Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.

Thursday, October 16, 2003  

Seek And Ye Shall Find Department: Huh. Someone came to my site searching for an atheist halloween costume. I dunno why you'd want one; I never thought Madalyn Murray O'hare was all that scary.

What does a dawk look like, anyway?

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 10:23 AM

Wednesday, October 15, 2003  

All In Good Fun, But . . . Department: Our church is one of thousands across the country taking part in the 40 Days of Purpose campaign that has individuals and churches working through Rick Warren's book, The Purpose-Driven Life. Wade Hodges was having some fun with that idea recently, commenting that he was thinking about something called "10 Days of Meaninglessness."

It would be based on Ecclesiastes and would hopefully leave us all cold, naked, and shivering on the floor of our existential angst.
I got a chuckle out of that, but then I started reading the comment thread, and I started to wonder what motivation behind the jabs at Rick Warren and the "40 Days" campaign might be. OK, I have no problem with a bit of good-natured ribbing; I think we need to be able to laugh at ourselves. But could it be that maybe there's just a teensy bit of "This thing is so popular, and I'm above following all the proles in something like this."?

No, I'm not saying that Wade, or the commenters are a bunch of elitists. But I am saying that the tendency to want to be a part of the elite, to view yourself as above everyone else, is an often-ignored but very real and nasty part of our nature. It's a facet of pride, and it sneaks into our behavior in many ways. C.S. Lewis illustrated this very well in Mark Studdock's behavior in That Hideous Strength.

We're human, thus you can find flaws in any human endeavor. That includes The Purpose-Driven Life and the "40 Days of Purpose" campaign. Let's acknowledge the very real flaws in things. But let's not let our pride provoke us into poking holes in things that do have a positive impact in a believer's walk.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 2:02 PM

Tuesday, October 14, 2003  

Interview Time! Department: Here are the questions for King's Kid.
1. You’re one of several bloggers who uses a pseudonym. Why did you decide to use a nickname?
2. Aside from the Bible, what is the one book or author that has had the greatest impact on your Christian walk?
3. Did you come to your current political and social views from the opposite end of the spectrum, or would you say you were more or less born into them?
4. What would be on the menu of your ideal meal, and what three people (real or fictional, currently living or historical) would you like to share it with?
5. From the sublime to the ridiculous: If you were a Veggie Tales character, what vegetable would you be and why?

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 8:28 AM

Monday, October 13, 2003  

The Heart Of The Matter Department: Real Life Preacher nails it in a post with the delightful sub-title "Message from God: All your heart are belong to us." He opens by saying "Love is God's mafia. Children are her hit men. And just the other day I got whacked." and it just gets better from there.

The Creator says, “You might never call my name, or you might call me every name in the book. You may search for me all of your life, or you may never give me a second thought, but you WILL know how I felt on the day I made you.”

“You might deny my existence, but you will never be able to deny the mark of my palm on your soft hearts. Your hearts will rise up and call you blessed.”

“Your hearts will tell you who you are, and whose you are.”

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 2:14 PM
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