Watching "Idol"

Before this season I've never done more than casually watch a few episodes of America's top TV show. But this season, Tricia and I watched it a little more often--though I had to miss it both times this week.

I'm going to talk about "American Idol" more in future posts, but for now I want you to think of some of your favorite artists who would've never made it on "Idol." For example, Bob Dylan wouldn't have made the first cut. He would've been "terrible." Simon would have have rolled his eyes and made a snide comment. Paula would have tried to nicely tell him to find some other dream besides music. Randy would have said, "I'm sorry, man."

So, hit the comment button and let me know one of your favorite singers who would have never made it on "Idol."


The score is 52 - 6

Looks like it could be the score of a lopsided football game, but it's not.

Over the weekend Tricia and I purchased for the first time a package of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They're supposed to last five years and use a fraction of the electricity, thereby saving the environment from the ill effects of creating energy, while saving us money.

We were surpised that the light they emit is not stark white. I guess they've improved them in the last few years.

It seemed that the cheapest way to buy them was in a package of six for less than ten bucks. We put three in ceiling light in the kitchen, one in the hood above our stove, and one in each of two lamps in our family room.

According to an article in the paper a few weeks ago, for a light that you use a lot, switching to a CFL could save you $60 a year. In Australia they're considering phasing out the incandesent for environmental reasons.

Back to the score. Fifty-two is the number of incandescent bulbs we still have in the house. Six is the number of CFLs. My wife loves lamps. But I can see that score start to even out and lean toward the CFLs in the coming months.

Now if they'd only come out with a 3-way CFL, they'd make a killing on us. I'm sure somebody's working on it.


I don't listen to Christian radio

That's right, I admit it. I don't listen to Christian radio. It's not that I've never listened to it, but I do so very rarely. I like some of the songs on K-love, but mostly I can't handle the DJs. For those of you who worship at Horizons, if I ever sound like that when I'm making announcements, please stop me. To me, the announcers make Jesus sound like a slick new product, and after hearing them talk, even the songs sound like they were made for a commercial.

And there's something about being "positive and encouraging" that doesn't ring true for a Christian station. Is truth always positive and encouraging? Not when I read the Bible. And it's not that I want them to focus on being negative or discouraging either, but it's like their number one goal is to make me feel good on my commute.

Yesterday, when I was thinking about this blog, I forced myself to listen to K-love whenever I got in the car. I recognized some of the songs as ones we've sung or heard at Horizons. But the "Mercy Me at Waikiki" contest they're doing now just rubbed me the wrong way. Should we be buying into this whole celebrity culture that the rest of the world chases after and just substitute Christian celebrities?

However, I might enjoy a Mercy Me concert very much; I don't know, I've never been to one.

I don't listen much to Bible teachers on the radio either, although a few of them I like. I usually like Woodrow Kroll (from Lincoln) if I'm in my car between 6:30 and 7 p.m., because he tends to focus on the big picture and doesn't get bogged down into exegetical gymnastics.

I'm trying not to be a snoot about this. If you're into K-love and radio Bible teachers, go for it. Most of Horizons probably listens to K-love, at least. I'm just starting a discussion. Please reply.