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Why I Don't Use "Linux"

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Is this good or bad?

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Heat Wave... over?

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That's not funny!

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1.)ILoveLucy—HowcanyounotloveLucy?Thisistheclassiccomedy,atimelesscombinationofhumorandpersonalitytocreateplotsyoucanrewatchandstilllaugh.

2.)IDreamofJeannie—Jeannieisfunny—simpleasthat.ItseemstomethatIDOJisoneofthelastinthegreatlineof50'sand60'scomedies.JustmonthsbeforeitendedAllintheFamilycameontheairandchangedsitcomsforever—butthatlightheartedinnocencewasstillaliveandwellbeforethat.

3.)TheBeverleyHillbillies—Howcanyounotlikethem?TheyarefunnyandtrulydoexhibitthekindnessoneencountersintheOzarks.IfonlyGrannywasn'tsobusymakingmoonshine!I'veevenseentheircar(itisdowninHolister,MO),sohowcanInotmentionthem?

4.)LeaveittoBeaver—Thisisanothertimelessclassic.Itaccentuatesthe“typical”Americanhouseholdanddoesn'tseemallthatdatedeventhoughitendeditsrunthebetterpartofhalfacenturyago.

5.)TheCosbyShow—Yeah,IhaveatleastonecomedyIlikethatisn'tolderthanIam.Cosbywillsurelybeoneoftheenduringclassicsofthelasttwodecades.

Runnersup:AllintheFamily(Idon'tlikehowitchanged“thesitcom”forever,butI'lladmitit,Ilikeit);Gilligan'sIsland;TheJeffersons;Sanford&Son;HomeImprovement.

The Slow Demise of the UCC

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Firstabitofhistory.In1840,theGermanEvangelicalChurchwasformedinMissourifromLutheranandReformedchurchroots.Thishitsespeciallyclosetomyownheritage,withmychurchformingin1843asGermanUnitedLutheran-ReformedSt.Paul'sChurchinCentralTownship.Quiteaname!TheLutheran-Reformedmergerwassomewhatuncomfortableunfortunately,andinourcaseasplinterchurchformed—itsjustastonesthrowawayeventodayandisamemberoftheLutheranChurchMissouriSynod(itendedupinabetterdenominationthanwedid).But,I'mgettingdistracted.

TheGermanEvangelicalChurcheventuallybecametheEvangelicalSynodofNorthAmerica.Fromthere,theEvangelicalSynodmergedwiththeReformedChurchinAmericain1934.TheresultingchurchwastheEvangelical&ReformedChurch(E&R).TheE&RwasadenominationwithReformedleaningsandacongregationalorganizationalstructure.Thingswereprettygood.

Unfortunately,thingsdidn'tstaythatway.Intheearlyfifties,partiesmetbetweentheE&RandtheCongregationalChristianChurchesaboutapossibleunionatEdenSeminaryinSt.Louis,aseminaryoftheE&R.By1957,adealwasagreedto,andtheE&RandthemoreliberalCongregationalChristianChurchesmergedtoformtheUnitedChurchofChrist.Justtobeclear,thisnamedoesnotimplyanyassociationwiththeChurchesofChrist.Perhapstheydidn'texpectit,orevenseeit,atthetime,buttheliberalismformingwithintheCongregationalChurchessoonspreadacrosstheformerbordersandstartedtowrestcontroloftheUCC.

Bythemid-1970's,theUnitedChurchofChrist'sEvangelicalcontingentwasshovedoutofpowertobereplacedbywhatwasbecomingaliberalmajoritywithinthedenomination.DuringtheUCC'sGeneralSynodin1977,theEvangelicalsvotedstronglyagainstthefirstofmanyresolutionsthatwouldaccept,evenglorifyandencourage,sexualpromiscuityintheUCC.ThegroupofdelegatesvotingagainstthemeasurewaslargeenoughtoallowtheEvangelicalstouniteintoanofficialinterestgroup,butnotlargeenoughtostoptheapprovalofthemeasure.

APastor'swife,BarbaraWeller,calledforreturntoBiblicalprinciplesduringtheSynod,andafewhundredparticipantsjoinedhercall.Inlate1978,theinterestgroupwasmadepermanentandnamedUnitedChurchPeopleforBiblicalWitness(UCPBW).Thegroupcelebratesits25yearthisyear.

