Ordinance Found on Ideal Beach Not Real

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Navy EOD has determined that the found ordinance was not real and may have been used for training at one time.

The ordinance was never active.  Emeregency responders are clearing from the scene and people who were evactuated from their homes are being permitted to return.  This will be the final release on this incident.

Republicans Ready for Serious Debate

jack_archibald_120For the past forty years, political conventions have become nothing more than coronations for the Democrat and Republican nominees for the White House. Rarely does anything news worthy emerge, and unless you are fortunate to attend, the affairs only attract the die hard political junkies. And while it would be easy to dismiss this week’s Republican Convention as just another rally, there was a pretty clear message out of Tampa for our country.

That message is that the Republican Party is serious about this campaign. With his choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Republican nominee Mitt Romney revealed much about himself and how he would run our country.  By choosing Ryan, Romney is placing the economy front and center as a campaign issue. It has been said that no one in Congress knows the federal budget like Congressman Ryan, and by selecting the resident expert, Romney sets the table up for a serious discussion about the debt that our country faces.

At the same time, the GOP nominee shows that he is not afraid to surround himself with the best and the brightest. There were safer choices out there, but Romney selected someone that knows their way around Washington and where the dollars are buried in the budget.  He also showed the public that he will select quality people for his administration, and that administration posts will not be filled based on party loyalty, but what is best for policy and practice.  The selection of Ryan confirms that Romney is not afraid of being challenged from within, and that his administration will be comfortable with different points of view.

The Republicans want a serious debate about the issues facing our country. Not only did Congressman Ryan emphasize that theme, but Governor Chris Christie kicked off the convention on that note.  There have been some political shots at President Obama, but for the most part, they have been on the policy level and not the personal level.  The GOP has made it clear that America faces a pretty stark decision this November, and the Republicans want your vote if you are serious about turning around the current state of our nation.     

Republicans Ready for Serious Debate

jack_archibald_120For the past forty years, political conventions have become nothing more than coronations for the Democrat and Republican nominees for the White House. Rarely does anything news worthy emerge, and unless you are fortunate to attend, the affairs only attract the die hard political junkies. And while it would be easy to dismiss this week’s Republican Convention as just another rally, there was a pretty clear message out of Tampa for our country.

That message is that the Republican Party is serious about this campaign. With his choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Republican nominee Mitt Romney revealed much about himself and how he would run our country.  By choosing Ryan, Romney is placing the economy front and center as a campaign issue. It has been said that no one in Congress knows the federal budget like Congressman Ryan, and by selecting the resident expert, Romney sets the table up for a serious discussion about the debt that our country faces.

At the same time, the GOP nominee shows that he is not afraid to surround himself with the best and the brightest. There were safer choices out there, but Romney selected someone that knows their way around Washington and where the dollars are buried in the budget.  He also showed the public that he will select quality people for his administration, and that administration posts will not be filled based on party loyalty, but what is best for policy and practice.  The selection of Ryan confirms that Romney is not afraid of being challenged from within, and that his administration will be comfortable with different points of view.

The Republicans want a serious debate about the issues facing our country. Not only did Congressman Ryan emphasize that theme, but Governor Chris Christie kicked off the convention on that note.  There have been some political shots at President Obama, but for the most part, they have been on the policy level and not the personal level.  The GOP has made it clear that America faces a pretty stark decision this November, and the Republicans want your vote if you are serious about turning around the current state of our nation.     

Review – Sparkle

david_prown_120I’m not surprised at all that I liked the movie “Sparkle”. I love singing, especially R&B singing. I also like American Idol (when I get to watch) and enjoyed Jordin Sparks as sort of an understated personality.

Same holds true in this film, which is a remake of the ’76 version which I don’t remember at all. True this movie is getting lots of talk due to the leading role of the late, great Whitney Houston.

But to me it is “all about the singing” especially since these are essentially original songs.

Set in the 60’s, Detroit, girls group, strict single Mom dealing with her own issues, plenty of church and plenty of distractions (men, drink, drugs).

The path of the story is not surprising nor is the ending. Still I found it most enjoyable, and even more so as the movie moved along.

Good stuff!

Review – Sparkle

david_prown_120I’m not surprised at all that I liked the movie “Sparkle”. I love singing, especially R&B singing. I also like American Idol (when I get to watch) and enjoyed Jordin Sparks as sort of an understated personality.

Same holds true in this film, which is a remake of the ’76 version which I don’t remember at all. True this movie is getting lots of talk due to the leading role of the late, great Whitney Houston.

But to me it is “all about the singing” especially since these are essentially original songs.

Set in the 60’s, Detroit, girls group, strict single Mom dealing with her own issues, plenty of church and plenty of distractions (men, drink, drugs).

The path of the story is not surprising nor is the ending. Still I found it most enjoyable, and even more so as the movie moved along.

Good stuff!

