Monthly Archives: December 2003

A good article about why we need friends to bounce ideas off of

Current mood: crazy

Current music: Ben Harper – Widow of a Living Man

Uninvited input brings to life a friendship to be remembered

By: SPECIAL TO CITIZEN-TIMES

Posted: Dec. 12, 2003 5:31 p.m.

I rise early on Sunday mornings in order to prepare myself to meet an active, demanding day. I shower, quietly dress and head my car down the driveway, turning it toward McDonald’s. I usually get there early enough to get a place at a table far away from the breakfast crowd and the sounds of conversation.

I prefer to be somewhat inconspicuous, anonymous. I simply search for a cup of strong black coffee and a private time to prayerfully center my spirit.  It’s in these moments I glance over my sermon and pay attention to my internal critics.

This time alone is an invaluable part of my peculiar routine and I go out of my way not to disrupt it. However, this routine was altered some years ago when a winsome, senior-age man caught my attention.

His name was Len and he had seen me and asked if I were a minister and was I “working on my sermon.” I was reluctant to answer, wanting to be left alone.  He invited me to sit down and share my sermon with him. He seemed to genuinely care about the ideas inherent in my sermons and playfully questioned me about them.  He had a kind of Socratic sense about him and I learned to enjoy these breakfast meetings. He loved to talk about the political and social implications of my sermons and our conversations ran the gamut. This man was not your traditional church-goer; yet, he was deeply interested in spiritual/ethical matters. Sam Walter Foss may have been imaging a man like Len when he penned these famous words,

“Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.”

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I’m glad that’s over

Current mood: chipper

Current music: Everclear – Brown Eyed Girl

I’m glad thats over. . .

Well, as always, I have a lot to be thankful for. Today, I am especially glad that the semester is nearly over. Particularly my Theology and Ethics course which is taught by a jackass liberal Roman Catholic. At first I thought he was just liberal, but over the past few classes he’s said things that lead me to believe he just isn’t that smart. Alleluia, I only have to take one course with that guy.

Last class, someone mentioned Mormons and he got defensive, making sure we knew he thought Mormons were Christian. Well, as always, trying to provide some clarity and correct errors, I raised my hand and said that, the biggest issue wasn’t whether they are or aren’t Christian, but whether they are Nicean Christian or not. I mean, Arians are Non-Nicean Christian and I have no problem defining Mormons as non-Nicean Christian. I don’t think the term is pejorative, merely accurate. So, I mentioned this, mentioning in abbreviated version the Mormon process theology wherein God was once a man etc, and pointing out that this conflicted with one of his previous statements about it being foolish for anyone to refer to God as particularly one sex. His only response was “I don’t know that, I don’t know that” well, now you do buddy–not that you ever let facts get in your way. Well, he takes the opportunity to go on a tangent and bang his drum for awhile chastising those among us who think the ecumenical councils were important, asking why we feel that one must accept a neo-platonic philosophy in order to be Christian. Well, I guess this is an issue near and dear to his own heart since he is on the fringes of historic Christianity. The funny thing is, he negated the whole reason for his class by saying there was no possible way for us to understand neo-platonism (we are, after-all, completely culturally bound)–I wanted to ask him why he bothered teaching the class then. Oh well, just one contradiction among many.

We have to fill out evaluations of the course, I’m tempted to write the following:

Major weaknesses of the course: Instructor

Major strengths and weaknesses of instructor: Major strength is that he definitely knows what he thinks, the only problem is that he can’t really articulate it, and he has a definite problem in comprehending other ideas. Facts don’t exist.

I’ll think of more later. . .

What can I say, I have personality

Current mood: crazy

Current music: The Music of Armenia: Arvot Lousaber

OK

Ok, so I’ve been called on the number of quizzes I’ve taken and put on this blog. What can I say, I have a love-hate relationship with personality tests. On the one hand I think they’re interesting, but on the other, I don’t trust them very much. Also, I want to inform y’all, if you didn’t know, these quizzes aren’t exactly the most scientifically acurate. They just have interesting results–don’t freak out, I don’t run my life by horiscopes or quizzes.

Blessings

(also, I just finished giving a presentation on the Armenian Apostolic Church. I love thier music and Architecture.)

Simply Insane

Current mood: calm

Current music: Jewel: Down so Long

Simply insane

I can’t believe a lot of the things I read these days. Check out the following comments from Classical Anglican Net news and the story from Yahoo. Pay particular attention to this freaks looks. . he’s crazy as a loon. . . scary thing is, he evidently represents a sub-culture. And people ask why I believe in Original Sin. If I didn’t I’d be at a complete loss.

THE OLD GODS return to Europe– “A German confessed on Wednesday to killing and eating a willing victim in a case that could make legal history, telling a shocked courtroom the experience was ‘like taking communion’ in a religious service.” Well, no– not at all, really. It’s more like eating a guy. Mark Shea wraps it all up for you; and another take from Sed Contra; and the last word to media-maven Kathy Shaidle …. (Yahoo, CAEI, David MorrisonBlog, RLC) (From CANN)



see the story and picture at Yahoo.