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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Till Death Do Us Part




A devoted Iowa couple married for 72 years died holding hands in the hospital last week, exactly one hour apart.

After a car crash it was evident they weren’t going to survive so were were moved to a room together where they could lay next to one another and hold hands, and then . . .
Gordon Yeager died at 3:38 p.m. He was no longer breathing, but the family was surprised by what his monitor showed.
“Someone in there said, ‘Why, then, when we look at the monitor is the heart still beating?’” Sheets recalled. “The nurse said Dad was picking up Mom’s heartbeat through Mom’s hand.”
“And we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, Mom’s heart is beating through him,’” Dennis Yeager said.Norma Yeager died exactly an hour later.
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Are You Complaining?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Get Drunk On Grace

The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellarful of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred-proof grace—of bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the gospel—after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection your bootstraps—suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started…Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, nor flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.
-Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace

(ht: Buzzard Blog)

What Do You Pray For?

Kirk Docker asks a series of people in the street, from various backgrounds and religions, what they pray for - here is what he got.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Scary Side of Halloween

Halloween is coming up soon, and I found this infographic interesting since it came from a store that makes it's money from selling Halloween costumes and accessories.

[Via: Halloween Express]

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

RIP - Steve Jobs


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Naked Old Guys Raise Money for their Church


Not sure which of these issues is the most offensive and disturbing - seeing pictures of naked old dudes, using such pictures in a calendar as a "church" fundraiser or just all of the above? Who on their worst day would have thought that this was a good idea!?

Here is the excerpt from the news article:
Twelve First Parish men, ages 64 to 87, are showcased in individual color photographs to create the “Celebration 2012” wall calendar.
Each month highlights a color photo of one man from First Parish in Framingham engaged in an activity significant to his life, his biographical sketch, and an inspirational quote. The calendar is more than a fund-raiser. It is a monthly celebration of older men and a tribute to life, to work, to play, and to senior men everywhere.
The design, development, and sales and marketing of “Celebration 2012” are the result of dedicated First Parish volunteers who have given their time and expertise to produce this wall calendar for your enjoyment.

I can't imagine too many churches (and of course calling Unitarian Universalists a church is thoroughly misplaced - but that is another issue) ever considering such an idea. Yet I believe that similar nonsense happens in other ways and in other forms as the American church seems fixated in constantly chasing after being "hip", "relevant" or "cool".
  • Believing that your church is cool and hip because your pastor is doing an edgy sermon series on SEX
  • Feeling the need to to have over the top giveaways, door prizes and marketing gimmicks to get people to come to your church on Easter morning.
  • Combining the celebration of the Lord's Supper with Flash Mobs!? (these are true examples)
  • And the list could go on and on.......
The world and culture doesn't want us, the church, to look like them, they want...no, they expect us to be different.

(ht: Bag of Nothing)