The purpose of the Church

I don’t usually like satire. And I began reading this with some skepticism. But The Metacultural Gospel has some good stuff. Take this for instance:

The gunshots continued; someone turned on the lights, and there was Nathaniel, holding a powerful handgun, shooting the projector. (It was such a strange thing to see a pacifist holding a gun.) I think he emptied a total of about three clips into it, before putting the gun into his pocket. …

About that time, the pastor got over being stunned and glared at him and asked, “How dare you fire a gun in my sanctuary?” He glared back and said, “How dare you take God’s sanctuary and making it into a circus? This is supposed to be a house of prayer and worship for all people, and you are making it into mere amusement, a consumer commodity. Is this church set up because these people do not have televisions, that they can flip on and be titillated? Church is a place to disciple men and conform them to God, not a place to conform religion so that it will appeal to spoiled brats. The reason that you are losing people to MTV is that you are doing a second rate job of being an MTV, not a first rate job of being a church.”

I think there’s something in there for the conversation on parenting.

6 thoughts on “The purpose of the Church”

  1. and having a lot of fun, too

    Right, just diving in has its pluses and minuses, but in many times it is better to do something than to simply sit and wish or talk about doing things.
    We dove into a quilt for Heidi’s wedding gift – we are on the 3-4 revision, translated, we tore out the long seams, cut more material and added it in. Also not the best way to go, more pricey, but hey! we are working away at it. Eventually your kitchen project and our quilt will be finished. Hopefully pride will follow as you look at the finished project.

    For sure we all are proud of all the rest you mentioned.

  2. Awww… =)

    Awwwwwwwwww… <melt> I’m looking forward to reading more of your insights!

    Updates: By the way, Michael Olson is the new maintainer for planner-el. =) Also, PlannerLove is deprecated in favor of the Emacswiki page, as that gets more visibility.

    – Sacha Chua,

  3. gnucash

    Are subaccounts in gnucash intended for such use? I’ve been using Quicken and been mildly dissappointed with their budgeting feature. Not to mention the fact that I had to pay $40 for crossover office to get it to work on ubuntu.

    On a side note crossover office is pretty sweet. It let me install internet explorer so I can access IE only websites such as my company’s webmail.

  4. my financial planning method

    here’s my method, which doesn’t really involve spreadsheets or high-tech methods, but it’s the basic method i’ve used for about twenty years:

    – whenever you get paid for something, always put some into long-term savings things (like IRA’s, 401k plans, etc.), some into shorter-term savings things (CDs, savings accounts, etc.) and some into the immediate-expense funds (checking accounts, online bill-pay accounts, etc.)

    the idea is that you want to make some of your money really hard to get at, some of it inconvenient to get at, and the convenient stuff goes to paying all your current bills, movies, gasoline, etc.

    that’s it…if you arrange your money so that it’s on a spectrum from “hard to get” (like, if it’s in home equity), through “really easy to spend” (cash jingling in your pocket) and stare at it, it get’s easier get get a sense of where your money is and where you want it to go.

    also, avoid unnecessary expenses, and all the fancy financial products that get thrown in front of you by the banks, credit card companies, etc.

  5. Hope you don’t mind my commenting

    I found your entry when I was googling the Taylor Scholarship – I went to UNO on the same program, starting in ’89. Didn’t actually graduate until December of ’96, but I did finally graduate at least – a decent percentage of my yearmates didn’t. And there were two that actually graduated magna cum laude, 4.0 GPA, and another who went straight through for her doctorate and runs a department now, doing research, so we weren’t all a bunch of slackers.

    Your description really fit me to a tee. I was an honors student, but never really worked at it. For me, an A in a class meant that it was something I was interested in, and a B meant the class was boring so I did just enough to coast through. I had some of the highest SAT scores of my class, but missed graduating in the top 10% by three bodies. I was never challenged to excel in school, and I’d never had to study a day in my life until I hit college, and I had to learn how to learn once I got there. And I left New Orleans two years after graduating, planning to move back at some point in the undefined future, but never did.

    I remember we used to joke that it was not actually a scholarship, but a breeding program – put a bunch of oddball brains together in a closed environment (the dorm) and watch them pair up, then study the offspring.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, and for the excellent read!


  6. Those ads

    I find some of those Mac vs. PC ads amusing (as well as some of the spoof ads), although I kind of wonder who would go out and buy a Mac as a result. A smug hoodie-wearing, iPod-listening kid doesn’t exactly speak to me, and not to your mom either I’m sure. Then again, the younger generation are more likely to be switchers, and that’s probably who Apple is targeting.

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