Thursday, August 25, 2005

Nuggets From the Deep Fryer of Life

I know I've been kind of 'phoning it in' here this week. I don't have much of an excuse, other than having a job and a wife who is now on a schedule similar to my own.

We're gearing up for high school football 'round these parts which, in middle America, is sometimes more a religion than something something guy on a cross. Yesterday's newspaper had a special section devoted to area teams, projected standings, returning starters, and full-page photos of kids pre-Nike endorsements. The church I serve draws from four school districts. I have yet to experience how it gets handled.

So this week Pat Robertson opened his mouth and said something stupid, denied that he said something stupid, and later apologized for saying something stupid. Evangelical Republicanism is big on personal accountability, but some are really slow to self-application.

You know how denominations such as the UCC, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, etc. are referred to as 'mainline'? Well, 'mainline' is a railroad term. I was recently told that churches were deemed 'mainline' because people took the train into Philadelphia to attend services. Has anyone else ever heard this? I've looked up a few sites and the railroad reference is there, but how it got attached to church life is not mentioned.

It's Thursday already. What happened to Monday?