29 January 2008

QotD for 29 Jan., 2008

In honor of the (apparent) departure of the Rev. Matt Kennedy from the Episcopal Church, I offer the following...

Orthodoxy is, in the Church, very much what prejudice is in the single mind. It is the premature conceit of certainty. It is the treatment of the imperfect as if it were the perfect. --- Bp. Phillips Brooks, 1835-1893, noted U.S. clergyman and author, and former Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts.

24 January 2008

How To Be Emergent

The Ooze, a website which itself is dedicated to the "emerging church movement," has posted an hilarious, tongue-in-cheek article called Walk Like an Emergent.

Go have a look. Really. If you're a Gen-X or Y, even somewhat-progressive Christian, you know some of these people :D

[tip o' the hat to Mary Sue over at the Order of Santa Ignora]

17 January 2008

May I Take Your Order ?

Seems that intrepid blogger Jon Rahoi found himself in a restaurant in China where they'd saved some money by doing the English menu translation themselves.

I can't remember laughing so uncontrollably in a long time. Tears were actually running down my face before the end :)


Menu Translation: Black Bowel and Cowboy Leg.

Comment: Black bowel and cowboy leg? Add candlelight and you have yourself a date!

15 January 2008

QotD for 15 Jan., 2008

"My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober." --- G. K. Chesterton

14 January 2008

and marked as Christ's own for ever...

While the Anglican World Turned...

On the way back from attending a funeral for my Aunt Jo in San Antonio this weekend, I stopped by St. David's in downtown Austin for the 11:15 service yesterday morning. As a stranger in their midst, I was warmly welcomed and felt right at home in this beautiful, historic (1848!) and bog-standard, mainstream Episcopal parish.

I was baptized at St. David's over 47 years ago and, of course, yesterday was one of the days specially appointed for baptisms in the church calendar. At the request of the usher, I was honored to be asked to read aloud one of the prayers for the people (which were read by various people, standing all througout the congregation - a wonderful touch):

Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit. (BCP, p.305)

And me just some, lone visitor in the pews! ;) I'm certain no one there knew how touched I was by being asked to participate, but it sure helped me get past all the current "Episcopalian brouhaha" and remind me why I love this church so.

Then we took communion, sang some more hymns, were blessed and, after shaking the rector's hand & thanking him, I walked out renewed into the bright, late morning sunshine of my hometown...

(Note: St. David's rector, the Rev. David Boyd, graduated from Nashotah House in 1984 - I wonder if our Fr. Jake knows him. And any of my church-going friends are definitely encouraged to visit St. David's if you're ever in Austin. It's a lovely, warm & welcoming place - their rector and vestry should be proud ;)

11 January 2008

Meme of the Day for 11 Jan., 2008

Got tagged by Eileen, so here goes...

- Link to the person that tagged you. (done)
- Post the rules on your blog.
- Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
- Tag six people and at the end of your post, link to their blogs.
- Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I'm a Southern boy and know that certain dishes are meant to be finger foods (e.g. fried chicken, ribs). But having me eat with my fingers, and esp. licking them off (Mmmmm...BBQ saaaaaauce), drives my wife nuts. I do it anyway.

2. Being a bit absent-minded, I tend to do things like always put important stuff (wallet, keys) in the same spot in the house everytime, always park in the same general area when visiting the local mall, movie theatre, etc... Saves much anxiety on my part.

3. I find Wal-Mart to be an incredibly tacky & depressing place, and it's almost painful for me to patronize one. I felt this way even before finding out about their predatory business practices, lousy treatment of their employees, etc..., and will go to some length to avoid shopping there. I am, however, quite fond of discount stores like Target and IKEA.

4. Don't like Italian food. Matter of fact, I'm not fond of any food containing tomatoes. However, I will eat almost anything from various Asian cuisines at least once, incl. some pretty weird stuff (try "Beef with Bitter Melon" on for size sometime).

5. I'm hooked, not just on coffee in the morning, but on good coffee. At home, we buy beans and grind our own before we make it. When traveling, I'll go to quite a bit of trouble to at least find a Starbuck's vs. drinking (yech!) Folgers or some swill from the local convenience store.

6. I'm a middle-aged, middle-class, straight, white, Southern male who has absolutely no interest in NASCAR, Major League anything, hunting, fishing, conservative Protestantism, or Republican politics.

OK, so I tag PJ, Grandmère Mimi, Fr. Bill, the Doxy, Kristin, and DP :)

04 January 2008

QotD for 4 Jan., 2008

I will not vote for Ron Paul under any circumstances. Sorry. The fact that I might agree with him on one or two things doesn't mean I'm keen to have an abortion-banning white supremacist alternative-medicine quack in office. --- Rusty Foster, founder of Kuro5hin

02 January 2008

Where Are You Politically ?

You are a

Social Liberal
(68% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(21% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Strong Democrat (21e/68s)

Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Not quite sure of the ultimate accuracy of this, as I'm nowhere near a real Socialist*, and I'm much more "socially permissive" than this lets on - An ye harm none, do what thou wilt and all that. But a fun quiz with a decent amount of questions :)

* (I suppose my support for a decent std of living for everyone combined with a desire for universal healthcare ala Canada makes me a pawn of the dreaded Socialists ;)