Blog comment of the week

JT links to a WSJ article and asks “Why are we letting our daughters dress like prostitutes?”

A commenter points out that modesty and propriety are relative concepts (which is true to some extent, but…), and is answered by a mom:

[A]ny guy that tries to argue with any of my daughters that the way they dress is a “cultural construct” and simply a matter of social relativity is going to find his own body construct relatively-altered, courtesy of their Daddy.


Happy Canada Day, Eh?!

Things I appreciate about our neighbors to the north:

But seriously, Canadian bacon? It’s ham, guys. Ham. And let’s just be honest– if we run out of room down here, that whole “longest unfortified border in the world” isn’t gonna help.

Happy day, y’know!

What Gets Said in an Ordination Exam?

This exchange occurred during my oral exams last week:

Me: So my faith was genuine, but there was also a big cultural component to it– I wore Christian t-shirts, I listened to Christian music, and all that jazz…

Committee member #1: You listened to Christian music and jazz?


Committee member #2: There is Christian jazz.

Committee member #1: Christian jazz? Really?

Me: Yeah, you know, it’s about 80% as good as real jazz.

Funny story

For some reason I thought of this story this morning, and I thought you should enjoy it too.

A Jehovah’s Witness once came to the door of Dr. Don Fortson, one of my seminary professors. Dr. Fortson invited him in and they began to talk. JW’s, of course, do not believe in the Trinity, and so mistranslate John 1:1 to read “the Word was a god.” So they’re going back and forth on this, and of course Dr. Fortson’s not giving up any ground. After a while things start to get a little heated, and the JW gets agitated and exclaims, “Don’t you know the doctrine of the Trinity is a heresy invented by men in the 4th century?”*

You have to feel kind of bad for the guy at this point. Because he probably was just working his way down the street, and knocked on Dr. Fortson’s door because it was the next one up. He had no idea he was about to go head-to-head with a seminary professor. And when he trotted out the fourth-century line (which probably works on lots of Christians), he definitely had no idea he was talking to a professor of church history.

But anyway, he blurts out the line, and Dr. Fortson (who’s one of the nicest, most friendly people in the world) calmly responds, “I hope you repent of that statement before you meet your maker.” At which point the JW stands up, points, and says “You go to hell!”

Dr. Fortson replies, “You can’t tell me that. You don’t even believe in hell.”

I think that was the end of the interview, and Dr. Fortson probably doesn’t get many knocks on the door anymore.

*This is the standard Dan Brown take on the Trinity, but oddly seems to be pretty much the view of Rob Bell as well (minus the “heresy” part, of course).

Odd ad placement on the radio.

Overheard at the furniture store today:

What do I love about Lite 102.9? The music is all so relevant. It’s like every song could have been written about me.

Immediately following: Sir Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” Which was so perfect, because that’s exactly how I felt when I was an astronaut.