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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25740 on: April 10, 2016, 09:37:12 PM »
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« Reply #25741 on: April 11, 2016, 06:45:32 AM »
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« Reply #25742 on: April 11, 2016, 10:25:52 AM »
So at my wife's church this Sunday, instead of giving a sermon, the pastor decided to brainstorm on how to increase member involvement and excitement in the church. Several of his suggestions were:
1. Encourage people to change their wills to leave 50k to the church (most of the church is elderly people, so it really sounded like a con-man trying to bilk little old people out of their money)
2. Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
3. Put up hip new art on the walls
4. Put up a big huge billboard style electronic sign out front
5. Not be afraid to jettison traditions (i.e. the traditional service which about 70% of the congregation attends) in favor of their new contemporary service called "The Journey".

My wife was furious. 
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25743 on: April 11, 2016, 10:28:44 AM »
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Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
We should SO be doing this with the procession  ;D

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25744 on: April 11, 2016, 10:30:51 AM »
So at my wife's church this Sunday, instead of giving a sermon, the pastor decided to brainstorm on how to increase member involvement and excitement in the church. Several of his suggestions were:
1. Encourage people to change their wills to leave 50k to the church (most of the church is elderly people, so it really sounded like a con-man trying to bilk little old people out of their money)
2. Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
3. Put up hip new art on the walls
4. Put up a big huge billboard style electronic sign out front
5. Not be afraid to jettison traditions (i.e. the traditional service which about 70% of the congregation attends) in favor of their new contemporary service called "The Journey".

My wife was furious.


Shall we pray that he keeps it up and she sees your church as a possible?
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« Reply #25745 on: April 11, 2016, 10:31:56 AM »
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Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
We should SO be doing this with the procession  ;D

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He thought it was such a clever idea. I thought my wife was about to walk out. I was greatly amused, but had to be the sympathetic husband. At the end, he asked everyone who was willing to "embark on this new adventure" with him to stand up. About half the congregation stood. Then he asked the half that didn't to write on a piece of paper why they didn't want to join him and hand it to an usher on the way out. I've never seen anything like it before. Usually, Methodist churches are a pretty vanilla affair. Not yesterday, though...
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« Reply #25746 on: April 11, 2016, 10:33:10 AM »
So at my wife's church this Sunday, instead of giving a sermon, the pastor decided to brainstorm on how to increase member involvement and excitement in the church. Several of his suggestions were:
1. Encourage people to change their wills to leave 50k to the church (most of the church is elderly people, so it really sounded like a con-man trying to bilk little old people out of their money)
2. Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
3. Put up hip new art on the walls
4. Put up a big huge billboard style electronic sign out front
5. Not be afraid to jettison traditions (i.e. the traditional service which about 70% of the congregation attends) in favor of their new contemporary service called "The Journey".

My wife was furious.


Shall we pray that he keeps it up and she sees your church as a possible?
I would love for that to be the result.  :D
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25747 on: April 11, 2016, 10:49:39 AM »
So at my wife's church this Sunday, instead of giving a sermon, the pastor decided to brainstorm on how to increase member involvement and excitement in the church. Several of his suggestions were:
1. Encourage people to change their wills to leave 50k to the church (most of the church is elderly people, so it really sounded like a con-man trying to bilk little old people out of their money)
2. Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
3. Put up hip new art on the walls
4. Put up a big huge billboard style electronic sign out front
5. Not be afraid to jettison traditions (i.e. the traditional service which about 70% of the congregation attends) in favor of their new contemporary service called "The Journey".

My wife was furious.

Curious, what kind of church is this?
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« Reply #25748 on: April 11, 2016, 10:50:25 AM »
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Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
We should SO be doing this with the procession  ;D

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He thought it was such a clever idea. I thought my wife was about to walk out. I was greatly amused, but had to be the sympathetic husband. At the end, he asked everyone who was willing to "embark on this new adventure" with him to stand up. About half the congregation stood. Then he asked the half that didn't to write on a piece of paper why they didn't want to join him and hand it to an usher on the way out. I've never seen anything like it before. Usually, Methodist churches are a pretty vanilla affair. Not yesterday, though...
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« Reply #25749 on: April 11, 2016, 10:51:04 AM »
United Methodist, although the pastor came to UM from Assemblies of God, I think. As you can probably guess, it hasn't been a great fit so far.
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« Reply #25750 on: April 11, 2016, 11:16:17 AM »
2. Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium

Now that's genuinely weird.

