March 30, 2007

“To some people the church is their ticket to respectability, a certain bourgeois point of view, a safety net when they go to bed. My idea of Christianity is no safety net, a scathing attack on bourgeois values, and a risk to respectability.” – Paul Hewson


Calling all men! Or wait. Maybe I should let you call first…

March 30, 2007

I have a friend. She has been “talking” with this guy for about two months. She always lets him call her. It’s the whole “let him initiate” thing we Christians dogmatically cling to as the 11th commanment. Thou shalt not call a boy. Seriously, it’s how I was reared. Anyway, she was wondering when she could call him.

So I present to you this conumdrum. If you were “talking” with a girl and she called you, would you see that as her pursuing and therefore call into question her spiritual foundations? Or would you think it was nice that she wanted to talk to you so she just picked up the phone and called?

As our resident married guys, Shawn, Jon L. and Papa are required to offer your seasoned opinions.

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My Knight is Shining Armani (that’s an original)

March 30, 2007

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DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) — Irish rock star and global humanitarian Bono became a knight of the British empire Thursday — and joked that his youngest son thought he was about to become a Jedi instead.

Bono, 46, was named a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in an informal, laugh-filled ceremony in the Dublin home of British Ambassador David Reddaway.

“You have permission to call me anything you want — except sir, all right? Lord of lords, your demigodness, that’ll do,” he told reporters afterward.

Because he is an Irish citizen, Bono won’t have the title of “sir” before his name. That honor is reserved for citizens of the United Kingdom or British Commonwealth countries. Ireland left the Commonwealth when it became a republic in 1949.

Reddaway paid tribute to Bono’s work as a campaigner against poverty and disease in Africa — but first asked whether he was disappointed that becoming a knight no longer involves a sword or kneeling.

“Please, I wasn’t expecting you to kneel,” said Bono, his hand on the ambassador’s shoulder.

Accompanying the rocker were his wife, Ali, and their four children — Jordan, 17; Eve, 15; Elijah, 7; and John, 5. U2 guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam Clayton also attended.

John was disappointed that his dad wasn’t presented with a light saber, said Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson. “He thought I was becoming a Jedi.”

Bono sported lapel pins for two of his previous European government awards, the Legion d’Honneur from France and the Order of Liberty from Portugal.

Such official accolades “really help me get through a few doors I wouldn’t get through. And that’s the truth, that’s the way the world is,” he said.


March 29, 2007

There is a bland disregard for the disturbing conclusions of a prayer that thanks God for supplying all of our needs if there are fourty-thousand children a day dying from hunger. Are we suggesting that God is withholding from some? Or could it be that the grace prayer should be recognized as much more universal? God has supplied our needs, and it is our withholding and hording that leaves African children without the Lord’s ample supply. – Steven Stockman Walk on:the spiritual journey of U2


How do I set my MySpace page to private?

March 29, 2007

You’re absolutely intriguing! I’d like to get together and have fun.

Let me know.

Kisses,
Sam

I’m uncomfortable…

Meaning?

just the general uneasy feeling that comes from getting an email from someone you don’t know. thanks for the compliment, though.

I understand but I am trying to get to know you.

Tell me more about you.

i’m the kind of girl who gets really uncomfortable in situations like this and really appreciates a gentleman who understands.

thank you again

Well, then may be you should delete your profile here. This is a place to talk, meet and have friends.

Good Luck, uncomfortable lady!

You’re probably right about that. Good luck to you, too, comfortable gentleman.

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Since you asked…

March 29, 2007

Philosopher Clint Black once sang, “Ain’t it funny how a melody can bring back a memory, take you to another place in time, even change your state of mind.”

Music has a unique way of touching the soul. David knew this. He used music to soothe the restless heart of a chaotic king. There was a Chinese emperor who could gauge the state of his people by the music each region was producing. Harmonious strains meant prosperity. Music characterized by dissonant chords indicated turmoil. And in our own culture, music shapes everything from the theme of a party to the way we see human dignity.

Music is powerful. More than anything else, music gives a vehicle for the emotions and thoughts for which we often can not find our own words. Music speaks the heart.

Criticizing someone’s music takes a shot at more than their preferences. It often impugns the ideas that are important to them. Be careful when commenting on someone’s musical choices. More than likely, they won’t hear, “I don’t like the way that sounds.” They will hear, “These thoughts that touch you deeply and reflect who you are inside, this heartbreak, this Saviour you love, they are invalid.” And that is a heavy statement to make.


Bumper sticker Via Ames’ site.

March 29, 2007

On judgement day you’ll wish your car had more Jesus stickers.

And on a tee shirt I once saw:

They will know us by our tee shirts.

Interesting implications.