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Of Churches and Belonging

Just over a month ago, I stepped down from preaching at a little church in Arkansas that I had been a part of for 3 years. Why that happened probably will take a whole different post, so let's just leave it that it was time.

Well, this led to a problem Ann and I haven't had much in our lives. We now have no church family, no place we belong on Sundays. It's a weird feeling. We've visited two different churches, went to church with family out of town once, skipped once, and one time I've gotten to preach.

One church we visited was so seeker-sensitive, so concerned about letting us explore the options in an unthreatened manner, that, had I not known one of the multitude of pastors, we would have been lost and completely unnoticed. Another church we attended was so obsessed with raising money to build a gym for the church that they had turned the entire service over to the idea. Even the sermon was a plea for money, indicating that all we truly had to do to sprea…

Confusion

Ever been confused? Like when you make a decision, then come to regret it, but then be unable to recover from that? I'm dealing with that right now. It's not so much that I regret the decision, as that I had hoped for different results. Anyway, if anybody actually reads this and wants to add your two cents or your story in the comments that'd be great. And anyone with some helpful advice or a job offer or two would also be appreciated.

Thanks,

Multiple posts on one day

In case you're wondering, many of my posts show up the same day because they get saved in mid-thought and then posted later.

Politics--The first shot

Well, tomorrow we should find out if Senator Clinton can beat Senator Obama to face Senator McCain for President.

In history, it was in March that the Romans discovered that Senator Julius couldn't beat Senator Brutus or Senator Cassius for Emperor. (ok, Caesar was a proconsul). It is interesting that Senators tend towards dictators?

Anyway, has anyone noticed the latest problem for the Obama campaign? Supposedly one of his advisers met with a Canadian somebody, and assured them that all of his talk about protectionism and trade was just to get elected.
(Protectionism means placing restrictions or taxes called tariffs on imported goods. The idea is that you tax goods that could be made cheaper outside the home country, to keep local jobs competitive. Figure that the clothes you are wearing were probably made by someone who makes 1/10 what an American worker would make. Add a tax to raise the wholesale costs by a factor of 10, now you can choose to buy American or foreign at th…

Drop-in thought

I saw the trailer for the new Indiana Jones movie and was wondering:

If it weren't for sequels, what would John Williams do for money?