Monday, May 30, 2005

puddleheads



And remind me please, why I actually am surprised?

You can read more here.
posted by Christie

a new warning label

Whenever we were moving, I ran across one of those little bags of silica beads - you know, the thing that come inside that packet in your new box of shoes? Well, I thought nothing of it and for the meantime set the miniature sack on the bathroom counter of our new house. Little did I know, that the ramifications of that seemingly insignificant act would haunt me for weeks to come. As we continued to move our things - the silica beads remained precisely where they had been placed. Honestly, I never gave them another thought. At this point, the only trashcan we had was a large outdoor one in the garage that was filled with remnants from our wood floors and other building material - so the silica beads didn't get thrown away. Well, days passed, and when I least suspected it, the foolishness of my actions became surpassingly evident. Through some series of events unknown to me - the infernal bag of desiccant material busted open upon the floor of our fine lavatory. I don't know if you've ever tried, and I wouldn't reccomend it for kicks, but rounding up the exorbitant amount of individual beads in one of those packages is not as easy as it may seem. In fact, several months have spanned the event and the present - and I've yet to command authority over several of the elusive jokers that have made their home in the corners and crevices of my home. And I thought eating those things was dangerous...
posted by Christie

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

are you sure you're saved?

Every time this happens, I vow to never let it happen again, but somehow I find myself lax and I let things slip, unsaved through my fingers.

I began working this morning on a question and answer sheet for our adult volunteers for tonight's Bible Study. We've been plowing pretty deep through the book of 1 John and I thought tonight would be a good night to break everyone down into small groups for a review of all the practical and theological topics we've covered. So I began before 8:00, typing away... suddenly around 9:45, my laptop decides to go to sleep - evidently a deep sleep, because I could not wake it, so I was forced to simply turn it off and reboot...

Much to my dismay, I had not saved the document and the only thing auto save recovered was one line "What does 1 John say about God?" which I had already deleted.

Arghhh.....there are many curse words trying to make it from my mouth right now... but I will persevere and start my theological dissertation over.

Two hours, two pages and some great writing are now gone forever.
posted by Rick

Monday, May 23, 2005

compliments to the chef

When I think about cooking, it seems like something that I would like to do. But when it actually comes to scrounging up a recipe and firing up the stove, the unappealingness of it all begins to set in. As much as I strive toward domestic goddessness, in the end, I usually fall short. However, despite my less than desirous attitude toward contriving meals for just my husband and myself - I somehow ended up preparing spaghetti for 250 this weekend! Thankfully, spaghetti is one of the few things that I cook pretty well. So, here I am, someone who usually won't even cook 1 pound of hamburger - instead cooking 40! Had the event not been to raise money for our youth to go on a mission trip this summer, I probably would have resorted to my usual attitude toward the preparing of food and just taken everyone out to eat. But somehow, I think that would have defeated the purpose. Anyway, I now have a new found respect for anyone who attempts to cook in bulk proportions and will consider my work yesterday to have made up for all past failures in the food preparation department.
posted by Christie

Friday, May 20, 2005

hit me baby one more time

Just some random 411...our little site here, which houses a plethora of odd ramblings, has now officially been viewed by 5000! We're accepting gifts of all kinds to commemorate the event.
posted by Christie

the way we speak

So I take this test to see what kind of english I speak and here it is:

65% General American English
20% Dixie
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Midwestern

I think if I had taken this test five years ago, the results would have been much different. But I am finding myself and my speech more and more acclimated to South Georgia every day.
posted by Rick

Thursday, May 19, 2005

oh, how the (not so) mighty have fallen

As if it weren't bad enough that Darius Rucker, lead of Hootie and the Blowfish, is now starring in the new Burger King commercial - did he have to do it in a rhinestone cowboy suit? Is it that to croon about the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch, you're required to try and look like Prince and John Wayne, all at the same time? Unfortunately, Hootie didn't ask my opinion, but if he had of, I would have told him that he should have quit while he was ahead.

Speaking of falling Bob Saget has plummeted even further into the deep abyss of the slightly talented - if that's possible. He's left his clean cut image behind to pursue a career in - yep, you guessed it - rap music. He's now become an official pimp and sings about picking up girlies, rolling blunts, and even more sordid topics than that. Whatever happened to Danny Tanner? My advice to the Notorious B.O.B. - although he was never really ahead, he definitely should just quit. Oh, and speaking of the old Bobarino, if you weren't already under the impression that he was God, then think again.
posted by Christie

twenty-four...and holding

Although I hate to admit it, the fact is beginning to set in...I think I'm getting old.

First of all, my metabolism seems to be slowing down. Although I've always tried to be pretty careful about what I eat - I notice that lately I'm having to be really careful. Meaning that those daily splurges I used to indulge in, must now become weekly splurges. The rack of jeans in my closet that cause me physical injury when I put them on are a testament to far too many late night Blizzards - a practice that will now have to be discontinued, or else.

My metabolism is not the only thing slowing down, I am too. In college I had no problem starting a movie at 11 pm or after and actually staying awake to see the end. Now, an 11 pm start for a movie means that I may or may not make it past the FBI warning. Seriously. This phenomenon surely is due, at least in part, to the fact that now that I've grown up, I have to leave for work at 6:30 am every morning. But still I feel the years setting in.

