where he thought he was going to get traded to a place he wanted to go, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, someplace in the northeast, where he's got a home. They eventually shipped him to Dallas. He was critical of David Griffin after that the GM of the pelican. So it's not like he's out there carrying water for the New Orleans organization. He has no skin in the game there. He's just saying what he believes. And he's reinforcing Howard what most of us see, like Zion is the franchise player, and he hasn't been seen since like the first couple of weeks of the preseason. He's been gone away from the team. Nobody knows where he is. Like, I'm sure the pelicans do, but like, it's not like you are keenly aware that Zion is in city X working out with trainer Y I don't really know what he's doing or where he is. And JJ as a former player and a teammate of Zion, clearly has a problem with that. I thought that was some pretty damning comments. Some pretty damning accusations leveled at Zion by a former teammate. It's one thing when those of us who cover this league get some whispered information, some off the record stuff on the record but anonymous from sources around the league saying, hey, the pelicans have a serious concern on their hands with Zion Williamson or hey, Zion Williamson seems pretty detached from that team or hey, they're heading toward a divorce. We report these things and we get a variety of responses, not least of which is people screaming about the media is just trying to pick on another small market. They're trying to all this BS. So it's really encouraging when it's JJ Redick who played for the pelicans who was teammates with Zion Williamson and who's obviously now working for ESPN. When JJ goes on the record on TV and says, Zion Williamson is detached from the organization. This is a serious concern. And yeah, this is a massive break with decorum to not even have reached out to CJ McCollum. What it is. Of course it is. But it validates everything that a lot of us have heard and a lot of people have reported and especially people in New Orleans have reported very well on this subject. There's a real issue here. It's a very serious issue and JJ called it out. I should say, I guess somewhere to, I only saw a reference on Twitter, so I don't know where to attribute this. I guess CJ has since said that he has now heard from Zion, which okay, fine. But should have heard from him too. He was commenting on it. It took him saying something publicly for Zionism. Yeah, that's not the way it should work. Zion should be proactive about that. You're the franchise store, and you've been in the league a couple of years. It's not like you're a rookie. CJ's a really good player in this league. An important player. And it's coming to your team, presumably to help you finally make the playoffs. This is the best, one of the best teammates you'll have had in your short time in the league. And not even a text,.
"zion" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"I don't really care. Yeah, this is a little weird, not entirely uncommon for players to rehab away from the team. We do see that on a somewhat regular basis, especially if they require something that may be the team doesn't have. Gordon Hayward did that for a portion of his rehab after he broke his leg a few seasons back. So that that part is not super high raising to me. It's weird though focus like was he not focused with rehabbing in New Orleans? What's going on there? We had seen those pictures where he looked really big. Then we saw some pictures where he looked pretty good. After and then shortly thereafter that it was shut down again. The part that most is concerning to me is the non weight bearing stuff because we're now this is the beginning of January. This we found out about this and it was August, right? Because it was we found out about it after, right? We found a really late yeah, that's right. We found out about a media day in late September, but the surgery happened sometime in July, if I remember correctly when he broke the foot. So yeah, that part is concerning to me that we're still here and it doesn't sound like it's getting close and I'm starting to worry, maybe we don't see him at all this season. Yeah, I mean, the partial weight bearing thing, and when the season started, I remember we were talking about, okay, maybe it'll be a few weeks of no Zion for the pelicans. Can they just hang on for a few weeks? And now here we are. It's 2022. Yeah. And there's the season, essentially. There's no return in sight. For Zion Williamson, and look, a big dude, right? Just a big in general, whether it's Zion or not, you worry about foot injuries. First guy I always think of course is you deal with guys. Like, they drew their silks. Dealing with foot injuries. And it's not a wall. Absolutely. Now Burke Lopez clearly made it out on the other side. Came out of a healthy. But yeah, yeah, it definitely worried some. So you've got all of those things stacking up. The pelicans, it appears to pretty much be a lost season. I mean, you're not going to pull the plug or anything just yet, but it's looking that way. So you have to wonder if it's another month before he's in bearing activities at what point do you just get so far into the season that you just say, you know what? Let's worry about next year. Yeah, absolutely. I mean, now what's weird is there are two and a half games out of the play in because the bottom of the west play in this week is pretty pretty weak. But you got to start to really think about how hard are we really going to push for that. If you're the Portland trailblazers and you're trying to really make a run and think you could win it and get in, sure if you're the pelicans and you are like Zion is weeks away then absolutely you push for that and try to get into the play and maybe when you're way into the playoffs. But it is really tough now as you kind of look at this to say, I don't know. I think you've got to be getting really close to saying, hey, maybe the best thing here is we reprioritize the rest of the season. We turn it into a development season. We trade away what veterans we can build some additional assets. You still keep Valentina and Ingram and all Josh hart's a little tricky because he's got that weird contract, but Devante Graham keeps eye on..
