I love our denomination and especially our conference. There are people of all ages, backgrounds, colors and countries represented. I met a new friend named Jason who likes to create his own shirts. He made this one to wear especially for this weekend, but you have to understand what Calvinism is to appreciate the humor. He also made one that says John Wesley is my homeboy!
" THE MEETING House, a Brethren In Christ multi-site congregation that calls itself a "church for people who aren't into church," regularly invites those who don't want to "get in" to their church by making a demonstrable commitment, to "get out."
Known to church staff by the tongue-in-cheek label "purge Sundays," the invitation "to get in or
get out" is viewed as a mechanism to address "Christian tourism."
Teaching pastor Bruxy Cavey admits "purge Sundays" were his idea. "Evangelical Christians can be a trendy bunch, always looking for the good deal and where the action is," he explains. "The more we have grown
as a church, the more we have attracted tourists who come to check us out and will attend for some time, but never consider The Meeting House their home church. We don't think that's healthy for them -- to be a voyeur on church life, rather than a healthy, active, committed participant in church life. "So we started to ask them to leave."
Ok, so I have been thinking about personal stuff since yesterday was my birthday. Check out this site, it's called kabalarians and it describes your personality through explaining what your name means. It can be so accurate, it's almost scary!
Here is what my name Benjy means:
"Although the name Benjy creates an active mind and a restless
urge to explore new ideas, we emphasize that it causes procrastination,
lack of confidence, and the inability to realize your goals and
ambitions. The name of Benjy has given you a very imaginative, creative
mind. You always have new ideas, but too often they are for an easy way
out of a difficulty, or an easy way of making money. You are not
inclined to apply yourself consistently to a job and to reach the
fulfilment of your goals through perseverance and hard work."
It has happened again. Whenever a famous person dies, they always die in threes. Famous people die in threes. Like I read on another site, I believe this phenomenon is more powerful than coincidence, more pervasive than a conspiracy, and more interesting than a law of physics.
Here are the rules: The three deaths must be close to each other: generally less than a month from the first to the last. And the three celebrities must be somehow equivalently famous or otherwise linked. This is not always as easy to identify as one might first think. Sometimes it isn't always obvious and sometimes so many people die so soon to each other that the trios see to overlap.
I put a little time and research into this project, so here is a partial list for that will hopefully peak your curiousity and maybe make you want to do your own research. And for those of you who are skeptical, please browse through this list as well.
1. Jerry Orbach, actor, Dec. 29 2. Artie Shaw, jazz musician, Dec. 30 3. Shirley Chisholm, politican, Jan.1
1. Johnny Oates, baseball, Dec. 24 2. Reggie White, football, Dec. 26 3. Hank Garland, country music, Dec. 27
1. Christoper Reeve, actor/activisit October 10, 2004
2. Ken Caminiti, baseball October 10, 2004
3. Pierre Salinger, JFK press secretary, Oct. 16
1. Janet Leigh, Psycho actress- October 4, 2004
2. Rodney Dangerfield, comedian October 6, 2004
3. Jacques Derrida, philosopher October 9, 2004
1. John Cerutti, baseball October 3, 2004
2. Russ Meyer, producer/director September 22, 2004
3. Johnny Ramone, musician September 16, 2004
One of the most well known trios...
1. Ronald Reagan, president June 5, 2004
2. Ray Charles, musician June 10, 2004
3. Marlon Brando, actor July 2, 2004
1. Charles Bronson, actor August 29, 2003
2. Johnny Cash, musican September 12, 2003
3. John Ritter, actor September 12, 2003
1. Gregory Peck, actor June 11, 2003
2. Katharine Hepburn, actress June 29, 2003
3. Bob Hope, comedian July 29, 2003
1. Wilt Chamberlain, basketball November 12, 1999
2. George C. Scott, actor November 22, 1999
3. Payne Stewart, golf November 25, 1999
1. Harry Blackmun, Supreme Court March 4, 1999
2. Stanley Kubrick, director March 7, 1999
3. Joe DiMaggio, baseball March 9, 1999
1. Frank Sinatra, singer May 14, 1998
2. Phil Hartman, actor May 28, 1998
3. Barry Goldwater, politican May 29, 1998
1. Diana, Princess of Wales August 31, 1997
2. Mother Teresa September 5, 1997
3. Sir Georg Solti, musician September 5, 1997
1. Jacques Cousteau, tv/nature June 25, 1997
2. Jimmy Stewart, actor July 2, 1997
3. Gianni Versace, fashion July 15, 1997