Just For Fun (Coffee Edition-Video)

Just For Fun
Today’s post is just for fun, and includes one of my favorite, must see, coffee cartoon clips. I also included the trailer for the documentary “Hot Coffee.” The DVD release is this week, and it tells the story about the woman who successfully sued McDonald’s for 2.9 MILLION DOLLARS after spilling McDonald’s coffee on her lap. Most of the reviews I have read say that the section of the movie that deals with the woman and McDonald’s is really good, but the 2/3 of the movie deals with the issue of tort reform is a little dry. Don’t forget to sign up for my blog through email or click on the coffee mug at the top of the screen to get The Ordained Barista delivered directly to your RSS feed.

Happy Tuesday!

Hot Coffee-The Movie

Take a Stand! Real or Artificial Christmas Tree?

Real or Artificial Christmas Tree?

I need your vote in the comments section! We are a real tree family. Although, after our tree escapade this weekend I did contemplate switching sides. Let’s just say that the tree we have now is not the first one that we brought into the house. Anyway, people are usually pretty loyal to their type of tree—real or fake … “artificial”—sorry.

Why is the evergreen tree a part of the Christmas celebration anyway? Well, we have read The Legend of the Christmas Tree to our kids for the last few years. It’s a cute story, and it clearly points to birth, life, and death of Jesus, but it’s not the entire story of the Christmas tree-by far. If your interested in the somewhat controversial history of the Christmas Tree read this Christianity today article on why we have a Christmas tree, it’s pretty good!

Ok, your turn! Real? Artificial? Why? What did you have growing up? Are you artificial but you wish you could be real? Are you real and you wish you could be artificial? (I’m beginning to sound like an episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey…not that I watch it.) Is an artificial tree even really a tree? Please leave a comment and invite someone else to jump in the conversion through facebook. Also, if you’re not on our email list please sign up below, or get The Ordained Barista delivered directly to your RSS feeder by clicking the mug at the top of the page! Thanks, you will never know how much it helps!

“…Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry!”

 “…Don’t make me angry.  You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry!”

For those of us who are old enough, you probably remember the ORIGINAL, and vastly superior, television show The Incredible Hulk, starring Lou Ferrigno and the late Bill Bixby. Most of us are familiar with the story line, Bill Bixby plays scientist David Banner who is exposed, during a botched experiment, to an overload of gamma radiation, (I hate it when that happens) and now, whenever he becomes angry, he goes through a “startling metamorphoses” and turns into “The Incredible Hulk”, again played by the amazingly “jacked” Lou Ferrigno.  The money line for that show, and one that got said at least once an episode, was when David Banner would turn to somebody, that was beginning to antagonize him, and wryly say, “__________, Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” Which, of course, sounded really strange coming from this little, mild, scientist dude.

The truth is that I am the Incredible Hulk. Most people know me as a pretty nice guy. And, to be honest, I am a pretty nice guy. It usually takes a lot to make me angry, BUT if you do make me angry—Watch Out!

Rachel and I went to the movies with some friends over the weekend, but when we arrived in the theater to take our seats the place was packed and only a couple of individual seats remained, so the girls and the guys had to sit apart. One of our friends, unbeknownst to me, politely asked a couple sitting in a row with 2 open seats (not adjoined) if they would mind sliding down one seat so the girls could sit together. The man refused and then rudely added several more comments to my friends, and my wife, including that, “We aren’t moving. You should have gotten here earlier.” (again, I am sitting with my dude friends in the next row and don’t hear any of this.)

So, at the end of the movie Rachel and my friends began telling me how mean this guy was and the comments he made, and I began to feel the “startling metamorphosis” beginning to take over. What I wanted to do was to go over to the guy and “strongly suggest” that he be nicer to people.  It’s amazing when your 6’8″ 300+ pounds people tend to, but not always, pay attention to your “strong suggestions.”  But, I knew if I did that, the night would not have ended well.  So, I gave the guy “a look” and walked away to go get the car with my friend—saying nothing.

Do you get angry? I do. Anger is infections, insidious and very destructive. In the moment It can warm your body, but will eventually leave you cold as a stone. How do we make sure that the tensions that build up in us every day don’t rise to the levels of anger and rage? What helps you? I find working out, writing, and spending consistent time with God and family help me to keep a level head.  You see, when we are immersed in the things of eternal significance those things that are not important become more apparent for what they are—a lie!

One HUGE byproduct of keeping our anger in check, by focusing on the person of Christ, is that you find yourself becoming more “angry” at the things in this world that break the heart of God—instead of the selfish kind of anger. Getting “angry” at hunger, injustice, abuse, and poverty bring us closer to the heart of a just and loving God.

What makes you angry? What helps you when you are angry? Please, leave a comment! And, remember to join our email list or send The Ordained Barista to your RSS feed by clicking on the coffee mug at the top of the page.

Colossians 3:8, 12-13 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

“…It’s beginning to look a lot like sickness”

Well, with six kids it’s bound to happen at this time of year.  Yesterday Rachel took 3 of our 6 kids to see the Doctor, who were feeling pretty lousy, and she went 3 for 3 in the diagnosis department—two strep throats, one pneumonia, and a partridge in a pear tree.  If kid-sickness was a poker hand she was dealt a royal straight flush, unfortunately my insurance carrier is not affiliated with Ceasars’s Palace. So, yesterday, instead of buying the Christmas tree and hanging up the lights we were plugging in humidifiers and handing out festive cups of Amoxicillin.


Collin was the first one up this morning, besides me, at around 7:00, and once we got downstairs and I asked him if he wanted some milk or toast he said, “no” in his sick, pathetic little 3 year old voice.  Then he opened up his mouth, pointed down his throat and said, “hurt, don’t like it.” It was really cute and terribly sad all at the same time.  He then proceeded to open up the freezer and point at the popsicles. So, I did what any good Dad would do— we ate breakfast popsicles together.

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Redeeming Black Friday

Black Friday

Are you a Black Friday shopper? Do you like getting great deals? The truth of the matter is that I’m just too darn big (6’8″ 300+ pounds) to be a Black Friday shopper. I’m always in the way, and imagine I would end up accidentally trampling a few unsuspecting senior citizens, which is never pretty. The only reason that I would like Black Friday shopping is so that I could get a cup of coffee and watch people be ridiculous over ONE “Suzie Talks A Lot Doll” (Thanks, Buddy—possibly the greatest Christmas movie ever!)

Well, with all the focus today on shopping, gifts, Christmas and giving I thought I would give you and I an opportunity to do some good on Black Friday. I have been a fan of World Vision for a long time and their 2011 Holiday Catalog  is out where you can buy a gift, on behalf of a loved one, that will make a HUGE difference in the lives of less fortunate people around the world. You can buy gifts like cows, goats, chickens, a water well and more. Please check out the little video below and go visit the catalog!

As always, please leave a comment (What did you buy from World Vision? What was the best Black Friday deal you ever got?) If you’re not already, please get on our email list or click on the Coffee mug at the top of the page and get The Ordained Barista delivered directly to your RSS reader. Thanks!

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