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  1. I spotted this one on my way home from a kayaking trip in Union County, SC. Oh, the connotations... BTW, this is a real sign, and not just one of those generators. Here it is from another angle...
  2. I think it depends on the school and the subject. I've some professors where the class was worthless, and I've had some where I really learned a lot. I've seen this from both sides. I've taught grades 1-8 for many years, and I know the preparation and hard work that goes into teaching. I'm an administrator now, and I can assure you that the hard work doesn't end when you leave the classroom. My wife is a college professor at a liberal arts college, and she is constantly working. While I might envy the number of classes she teaches, the amount of preparation and the attention she gives to individual students was no less than what I did when I was in a K-12 classroom.
  3. So the followup question would be how many dead preachers you have to swing around to hit a cat? Counting grandparents, uncles, and various cousins, probably close to twenty. Of course, I'd have to dig them up first.
  4. I've learned to keep quiet. You can't swing a dead cat in my family without hitting a preacher. I have seven brothers and sisters, which, if also you count spouses and children, includes three Methodist ministers and three Baptist ministers. My father was once a Pentecostal Holiness preacher, but is now Methodist.
  5. It's been my experience that most extreme fundamentalists have a problem with Star Wars/Trek more because it's associated with "Hollywood" and evil, rather than the actual content of the shows. There is one group of independent Baptists in my town (home of Bob Jones University) which doesn't want their church members to attend ANY movie, and even preaches against having televisions in the home. I do agree that many evangelicals that bash Harry Potter are inconsistent. It's all a matter of semantics.
  6. As you pointed out in your initial post, funerals are an emotionally-charged time, and some idiot preachers insist on capitalizing on this. Southern Baptists are the usual culprits, but Methodists can also be guilty. I attended a college student's funeral - he had committed suicide - and the Methodist minister insisted on a come-to-Jebus service. Totally inappropriate. My sister and I are the ones from our large family who usually attend relatives' funerals. We're the only ones with flexible jobs that allow us the time. We do so out of respect for our relatives. At some of these, though, we have to stifle a laugh at the theological shenanigans. I remember one rough-around-the-edges Baptist minister eulogizing a great-aunt with the words, "That there's not a pretty sight [pointing to my aunt's coffin], but Gawd's given her a gah-looooorious body!"
  7. Yeah, that's one of the lines that made me take a closer look. It's the information in the linked PDF files where the absurdities really jump out at you.
  8. One of my favorite websites is NoBoJo.org, which is run by an alum of Bob Jones University, and features a pretty scathing expose of the place. The site is offline right now (temporarily, I hope), but they've got some great stuff. One of their features is the "Wingnut of the Week", where they link to some one on the fringes of religious radicalism. Recently, they linked to the Society of Christians for the Restoration of Old Testament Morality. I had commented on NoBoJo in my personal blog, and was surprised to find the following comment on the post from the Society... My response was to state that I had visited their website, and that I thought the designation was well-earned. However, I started looking at the site a bit closer, and now I'm not so sure. Some of the belief statements are so terribly outrageous that I'm beginning to wonder if it's not a well-disguised parody site. There is an e-mail link to an alumni of Princeton, so I'm starting to suspect something. Anyone else seen this site?
  9. Yesterday afternoon I attended the funeral of the father of one of my work colleagues. One of the songs that the choir sang was "I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy." The song contained the following lyric… I saw Abraham, Jacob and Isaac, Oh with Mark and Timothy. Oh but I said, "I want to see Jesus, The One who died for me." Despite the somber occasion, the vision that popped unbidden into my head was that of millions of heavenly tourists trying to catch a glimpse or get a photo or autograph from various celebrities. First, you’ve got your A-List celebs – King David, the Apostles, etc. You’ve got a few minor biblical celebs, such as Esther and Job (yeah, but who wants to hear his sob story), then you’ve got the third tier – various popes, evangelists, saints, etc. -- Ooo, look, Harold! There’s John the Baptist! I wonder if we can get close enough to chat for a bit. And I want to stop by to see that nice widow women that helped Elijah. -- Marge, it’s not like you don’t have all the time in the world to see them. And stop trying to touch the hem of Peter's robe everytime you get close enough. Geez! Yep, hounded for all eternity by the Faithful – not exactly my idea of paradise.
  10. Actually, I think the elder Bush said this in 1987 while still a candidate, not the current president. Regardless, it's pretty amazing that a president would say something like this.
  11. You can still find some shortwave loonies, although they are not as plentiful as they used to be. World Wide Christ Radio out of Nashville, TN (www.wwcr.com) at frequency 5.890 has some real crazies left on it. I don't know if you can get that across the pond, or not.
  12. We had one old radio preacher who labeled anyone in disagreement with him as an "infidel who's bound for Hell," complete with lilting rhyme. Of course, this label was applied to both Christians and non-Christians. I kind of miss the old geezer - he was fun to listen to sometimes. As for me, I hear the term "unchurched" a lot. As the name implies, it refers to those not currently active in church. For most of those concerned about it, unchurched=unsaved.
  13. Thanks. Normally, I think of all these witty retorts AFTER an encounter. However, someone earlier in the day had said something about God's Will, and it already had me thinking along these lines. The Fundy just happened by with the wrong phrase at the wrong time (or right time, from my standpoint.)
  14. Michie, Some people actually enjoy the head-banging and confrontation. I think the term "Recreational Christianity" might apply here, where folks are intrigued by what is said in these forums, much the same way that someone might be intrigued by a train wreck. That being said, you're always going to have someone who pushes against the general tenor of a forum, whether it be for xians, atheists, or model railroad enthusiasts. My personal feeling is that if done incorrectly, it can be a breech of etiquette and can get obnoxious very quickly. Most "anonymous" posts are like this. If done correctly, it can be an interesting exchange and close examination of one's own beliefs.
  15. I ran into an acquaintance from a church where I had worked as music director for a number of years. This church was an independent charismatic church, and the individual in question was all bent on soul-winning, etc. His first question was, "So, where are you directing music now?" Of course, I informed him that I no longer did that, to which he asked if I was involved with other church work. The rest of the conversation went something like this... Me: "I'm currently not involved with a church." Fundy: "That's a shame. I'm sure God would want you using your talents in his service. We could sure use you back at XYZ Church" Me: "Be that as it may, I don't intend to get involved with a church." (At this point I'm looking for a gracious escape.) Fundy: "You know, God's got a perfect will for your life. I feel strongly that by not putting your talents to use, you're outside of God's will." Me: "Then it's not so perfect, is it? Either that, or the fact that I apparently can get outside of His Will so easily makes me more powerful than Him." Fundy: (Sputters a few trite lines about free will, etc., followed by...) "With an attitude like that I'm afraid you're in danger of Hell fire." Me: "If you truly believe in 'God's Perfect Will', then you must believe 2 Peter 3:9, which states that the Lord is 'not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.' Sounds like it doesn't matter whether I direct a church choir or not." At this point the Fundy stomps off. Just another shining example of how Christians A) don't pay attention to the holes in their logic, and don't pay attention to their own Bible.
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