Thursday, April 20, 2006

To help save the environment, and my wallet, I'm trying to drive less. No more coming home for lunch and a quick blog-check. Which is kind of difficult because a lot of times I'm doing my job and wondering to myself, "I wonder if I've received any cool email or complimentary comments on my blog while I've been away?" It has really exposed how narcissistic I am.

But I'm getting some good reading done at work during lunch. Right now I'm in the middle of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey Into the Evangelical Subculture in America. It has been very enjoyable. The author, Randall Balmer, spent several years visiting and documenting a myriad of different aspects of evangelical subculture. There's some fascinating stuff in there. One of the chapters I read today followed the journey of a Pentecostal (Assemblies of God) preacher in Valdosta, Ga. who became very dissatified with the absence of liturgy and ritual in his congregation. So he began offering communion every week and introducting aspects of the Book of Common Prayer. He was kicked out of his church but began a journey in which he and about 200 of his parishioners from the church he was in, began a church and was confirmed into the Episcopal Faith. Very good stuff. (Here's his church.)

I'm kind of tired but I feel the need to write.

I'm off tomorrow. Weather permitting, (I.E., Lord willing and the creek don't rise,) Jude and Sutton are going to take me swimming. I'll spend the rest of the day resting and hanging out with people.

Hope things are well in your worlds.


Katy said...

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory...what a great book.

jenA said...

that's where I heard about the book - from katy. i forgot what else i was gonna post. le sigh

amy said...

I heard (from one of my Starbucks customers) that the phrase 'God willing and the Creek don't rise' was in reference to the native Amercian Creek tribes--who were viewed as war-mongering and violent. Other tribes and early European settlers used this phrase hoping they would not be attacked. Any ideas on the truth of this?