Just found out we are going to be grandparents, for the first time. So, I got to thinking, maybe I should start planning on what to do for this new addition. I checked, and my job is to spoil the kid rotten. Or something like that. (The Japanese lady is not part of the idea stream.)
Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he.
I don’t know any letter that is more fundamental and foundational than Paul’s letter to the Romans. It is unquestionably the greatest of all of Paul’s letters and the widest in its scope. It is most intent and penetrating in its insight into the understanding of truth; therefore, it is one of the books of the New Testament that every Christian ought to be thoroughly familiar with. If you haven’t mastered the book of Romans and aren’t able to think through this book without a Bible before you, then I urge you to set that as your goal.
Master the book of Romans — be so acquainted with it that you can outline it and think of its great themes without a Bible open before you. That requires reading it and studying it and thinking it through in careful detail. I think it is safe to say that Romans probably is the most powerful human document that has ever been penned.
—- St. Augustine, whose shadow has loomed large over the church since the fourth century, was converted by reading just a few verses of the 13th chapter of the book of Romans.
—- Martin Luther, studying the writings of Augustine, came to an understanding of faith. The 16th verse of the very first chapter of the letter spoke volumes to Luther’s heart as he thought and meditated on the great phrase, “The righteous shall live by faith.” This book’s effect on Luther ushered in the great Protestant Reformation, the greatest awakening that our world has seen since the days of the apostles.
—- John Bunyan, studying Romans in the Bedford jail, was so caught up by the themes of this great letter that out of it he penned Pilgrim’s Progress, which has taught many people how a Christian relates to the world in which he lives.
—- John Wesley, listening one day to Luther’s preface to the commentary on Romans, found his own heart strangely warmed and out of that came the great evangelical awakening of the eighteenth century. — Ray Stedman, Introduction to his study of the book of Romans, 1975.
“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
“With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward …”
Franklin told his daughter that he thought the wild turkey would make a much better symbol of the American character: “For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America … He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.” —
Benjamin Franklin writing to his daughter Sally from France in January 1784.
It sounds like asking someone if they support the idea of breathable air. Kentucky fans are being surveyed about their interest in helping finance a renovation of Rupp Arena.
Apparently, they’re interested.
"The preliminary responses are overwhelming and the results analyzed are very encouraging," Brent Rice, the chairman of the Lexington Center Corporation, said Tuesday. LCC is exploring the possibility of renovating Rupp Arena as part of a new entertainment/convention district in downtown Lexington.
In the last month or so, fans and corporations have been asked about interest in buying perks in a new-look Rupp Arena: private suites, special loge boxes, memberships to a lounge at the top of the lower-arena bowl and/or court-level club seats and/or a “courtside suite” located under the stands.
Proceeds would help finance another renovation of Rupp Arena, which has served as the home for University of Kentucky men’s basketball since 1976. LCC’s Strategic Financial Advisors — which consists of three companies: Conventions, Sports & Leisure International/Legends Sales & Marketing/HKS World Events — are conducting the survey and are expected to make formal recommendations on paying for the project within the next 30 days, Rice said.
While private suites, loge boxes and a lounge might be beyond the financial reach of many fans, the survey also includes a pitch to the proletariat. It asks about a financing idea Rice first floated more than a year ago: UK fans buy a membership stake in the renovation much as Green Bay Packers fans did in a recent upgrade of Lambeau Field. The survey asks how strongly fans feel about paying an initial fee of $300 for a “True Blue Membership.” There would be an additional annual fee of $100. What a fan would get with the membership is not yet determined, but the survey speaks of such benefits as entry into a lottery to win a seat in the lounge for a game, recognition on a “Founders Wall,” special access to buy tickets to all Rupp Arena events (concerts, Sweet Sixteen high school basketball, NCAA Tournament games, etc.) and a discount to a memorabilia store inside the new Rupp Arena.
"The initial results are extremely favorable to that particular concept," said Rice, who envisions a televised lottery for True Blue members each week.
The Packers reportedly sold 1,600 shares in the team within the first 11 minutes of making the offer known. The team sold enough $250 shares to raise $67 million, which was about half the cost of a Lambeau Field renovation expected to be completed in time for the 2013 season.
Bill Rhoda, the president of CSL International, said about half the fans participating in the survey so far liked the idea of a True Blue Membership. Of those people, about 90 percent accepted the proposed fees, he said.
The survey also asks fans about their level of enthusiasm for a surcharge on ticket prices, an effort to secure a naming rights fee for the arena, a hotel/motel tax, a car rental tax, an increase in the sales tax and a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan.
The survey has been made available to the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and a Rupp Arena data base that Rice said contained “hundreds of thousands” of names.
Between 250 and 300 corporations accepted an invitation to participate in the survey, Rhoda said. Also about 3,000 people who have bought tickets to events in Rupp Arena responded so far. This was enough to feel confident about projecting the demand, he said. His company will need two or three weeks to interpret results from the survey, he said.
After asking warm-up questions like have you attended an event in Rupp within the last five years, are you a UK season-ticket holder and have you bought season tickets, club seats or suites to other sports events in Lexington and Louisville, the survey hits the high-end perks:
■ How likely is it that you would pay $2,500 each year for access to a suite level club, which includes “premium food and beverage options?
■ How likely is it that you would pay $10,000 each year for a special seat (wider cushion, more leg room) in the suite level club? These seats include tickets to all Rupp Arena events.
■ How likely is it that you would pay $30,000 each year for a loge box, which typically seats four. Each box may come with a “drink rail” and flat-screen television. Amenities also include tickets to all Rupp Arena events, preferred parking, VIP entry and private restroom. As a follow-up question, the survey asks about a $20,000 annual fee.
■ How likely is it that you would pay $100,000 each year for a private suite? In follow-up questions, the survey asks about a $75,000 annual fee and your willingness to share the suite (and the cost) with another party.
So far, the survey reflected “significant demand” for the suites, loge boxes and other perks, Rhoda said. “There’s nothing that’s had a lack of demand.”
From Jerry Tipton and the Herald Leader; full story HERE.
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