Last night, another reminder slapped me right on the side of my aging face. Rick and some other guys drove two hours to see a midnight viewing of Episode III. I opted to stay home since I had to work today and I knew I would be getting up about the same time he would be getting home. What scares me is not that I stayed home, but what I did while I was there. And that I actually looked forward to doing it. I went to the movie store - rented a movie, and made a special trip across town to pick up a copy of our local paper. I went back home, read the paper from cover to cover and then watched my movie - Fried Green Tomatoes. If that isn't scary enough, after it was over I seriously considered going through some boxes to find my copy of Driving Miss Daisy, so I could watch it too. Oh, what is happening to me?
posted by Christie

Monday, May 16, 2005

virtual reality

If you haven't already, you must make a visit to the Church of Fools, a non-denominational cyber church, yes, cyber church - sponsored by the Methodist Church of Britain. After signing on to the site, creating a virtual identity and selecting an animated figure, called an avatar, to represent you, you can kneel and pray, sit in the pews or simply mill around. You can also give an offering, shout hallelujah, ring the church bells, sing a hymn and even risk getting smote for misbehavior! Although the church formerly offered 20 minute morning and evening services and longer ones on Sunday evening, it is now only open for private reflection. As far as I know, this church has no committees or bake sales in the works and offers no bad church sign on its marquee.
posted by Christie

land of make believe

I am convinced that most church people would have hated Jesus. Yes it's true, we might be fanatics of morality and religion - but that could be said of the Pharisees, and lest we forget, they were labeled a "brood of vipers" - ouch! More than anything, I think many are adherents to legalism - to a list of rules that are easy to follow, because they require no relationship - only mindless obedience. When I read the Gospels, I am confronted with a Jesus that I didn't learn about in sunday school. Believe it or not, Jesus and Mr. Rogers didn't really have a lot in common (well, you know, except for the cardigan and Keds). Jesus was not proper, He didn't wear a suit, His best friends were poor and dirty and He hung out with drunks and whores. Needless to say, the possession of any one of those characteristics would be grounds for dismissal in many churches today. Yet, all the while we value pride, wealth, success and self-righteousness...all things that Jesus failed at pretty dern miserably. It seems that we have this thing upside down.

"I believe it to be a great mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offense in it.... We cannot blink at the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in his opinions and so inflammatory in his language that he was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from place to place, and finally gibbeted as a firebrand and a public danger. Whatever his peace was, it was not the peace of an amiable indifference." Dorothy Sayers
posted by Christie

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Why Don't We?



I found this article on RelevantMagazine.com today.

It asks some good questions and reminded me that many times I am simply too busy to take time and just enjoy God - or even my wife and home for that matter.

I'm trying to learn that regardless of how much I finish today - there will still be something to do tomorrow. Which means sometimes, I just need to stop - and relax.
posted by Christie

Friday, May 13, 2005

"every line...logically followed the last one"



or so says, Dr. Desmond Morris, the anthropologist, who began testing the artistic abilities of chimps in the 1950's. Though I'm not sure logic is what comes to mind when looking at this painting.

After two years of testing, he noticed Congo's abilities began to improve and he/she/it??? produced this painting - a tempra on paper - at the age of three.

It will be auctioned off soon beside the works of Renoir and Andy Warhol and is expected to fetch a pricey $1500. Don't worry, you have until June 20 to gather your money. For more information, contact the Bonhams Auction House or simply refer to this article on their website.
posted by Christie

Thursday, May 12, 2005

say hello

...to a brother, friend and Wesleyean Padawan, Brett. Although he has just begun making his thoughts available to the public via his new blog site - he's been having deep thoughts since the womb, at least. Delve deep into the brain of this theologian and come out all the more wise for having done so. But be careful, he's Just Thinking.
posted by Christie

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

a peek behind the doors

Unless you've been hiding under a rock or something, you know that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, will be in theaters before long. It is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and is destined to be a hit. If you just can't wait to see the flick on the big screen, here is a taste of what to expect.
posted by Christie

Monday, May 09, 2005

behind enemy lines

I discovered this blog today. The pictures and stories are moving, to say the least: a photo journalist's - Michael Yon's - view of the ongoing war in Iraq. This gives a little different perspective on the fighting - much more personal. Both of the Iraqi people and the soldiers.

I don't know the answers to the war in Iraq - not even sure what my opinion is - though I know so many who are totally against us being there.

But these stories are personal and moving - showing the Iraqi people warm, welcoming and thankful for the American soldiers.

It makes me think of Wes and Amy.

Wonder how they are doing?

It was strange. Back in January when I attended the Pastor's Conference at FBC, Jax, I ran into a guy who had been working with Wes and Amy and some of their friends. He said things were going well in Baghdad and that the citizens there were so thankful for the freedom they had been granted since the fall of Sadaam, he also said the kingdom was growing at an unbelievable rate. It was encouraging to hear. Especially since the media has not reported this fact.