Do Not Hide Your Face From Me
"And I invite you to turn with me to the word of God to some 102, the 102nd sum, which has as a heading do not hide your face from me, a prayer of one afflicted when he is faint and pours out as complained before the lord. Sam 102 and reading from verse one. Here my prayer, O lord, let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress, incline your ear to me, answer me speedily in the day when I call. For my days pass away like smoke and my bones burn like a furnace. My heart is struck down like grass and has withered. I forget to eat my bread. Because of my loud groaning, my bones cling to my flesh. I'm like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places. I lie awake. I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop. All the day my enemies taunt me. Those who deride me use my name for a curse. For I eat anxious like bread and mingled tears with my drink because of your indignation and anger for you have taken me up and thrown me down. My days are like an evening shadow. I wither away like grass. But you, O lord, are enthroned forever. You are remembered throughout all generations. You will arise and have pity on Zion. It is the time to favor her, the appointed time has come.
"zion" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"That means that's when they're checking in to see if they're healing properly. And then you're gonna get an update from there. So we can't even take this as okay, well, Zion's back in two weeks. He's only missed in the first week of the season. The pelicans may be out with be without Zion for even longer. Maybe they won't, maybe he turns out he's fine in two weeks, but we don't know right now and a slow start for the pelicans is only going to add more pressure than you're only going to start hearing more about Zion's future. Could he be pried away from New Orleans at some point, right? Those stories are going to keep popping up. If they do, indeed, get off to a slow start. Yeah. So we think of a guy like talent more than Tucker, where it's a thumbnail. He can still keep his conditioning up because he can still run, he can still do all those things, Zion, presumably, can't do any of that. Now there's the anti gravity treadmills in the underwater treadmills and all those other things. And I'm sure they're working through all that stuff. But generally, you're absolutely right with that is you hear that reevaluate. And there's usually a week or two after that before the guy gets back. So a lot of times it's conditioning stuff. Sometimes if they're conditioning as good. It's just timing, getting their basketball rhythm back. And then they go so yeah, I think for the pelicans too. Why this is really tough is they don't have a great replacement for him on the roster. Now it's not fair. Is that a great replacement in the league? Exactly. But forgot to really play the four, not that doesn't look too good. They're bigs aren't really guys. We can play the four valentines in Jackson Hayes and Willie hernan Gomez. They're really pure 5s. Brandon Ingram can slide up, but we know what happens when that happens. Your defense kind of goes to crap. Just 'cause he's just not big enough to hold hold off those guys. Naji Marshall can do some of that, but more of a perimeter based guy, Trey Murphy, the third he's a rookie, but again, another perimeter guy. So that's where it gets a little tough. I mean, it might be herb Jones. The Rookie second rounder might be their best bet there. My guess is they'll just play small and they move Brandon Ingram up and just kind of lean on their offense. While Zion is out, but it is a little messy, and I'll say one other thing on this too. What's really disappointing is, it was only a couple of weeks ago on media day when David Griffin broke this news. Instead, his exact comment was, he'd be back for the regular season..
