Monday, April 30, 2007


I just read in Hearts and Hands and Voices, by Sue Ellen Page that if you don't have 90% regular attendance in your youth choir, you should re-evaluate your situation and make changes.

This is quite disturbing to me, because I couldn't count the last time I had 90% attendance in my choir. I have 15-ish members in the choir, so if more than 1 person is gone, I'm over that 10% absentee allowance. This is not a justification, it is a fact. I can't have more than one person absent, even couples, or I need to re-evaluate.

So, is this true in other professions? Should, say, professors be thinking in this way? It would be interesting. If you had a 30 person class and 3 people were gone regularly, you need to re-examine your teaching style. If a board had 10 people on it and one person was gone regularly, the chair should rethink their plans. That's interesting. I'll have to remember that.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


What is accommodation? I've been asking that question lately. I've heard people talk about how we can't do this or that because it will turn people away. We can't make confirmation kids learn the Small Catechism, because they will be put off by it. We can't expect children to be able to sit through Sunday School, so let's just have youth "community building." Then "they" turn around and complain that the kids don't know anything.

When do we stop accommodating and actually do what we were put here to do and preach the Gospel?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Which religion

You scored as Christianity. Your views are most similar to those of Christianity. Do more research on Christianity and possibly consider being baptized and accepting Jesus, if you aren't already Christian.

Christianity is the second of the Abrahamic faiths; it follows Judaism and is followed by Islam. It differs in its belief of Jesus, as not a prophet nor historical figure, but as God in human form. The Holy Trinity is the concept that God takes three forms: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost (sometimes called Holy Spirit). Jesus taught the idea of instead of seeking revenge, one should love his or her neighbors and enemies. Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross to save humankind and forgive people's sins.



















Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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This was kind of neat... there are a whole schlew (sp?) of problems, but it was cool. Take it, you'll like it.

Thanks, Jason, for the link.

Friday, April 13, 2007


The other day I was confronted with the question, "what does freedom feel like?"

Today I have an answer:
Today is the 10 year anniversary of the day I broke up with the girl I lovingly call "Psycho Ex-Girlfriend." Now we only dated for a year in HS, but that was huge then AND she made a decidedly large impact on me, the scars of which have faded, but I still can't smell artificial vanilla without wanting to vomit.

I am free, free, free!
I am free, free, free!
I am free, free, free!

Now that I've said this (wrote it, whatever!), why do people question my remembering of the day? Shouldn't we celebrate victories? Shouldn't we celebrate achievements? Shouldn't we send ex-girlfriends cards commemorating anniversaries of this type? And why is it only people who don't have psycho exes that question this?

No matter how you slice it, I'm free. And there ain't nothin' you can do about it!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Devil Always Quotes Scripture...

I found it interesting when I heard that in the Bible, the devil always quotes scripture (or God before scripture was script). Someone else told me this, I haven't done research on the topic, but after hearing the stories again about Jesus tempted in the wilderness and Eve and the serpent, I think that it is true.

Many years ago I knew a group of Bible bangers. The Fundagelical type. They informed me that I was going to Hell, I told them I was and they started preaching damnation to me. Now, when I look back at that experience, I realize that they weren't preaching God's Word, they were bastardizing it. They were telling me their word, which is most certainly not the Word.

Now this question occurs to me... is the entire Fundagelical movement just another way that the devil is fighting God?