Archive for February, 2008

School Transitions

Posted: February 29, 2008 in Family

Well…today was Isaac’s last day at his present school.  Kelly and I have taken him out of his private school to homeschool him for the final three months of the 6th grade.

 We received good news today that he has been accepted into LaSalle Intermediate Academy (public magnet school) in the Fall!  We are thrilled!!!  My younger two children transferred to public schools (which they/we have loved) last month. 

We have taken them out of an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist School…that in an effort to preserve their anonymity I have encrypted their name… *ommunity *aptist *hristian *chool 🙂

They won’t let Isaac continue in the school next year.  We aren’t Fundamental Baptists enough.  Even though he makes straight “A’s,” is on the “Pastor’s List” every quarter, not a behavioral problem, and clearly the best looking kid in the school – they won’t let him return.  Not Fundamentalist Baptist enough.

Truth is…I was feeling uncomfortable with him being there too.  I’m just not Fundamentalist Baptist enough.  Different emphases.

I really do like the Principal, Pastor French.  He’s a great guy with a great spirit.  We met yesterday and I told him why we were taking Isaac out of school.  He blessed us by stating we were on the “same team” and we would “see each other in heaven.”

Just seems weird to be on the “same team,” but have their Senior Pastor say “you can’t play on our field anymore after the 6th grade.”  Maybe its Isaac’s tattoos?!

Oh well.  I find comfort in the reality that Isaac’s probability of going to Bob Jones University dropped considerably! 

Happy Leap Day

Posted: February 29, 2008 in Uncategorized

Happy February 29th.  Once every four years!  Thanks Pope Gregory for the calendar mishap!

Celebrate at McDonalds!  Free McSkillet Burritos today (delicious).

Any one’s birthday today?

Church Signs

Posted: February 28, 2008 in Church

Do you think it is possible that the goofy marquee messages on church signs could actually be keeping people FROM COMING to church?  I think the Kingdom of God would be better off without marquee church signs. 

  • God reads “knee-mail”
  • CH_RCH – the only thing missing is U
  • Feel taken for granted?  Imagine how God feels.
  • Turn or burn…  (I prefer shake n’ bake)
  • Our church is better than your church
  • Wal-Mart is not the only saving place
  • Read the Bible – it will scare the hell out of you
  • Under Same Management for 2000 years
  • Members expected; guests welcomed
  • If you have a tattoo or a nipple piercing…STAY OUT! (O.K…I’ve not actually seen that one 🙂 )

Leaving the Faith of Your Youth

Posted: February 28, 2008 in Church, Culture, faith

A new study published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life was released a couple of days ago that interviewed 35,000 adults to document the American religious landscape.  Some very interesting findings:

  • 44% of American adults have left the faith of their childhood for another faith, another Protestant tradition, or no affiliation whatsoever.
  • Mainline Protestant denominations are in decline, non-denominational churches are gaining and the ranks of the unaffiliated are growing.
  • Those who say they are not affiliated with any particular faith has more than doubled with the greatest demographic block being men and young adults (18-29 years of age).
  • Ironically, those who said they had no faith affiliation as a child, the majority NOW identify with a particular religious group. (interesting)
  • The U.S. is about to lose its status as a majority Protestant nation, at 51% and slipping.
  • The largest denominational loss is found in the Catholic Church.  The statistics don’t bear out as much because of immigration, but it is estimated that 10% of the American population would be considered ex-Catholic.  1/3rd of American Catholics have defected since their childhood.  [I wonder what that percentage would be in such a Catholic stronghold as South Bend, IN].
  • While most evangelical churches that are growing want to reach the “unchurched,” statistically, it looks like they are actually reaching the “dechurched” (individuals who were raised in a church and at some point in their life quit going.)
  • The Midwest, statistically, is the most acurate reflection of the US stats overall (interesting).
  • The largest growing Protestant churches are among the ranks of nondenominational (yea!) churches while Baptist and Methodists are showing net losses.

Do these statistics reflect your experience?

American Idol – Kady Malloy

Posted: February 28, 2008 in American Idol

Didn’t think the girls on American Idol tonight were all that great.  A lot of disappointments for me.  I was hoping for good things for the Janice Joplin Hoosier – Amanda Overmyer…but ouch.

I like Carly Smithson (Irish tattoo girl).  I’m not sure it was her best performance but I think one of my favorites might be Kady Malloy.  Kady sings opera!!  She can imitate celebs…

Facebook Confirmation

Posted: February 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

Why is it that every time someone sends me a “friend request” from Facebook and then I’m supposed to choose from a list of “how I know this person” I have this urge to check “we hooked up” just to be an idiot? 🙂

I like this kid.  He seems humble and has an amazing voice.  I may be growing into a fan.  I’m not sure I’m going to cry over him (thank you Paula) but he did a good job!

Any guesses as to who is going home?