Middletown Police Report Military Ordinance on Ideal Beach

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At approximately 8:05am, the police Department received a report from township parks and recreation employees advising that they had located what appeared to be an old military ordinance on Ideal Beach.  The state police bomb unit and navy EOD are currently on location to determine if the ordinance is active or inert.  A very small evacuation of nearby homes is taken place as a precaution.  We will release further details as they become available.

Middletown Police Report Military Ordinance on Ideal Beach

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At approximately 8:05am, the police Department received a report from township parks and recreation employees advising that they had located what appeared to be an old military ordinance on Ideal Beach.  The state police bomb unit and navy EOD are currently on location to determine if the ordinance is active or inert.  A very small evacuation of nearby homes is taken place as a precaution.  We will release further details as they become available.

Guest Speakers

george_hancockstefanThis weekend I will be gone to a celebration in Cleveland, Ohio.  It is the 100th Anniversary of the Romanian Baptist Association of USA and Canada. It is one of those occasions that people from all over the North America are coming to celebrate our history and heritage.

As I was preparing to leave, I was very happy that I have such a vast array of preaching friends that I can invite to preach here when I am gone. I feel safe and secure that while I am gone those who are coming to preach are similar in doctrine to what we hold as a church.  I emphasize the similarity in doctrine, because I usually invite preacher whose preaching style is different than mine.

When I look at the people that I have invited to preach over the twenty plus years that I have been here, they fall into four categories.

In the first category are young and older people who get licensed to preach.  I had a number of people who preached their first sermon here at Central Baptist Church.  It is great joy to invite them 5 years or 10 years later and to see how they are doing and to compare their first sermon with the sermon that they are preaching now.

In the second category, I invite those who are already retired from the preaching ministry.  Despite being retired most of them yearn to preach one more sermon.  They have ideas which have been shaped in a sermon and they need a place to preach that sermon. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham said that his father in his nineties still thinks that he will preach one more time. It is fantastic to hear a preacher who is in his/her 80’s preach about the power and the presence of God – while the body is getting weaker, the inner man, the spiritual man is getting stronger!

In the third category I invite people who wherever they go they preach a challenging sermon.  These preachers come and by their theological depth, their sensitivity to the spiritual needs of the congregation, their relationship to God leave the congregation desiring a closer walk with God and for greater commitment to the Kingdom of God.

In the fourth category, I invite our denominational leaders.  While in the three mentioned categories I am not concerned about denominational positions, when I invite the denominational leaders, I expect them to present the work of the denomination and how we as a denomination are working in the world.  This is our larger family and I want our congregation to identify with their global brothers and sisters.

I know that things have gone well when upon my return I am told that I should invite that person again when the opportunity arises.  I know that the invited guest was effective when weeks and months later someone reminds me of that preacher or even quotes me from their sermons. Paul writes to the Romans in chapter 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”

Guest Speakers

george_hancockstefanThis weekend I will be gone to a celebration in Cleveland, Ohio.  It is the 100th Anniversary of the Romanian Baptist Association of USA and Canada. It is one of those occasions that people from all over the North America are coming to celebrate our history and heritage.

As I was preparing to leave, I was very happy that I have such a vast array of preaching friends that I can invite to preach here when I am gone. I feel safe and secure that while I am gone those who are coming to preach are similar in doctrine to what we hold as a church.  I emphasize the similarity in doctrine, because I usually invite preacher whose preaching style is different than mine.

When I look at the people that I have invited to preach over the twenty plus years that I have been here, they fall into four categories.

In the first category are young and older people who get licensed to preach.  I had a number of people who preached their first sermon here at Central Baptist Church.  It is great joy to invite them 5 years or 10 years later and to see how they are doing and to compare their first sermon with the sermon that they are preaching now.

In the second category, I invite those who are already retired from the preaching ministry.  Despite being retired most of them yearn to preach one more sermon.  They have ideas which have been shaped in a sermon and they need a place to preach that sermon. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham said that his father in his nineties still thinks that he will preach one more time. It is fantastic to hear a preacher who is in his/her 80’s preach about the power and the presence of God – while the body is getting weaker, the inner man, the spiritual man is getting stronger!

In the third category I invite people who wherever they go they preach a challenging sermon.  These preachers come and by their theological depth, their sensitivity to the spiritual needs of the congregation, their relationship to God leave the congregation desiring a closer walk with God and for greater commitment to the Kingdom of God.

In the fourth category, I invite our denominational leaders.  While in the three mentioned categories I am not concerned about denominational positions, when I invite the denominational leaders, I expect them to present the work of the denomination and how we as a denomination are working in the world.  This is our larger family and I want our congregation to identify with their global brothers and sisters.

I know that things have gone well when upon my return I am told that I should invite that person again when the opportunity arises.  I know that the invited guest was effective when weeks and months later someone reminds me of that preacher or even quotes me from their sermons. Paul writes to the Romans in chapter 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”