Saturday, February 28, 2009

February Reading

7. Simply Christian (pb), by N.T. Wright
8. Death du Jour (ua), by Kathy Reichs
9. Salamandastron (ua), by Brian Jacques
10. Off The Page (pb), edited by Carole Burns
11. Death's Half Acre (ua), by Margaret Maron
12. Archangel: In The Valley of the Shadow (ua), by Scott Roche

Saturday, February 21, 2009

more from the Choir

Interesting verse (and the chorus) from a great song peformed by The Choir. Lyrics by Steve Hindalong.

Did the dead man arise when she entered the room?
Did I smell love decaying and call it perfume
Should a justified man know the grave from the womb

When I turn from your face
Render mercy
Render mercy and grace
Red blood rain from the sky
God have merciful eyes
Merciful eyes

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Book Review

A Comedian's Guide to Theology, by Thor Ramsey.

Musician Brian Healy was known for the humorous comments and stories were a regular part of his concerts. A review from a show of his (from approximately 1990) included a line something to the effect that "Healy is different from those on the Christian comedy circuit only in the fact that he is actually funny."

That comment applies to Thor Ramsey today.

And his first book is an intriguing blend of humor and solid, conservative theology. His main opponent is the post-modern views of the "emerging" church. Parts of the book are laugh-out-loud funny, and many parts contain interesting takes on the fundamentals of theology. He covers the Bible, Sin, Hell, and End Times. You know -- the funny stuff.

Ramsey does take on people from all across the spectrum, so you and church and your favorite Christian TV personality are made fun of. But if you can take a joke, you'll find plenty of good points and even insights tucked in between the jokes.

Friday, February 06, 2009


Well, now that the yaer is about 10% over, it seems about time I posted my "things to do" list for the year. Consider these my Plans / Hopes / Aspirations / Goals / Objectives for the year:

Maintain my devotions plan for the rest of the year
Walk 500 miles, and bike 200miles
Drop my Wii Fitness age by 25 years
Attend an academic conference (Oklahoma City, end of February)
Attend a writers conference (or 2) with a finished version of Identity
Seek out an agent and/or publisher for Identity
Finish watching Babylon 5 and start watching Battlestar Galactica
Visit North Carolina twice and Richmond once
Plan and hold daughter's graduation party
Get daughter off to (and settled in to) college
Walk one (hopefully 2) couple through our church's "Parent Coaching" program