"zion" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"You might be able to convince me but it's a good question. It's a good question. Do you have a team for us. Do you have any type of any any players. You wanna shout out that you would throw neck zion. Who you think makes sense there. Did you do your mark. There's another country did so. I actually decided to not necessarily build a good team though wonderful but a fun one in my opinion so i did cheat. 'cause you're like i but i don't think that that me putting this guy if after you. I feel better about it. But in my mind i want someone who's going to run a hundred pick and rolls tonight with zion. So i'm thinking trae on is my perennial all-star love now. Now here's where things get dicey. Because i've two options. You have to tell me if this first guy is a fringe. All-star not. And i think i know what you're going to say okay is jalen brown of fringe. All-star perennial all star. I think he qualifies as perennial for the purpose of this exercise. Okay that's a nice way. You sneaking your homers. In which case can i go with mikhail bridges absolutely. So i want trae. And i'm bringing over his buddy the andrea hunter from the hawks. So i got no trade. De'andre bridges zion and then give me kelly olympic baby center. I just wanna see it. I just want to see it. I'm not saying that'd be a good team. I just wanna see it. I just wanna know how it goes leaning into offense like this i respect. I'm not gonna marriage. You team would be like literally unstoppable. Offensively you're just not doing anything with them. I mean they're not stopping anyone. But i mean another option honestly i center for me. Blake griffin nets blake griffin. Because he's there at the three point line is he not is he. Not like everyone was talking about that. He defended you honest but they thought he would. Oh man that's That's like will smith movie where he's like looking at a younger version of himself on the poster. Do you know what i do because it was not looper. That movie was actually good. But i don't even remember the name. I remember the name that who we look rough man but that is what i'm thinking about blake griffin shelby. Says it was. It was not hitch. Which is smith movie..
"zion" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"You know. Just what defense works for him. Right and Yeah i don't. I don't know i understand for you really quick. Okay mellon after the all star break last season. Did you know that the new orleans pelicans with zion on the floor had the second best defense in the nba. Thank god we're on youtube by the way. Thank god run youtube so that the cameras could catch that one. That is interesting. I i mean. I said holds very little weight with the just and this. This just connects back to our last question. Where obviously everything that happens. In the regular season is super important and critical entice. So much so. I know that i'm being a little facetious here with that staff. But i think that. I i i do. Think he's not the like the worst offender in the nba. And but to me. It's less about one defense. I remember we had this conversation when we were arguing about our top. One hundred devon booker gets targeted Down the stretch et cetera. I honestly would rather have a player who targeted and is going to hold up enough times versus a player like zion. Who might not be getting going after one on one every time but because of his defensive limitations you're now forced to juggle your lineups in a very difficult way. You know what i mean. He is a structural issue as opposed to like a one on one issue. Which i think is more complicated. Would you would you. I'm just wondering would you rather have And this is like a kind of a reductive question but do you think is easier to build around. Ben simmons then 'cause we know that he can do it all in defense he can guard all five positions. You don't really have to worry about them. Darted trae young and the second round guy. Who's like a foot shorter than he is Number two defensive player of the year. Do you think it is an offensively. There is similar. The i you know i think it. Zion's inability or unwillingness to shoot jump. Shots is completely different than ben. Simmons is i right now for sure But you know in terms of just like a playmaker wrecking ball and transition. Who can drive. Who can kick who can Create shots for teammates rumbled towards the pain et cetera. Like do you think that you'd rather have the task of building around. Ben simmons shoot asked me that before the hawk series. I might have said yes Because you know at least is willing to shoot inside a couple of feet of him and i. That's a good question. i. I like where you're going with that. Obviously i think i would pick zion right now. Because he's younger. And is i do think ultimately like being elite offensively in the way he is is probably more valuable than being elite. Defensively in the way simmons's But if i saw like any indication that simmons would be willing to play like a dream on-roll full-time and actually shoot..
Gabby Petito: Timeline of Missing Woman's Cross-Country Road Trip
"Let me tell you. Notice story about of gabby petito in her boyfriend bryan laundry. Do you feel you and this is why if you have daughters stories like this is the reason why call my daughter three or four times a day right now. Gabby petito and brian laundry boyfriend girlfriend notch normal boyfriend and girl from them have my anxiety going through the roof the zion a little bit so they were kind of like no matter where they would rent truck they would drive all over the country. They would take pictures. They would do blogs right so the fact that she didn't speak to her mother in a couple of days was normal. So you know after a week. Mom said look. I haven't spoke to my daughter what's going on. It was just weird so she reached out to the boyfriend bryan laundry. He didn't answer his phone. He didn't call her back. Seem pretty way called family than in a family would answer So she filed a missing persons report like she should've after filing a missing