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christianity quiz

You scored as Roman Catholic. You are Roman Catholic. Church tradition and ecclesial authority are hugely important, and the most important part of worship for you is mass. As the Mother of God, Mary is important in your theology, and as the communion of saints includes the living and the dead, you can also ask the saints to intercede for you.

Roman Catholic79%Neo orthodox61%Charismatic/Pentecostal57%Fundamentalist50%Classical Liberal46%Modern Liberal46%Reformed Evangelical43%Emergent/Postmodern43%Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan39%
What's your theological worldview?
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"Our Church Sent Us"

Why do those words strike such a feeling of pride, joy, happiness within me? I experienced it and thought nothing of it when I first began reading Letters from Thailand shortly after the last December's tsunami. Today I experienced it again when I came across Postcard from London. It's not limited to Bruderhof, either. Any time I learn of a community of believers pulling themselves together and donating souls to places of need, oftentimes for long-term committments.

Theology on Tap...

... is once again pushing the envelope for me. Last year I dropped into it out of the blue, cold, knowing nobody, and vaguely knew a smattering of people afterwards. It was a relatively intimidating experience for me, kowing exactly zero people. At the closing party I shook hands w/ Cardinal George, and had very very distant acquantinces with... oh... 3 people? Which promptly diminished into nothingness. hehe so, maybe not so much pushing the envelope. But kinda. Planting seeds.

This time around, I'm heading up the food committee. Fortunately it doesn't really matter that I have like zero experience - great people are surrounding me. I think what I've most enjoyed is the opportunity to spend more time working with people who I kinda knew but didn't have all that much face time with. I like spending lots of time with people, not spending bits and pieces here and there. Wasn't it that dude in Ecclesiastes that said we find joy in our work.. it very much …

Introducing new bloggers

Two friends near and dear to me have recently joined us in the ether. Jackie Shuler and Chris Cooper. Please give them a warm welcome. People usually need a little encouragement that there are, in fact, people interested in what they have to say. Jackie is that crazy redhead who always took up all the couch space throughout my years of rooming with Don. Chris is a track coach at heart, stuck in the shoes of a marketing services professional, helping his friends realize their dreams.

Below is my "Friends" subfolder in Bloglines. No particular order, except perhaps the order they were created in, and there are a few that I read but don't happen to be on the list because I'm lazy.

It's the little things

Just got back from 7pm Mass @ St. Mike's. The celebrant was a "redemptorist" who said he goes around and gives parish missions but happens to be living at St. Mike's. The parish missions that I've been to have always been really strong and not harsh, but according to my Dad, they used to be a lot... scarier? in the past - it seemed like their purpose was for some top notch preacher to come in and scare the hell out of you, I guess preaching hell and brimstone at it's finest. This guy gave off a slight tone of that, but much more in his style of speaking more than the actual content. Very dramatic, tense, formal. If you only heard him preaching and didn't hear him talking like that throughout the whole Mass, you'd probably assume that he's got the "holier-than-thou" thing down pat.

As the celebrant finishes the Eucharistic Prayer (I think it's called that), the consecration, he is holding it aloft and we all go through this formal…

Rhetoric

Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public. The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200-250 annually. The figure we constantly fed to the media was 10,000. These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans, convincing many that we needed to crack the abortion law.
- former abortionist Bernard Nathanson, co-founder and first president of National Abortion Right Action League

All Men Thirst

All men thirst to confess their crimes more than tired beasts thirst for water; but they naturally object to confessing them while other people, who have also committed the same crimes, sit by and laugh at them.

The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man.
G. K. Chesterton

What's really important.

A movie is an opportunity for a director to focus our observations of life into directions that he deems important, for whatever reasons he sees fit. Sometimes that direction meshes with our own direction, sometimes it doesn't and leaves us pleasantly surprised and entertained. Well I just watched a movie that, while many may find it boring, meshed more closely and directly with my own focus, at least at this point in my life, than any movie ever has before for me. I'm not sure how to word it any more clearly than that. Basically, while I may not agree with all the choices the characters made, I wholeheartedly agree with where the camera zoomed in, what music was playing at what times, the glimmers of emotion that were the primary focus of the movie rather than a juicy sub-plot as they are found in most movies. I guess what I'm saying, is, if you want to see the world the way I see it, watch this movie. Crash. (Not to get your hopes up or anything, like I said, you…