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  1. Dread says:

    The shepherds of Ezekiel 34 are Israel’s kings. God promises to visit them as the true shepherd. This fits the theme within Ezekiel of the departed glory and its return 40-48. But the analogy to leaders probably has some purchase. Especially to the degree that we act like kings.

    I think KC will dominate. First, Mahomes vs Purdy no contest. Second, KC’s defense is ascendant and SF’s peaked mid season. Third, Andy Reid and his gang have been there and can deal with the bright lights. I’ll cheer for Purdy but don’t care much. Evangelicals may hate the T&T show but charismatics will see revival signs if the Chiefs win.

    I heard a whole riff on the 13s that are involved in this thing. Swift’s 13th KC game, her 13 hr flight from Japan, a 1 seed against a 3 seed a bunch of others I forget. All pointing to Taylor’s lucky 13. Even noting that #87 is 100-13. I don’t suppose Travis is her 13th. Guess not every 13 is lucky.

  2. Michael says:

    ‘Guess not every 13 is lucky.’
    Now that’s funny…

    I forgot about the charismatic weirdness…I just can’t bring myself to root for SF, but their disappointment if the Chiefs lose will be my consolation…

    For me, the Vikings aren’t involved so this is hockey season and NASCAR time…never thought I’d like watching loud cars turn left, but I do…

  3. Michael says:

    .’But the analogy to leaders probably has some purchase. ”

    Between the two passages… Jesus is invoking Ez. 34 to condemn the religious leaders of His day…and declaring Himself the true king and the good shepherd…I think positioning clergy as undershepherds has some merit…

  4. filistine says:

    I’m less tired of the 49’s, so pulling slightly more for SF, though they defeated my Lions. May not watch the game very closely as family and friends gain importance every year…especially those grandkids who float around disinterested in the game while adults are glued to the screen. They are the biggest treasure for sure.

    Numbers are fun to play with, but they are sock puppets speaking only for the hand up their backsides.

  5. pstrmike says:

    I used to live in the North-Bay in what seems like a lifetime ago. Niners!!!

  6. JD says:

    Slowly starting in Ezekiel and it’s bewildering as ever since the accident but letting it soak in anyway.
    Don’t care about anything football so can’t identify with that. The game would hurt to watch and not much of a music fan anymore so wouldn’t bother to even see the 1/2 time show.
    Sure to catch it on the news if at all.

  7. The New Victor says:

    They’re closing several off ramps in SFO tomorrow, and one in San Jose… for the Santa Clara 49ers. I’ll be Netflix and chill with Big Puppy, but I’ll keep an eye on the game progression online.

    Our campus of 800 people is moving in the fall to an office building near the stadium. Game days might be WFH days…

  8. Michael says:

    I’ll be watching the game…I’m a huge sports fan.

    Game days will be unpleasant if you have to work TNV…

  9. Dan from Georgia says:

    I’m rooting for the Chiefs. Partly because I too want to see the conspiracy idiots lose their minds even more. I’ll be grabbing some popcorn for that!

    Also because I am becoming a fan of Mahomes.

    Also because they are a midwest team aka “flyover land’.

  10. Reuben says:

    My level of care for football is limited to High Schools these days. It’s the purity. I am in a semi-long term rehab house for now, and most (12 people) here are watching it. We are making a feast of artery clogging food which I will gladly enjoy, as I have lost 40 pounds over the last 6 or 7 months since my wife died.

    The Swift thing really pisses me off. It is absurd to see the outright vitriolic nonsense that came from it. I listened to one of my favorite sports announcers fall into that trap this last week. It knocked him down about 7,500 notches in my book.

    I have seen the hand of God move these recent months. I won’t even try to explain how. None of it has anything to do with “Christianity”. I don’t attend a church.

    My sports love is quickly approaching as spring training is just around the corner… however, my team will not reach 500 by a damned sight. There is a curse on the Colorado Rockies that will not lift, prayers included.

    The Nuggets are going to the playoffs, no doubt, but Nikola Jokić is still the ugliest player ever, haha! He may well become the GOAT before long. His style looks so wrong, but his skill is just transcendent.

    The Avs… meh. The Broncos… double meh.

    I still bleed purple for my Rockies. Always will. It is a lesson that parallels James 1.

  11. Michael says:


    Thanking God you have a place to be now.

    The hand of God has to move beyond the gatekeepers, but it’s still the hand of Jesus…

    You have a hell of a hockey team there…

  12. Reuben says:

    That Rolling Stone article is just about spot on from their perspective. Christians should read it.

  13. The New Victor says:

    Agree about the RS article. D11 loves to listen to klove and air1. Some songs are OK, but bay area radio is horrible anyway though at least they brought back Live 105 (more alternative, but not as alt as I remember).

  14. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    So this weekend was a very labor intensive weekend but I finally finished the latest installment in my project of blogging through all the solo guitar sonatas of Wenzeslaus Thomas Matiegka.

    It’s pretty detailed and hardcore on music theory and formal analysis and the entire score with in-score notes is supplied (thank God for IMSLP having the whole Grand Sonata I up as it’s gloriously public domain!). So if anyone here wanted to learn about an obscure Czech guitarist composer who wrote some fun guitar sonatas … I’ve got something you can read, if you like.

  15. Dread says:

    What a Super Bowl! I was wrong about KC dominating – the SF DEFENSE stepped up but ultimately KC has Mahomes and Reid. But it was razor thin.

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