Friday, February 27, 2009

Squealing like a little girl

Excuse me while I have a bit of a moment here...

The Bugatti Centenaire

You mean they're going to top this beauty?


Friday Fun

C'mon, you know you're down with the Space Invaders goodness...

Happy Up Here from Röyksopp on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Only in the Lord

Yes, so if you were in Bible class in Millersburg on Wednesday, and you can think back to before the baptism (which I'll completely forgive, because really, baptisms rock and all), I mentioned that I disagreed with the teacher of the class concerning the phrase "only in the Lord" at the end of 1 Corinthians 7.

Now before I launch into what's sure to be a very short defense, as the post below points out, I'm feeling lazy tonight, let me first say that its generally inadvisable to publicly state that you are disagreeing with an elder of the congregation. Thankfully, John is rather feisty and can hold up to an argument such as this, as most elders can.

My thoughts are that the phrase "only in the Lord" are referring to the manner in which the widow is to remarry rather than the actual person that she is to remarry. Earlier in the chapter, Paul points out that it is not a sin to be married to someone outside of the body of Christ. It is a situation in which many men and women find themselves today, coming to Christ already in the marriage. In the first century, the situation was different than we have in the United States today, for if someone would become a Christian in those days, especially a woman, she ran the very large risk of her husband being perturbed by her joining herself to people whom he did not like or associate with and would leave her. For this cause, Paul says that she is not bound to him to leave the Church to retain the marriage.

But if it is the case that he would remain, or that she was married to a Christian in the first place, and her husband would die, God does have some directives for her. She needs to realize her responsibility to God rather than to her own sexual desires. In 1 Timothy 5:11-12, the church is warned to not take young widows into their benevolent programs (ugh, I hate that terminology, but can't think of any better), because there was a very clear risk of them wandering from the faith because of their sensual desires. It is a risk that has been around for thousands of years, that we still struggle with in the twenty-first century. It is in this way that we can take in Paul's idea here in 1 Corinthians. When the widow chooses to marry, her first thought should be to keep God at the forefront of her decision making. The phrase would be closely associated with another that Paul makes, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right..." (Ephesians 6:1). Paul is not directing children to only obey Christian parents. He is telling them that they are to follow the teachings of their parents that are true and good, and as they do so they are following what the Lord wants them to do. He doesn't want them to be rebellious, and he doesn't want the widow's search for a husband to be a rebellion against God, thus, "only in the Lord".

Thoughts on Vacation Bible School

In the interest of laziness, I direct your steely gaze to my friend Chris Gallagher's website, the Preacher's Pen and my reply to his VBS posting.

Its found here.

Yes, lazy...I know.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Because you know you want to

Yes, you do need to check out

There's going to be a protest of the government throwing all of our money around at the laundry list of things that they haven't been about to throw money at for the last ten years or so. These protests are going on all over the place. Wear black on Friday if you can't attend.

My favorite post is here


Here are some ideas for slogans you can use on your signs.
  • Pay for Your OWN Mortgage
  • Free Markets, Not Free Loaders
  • No Public Money for Private Failure
  • Reward Responsibility, Not Irresponsibility
  • Andrew Jackson was Right: No to Bank Nationalization
  • Cut Taxes, Not Deals
  • Next Time, Read the Bill Before You Sign It
  • You Can’t Borrow to Prosperity
  • Don’t Mortgage the Future
  • Solve Problems, Don’t Sweep Them Under the Table
  • 220 Years to Build the Republic, 1 Month to Destroy It
  • Why Should I Pay for YOUR Bad Decisions
  • Restore the Republic, Revolt Against Socialism
  • No Taxation Without Deliberative Representation
  • No Spending Without Deliberative Representation
  • The Very Small List: Things Government Does Well

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


A nice tip of the hat to Seftor, a long-time acquaintance here on the intertubes. Below you see a Wordle overview of the Obama speech this evening.

Wordle: Obama's State of the Nation

To this, compare the most prominent speech that our previous president presented prior to projecting our power to parts previously unknown.

Wordle: George Bush - 9/11 speech

Its interesting that the "big" words are pretty much the same. The drumbeat is always the same no matter who is in office. Point one for anyone who wants to be president - ALWAYS TALK ABOUT AMERICA. Downplay the word "I" especially. Whether we're talking about terrrrrists or the economy, Americans like to hear about themselves. Maybe this is one of those things that proves a great point that I believe. Our nation is based largely on the inestimable value of hope. If you can inspire hope within the people of this nation, you will be the one leading it. Its been true since at least the days of Jimmy Carter. Perhaps longer, but I can't remember back that far.

Hope doesn't necessarily need to be tied to change, but it is far easier to package them together as a two for one deal.

Speaking of deals, if you'd like a night at the Inn where I work, call me in the next couple of days. Its bargain basement pricing! I was told to raise occupancy, but no mention was made about room rates. Come one come all!


Ok, I can deal with the infatuation that seems to surround our new president. He's a good looking guy, won the election handily, is well tanned... But really, again with the primetime speech? And we all know what he's going to say...

"well, to put it simply, the economy is pretty slow, but the money from my spending plan is going to go a long way. Really, it is. Trust me, throwing money at a problem works every time that it's tried. Right?"

Ok maybe not in so many words.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Not good

Ugh, I just realized how dreadful this blog looks. That will have to be remedied very soon.

I gotta say...

I've finally started to catch up with the technology revolution. Sure, there's no AT&T Wireless service down here in Holmes County, but this iPod Touch works just fine. I can even hack out a blog post on it now. Granted, I've always been a bit of a technophile. (And for you folks in Garrettsville, that does not mean that I like to do naughty things with my computer.) This thing is completely amazing though. I can now definitively tell you exactly which houses between here and Berlin have wireless internets that I can leech off of, but of course I'd never do anything like that.

No, not me.

But on a more serious note, my thoughts and prayers go out to Mark Manlove's family and friends. I know that this is a very hard time for you all. Take every chance you get to talk with one another for support. He was a great help to me on more than one occasion, but I'm sure I was a bit of a nuisance at times. May the Lord bless you in your time of need.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sooner or later

Ok, so one looks around this quiet hovel in the snow-blanketed (though believe me, that's a relative term, right Windham type folks?) village of Glenmont, and find themselves prepared to call out to the world once again.

Far too long one might say, not nearly long enough another.

I debate within myself which side I fall upon, but that very question is answered by this dance of pixels on a vibrant stage. But what to address? What vital issue arises that needs the voice of someone far inferior to those who have gone before? Has a village council decided to navel-gaze rather than be forward looking? Has a lonely fire hydrant gone sour once again? Are there pizzas that need delivered?

Alas no.

Nothing exciting. Which is normal for every day life here in Holmes County, don't get me wrong. The seedy underbelly of life here doesn't really seem so seedy, though local folks would have you to believe that our problems are the same as the larger and more populated areas. Sure, drugs, alcohol, rampant stupidity and all of the other maladies of life persist, even here. On the other hand, we are still able to hide those things, rather than being played out in the open in many other communities. Our life is good, pleasant, yea verily. We deal more with disparity between east and west, the proverbial discord between the "haves" and "have nots". Thankfully, the naturally following whining is not as obvious, even though the dirty looks have persisted.

So let our discussion begin.