persons report. Police went to brian laundries house which is out in florida family's house and when they asked. Hey you know wisdom young lady Blog you travel world together. What's going on. They gave him the lawyers number. He got into loyd new to me. They're ready lloyd. Up gave molloy all calculated of leaving the question. He already added lawyer ready. Okay bass right has made him a person of interest kind of weird right you give number. You don't say what happened. They're not talking at all now. His girlfriend is missing his young ladies missing. She's from long island the away. Nobody says nothing. So now they find his body over the weekend in a wyoming on national forest park that they believe the remains are hers so now they believe he's a person interested in now. They can't find him he got. They don't know what he's he's more than a person of interest in. I mean i guess you got the. He's still a person of interest for legal purposes but clearly he's a suspect at this point as the same thing right person interest suspect. I don't know yeah. So a tic tac claims she was a drive-in and brian laundry hitchhiking. He jumped in a car and as they were saying they will go into that same. We call her tucker that. That's that's so insane. I thought i referred are referred to ask taco they said her name is miranda miranda bake- baker said her and her boyfriend seen him he was hitch-hiking he jumped in a car and said hey we go into the park with remains found not that popular with going to the park and he's got crazy jumped out the car and ran off. They said that deal. That was weird but now they're realizing that was probably weird. 'cause that's probably where he knew. The body was lord. Have mercy so i hope they catch him
U.S. Hits 70 Percent Vaccination Goal, Four Weeks Late
"Percent. That's the chunk of american adults that are now at least partially vaccinated against cove in nineteen. The milestone comes about a month later then president. Joe biden's fourth of july goal but as white house corona virus coordinator. jeff. Zion said monday. There's been a recent increase in vaccinations with these ongoing efforts. There's a strong sense of progress and you see it in the number of shots were getting into people's arms each day over the past few weeks we've seen a nearly seventy percent increase in the average number of new people getting vaccinated each and every day in the last seven days alone. Three million americans have gotten their first shot. That's the highest seven day total since july fourth. And just today we hit seventy percent of adults with at least one shot including ninety percent of seniors with at least one shot these are significant milestones in our fight against the virus. And it's very important to note in the states with the highest cates rates daily vaccination rates have more than doubled. The eight states with the highest current case rates have seen an average increase of one hundred seventy one percent in the number of
Grizzlies to Trade Jonas Valanciunas to Pelicans for Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe
"Pelicans. Grizzlies are completing a trade to send jonas von tunis. To the new orleans in exchange for eric. Bledsoe in stephen adams the pelicans are trying to build a team around zion williamson. Who is rumored to be unhappy with. Some of the teams moves this off season. The grizzlies are looking to add. More weapons to go along with. John moran led the team to the playoffs this past
NBA Rumors: Pelicans Plan to Hire Former Sixer Willie Green as Head Coach
"Head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. So David Griffin has his next man to lead Zion Williamson. Last year. It was Stan Van Gundy the year before that it was Alvin Gentry. It's just now going to be the third head coach that Zion Williamson is going to have his third year in the league. Now, when you look at Willie Green Clearly has an extensive basketball background was in Philly, the Hornets in New Orleans. Atlanta. Play with the Clippers was with Orlando as a player the last few years, though, because just because you're a former player doesn't mean that you're going to be a great coach. You want to see what experience? Yes. Sometimes guys have a lot of experience. Sometimes guys have no experience. Willie Green was on the Golden State Warriors staff 2016 2019. And Is on the sun staff, too. Currently So this is someone That has been around the league now for a while. And Yeah. I don't know how
U.S. Celebrates July Fourth as Nation Emerges From Devastating Covid Pandemic
"Americans celebrate the nation's birthday efforts continue to get people vaccinated the country as a whole fell percentage points short of reaching the president's seventy percent vaccination goals set for today white house covid response coordinator jeff zion's on abc's this week outlined. The major reason younger people particularly those in their twenties have felt less vulnerable to that disease and therefore less eager to get shots. Zion says it's important that they get the shots because delta very cases
Insomniac Is Working on a Multiplayer Game
"Games has largely focused on single player titles over the last few years producing big hits rationing clink ripped apart in marvel spider man for the playstation but it seems studio has plans to work on a multiplayer project. Although exactly what this could be is anyone's guess a job advert posted by insomniac. Mentions the developer has five new job openings for most player project and quote. Insomniac is looking for a creative director systems. Designer story lead art director in via affects artists. That doesn't give much away but the systems designer job description does mention having a thorough understanding of may they combat systems and design emboss zion useful experience the designer would help develop combat navigation progression economy for multiplayer environment. Make of that what you will. Naturally this provoked a fair bit of speculation on social media. Could this be a standalone game or multiplayer mode for predominantly single player. Game some are hoping for revival of scifi shooter resistance while others think it could be a co-op four future spider man title give it insomniac has just released rationing claims ripped apart. It can be quite some time before we hear the actual
