People don’t even understand.

It’s like nothing else in the world. There is no other team in any sport who is as adept at losing as the Chicago Cubs. There is no other team who has had such high hopes for so many years and yet never has once capitalized on those hopes. 1908. 1908. 1908.

1908 is the last time the Cubs came through and won the whole point of baseball. 1908. Mark Prior pitches nine innings and strikes out 16 batters. 16! and the Cubs lose in 12 innings after leaving the bases loaded three times. How can they even invent new ways to lose like that? It boggles the mind.

People don’t even understand.

The Church of England has been struggling to get people to come. In an attempt to get lapsed church-goers to come back, the Anglican church has created a get back to church Sunday where people who attend will be given bars of chocolate.

However, just so you don’t worry, the bars of chocolate are not a gimmick. Oh no, here’s what they are: “When people come and receive the chocolate they discover it is not just a gimmick, it’s not an ordinary kind of chocolate fondant. This is a piece of fair trade chocolate. The point then to make is that church isn’t just about going to a cosy club, it’s about belonging to an organisation which has a job of trying to bring justice and fair trade across the world.”

Now that we have that cleared up. The most disturbing part of the article is the point these people see for the church, I quote from the article on the BBC: “The Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Manchester, says the church is trying to bring “justice and fair trade across the world”. I was unaware that was what the church’s purpose for being was. Guess I better get to work at redesigning RBC. Wonder if I can get a good deal on chocolate at Wal-mart?

The pathetically inept Cubs gave up a run in the ninth and two in the eleventh to blow yet another game to the lowly Cincinnati Reds. Sick I tell ya. They are now in second place in the Wild Card behind Houston. Luckily for the Cubs, the only redeeming thing that could save them, is that the two teams they are battling with are known for choking as well. We’ll see who chokes the most, I think I know. We’ll see who snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.

In Luke 17:5 the disciples asked Jesus to “increase our faith.” That’s an interesting question by itself, but what’s even more interesting is Jesus’ answer.

First, Jesus tells them hat just a little bit of faith can cause a tree to uproot and move itself! Cool, this is similar to what he said about moving a mountain, you don’t need much faith do get things done.

Second, Jesus talks about a servant and his duty. A servant does what he’s told and you don’t tell him thank you, he just does his job because he’s supposed to. A servant concludes that he is unprofitable and is just doing what he’s supposed to do.

Now, what does this all mean? It seems that the disciples wanted their faith increased–notice they want Jesus to increase their faith rather than they themselves–is so they can feel better about themselves, it’s more of an arrogance thing for them. So Jesus knocks them back a bit–first, you really don’t need that much so increasing it may be “pointless” anyway. This also gives encouragement to us that we don’t need to be supermen of faith to be used by God, we just need some! Don’t worry about how much you don’t have, use what you’ve got!

Next he tells them not to worry about it anyway! We’re here to serve Him, do it and don’t worry about how much of this or that you get out of it. Our life of faith is to be about Christ, not us. We are fallen people anyway, we’ll always be brought down by our sin nature. Without faith it is impossible to please him–the only way to get things done is through faith, which is a gift, but we won’t retain much due to our nature. But that’s ok! We’re here to do the Lord’s will using what He’s given us.

Well, the moronic Cubs are living up to their oh so wonderful reputation by choking away their wild card lead to pathetic loser teams. The Cubs are now tied for the lead with San Francisco and Houston is now only a half game behind both. Sick really, but the way they are playing, they’ll get massacred in the playoffs anyway. You just hope the end is quick.

The Department of Homeland Security is pushing for and implementing a finger scan program to people entering and exiting the United States. The digital scan of the finger can be used to verify that the same people using the visas to come in are the same people using the visas when leaving.

So, we are using a part of the body to verify a piece of id eh. That sounds like a step closer to a number on the forehead or hand. It’ll all make sense and be perfectly reasonable when it comes. Fun to watch it!

Well, the stupid Cubs won last night in “convincing” fashion finally. With six games left they hold a one game lead in the Wild Card. The Cubs tried their hardest to blow their 12-1 lead by giving up four in the eighth, but managed to cling to a 12-5 win. Only the Cubs can make a 12-5 game seem close.