Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Lest we forget...

It was 484 years ago today that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door at the Wittenberg Church. That act has traditionally been considered the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The first thesis says...

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, "Repent" (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

Since these only represent Luther's thought up to October 31, 1517, they do not all reflect seasoned Reformational positions (he appears to assume Purgatory exists, for instance), yet they make good reading and in many cases ought still to be taken to heart. Luther is one of the most entertaining theologians you'll ever read, his language is vivid and to the point. His cleverly turned phrases accomplish what take others pages and pages to say. Luther may be the only theologian who has made me laugh out loud while reading him in a when he calls the Pope a goat or refers derogatorily to the book of James as "Jimmy". In any case, do yourself a favor and read through the 95 Theses, and if that's not challenging enough for you then read through them in Latin.

Friday, October 19, 2001

Purdue basketball fans let's begin rehearsing right now...


Monday, October 15, 2001

The last few days have been SOOOO RELAXING...all three of our kids have laryngotracheobronchitis, otherwise known as croup. Accompanying symptoms have included vomitting, high fevers (up to 104.7), sleeplessness (duh!), sore throats, runny noses, an ear infection, loss of voice, and the incessant hacking cough that is the signature symptom of croup. We've had three visits to the doctor's office and one trip to the emergency room. Our medicine chest has expanded to include prescription cough suppressant, amoxycillin, augmentin, more children's and infant Tylenol and Motrin, steroids and now zithromax. Why zithromax you ask -- because our oldest has gone from croup to pneumonia. Oh yes, and we had a theology conference at church this past weekend at the exact time that we had water coming in our basement for the first time since we've lived here (5 years). And just to let you know we won't be slacking off anytime soon...I'll be ordained on Sunday October 21st so we have family coming in and need to do all of the routine "getting the house together" things. If you think of it pray for us! Why am I blogging? I needed to take a 5 minute break ;-)

Saturday, October 13, 2001

This looks like a good book, another to add to my pile of books that I really must read. Especially if George Will & Thomas Sowell say that I should.

Purdue got whistled for a loss. Anytime you are whistled for 15 penalties (105 yards) at Michigan, you're going to get beat. It's amazing the score was only 24-10. Purdue did force four turnovers, but because of penalties couldn't capitalize on them.

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Interesting...the word boredom wasn't coined until the latter half of the 19th century. Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune writes a little article on boredom. In it she quotes Patricia Meyer Spacks, the author of a history of boredom (bet that's a riveting book ;-):

As she wrote in her history of boredom, "The world that did not know boredom as boredom would necessarily have been one whose inhabitants believed in, lived by, a notion of personal responsibility."

The planet didn't owe us a good time. The universe didn't really care if we were having fun.

Working as I do, with teens who come from several generations of welfare dependency, I can tell you that one of the by products of multi-generational welfare dependency is b-o-r-e-d-o-m. And the bored kids that I work with do not believe in, nor do they live by any notion of personal responsibility -- they really believe that the planet owes them a good time.

Now I know that this problem of boredom crosses socioeconomic lines and ventures out into the suburbs as well, but it seems that middle to upper-middle class suburban kids are more insulated from the consequences of their boredom and the resulting lack of personal responsibility.

In our ministry, we've found, however, that providing entertainment is not the way to cure boredom and instill personal responsibility. Instead, helping kids to persevere through boredom, often by employing the dangling carrot, is what actually engages kids and begins to assist them in developing personal responsibility.

Boredom is a perspective, and if you think that life owes you something, you're going to sit back and watch things parade by you, vying for your attention. If nothing does the job, you'll cry, "BORING," and be done with it. If your perspective on life requires you to be engaged and attentive and active, you'll not be bored so easily. If you're called to have dominion over the earth and to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, you'll not have much time to be bored.

Tuesday, October 09, 2001

The guy who wrote this headline must have gotten a chuckle out of it.

Monday, October 01, 2001

Not only are the Boilermakers undefeated and atop the Big Ten, but the Packers, who have outscored their opponents 93-13, are undefeated (3-0) and atop the NFC Central. But it doesn't stop there...the Cards are only 1 game out of first place as they head into the homestretch, and are closing fast on the Astros.

A heart-stopping win by the Spoilermakers!! One of the most unlikely finishes I've ever seen. Purdue is now 3-0.

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