Monday, 28 April 2008

As an aside...

If you have a website with free Christian printables and I stumble upon said website in the search for a coloring picture to go with a Bible story, and you use the word "cute" 4 times I am likely to gag and never return to your website.
I am not looking for "cute." I will not subject my students to "cute."
Especially not when the story is from 1 Kings 13 and the guy gets torn to pieces by a lion.


I've been doing a lot of reading for school over the past week, trying to take advantage of my time off and trying to understand the documentary hypothesis of the Pentateuch in its classic (Wellhausen)form. If anyone out there understands it, could you please explain it to me?
What has interested me (and what I have understood) are the chapters about inerrancy and inspiration. We cannot accept only parts of Scripture as inspired; it all works together so well it's either all or nothing. And if it could be partially inspired, who decides what parts? Where do we draw the line? No, if we cannot accept that all Scripture is from God, then we have to let it all go. Once we start to decide based on human wisdom and reasoning what is and isn't from God we make ourselves out to be greater than God, able to judge His words.

Friday, 25 April 2008

On Leaving

Well, it's official: I am no longer director at Southside. Technically, I'm not yet working at the other centre; do I even have a job description this week? The point is, at 1:00 Wednesday afternoon I dropped my keys on the desk and declared myself DONE!!!!
I have mixed feelings. I am very happy for the break, I am very happy to be leaving this position and its stress. I am very sad to be leaving my staff, though; I hired most of them, trained all of them, and have really enjoyed my time with them. We made a great team. I am a bit nervous about starting at the other centre where I really don't know anyone. So, yeah, mixed emotions.
That's why it took me 10 minutes to walk out of the centre on Wednesday, but when I walked away, I didn't look back. It was time.

Monday, 21 April 2008


Last weekend it was summer. Now winter is back for one last stand (at least I hope it gives up after this). It's cold and snowing and blowing and I am not liking it. I slogged through snowdrifts up to my knees to get to work. Plus, I have a cold. It is times like this that it is very, very hard to remember that God is sovereign over the weather and therefore He has a purpose for this and so, ultimately, it is good. It doesn't feel good.
On a more positive note: I only have 2 days left, it's only 1:00 and I'm about to leave work, my nephew made the soccer team, I taught the kids about David and Bathsheba without having to say "ask your parents" once, and I finally won a chess game. So, yeah, life isn't all snow.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Counting down....

2 hours and 45 minutes today.
6-8 hours tomorrow (depending on how quickly I can finish everything).
4 hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Total: 22-24 hours and 45 minutes.
Not that I'm counting down or anything.
I'm almost done. I should already be done. I was supposed to be done last week. But the head honcho boss asked if I would stay for an extra week, and then for 3 more days (which I'm doing as half days). But it's almost over and then I have a week off. If you're looking for me, I'll be asleep or studying.
And after that? A new position at a different centre with normal hours (10-6 and no overtime (I hope)) and only 4 days a week. Time to keep up with schoolwork. Time to relax. Time to do all the things (or at least some of the things) that I want to be doing and should be doing.
By this time next week I'll be done. The end is in sight.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Idol and God


To set the scene: I was watching the end of an American Idol special this evening. It was, I think, called "Idol Gives Back" and they were raising money for some charity or other. I came in near the end and didn't pay a lot of attention to detail.
Okay, to get to the point: the last song they sang was "Shout to the Lord" complete with a choir. The people I was watching it with were talking about how great it is that they sang it and how much Christian music there was in the show, and other happy stuff. My thoughts were different.
First, they changed the first line from "My Jesus" to "My Shepherd" and thus made the song just a generic "religious" song.
Second, I really don't believe that all those people there singing the song were all Christians. I suppose it's possible, but highly unlikely. What I do think is that they were using God and religion the same way they were using emotional songs to get people to give. It bothered me. It still bothers me.

Friday: I didn't watch Idol last night, but I am told that they sang the song again and this time they didn't change the words. Which is better, but I still wonder at the motivation behind the original decision to sing it.