OverthenextfewyearstheUCPBWwouldpublishnumerousdocumentsnotingtheunbiblicaltaketheUCChadtakenonissuesofsexuality,buttheworkculminatedin1983inDubuque,Iowawheretheofficialstatementofthegroupwaspublished,theDubuqueDeclaration.TheDeclarationconfirmedcommitmenttotheBiblicalvaluesheldattheformationoftheUCCandnotedthe“erosion”ofsuchvalueswithinthechurch.

In1984,thegrouptransformeditselfinthetheBiblicalWitnessFellowship,agroupthatwouldfocusonsupportinglocalchurchesinadditiontoattemptingtorenewthenationalUCC.Twoyearslater,theBWFlaunchedaMissionsNetwork,whichmanyBiblebelievingchurcheswithintheUCCwoulddivertfundstoastheUCC'sownmissionsprogramabandonedmissionsworkandmovedintosocialand“familyplanning”services.

Itisgettinglate,soI'llwrapitupfortonightasthisseemslikeagoodplacetoleaveoff.WhiletheUCC'sHumanSexuality:APreliminaryStudy,the1977reportthatstartedthewidespreadcontroversywasnotonlytheopening,butalsoamajor,salvo,therealattackwasjustbeginningtoemerge.I'llconsiderthatinmynextpostonthesubject.

Sources:IfresheneduponmyE&Rhistory—especiallydates—atthissite.OtherdatesaredrawnfromtheBiblicalWitnessFellowshipandUnitedChurchofChristwebsites.

Thank-you HM!

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Question Game

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1)WhatisyourfavoritelittleknownrestaurantinSt.Louis?
That'stough!IguessI'dhavetosayFaraciPizzeriaonManchesterRd.TheyhavetheabsolutebestSt.Louisstylepizza!Theirhousepizzafeaturespepperoni,sausage,bacon,onion,greenpepper,andmushrooms,andalloftheflavorsjustmeldtogether.It'ssogoodthatthe40minutedrivehometoSt.Petersdoesn'truinthetasteatall(alternately,youcouldjusteatthere).

AclosesecondmightbeChuck-a-Burger,adriveinonSt.CharlesRockRoadnearSt.John.IjustrealizedImustbehungryforpizza—'cuzoneoftheirspecialtiesisthePizzaBurger.That'sadeliciousburgertoppedwithsweetonionandasweetpizzasauce.Mmmm….

There'slotsofmore“restaurant”restaurants,suchasMadison's,thathavetastymenus,butnothingthatreallyshoutsSt.LouislikeagoodSt.Louis-stylepizza(andI'mathickcrustPizzaHutPanPizzakindaguy).

2)Whatistheweirdestthingyou'veevereaten?
That'sgottobesquid.IwasatalargefamilydinnerattheOliveGardenanddidn'thearwhentheappetizerswereordered.ItwasonlywhenIwasmunchingonmysecondorthirdhelpingthatsomeoneleanedoverandsaid“youknowthat'ssquid,don'tyou?”Uhg.Ididn'teatanymoreafterthat.

3)Haveyoueverturnedahobbyintoamoneymakingopportunity?

TherewasthisonesummerIhadtoomuchtimeonmyhandsandwent“hunting”forrecyclablecans.Afterweeksofblood,sweat,andtears;weeksofbeingcoveredindirtfromwalkingaroundconstructionsitesandsmellingfromspillingoldsodaandbeercansonmyselfbyaccident,Iturnedseveraldozenbagsofcansinto…$100.Needlesstosay,Ifoundotherpersuitstousemytimeon.

Onahappiernote,myconsulting/webdesignbusinessemergedoutofahobby.Thatoneactuallymakesmoneywithoutendingupsmellingliketwo-dayoldsodaandbeer.

4)Whatcanyoutellmeaboutyourselfthatwouldsurpriseme?
IalwayssurprisepeoplethatI'veneverbeenuptheArch.WhenIwenttheretogoupit,itwasshutdownforthedayandInevermadeitback.

Yearsago,whenmydadwantedtogetmemyfirstcomputerIwascompletelyagainstit.I'mnotsurewhy…Ijustdidn'twantone.Gofigure.

Ilovevegetables,forthemostpart,butIcan'tstandpeas(butIlovesplitpeasoup).I'mnotcrazyabouthoneydeworcantaloupeeither.

I'vebeenalloverthestateofMissouri,butI'veneverbeentoKansasCityorLakeoftheOzarks.