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« Reply #25751 on: April 11, 2016, 11:59:17 AM »
2. Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium

Now that's genuinely weird.
Also, he is not a small man. Not at all.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25752 on: April 11, 2016, 12:22:05 PM »
So at my wife's church this Sunday, instead of giving a sermon, the pastor decided to brainstorm on how to increase member involvement and excitement in the church. Several of his suggestions were:
1. Encourage people to change their wills to leave 50k to the church (most of the church is elderly people, so it really sounded like a con-man trying to bilk little old people out of their money)
2. Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
3. Put up hip new art on the walls
4. Put up a big huge billboard style electronic sign out front
5. Not be afraid to jettison traditions (i.e. the traditional service which about 70% of the congregation attends) in favor of their new contemporary service called "The Journey".

My wife was furious.

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25753 on: April 11, 2016, 02:03:13 PM »
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Then he asked the half that didn't to write on a piece of paper why they didn't want to join him and hand it to an usher on the way out
What was this, kindergarten?

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25754 on: April 12, 2016, 03:26:37 PM »
The difference between saying "Muslim" and saying "Moslem."

Huh, I had no idea until now that there were different connotations (other than "Moslem" being a little more old fashioned). Apparently "Muselman" (the oldest form) comes from Persian via Turkish whereas "Muslim" is an attempt at a transliteration directly from the Arabic.
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« Reply #25755 on: April 12, 2016, 04:15:31 PM »
The difference between saying "Muslim" and saying "Moslem."

Huh, I had no idea until now that there were different connotations (other than "Moslem" being a little more old fashioned). Apparently "Muselman" (the oldest form) comes from Persian via Turkish whereas "Muslim" is an attempt at a transliteration directly from the Arabic.

I asked my folks about the "mosslim" vs "mozlem" pronunciations.  There is no Arabic word "mozlem", but there is "muznib", which means one who does evil.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25756 on: April 12, 2016, 04:57:01 PM »
So at my wife's church this Sunday, instead of giving a sermon, the pastor decided to brainstorm on how to increase member involvement and excitement in the church. Several of his suggestions were:
1. Encourage people to change their wills to leave 50k to the church (most of the church is elderly people, so it really sounded like a con-man trying to bilk little old people out of their money)
2. Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
3. Put up hip new art on the walls
4. Put up a big huge billboard style electronic sign out front
5. Not be afraid to jettison traditions (i.e. the traditional service which about 70% of the congregation attends) in favor of their new contemporary service called "The Journey".

My wife was furious.

Wowsers. I'm going to be really careful about sharing this with my husband, because I can see some of those ideas cropping up in the new youth service at his church...
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« Reply #25757 on: April 12, 2016, 05:01:38 PM »
So at my wife's church this Sunday, instead of giving a sermon, the pastor decided to brainstorm on how to increase member involvement and excitement in the church. Several of his suggestions were:
1. Encourage people to change their wills to leave 50k to the church (most of the church is elderly people, so it really sounded like a con-man trying to bilk little old people out of their money)
2. Install a zipline for him to use to get to the podium
3. Put up hip new art on the walls
4. Put up a big huge billboard style electronic sign out front
5. Not be afraid to jettison traditions (i.e. the traditional service which about 70% of the congregation attends) in favor of their new contemporary service called "The Journey".

My wife was furious.


Shall we pray that he keeps it up and she sees your church as a possible?
I would love for that to be the result.  :D

Has she ever come with you to Liturgy?
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25758 on: April 12, 2016, 06:07:21 PM »
The difference between saying "Muslim" and saying "Moslem."

Huh, I had no idea until now that there were different connotations (other than "Moslem" being a little more old fashioned). Apparently "Muselman" (the oldest form) comes from Persian via Turkish whereas "Muslim" is an attempt at a transliteration directly from the Arabic.

I asked my folks about the "mosslim" vs "mozlem" pronunciations.  There is no Arabic word "mozlem", but there is "muznib", which means one who does evil.

So we should be referring to people like ISIS as Muznibs rather than Moslems?  I wouldn't want to use the wrong word.
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« Reply #25759 on: April 12, 2016, 06:45:46 PM »
It's hard to believe it's been a while since I last posted here. I remember the days when I couldn't stay away from here for more than three hours. I guess I've just been busier lately.
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« Reply #25760 on: April 12, 2016, 07:21:52 PM »
It's hard to believe it's been a while since I last posted here. I remember the days when I couldn't stay away from here for more than three hours. I guess I've just been busier lately.

