The Minstrel’s Office


Part 1

I am not a trained musician. If I touch a piano, a guitar, or even drums, the most I can do is help a real musician move them to his car, or to the platform. I have always wanted to play an instrument, but never had the drive and discipline. Singing on the other hand… is even worse. The only time I sing is when I worship, and even that sometimes is hard to stand. Despite not ever being able to play an instrument, and not being the best singer, the Lord has really given me a heart for minstrels. To see musicians make the transition into the intimate quarters of our God and given a name, a grace and an assignment is something I see as an honor and a privilege. I truly believe that we are living in significant times. We are living in times where the Church…

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Lon Kruger Oklahoma Sooners High Ball-Screen Options

Lon Kruger Oklahoma Sooners High Ball-Screen Options by Wes Kosel

Here are five high ball-screen options from Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach Lon Kruger. Kruger just completed his third season as head coach of the Sooners. In that time, Kruger has improved the win totals from 15 in 2011-2012 to 23 in 2013-2014. Before taking over for the Sooners, Kruger coached for UNLV, Illinois, Florida, Kansas State, UT-Pan American, and in the NBA as a head coach for the Atlanta Hawks and an assistant for the New York Knicks. He played basketball and baseball at Kansas State leading the Wildcats to back-to-back Big Eight Basketball Championships in 1972 and 1973. Although he is typically thought of for his defensive systems, the 2013-2014 Sooners ranked 7th in the country in points per game with 82.2.

Lon Kruger Oklahoma Sooners High Ball-Screen Options – Pick & Roll
4 sets a high ball-screen…

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Right & Wrong: Cavs take 2-1 lead over Warriors | Hang Time Blog

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VIDEO:Cavaliers outlast Warriors to take Game 3, series lead

CLEVELAND — Minutes after the final buzzer sounded to end Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals, with the Cleveland Cavaliers beating the Golden State Warriors, 96-91, the downtown streets around Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena filled with cars and a street party broke out — windows down, horns blasting, voices screaming. Just don’t ask these people to act like they’ve been here before, because they never have: For the first time in franchise history, the Cleveland Cavaliers are two wins away from being the NBA Champs, and ending a long stretch of pro sports futility. To grab a series lead, the Cavs followed a familiar formula, book-ending a blistering performance from LeBron James on the offensive end with terrific defense and energy on the boards. Meanwhile for Golden State, the MVP may have finally showed up to…

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5 Reasons Men Marry Certain Women But Not Others

James Michael Sama

If you have been reading my website for awhile, you may have seen me share videos from a good friend of mine, Adam LoDolce from Adam combines humor with fun videos and great advice.

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In this latest entry, Adam discusses 5 reasons why men marry certain women but not others. In other words, what traits he looks for in a potential wife. Any man who takes marriage seriously will understand that the commitment is made with the understanding that you are choosing one person to be with for the rest of your life.

After watching this video and listening to the reasons Adam listed (taken from two of his best friends who recently got married), I completely agreed and wanted to share with all of you.

So, what are these five reasons? Find out below:

1. She’s my best friend.

As Adam points out in the video, the 

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5 Reasons Why Many Black Churches Are Failing

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Historically, the Black Church has served as a powerful political, social, and spiritual institution.  Unfortunately, too many postmodern Black churches are becoming fundamentally immaterial.  This is an especially sad reality when one considers how central the work of Black churches was to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.  The purpose of this piece is to offer 5 reasons why many Black churches have basically lost their relevancy.

1.      Money.  Too many Black preachers place more focus on filling the offering plates than on responding to the comprehensive needs of the members of their congregations.  Instead of engendering a potent economic agenda offering serious solutions for their congregants, many Black preachers are more concerned with how they can fatten their wallets and ameliorate their personal dwellings and automobiles.  Although some people in the faith community are governed by a false consciousness that preachers aren’t…

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