Saturday, March 27, 2004

Ordinary Day

Last night I went to see Great Big Sea for the fourth time. I love them. I love them. I love them. My favorite song of theirs is called Ordinary Day, and we listened to it a LOT in CPE last summer. So Tripp, Andrew & I decided to go hear it live, along with Luke, Trish and Jenni. It was a blast. And later today, my best friend is coming to town! She has never visited me at Seabury, and I can't wait for her to meet my friends and see my school. She also does school with her life- she is a high school drama teacher at Oakland School for the Arts. Her job is very diffcult, but she loves it very much. It will be a great visit! She is coming to most of my classes with me- Genesis with Frank, Anglicans & Authority with Trevor. Let the fun commence!

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

A Fun Distraction - Part 2

Here is a fun link I got from Mark - Design Your Own Church Signs! Just click on one of the sample signs, and start designing. Just for Seabury folk, Mark designed one that says "This Week- Juxtaposition and Its Importance to Your Faith". I know you've always wanted a place to try out those pithy sayings you've been saving up- here is your chance!

Monday, March 22, 2004

Dream, Dream, Dream

I confess that I am hooked on The Apprentice- the reality show where people are competing for a job running one of Donald Trump's companies. I didn't realize just how hooked I was though. Last night, I had a dream where I was a contestant on the Apprentice. The task was to design and sell automobiles- and of course, the team who earned the most money in sales won. There were only three people on our team, and I wasn't the Project Manager, but I came up with idea to sell SUVs- they cost more than regular cars, and they're very popular, so we'd make more money. Our team won, and then I had to go buy a shirt and tie, but I couldn't find any that matched. Clearly this is not reality- I'm doing engineering work and I don't know how to shop!
Then, in Theology class today (yes, classes have started again here at Seabury, more on that another day) Trevor was talking about Thomas Aquinas' argument structure. He noted how Aquinas would set up an answer that some might give, then take it apart, and land at his final answer. I daydreamed for a moment (just a moment, Trevor, I promise!) and pictured Thomas Aquinas on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? "Well, Regis... Mr. So&So might say A because blah blah blah, but really, they are missing the Scriptural connection. The answer is actually D. Final answer". It amused me, and I learned that I watch too much TV.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Kids Say...

I love teaching Sunday School, and here is one of a million reasons why. A few of the kids in the class across the hall from mine usually get there early, and today some of them beat all their teachers. So, another floating teacher stopped by and said "You don't have any teachers? Maybe you can teach the class!" The kid responded "I want God to teach class today." Me too, dear. Me too.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

day and night

Some people are naturally early-risers. Other people are naturally night-owls. I've never spent too much time thinking about this, and how we get this way. I do enjoy nature vs. nurture conversations, even though they are impossible to solve. Personally, I've always been one to sleep in - but my mom definitely encouraged it. I even have a bit of a reptuation for it around school. But for the past week or so, I've been waking up early. This is the first day I realized that I just couldn't get back to sleep. Maybe I was still riled up from the rockin' Irish band I saw last night.And its my Spring Break- when I should be sleeping in! Sometimes, I am convinced we live in a backwards world, my friends.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Happy St. Pat's!

I've always liked St. Patrick's Day. When I was a kid, my parents would make us green "near-beer". Near-beer is actually really disgusting. You put about an inch or two of beer in a glass, and fill the rest with water. But, it was special and it was green, so I always drank it! Tonight there will be no green near-beer, but plenty of good music and good friends. St. Patrick's Day is also my in-laws wedding anniversary- they hit 30 years today. 30 years of marriage is some kind of miracle, and although I suppose it can't be attributed to St. Patrick directly, its nice to have a saint to associate with. So, enjoy the day- and while you're at it, say a prayer for peace, in Northern Ireland, around the world and in our lives.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004


Did I mention Bruce is my hero?

Monday, March 08, 2004

Third Grade

Here is a fun distraction for you. If you're not feeling on top of theology or computer programming or statistics, see if you can do US states. Hopefully, it will make you feel smarter again. I may not get through this quarter of my master's program, but at least I can pass third grade!

Friday, March 05, 2004

Too Virtual?

I keep a blog, obviously. I like connecting with people over the web, and keeping up with friends. But an online church? This will take some thought.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Write Now

No, I am not giving up my blog for Lent. I am giving up caffienated beverages because I found myself way too dependent on my Cherry Coke. However, I am pretty much giving up the blog until the end of the term. But, to keep my lovely friends and readers updated, here are some of the things that are occupying my mind at the moment.
For New Testament: the relation between faith in works in James 2:14-26, and how that relates to Paul in general. (Actually, strike that- its printing as I type. yay!)
For History: the rise of Pentecostalism in Latin America, and (separately) education as a social movement in the Second Great Awakening. Did y'all know that Oberlin, my husband's alma mater, was founded as part of that movement?
For Ethics: Should Christians be involved in the political process, specifically voting? I'm falling down on "yes" here, and I think the liberation theologians will help me explain that.
For Preaching: How did Mary Magdalene react to the Resurrection?
Come Spring Break, my brain will be tired and full, which is usually a nice feeling of contentment. Until then, I will be typing away. I guess that is a kind of Lenten discipline too. Good luck to everyone else finishing up a term!

PS- Speaking of writing, congrats to Tripp on getting published!!