Is it because, as an employee of the CIA, you are busy tracking down terrorists?
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25761 on: April 12, 2016, 09:59:57 PM »
The difference between saying "Muslim" and saying "Moslem."

Huh, I had no idea until now that there were different connotations (other than "Moslem" being a little more old fashioned). Apparently "Muselman" (the oldest form) comes from Persian via Turkish whereas "Muslim" is an attempt at a transliteration directly from the Arabic.

I asked my folks about the "mosslim" vs "mozlem" pronunciations.  There is no Arabic word "mozlem", but there is "muznib", which means one who does evil.

So we should be referring to people like ISIS as Muznibs rather than Moslems?  I wouldn't want to use the wrong word.

LOL! sure...I think even some Muslims are doing so.  But there are others who still consider them "Muslims" but "extreme and misguided," especially Islamists.

I think the article though is stretching it.  There is no correct English equivalent of the Arabic word.  That's like me saying "those who spell their name Mena or Meena or Meina are bigots against the Mina's".  There is no correct "english" spelling.  You can't make the same comparison to the term "Colored" for black people because there is only one (well really two ways) to spell that word!
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25762 on: April 12, 2016, 10:19:00 PM »
Moslem sounds like a mainstream dialect outcome, muslim being the Classical Arabic form. Pretty much the same thing as Muhammad x Mohammed, or Makkah vs. Mecca, although in these cases the "un-Classical" form prevailed and the Classical would be most probably what a moslem would write on his blog. Classical Arabic didn't even have e and o. Mina can correct me if I'm speaking garbage, my Arabic is really 101. :P
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« Reply #25763 on: April 12, 2016, 10:36:28 PM »
My Arabic is mid-201 level  :P

The only other word I find remotely close in Arabic is "muzloom", but that means "innocent".  I'm not sure anyone is insulted by that.
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« Reply #25764 on: April 12, 2016, 11:01:45 PM »
I thought you were a native.  ;D 

Classical Arabic doesn't have e and o, and it seems to be a mainstream Modern feature to turn short i and some a into e and short u into o. It was really a headache to look for the most proper way of pronouncing things when I used to studied Arabic, as I was some kind of perfectionist and no definitive answer would come up, for there are so many dialects and variations... Now I don't even bother to learn proper gender in other languages.
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« Reply #25765 on: April 13, 2016, 12:02:22 AM »
My cat keeps bringing home garter snakes. He doesn't hurt them; he just brings them onto the backporch and stares at them.  :o
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« Reply #25766 on: April 13, 2016, 12:18:57 AM »
My cat keeps bringing home garter snakes. He doesn't hurt them; he just brings them onto the backporch and stares at them.  :o

That's funny.

At least he isn't leaving a dead baby rabbit on the porch like one of our cats did once.
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« Reply #25767 on: April 13, 2016, 12:19:24 AM »
The difference between saying "Muslim" and saying "Moslem."

Huh, I had no idea until now that there were different connotations (other than "Moslem" being a little more old fashioned). Apparently "Muselman" (the oldest form) comes from Persian via Turkish whereas "Muslim" is an attempt at a transliteration directly from the Arabic.

I asked my folks about the "mosslim" vs "mozlem" pronunciations.  There is no Arabic word "mozlem", but there is "muznib", which means one who does evil.

So we should be referring to people like ISIS as Muznibs rather than Moslems?  I wouldn't want to use the wrong word.

LOL! sure...I think even some Muslims are doing so.  But there are others who still consider them "Muslims" but "extreme and misguided," especially Islamists.

I think the article though is stretching it.  There is no correct English equivalent of the Arabic word.  That's like me saying "those who spell their name Mena or Meena or Meina are bigots against the Mina's".  There is no correct "english" spelling.  You can't make the same comparison to the term "Colored" for black people because there is only one (well really two ways) to spell that word!

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« Reply #25768 on: April 13, 2016, 12:24:23 AM »
My cat keeps bringing home garter snakes. He doesn't hurt them; he just brings them onto the backporch and stares at them.  :o

That's funny.

At least he isn't leaving a dead baby rabbit on the porch like one of our cats did once.