All this has me pondering so many things, so I think I'll sign off and leave you with just a small quote from Yon's blog:

The Iraqis who want freedom and democracy are gaining ground. From what I hear about the news back home, this might sound unreal. Nightly tallies of roadside IEDs and suicide car bombers driving headlong into crowds...are the main summary of events, while most of this country is peaceful.

There are seventeen provinces in Iraq, and more than ten are quiet. They are busy rebuilding the infrastructure; building a new democracy, but mostly just getting on with life.

Unfortunately, the "Sunni triangle" is a region churning with an insurgency that shows no sign of letup. But by focusing on the flames, the media does not give the world a fair or accurate representation of what's happening for most Iraqi people, or for most of the Coalition forces.
posted by Rick

Friday, May 06, 2005

ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome former BCFers and new bloggers, Al and Lisa Paulson. Al is a wrestling fan who is often known by his alter ego The Vindicator. He promises to entertain us with many off the wall conspiracy theories. Lisa is his lovely wife who has a great sense of humor and whose last name used to be Zipperer...say it over and over, it's fun. I'm sure they will have plenty of interesting antics to report, so give em' a holla.

You can find Al at Off the Top Rope and Lisa, Where Common Sense Ends.
posted by Christie

life, faith, culture

In only about a month, we are going to launch a Saturday evening service at our church. As you would expect it's going to be informal, we're going to have a band and even a coffee house. In our area, as in many, the church has missed out on reaching 20 somethings, and thankfully ours wants to do something about it. Even though our town is rather small, there still remains many young adults who are either completely unchurched, or haven't been involved in church since high school. From the beginning, it was decided that we would try and obtain the best equipment feasible, as far as sound, lighting, music, decorations and furniture so as to create a quality service and an enjoyable atmosphere. However, all of the ambiance in the world doesn't mean that the Spirit of God will move. If the material objects draw people in, then they've served their purpose. But our goal is life change, and it takes a lot more than a great worship set to accomplish that. We chose to name the service emerge - emphasizing a departure from sin and into Christ, but also the necessity of taking Christ into our culture after He has transformed us. What will come of this attempt, still remains to be seen. Next week we begin a barrage of advertising - our website will launch, we will run ads in the local paper, have signs scattered across the county, get a few radio spots. We know it's imperative that we get the word out, but in the end, what will matter is if we get the Word out. That's the stuff that will change lives, the frappuccino, it's just filler.

"For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
posted by Christie

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

lost and found

A telemarketer called yesterday in hopes that I would renew my subscription to Better Homes and Gardens, for only .77 a month. And although that's a great deal, I read very few issues last year, and I don't even have a garden, so I figured there was no sense in spending the extra $10 dollars just to get a couple great recipes that I'll probably never make anyway. Especially when I could spend that $10 to order the two backcopies I have missed of Relevant Magazine. Somehow, without realizing it, my subscription obviously ended. There are very few magazines that I will read from cover to cover, but Relevant is definitely one of them. So even though no telemarketer called, it's more than .77 an issue, and I still don't have a garden, I will renew, without a doubt. So, in a week or so I will be receiving, not one, but two issues of Relevant in the mail. Rick and I usually end up in a physical altercation with each other over who gets to read it first, but this time, there will be two, so we can share. Life is good...
posted by Christie

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

notes from sea

Check out the website of Scott Harrison, a volunteer photo journalist in West Africa with Mercy Ships, a global charity that has operated a growing fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. You can check out his blog and see the amazing results that surgery has brought in the lives of many Africans desperate for medical help.
posted by Christie

Sunday, May 01, 2005

been there, have the t-shirt

it's over.

the planning. the preparation. the teaching. the food. the middle school boys.

DiscipleNOW at First Baptist Church Hazlehurst is officially over, you may now go to sleep.

I love DiscipleNOW Weekends. In fact, they are one of my favorite weekends of the year. But this year was rough. We were forced to reschedule 5 - yes, FIVE - times as a result of major schedule conflicts: Band Festival, Tennis Tourney's, FBLA tournament, etc. We secured leaders with only 2 1/2 weeks to spare, and host homes were only finalized with three days remaining until kick off. We cancelled the large worship rallies, no guest speaker, no band, no stage decorations, not even a guitar. Saturday's Severe Storm Warnings caused us to cancel the relay race we had planned - though we did mangae to squeeze in the canoe relay - and we even found evidence of someone smoking in the bathroom - yet no evidence left as to who the culprit was...

And in spite of it all, God still moved. I think the greatest compliment came when some of our senior students told me that this was the best DiscipleNOW yet. Another reminder of God's sovereignty in my life and the fact that my best plans can never match His.

And to top off an already exciting weekend, I had the priviledge of baptizing a student and his mother who have recently come to know Christ.

Thank you for being such a faithful Father.

now let me go clean up the kitchen.
posted by Rick

the f-word - you use it everyday

"fine"

The answer we all give, when asked, "how are you?" "what's up?" "how ya doin'?" etc, etc...

I've long said that we are quite fake when we ask people these questions, and equally as fake when we answer them... and this article articulates my thoughts beautifully.

The truth is, we often ask, but we really don't care and we answer simply, because we just want to be left alone.
posted by Rick
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