(to be sung to the tune of "Rock Me, Amadeus" by Falco)
Another phrase to add to my list of phrases I have come to hate: "It's not either/or, but both/and." This is one of those phrases that applies in so many cases that it has simply become useless... maybe we should make a short-hand for this generic phrase, like the word (which I am conceiving of right now), "nestrial". From now on "nestrial" will be short-hand for said phrase.
A response to Reuben's comment: When you did the crime, you voted to crime the vote. If you were gonna vote the crime, you should/ve crimed the vote before you did the vote crime.
A response to Laurel's comment: My school has taught me to take everything with a grain of cynicism. It's not so much that we reject your peoples, but we will make fun of them in an arrogant fashion and "wax eloquent" about "post-modernism" and the "transformational perspective" of people "searching" looking for the "emergent church". And to "piggy-back" on my own comment, what we at seminary believe must happen is a theatrical paradigm shift. By the way, the Bible is our guide to improvisation... ethically speaking.
A life-long goal: I have recently fulfilled a life-long goal of mine. This semester I have an 8:00 class that is so pointless and boring that I have to bribe myself to go each day. The only thing that works is breakfast from a local coffee-shop (Lemonjello's). So, about 4 out of 7 days a week, I go to this coffee shop and order basically the same thing.
Then it happened... last week Monday, I walked in and the woman who usually takes my order simply asked, "the usual?" I said, "yes." And there was rejoicing deep within my soul. Now, every time I walk in, she simply gives me and nod, I give her a nod, and she grabs me a cranberry walnut scone fresh from the oven and makes me a delicious medium vanilla latte. And then I'm happy for the rest of the day, safe in the knowledge that I have fulfilled my life-long goal of having a usual at a coffee shop. I feel like I am finally living the dream... and I am. As they say, nestrial.
My thanksgiving plans: I am going to the creation museum. I am very excited about this. I am preparing to believe... and laugh and cry and die a little inside. You can expect at least two more blogs about this.