I've been sucked back into watching American Idol this year. A more accurate description is, I like being in the same room as my wife in the evenings, so I'll read or journal or work out while she watches American Idol...and I end up picking my favorites. I've deemed Chris Daughtry this year's winner. He's basically this year's Bo Bice, only cooler. He reminds me of Ed Kowalczyk, the lead singer of Live.
Anyway, that brings me to last night's vote, which (finally) saw the departure of Kevin Covais, this awkward 16-year-old kid who would do much better in his high school show choir. On the radio the other day, Simon was quoted as saying, 'He won't win, but if he does I'm quitting.' Indeed.
I haven't said as much as I'd like about my Lenten series, besides that the content can be a downer. Before Lent began I said that I'd write an entry for each week's text, which obviously hasn't happened. In the next few days, I'll get around to doing that. Last night's text was Judges 19, the story of the Levite and the concubine that has many parallels to the story of Sodom. This was a lively discussion, with almost the entire room appalled at the Levite's actions and wondering out loud how a story like this ended up in the Bible. These are the types of reactions and questions that I was hoping for in this study. My favorite response last night was when one parishioner said, 'This just shows me that I need to read my Bible more...I had no idea this story was in here.' Jackpot!
Next week is Numbers 25:1-16, the story of Phinehas killing an interracial couple with a spear. I haven't settled on the final week's text, but it'll either be a genocide story from Joshua or one of the juicy parts from Song of Solomon. I'm leaning toward the latter just to lighten the mood.
I'm going back and forth about writing under my real name again. It's not like it's a big secret. If you go back through the archives, you could find it pretty easily. A fair amount of people who read this (well...up until 3 days ago) already know it. Originally, it was to help keep a distance between the rest of my life and this blog, but those lines are blurring more and more. That's not to say that this blog is my life. Rather, the blogosphere and the internet in general is a separate world for me. But I really don't see what'll really change.