Satur-deja Vu

If I say middle school band concert you may envision proud mothers that hear with their hearts and not with their ears and other friends and relatives that find creative ways to say nice things. We are fortunate that our 6th grade first year band student chose to learn flute and not carry around a tuba or take up the drums. We are also fortunate that she is a quick study. Last week she spent the day at an Honors Band Clinic which is like one day band camp. 254 students from 34 schools divided into two groups, 1st year and 2nd year, and spent the day together mostly in rehearsal. The concert we attended at the end of that day was not too shabby.

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Satur-deja Vu

Let’s start with the NFL Draft. Last Saturday the draft was still underway. When all was said and done, Georgia sent 15 players to the draft and all 15 were picked up by NFL teams! The Bulldogs 2021 Championship is worth more than bragging rights. Winning a championship is an excellent recruitment strategy as graduating high school seniors consider where to play next. It’s good for the school (proud alums make better donations, advertising revue, merchandising rights, broadcasting) and the school can afford to spend more on athletics as a result, meaning better equipment and more scholarships. The record number of players drafted by the NFL means that UGA has a lot of spots to fill but also increases their ability to do so. If you’re looking at colleges, or thinking about a transfer, the headlines about Georgia’s record number of players drafted are very attractive. First he beat Nick Saban, then won the National Championship, and now Georgia sets a new draft record. This continues to be a banner year for Kirby Smart.

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Satur-deja Vu

Then he bought Twitter. Maybe it’s my age, the rural setting I live in or the fact I’m not a celebrity type with a million followers but I just don’t get people freaking out about his acquisition of a social media platform. Jameela Jamil said in what she vows is her last tweet: “I fear this free speech bid is going to help this hell platform reach its final form of totally lawless hate, bigotry, and misogyny. Best of luck.” George Takei pledged to stay, Tweeting “Should this place become more toxic, I pledge to strive even harder to lift up reason, science, compassion and the rule of law. The struggle against fascism, misinformation, and hate requires tough fighters.”

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iMonk Radio Podcast #87

Preaching at First Presbyterian of London, KY; discussion of false assurance; Here’s the quote: Think about who you are this weekend. Be in the Lord’s house with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day and let your assurance be challenged because unless your assurance is changing you, unless it is putting your treasure in things which cannot rust and thieves cannot steal, you have a false assurance. -Frank Turk