Luckily I'm not scared of snakes. With the first one, I gently poked it to try to get it to slither off my porch but it just reared its head and stared at me. I wasn't present for the snake gift tonight. I can't get the mental image of him dragging this snake through my yard out of my head. Where's he even finding them?!
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« Reply #25769 on: April 13, 2016, 11:03:48 AM »
My cat keeps bringing home garter snakes. He doesn't hurt them; he just brings them onto the backporch and stares at them.  :o

That's funny.

At least he isn't leaving a dead baby rabbit on the porch like one of our cats did once.

Luckily I'm not scared of snakes. With the first one, I gently poked it to try to get it to slither off my porch but it just reared its head and stared at me. I wasn't present for the snake gift tonight. I can't get the mental image of him dragging this snake through my yard out of my head. Where's he even finding them?!
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25770 on: April 13, 2016, 03:31:09 PM »
When well respected actors like Robert de Niro encourages people to consider the anti-vax movement, my heart hardens just a little bit more at the possibility of intelligent people in Hollywood.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25771 on: April 13, 2016, 03:33:11 PM »
When well respected actors like Robert de Niro encourages people to consider the anti-vax movement, my heart hardens just a little bit more at the possibility of intelligent people in Hollywood.

"For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?"

I Peter 4.17
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25772 on: April 13, 2016, 03:33:54 PM »
When well respected actors like Robert de Niro encourages people to consider the anti-vax movement, my heart hardens just a little bit more at the possibility of intelligent people in Hollywood.

Fluoride causes heart hardening.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25773 on: April 13, 2016, 05:02:31 PM »
When well respected actors like Robert de Niro encourages people to consider the anti-vax movement, my heart hardens just a little bit more at the possibility of intelligent people in Hollywood.

"For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?"

I Peter 4.17

Are you saying that Hollywood is the household of God?
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25774 on: April 13, 2016, 05:08:21 PM »
Context of the verse suggests otherwise
Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25775 on: April 13, 2016, 05:21:34 PM »
When well respected actors like Robert de Niro encourages people to consider the anti-vax movement, my heart hardens just a little bit more at the possibility of intelligent people in Hollywood.

It's common knowledge that you secretly want to be born in early 17th century Russia.  As a serf or a royal, I know not.  Chances are serf.

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25776 on: April 13, 2016, 05:23:57 PM »
I am doomed not necessarily listening to him, but listening to the hundreds others who use him as authority.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25777 on: April 13, 2016, 05:28:59 PM »
I am doomed not necessarily listening to him, but listening to the hundreds others who use him as authority.

Don't you know that moms who Google are more educated than you doctors?
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25778 on: April 13, 2016, 05:31:03 PM »
Clearly :P
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25779 on: April 13, 2016, 05:35:22 PM »
It's hard to believe it's been a while since I last posted here. I remember the days when I couldn't stay away from here for more than three hours. I guess I've just been busier lately.

Is it because, as an employee of the CIA, you are busy tracking down terrorists?

Well, yeah. But I'm not supposed to talk about my job. It's classified information.
This is something cute and innocent.

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25780 on: April 13, 2016, 05:36:33 PM »
I wish you were one of the doctors I am forced to interact with at work, mina. You seem like a good egg.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25781 on: April 13, 2016, 05:46:21 PM »
It's hard to believe it's been a while since I last posted here. I remember the days when I couldn't stay away from here for more than three hours. I guess I've just been busier lately.

Is it because, as an employee of the CIA, you are busy tracking down terrorists?

Well, yeah. But I'm not supposed to talk about my job. It's classified information.

Change your avatar.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25782 on: April 13, 2016, 05:48:51 PM »
Funny how people in the past few decades have been taking opinions from professional pretenders.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #25783 on: April 13, 2016, 06:53:00 PM »
It's hard to believe it's been a while since I last posted here. I remember the days when I couldn't stay away from here for more than three hours. I guess I've just been busier lately.

Is it because, as an employee of the CIA, you are busy tracking down terrorists?

Well, yeah. But I'm not supposed to talk about my job. It's classified information.

Well,then don't.
Why would I even want to know?
Just get back to work or give back the pay.
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« Reply #25784 on: April 13, 2016, 06:53:56 PM »
Funny how people in the past few decades have been taking opinions from professional pretenders.

You would prefer amateurs?
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