It'sbeenatleastthreeyearssinceIlastsetfootinatheater.Well,IthinkI'vementionedthatbefore,soperhapsthat'snotshocking.

5)Sowhatistheanswertolife,theuniverseandeverything?
Youknowyourmissingsocks?Thosehavebeentakentoasecrethidingplacebycats.Findingthesecrethidingplaceusedbycatstheworldoverwillyieldinfinitehappiness,nottomentionneverhavingtobuysocksagain.Justdon'tgowhileholdingcatnip.

Onamoreseriousnote,hereismyrealanswer.I'llanswerthroughquotes.

Everything:
“InthebeginningwastheWord,andtheWordwaswithGod,andtheWordwasGod.ThesamewasinthebeginningwithGod.Allthingsweremadethroughhim.Withouthimwasnotanythingmadethathasbeenmade.”—John1:1-3(WEB)


Universe:
“InthebeginningGodcreatedtheheavensandtheearth.”—Genesis1:1(WEB)


Life:
“Thereisnonerighteous,no,notone.”—Romans3:10(KJV)

Uhoh:“Forthewagesofsinisdeath,”—Romans3:10(KJV)

Butwait:“ForGodsolovedtheworld,thathegavehisoneandonlySon,thatwhoeverbelievesinhimshouldnotperish,buthaveeternallife.”—John3:16(WEB)

How'sthatwork?“Thatifyouconfesswithyourmouth,'JesusisLord,'andbelieveinyourheartthatGodraisedhimfromthedead,youwillbesaved.”—Romans10:9(NIV)

Sohow'dIdo?Andwhoisreadyforsomequestioning?

Putting on My Pajamas to Swing on Trees!

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Scene:NASASpaceSimulator,1965,mid-afternoon.“CaptainNelson,Iwanttoseeyouinmyofficeinfiveminutes,”saysDr.Bellows.CaptainTonyNelsonstepsoutofspacesimulatorandtalkstofriendCaptainHealey.“Rog,yougottahelpmedistractDr.Bellowsforafewhours.”“HowamIgoingtodothat?”“Idon'tknow,talktohimaboutyourhoroscopes.”“Buthe'llthinkI'mcrazy.”“That'stheidea.”CaptainNelsonpatsRogeronthearm,leavesroom.

RestofthedayisspenttakingJeannietoMeccaforancientcustomtoavoidhavingherdisappearintogenielimbo.AftersuccessfullysavingJeannieatlastminute,sheaskswheresheshouldblinkCaptainNelsonto.“ToDr.Bellows'office.”

Scene:Dr.Bellowsoffice,Rogeroncouch,clearlylateatnight.Dr.Bellowssittinginchairtakingnotes.“So,yousayyouhavethisrepeatingdreamwhereyouareacamel?”

Roger:“Yeah,sometimesaonehump,sometimesatwohump.”

“Andthenwhat?”

“AndthenIwakeupthirsty.”

[Boing]CaptainNelsonappearsinbehindDr.Bellows.

“Well,CaptainNelson,Ididn'tseeyoucomein.I'mafraidI'mnotgoingtohavetimetotalktoyoutonight.”

Roger:“Well,IguessI'llbegoing.”

Rogerpicksuphiscapandheadsforthedoor.

Dr.Bellows:“Yes,butI'llseeyoueverynightthisweek.”

“Whatfor?”

“CaptainHealey,whenamantellsmehehasanunstoppableurgetojumpoutofhiswindowandswingaroundintreesinhispajamasandhasareoccurringdreamofbeingathirstycamel,theyneedpsychoanalysis!”

Tony:“Roger!Ihadnoidea!”

Roger:“So,howlong?”

Dr.Bellows:“Oh,well,probablythreeyears.”

“Threeyears,huh?”

“Threeyears.”

“WhatItoldyouImadeitallup?”

“Fiveyears.”

“Ah.”

RogerpatsTonyonthearm.

RogermumblestoTony:“Doafriendafavor,huh?”

Tony:“Whereareyougoing?”

“I'mgoingtoputonmypajamasandswingonsometrees!”

From“GetMetoMeccaonTime!,”IDreamofJeannie,Episode#16.


OK,maybeyouhadtoseeittogetthegistofit.

Stuff I've written.

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A Visitor's Guide to Driving in St. Louis, Missouri

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