"Here's irrefutable proof that gym teachers are among, if not simply the, worst people on Earth." (>>)
"Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?" (>>)
The Proverbs 31 Approach to Broken Hearts:
"Give beer to those who are perishing,
wine to those who are in anguish;
let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more."
"…but I will always remember the way he was standing there, bare-chested and crooked, his right hand on his hip, his left hand cupping the Holy Pink Sacrament, and I knew that he could get me home. I will never forget that feeling." (>>)
This is for Phil and Jamie.
" 'What are you drawing?'
'What's a liger?'
'It's my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed.' " (>>)
"As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, 'Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.' He called out, 'Jesus, Son of David, how mercy on me!' Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!' Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 'What do you want me to do for you?' 'Lord, I want to see," he replied. Jesus said to him, 'Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.' Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God." (>>)
Damaged, selfish, lazy, codependent, cynical, anti-social, mediocre, boring, cheap, bitter, impatient, angry, impure, undisciplined Christian male with baggage seeks beautiful, caring, low-maintenance, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, faithful, gentle, pure Christian female with an affinity for punk rock.
send top-ten desert island picks seek professional help.
Update: The Zwan show sounds like it was recorded in the audience, not off the board, so the quality is pretty bad. Not really worth downloading, in my opinion.
"Luther's pastoral advice was calculated to jar Melanchthon out of morbid introspection. Great sinners know liberation when they have it, but Melanchthon had been a scrupulous, pious Catholic. This, however, did not bring him assurance, but only doubts. For his assurance depended, not so much on God's promise to the ungodly as ungodly (Rom.4:5), but on his ability to see growth and improvement in his Christian walk. Luther's frustrated counsel was not an invitation to serve sin, but an attempt to shock Melanchthon into realizing that his righteousness was external to him: The whole gospel is outside of us." (>>)
"…give ear to me and hear my prayer.
Show the wonder of your great love…" (>>)
"That old man that you brushed aside? The one you called a liberal and a wishy-washy Christian? He spent the last fifty years with his hands and his heart in the pages of that sacred book. He has wept over it and searched for truth in its stories. His unanswered questions have increased every year until finally he knows nothing at all but the love of God and neighbor."
"He knows something that you do not know." (>>)
"You dress a little better, try to think pure thoughts, get in a 'religious' frame of mind, say hello to everyone? Smile. Right? But you sense a pervasive dichotomy during the week. You don't feel like it's who you really are. This is what I do with romance movies. The ideal relationships on the screen, two-dimensionally, are always, and only, experienced from a distance. They can't have it. They get discouraged. They seek comfort in a relationship. I've turned the natural human desire to believe down a cul-de-sac. It's the same with church. If I can make people associate God with this dichotomous feeling, they eventually say 'What's the use?' " (>>)
They Might Be Giants and Strong Sad, together again.
Top 15 All-Time Desert Island Picks (Continued):
10) Blindside – Silence
11) Social Distortion – White Light, White Heat, White Trash
12) Lifehouse – Stanley Climbfall
13) Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around
14) Stavesacre – Speakeasy
15) Elvis Costello – Spike
"…as the rain falls down like laughter from the sky." (>>)
"C.S. Lewis, in the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, calls it 'deep magic', I believe–an answer so deep that it has no words and no real perception, only persistent presence." (>>)
"The sad part is that I can already tell I don't want to do this for the rest of my life. I'm not unhappy there, and the job is going well, I just don't want to be stuck at a desk designing system specs and running batch jobs until I retire." (>>)
"If there is resignation in Qoheleth, it is that of one who has left the riddles and painful mysteries of life in God's hands, while accepting its limited joys with sober thanks." (>>)
Top 9 All-Time Desert Island Picks:
(In I-want-you-to-think-I'm-cool-so-I-put-The-Clash-first order)
1) The Clash – London Calling
2) Further Seems Forever – How to Start a Fire
3) Switchfoot – Learning to Breathe
4) MxPx – Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo
5) Shane and Shane – Carry Away
6) Five Iron Frenzy – 2: Electric Boogaloo
7) The Alkaline Trio – Good Mourning
8) Weezer – Pinkerton
9) Caedmon's Call – 40 Acres