Sunday, February 19, 2006

Random Thoughts on a Sunday Night

Why is it that male ice dancers feel the need to wear a plunging neckline on their little jumpsuits? I'm old enough to remember disco. I don't need the flashbacks, thank you very much.

Can a person go out and buy a bobsled somewhere?

Would someone please go out and get Steve some coffee?!?!

It appears to me that fans of a sport watch for the skill and artistry while interested bystanders watch to see people crash. Funny thing, most of the Daytona 500 highlights are the crashes. Same could be said for figure skating and short track speed skating.

Why is it that John from Locusts and Honey can mention that I deserve a monthly column in Christianity Today and six people come to check out my post, but when he mentions that I wrote about "size matters" I get almost 50 hits?

How nuts do you have to be to cross country ski?

I purposely left my post, "When God Doesn't Heal" at the top of the blog all weekend. It generated only two comments on the site, but the private emails have been enlightening. It's amazing the people who have been told they don't have enough faith. Forgive me for not answering all of you.

I had a guy try to tell me that Genesis was the most read book of the Bible. I wouldn't even put Genesis in the top ten. In fact the only Old Testament book would probably be Psalms. What do you think? Which book of the Bible is the most read?


Quotidian Grace said...

Love your Olympic thoughts--LOL!

My vote for most read book of the Bible is:
Old Testament--Exodus (because most people refer to it for its version of the 10 commandments)
New Testament--Gospel of John (because of the ubiquitous 3:16)

Okay, so maybe its not the ENTIRE book, but the most popular verses that I chose!

R. Stewart said...

I'm with you on the ice dancer costumes. And the bobsled.

I do like to ski cross country, though (but downhill is more fun.) I just can't quite keep up with those Olympians:)

RE: Most read book...I'd guess Psalms, John and/or Mark. From what I can tell, many people think the NT stops after John, what with the overall theological ignorance of concepts fleshed out in the Epistles.

Dan Edelen said...

I'll post this here since I don't want to stir up grief in the comments in the healing post.

I'm not trying to condemn anyone when I ask this question. I ask it of myself, too, because I think it is very important: What if we really DON'T have enough faith?

I mean that seriously. We naturally seems to assume that we have enough faith, but what if we don't? Are we examining ourselves before God to see that we do, or are we just assuming we do? That's critical to know, but I don't hear people asking that question enough.

It's the 800 pound gorilla in the room that no one wants to address, but God requires that we address it. Jesus marveled not only at people's faith, but also their lack of it. If He were to say that we lack faith, would we take it? We certainly don't seem to take it when other Christians might imply that we lack faith.

I've thought about this a lot lately. I think that most of us really don't have faith, at least not the kind that believes for big things. Some people have a big faith for others, but then don't believe that same faith applies to their own circumstances. I know that I fall into that category. I usually see my big prayers for others come about, but not as much for myself because I lack the faith to believe God will do great things for me. I know other Christians that have the same problem.

I'll be talking more on this over at Cerulean Sanctum this week.

rev-ed said...

Dan, while I believe that we are guilty of not praying expecting God to act as we say, your logic that we don't have the faith still fails to account for the examples I gave in the post -- Paul, Joni, and Rev. Graham, as well as a host of others I have witnessed. I can agree that we don't expect the miraculous, but we (most of us, anyway) have the faith that God can do the miraculous. That's the faith we need. At least a mustard seed's worth.

John said...

Well, Ed, I try to appeal to the lowest common moral denominator. It works! 50 people came you way out of perverse curiosity.

rev-ed said...

Great... what does that mean that I hang out at L&H? :0 ;)