"zion" Discussed on NuChannel Sports Podcast
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"zion" Discussed on All God's Women
"How often do you find yourself trying to impress people. How do you try to impress them. Does it work in. Today's episode of all gots women we look at the daughters of zion. A group of women who focus their attention on fashion while neglecting their faith. It's part of a two week series on women gone astray and welcome to all gods women. Timeshare no harm your host for the show. And i am excited to be taking you on a journey through the bible focusing our attention on all god's women we'll be talking about women you've heard all your life and women you've never heard of each has a story to tell and i can't wait to share them together. We'll discover life lessons. We can take away from each of these ancient women and apply them to our modern day. Lives join us each week. For the latest episode of all gods women so who were the daughters of zion. Each term used throughout the bible mostly in the old testament but occasionally in the new testament as well. Zion's not a person but rather a place zion is the dwelling place of the lord. Daughter of zion is usually used to describe the inhabitants of jerusalem daughters of zion reverse to specific women and today's passage in isaiah. Three sixteen to twenty six isaiah is speaking directly to wealthy jewish women who had gone astray isaiah three opens by giving judgment on the men of judah and jerusalem. He warned the israelites of what is to come in the days ahead because of their wickedness he specifically addresses the wealthy and those in positions of leadership because they're the ones who were living in luxury while oppressing the poor. They had become an aristocratic society that was leading to the moral decline of their culture. I find versus six and seven particularly interesting. How they were going to choose their leaders but that discussion. We'll have to wait for another day today. We concentrate on what isaiah had to say on the daughters of zion after fifteen verses of condemnation for the men verse sixteen opens with moreover the lord says after rebuking the men for their role in the destruction that was to come isaiah turns his attention to the women to let them know that they're responsible as well. Bursts sixteen describes the women's behavior specifically the way they walked because the daughters of zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks and want an is walking and mincing as they go making a jingling with their feet. Verse seventeen prophesized. What will happen to them. Because of their era guidance therefore the lord will strike with the scab the crown of the head of the daughters of zion and the lord will uncover their secret parts. Isaiah goes on to give an exhaustive list of all the jewelry and accessories that the lord will take away from the women. The list includes anklets scarves necklaces bracelets headdresses headbands perfume boxes. Charms rings nose rings purses mirrors an robes. He closes the chapter with the list of replacements. Instead of the sweet smell of their perfumes there will be a stench. Instead of they're pretty sashes rope baldness will take over there beautifully. Styled hair rich robes replaced with sackcloth branding instead of beauty and if that's not enough there men will die in battle verse. Twenty six concludes with her gates shall lament and mourn and she being desolate shall sit on the ground. Why does is e start by talking about the way they walked. Well let's look at how they're walking out nex. We would describe that as walking with your nose in the air. A way of saying that you're looking down on others because you're better than they are. Wantin- is that means ogling or flirting we can assume for the rest of this passage that these are married women so why are they flirting with other men walking and mincing as they go the an iv version translates that as strutting along with swaying. Hips in other words flirting. So how does god respond to their flirtatious and proud. Behavior translated literally verse. Seventeen says the women will get leprosy or other sickness. That causes their hair to fall out. That would be a pretty scary warning especially for vein women who are consumed with their appearance while many of the items listed in verses eight through twenty three are familiar to us. many more are obscure items that we're not sure what they were. Bible scholars point out. That many of these articles came from foreign cultures. I wanna man even. Oh what happened these things were. The general consensus is that his wife who was a prophet is probably provided him with this list of items worn by these women. Isaiah reminds them that these things they have are fleeting and will soon be replaced in a mere ten verses highs. Ahah takes us from these women at the height of their popularity feeling like they're living the dream to them tumbling down to the depths of humiliation from walking with outstretched necks and a jingle to their steps to morning destitute on the bare ground. What a fall while this was written about women centuries ago the same message can be preached today. Are we not living in a society much like the one isaiah describes we as christian women could be called daughters of zion. Are we guilty of the same transgressions as these women. Perhaps you don't mince and strut as you walk and you probably don't jingle but do you have pride in your heart. Are there people you look down on those. You consider inferior. How much time do you spend on your outward appearance. How much time do you spend on your spiritual appearance verse. Seventeen talks about god's stripping away. They're beautiful hair and uncovering their secret parts. What if god stripped away your carefully combed hair your makeup and manicured nails your jewelry and.