I’m looking forward to warmer weather this weekend. At least I’ve been told it will be warmer.
Thanks for reading this week’s DHD. Here’s my thoughts on six timely topics.
- Thunder thoughts
The Oklahoma City Thunder are riding high at the moment. Of course, I’m writing this before they take on the Phoenix Suns this evening. Knowing my record, OKC may lose.
Regardless, it’s been a pleasant surprise how well the Thunder has been playing. And there’s great news that Chris Paul will be participating in his 10th NBA All-Star game. CP joining the Thunder and contributing to the team’s success was unexpected in the pre-season, but anybody paying attention would say this was a major move, as Paul is the key component to the success.
Also, the Thunder have had a player in 11 straight All-Star games, which is the longest active streak in the NBA.
So yes, good times are rolling in Loud City! And the Thunder’s young players are making contributions. Lu Dort is the latest to make a spark, with five three-pointers and 23 points in the Thunder’s win over the Sacramento Kings. Keep watching this rookie. He’s starting to look like another steal made by Sam Presti.
Also, a great read on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander can be found on The Ringer’s website. SGA also will appear in the Rising Star’s game during the All-Star weekend. The two-year player is definitely on the rise and is considered to be a cornerstone to the Thunder’s future to go along with the many draft picks OKC currently holds.
- OKC Memorial Museum
Last Saturday, Karen and I toured the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum downtown. It’s the first time I’ve been through the museum, and I must say, it’s definitely worth the tour. Since it’s the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Building this year, the Oklahoma City Thunder are making it possible for visitors to the Memorial Museum to visit for free on the 25th of every month in 2020.
The museum’s presentation is first rate of what happened on April 19, 1995. Visitors will experience a court trial that began that morning and how it was interrupted by the bombing. From there, the museum offers displays, video reports and artifacts of the progression of that downtown experience, how news spread across the world and affected millions that dreadful day.
But the museum also features the response of the heroic emergency personnel that morning and displays the spirit and strength of Oklahomans in the aftermath.
Yes, I recommend anybody visit the museum and appreciate how Oklahoma City has flourished in the years that followed.
- Mohler moment
Here’s my Al Mohler highlight for the week. Today’s edition of The Briefing is so good, and he expands on an issue that is important to me.
I can appreciate Democrats who support the Sanctity of Life. They also have my sympathy as it appears their party no longer desires to make room for them.
But check out Mohler’s report, as he discusses how Democrat candidates are funded annually $3 billion from the abortion industry. Yes, not just those who support abortion, but the abortion industry, including Planned Parenthood contribute $3 billion every year to Democrats running for office.
You can criticize the Republican Party however you want, and there would be grounds to do so. However, I struggle to understand how a professing Christian could support a Democratic candidate without trying to justify the practice of abortion. It can’t be done.
I welcome any discussion with anybody who disagrees with me.
- Mohler moment part 2
The final point in Mohler’s Briefing presentation today is the discussing of CNN and the current status of the news networks.
Mohler concluded, “…when you think about these cable news networks, just keep in mind they are a part of the cable ecology, a part of the news ecology, and I’m not arguing that Christians shouldn’t watch them. I am arguing, however, that Christians should at least know what we’re watching while we’re watching.”
- Super Bowl thoughts
The Super Bowl is happening this Sunday. I have no trouble pulling for Kansas City. I do think the Chiefs will have their work cut out for them because San Francisco has a strong defense and a rather effective running offense that can eat up the clock and keep the Chiefs’ offense off the field.
I will be watching the game with friends from church, which is always a fun environment.
Check out a story the Baptist Messenger shared from Baptist Press on the Chiefs’ offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski who made a life-changing decision after experiencing a car wreck.
The accident, Wisniewski said, “really helped me realize that I didn’t have it all figured out and that I really needed God. Ultimately, pride is a great enemy of a relationship with God. Every relationship with God begins with humility, with ‘God, I need you. I can’t live this life without you. I can’t have a purpose without you. I can’t save myself. I can’t have salvation on my own.’”
6. Clarence Thomas movie
Finally, Michael Foust gives a review of a new documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (PG-13). Judge Thomas fascinates me, especially because he is known for never asking questions during Supreme Court hearings. For a man of few words, this movie could be quite an education.
Created Equal is appearing in limited theaters, and Michael’s review features a link to the list of theaters showing the movie.
Enjoy the warm weekend!