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Strange Wording

Police logs can have the strangest choices of words when trying to say what they are not saying. (Wow that didn’t make much sense did it?)

On Oct. 10 at 11:20 p.m., at Struble Lake in Honey Brook, Trooper Andrew Brothers found [name edited out], 18 of Morgantown, to be in possession of a green vegetable substance that served no legitimate purpose

Would A Perfect Church Allow Me To Be A Member?

I just read this article from Art of Manliness website about being part of an organization. And found it to coincide with a few thoughts that have crossed my mind. I think the thought first started about 10 years ago when I gave a presentation at my grandparents grange on a trip I took to London England with HACC.

I began to realize that people like to belong to a group. And if you don’t belong to a church you long to belong to a group and make connections. Steve King from the Church People of Lancaster talked at a chapel at FMH two years ago and said

If you don’t have something to pour your energy into you dry up spiritually

Enter the Art of Manliness article Revisiting The Organization Man, an article that takes much of its fodder from a 1950’s book written by William H Whyte. Men in contemporary society prefer to remain aloof and apathetic, criticizing these organizations from the outside. I propose this applies not just to men, but how we act in the greater Lancaster area towards the churches we grow/grew up in. Continue reading Would A Perfect Church Allow Me To Be A Member?

Smearing the Cake

I was at two weddings on Saturday. Neither of them smeared the cake. Why do I care? I think that smearing the cake at the wedding reception is a rude first way to treat your wife/husband. There are a lot of people that think smearing the cake is just a joke, there is nothing wrong with it. But, the discussion at our table at wedding #2 concurs with my opinion.

Before you begin to assume what kind of wedding this was, and begin to form pre-conclusions (would that be a preconception?) that would most likely be mis-conceptions. The wedding was small, there was a unity candle, there were rings, the reception had dancing, some guests were consuming beverages.

At our round table there were 5 married couples, all but 1 couple said they had agreed before their wedding to not smear the cake.

One of the husbands said at the last minute she followed the yells of her friends and smeared the cake “before I had a chance to get her back.

Doesn’t sound like love to me.

Another husband, not sure why it was only husbands chiming in, remarked that she smeared the cake and he only got the get a little bit on her.

Doesn’t sound like love to me.

My wife and I didn’t smear the cake. Beyond a little playful splotch of icing on the nose I think the practice is rude.

I almost always hold my breath during the cake cutting event and twice on Saturday I was able to breath out that relieved sigh. Thanks Josh and Derlyn.

Why the hair?

Hair for me is one of those things I think I could do without. Well, at least on me, I don’t think I want to see everyone with out hair. I still wish that I had a bold head, it would be so much easier. Less maintenance, no shampoo to pack, no comb or brush to pack, never worrying about if it is messy up their.

But then I read Proverbs 16:31 and think maybe I want a little hair on my head to see if I can have that grey crown.

So why do so many people want to dye their hair? If grey hair is a crown of glory gained by a righteous life, why not wear it with honor? I’ve said that if I ever become bald I will shave it off, no comb overs for me, but my wife tells me that ‘there is no chance that I will be bald’ I have too thick of hair. So I suppose I will stop saying I hope and begin saying “If my hair ever turns gray, I am not going to dye it. It is a badge of honor”