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hmmm…

A friend sent this to me, and it made me stop to think:

“If you jog in a jogging suit, lounge in lounging pajamas, and smoke in a smoking jacket, WHY would anyone want to wear a windbreaker??” – unknown

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

C.S. Lewis

“What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects — with their Christianity latent. You can see this most easily if you look at it the other way round. Our faith is not likely to be shaken by any book on Hinduism. But, if whenever we read an elementary book on geology, botany, politics, or astronomy, we found that its implications were Hindu, that would shake us. It is not the books written in direct defense of materialism that make the modern man a materialist; it is the materialistic assumptions in all the other books. In the same way, it is not books on Christianity that will really trouble him. But he would be troubled if, whenever he wanted a cheap popular introduction to some science, the best work on the market was always by a Christian. The first step to the reconversion of a country is books produced by Christians.”

(God in the Dock, “Christian Apologetics,” C. S. Lewis)

I find little nuggets like this all the time and wonder if Lewis would be nearly as popular with Christians if they had any clue about what he actually said. Lewis’ words, written some 40 years ago, speak intelligently in critique of issues that many still can’t get figured out today.

It seems telling that there are no voices of reason and intelligence standing out in all of the Christian publishing industry like Lewis or Chesterton did at one time. If there were somebody out there smart enough and reasonable enough to actually have something to say, he/she is constantly feeling pressure to “write more little books about Christianity”, which, of course, will never make any impression on anybody outside of the Church’s walls.

“A CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) survey released at the Convention shows Christian-product sales by CBA member suppliers through all distribution channels to be just under $4.2 billion for the year 2002…”

Congratulations.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

immutable truth

The older I get, the less important it seems to me to hold a great number of “bedrock” beliefs. There are a number of things that I believe strongly and passionately, but I have less and less faith in my own perspective and my ability to completely understand any given topic. Consequently, I think a key to learning and growing would be staying open to possibilities that my own conclusions may need tweaked as new information presents itself.

However, this morning I realized one particular truth that I don’t ever believe will be tweaked. If I ever have kids of my own, I look forward to passing this bit of wisdom on to them and hope that it will become a part of their lives as it has mine:

Picky people pick Peter Pan peanut butter. It’s the peanut butter picky people pick.

Live it. Love it.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

shack & the blackhearts…and joan jett

So, last Friday, I was knocking around the house a little depressed because I kept thinking: “I need to make some money this weekend. How am I going to make some money this weekend? It’s already friday, I can’t book a gig, I can’t book somebody in the studio, and there are no piano moves needed.” Then, I get a phone call.

It’s this guy, Hal, whom I’ve met once, who has a limo service. He says that his business is crazy busy this weekend with Bikes, Blues, and BBQ in Fayetteville. They’re shuttling people back and forth from Dickson street and all sorts of things. They’ve also got the contract for shuttling around the for big band performing at the Amp on Friday and Saturday night and they’re short one driver. Would I be interested in driving a 15 passenger van down to Fort Smith to pick up Blue Oyster Cult from the airport on Saturday? He can pay me somewhere between $15-$20/hour and he can get me tickets to the shows if I want.

ummm…YES!

So, Holly and I went to see SteppenWolf & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Friday night! Steppenwolf were not that great, especially since they didn’t have a bass player and the bass was sequenced. But Joan Jett ROCKED!

So, then in the middle of Joan’s set, (actually right as she was starting “I Love Rock-n-Roll”, Hal comes and finds me and says there’s been some scheduling changes and asks if I can take Joan & the Blackhearts to the airport in the morning before heading to Ft. Smith to pick up Blue Oyster Cult.

ummm…YES!!

So, I needed some money and the work I found was to drive around rock stars. It could be much worse.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2005 in Uncategorized