Happy birthday to my favoritest New Hampshire resident… Nikkiana! Go leave her a comment and show her some loooooooove.
Since when was waging an unjust war on a 3rd world country a criterion for being nominated? If anyone shouldn’t be nominated, it’s those two.
It’s reminscent of the foolishness that transpired last May.
Some people shouldn’t breed…
You have just won one million dollars:
1. Who do you call first?
My parents or Jon’s parents
2. What is the first thing you buy for yourself?
I’d pay off our student loans and any other debt before buying anything. Then, I’d probably buy a car.
3. What is the first thing you buy for someone else?
Maybe would pay off the mortgages for my parents and in-laws.
4. Do you give any away? If yes, to whom?
Our churches, various charities like Union Station Foundation, Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, start a fund for the poor in our part of Minnesota, donate to AIDS research, AIDS education, create scholarships for women MTS students at my seminary…
5. Do you invest any? If so, how?
Not sure. I’d have to talk to a financial planner.
Part of the Confirmation tradition at the churches is that the kids have to write faith statements. There’s a specific format (mostly to help the kids write it):
Paragraph 1: Your Baptism: what happened and what brought you to this place?
Paragraphs 2-4: Looking at the Apostle’s Creed, explain what you believe about the Father (Paragraph 2), Son (Paragraph 3), and Holy Spirit (Paragraph 4).
Paragraph 5: How do you live out your life as a Christian?
Paragraph 6: How are you connected to the Body of Christ?
I get to start reading these in March and I’m wondering if *I* could write a statement like this. Religion and faith are notoriously hard things to talk openly about in our society and I might have to write something like that for the faith section of my personal website.
Anyone want to take the challenge my confirmands are getting and write one too? Post your answers (and links) in the comments.
One of the exhaust hoses on our furnace came loose and leaked water all over the laundry room and furnace room floors, so I decided to hold Confirmation upstairs around the kitchen table yesterday. It’s been a balmy -42F with windchill, so Jon decided that it might be nice to offer the kids hot drinks when they came. (They like him now and my 2nd year kids hate me less.) We were talking about some basic New Testament facts, Christ’s death, and Christ’s resurrection.
-Getting through the lesson for both classes with some discussion time.
-My 2nd year kids being very good about the announcement that they have to help with the Passover Seder
-Two of my 2nd year kids volunteering to be readers
-My 2nd year class actually seeming like they were having fun.
-My first year students actually being willing to discuss things.
-My first year students wanting to discuss embalming and the medical reasons for the crucifixion killing Christ. Eating has not been pleasant for the last 24 hours.
-One my students singing VBS songs for certain terms we were discussing in the 2nd year class. (It was kind of distracting but quite fun.)
-Responding to the “Jeremiah was a bullfrog” that she was singing with “yeah… he was a good friend of mine”.
I think that our opening song should be something like “Pharoah, Pharoah” or “Father Abraham”. I know that the kids would probably not do it because it would mean looking like fools in front of their friends, but duuuuuude… it would be *FUN*.
Put lasagna in fridge after you make it to avoid finding it sitting on the stove the next morning and having to throw it out to avoid food poisoning.
Guess I’ll have to go out in the -42F weather today after all…
Good thing: The wonderful people of Wait Wait — Don’t Tell Me! used Howard Dean’s scream as their buzzer on Saturday’s show
Even cooler thing: They referred to it as his “barbaric yawp”.
The even cooler thing than above: I actually know where the term comes from.
I love NPR — they make me feel cool for being a smart person who reads way more than she should.