Monday, January 20, 2014

Fairmount Wesleyan Church: Sesquicentennial Celebration

Fairmount Wesleyan Church: Sesquicentennial Celebration: I had to learn how to spell that word in 1986 as a Student at Spring Garden Elementary in Bedford, Texas.  The occasion was the 150 th...

Monday, May 13, 2013

"The church is a...

whore, but also my mother"
is a quote that perplexed me.

     This quote is often attributed to Saint Augustine, but I wanted to know where he said this or in what context it was used.  No one has yet to provide the original source location.  Many trails lead back to Tony Compolo's "Letters To A Young Evangelical (Art of Mentoring)" where he attributes these words to Augustine.  Here is a link to where he quotes this in a YouTube video:

     This sounds too much like a modern quote and since I cannot find it in an original source from Martin Luther or any other saint or church leader.  I believe this concept comes from The Catholic Worker magazine where in 1967 Dorthy Day wrote, "As to the Church, where else shall we go, except to the Bride of Christ, one flesh with Christ? Though she is a harlot at times, she is our Mother. We should read the book of Hosea, which is a picture of God's steadfast love not only for the Jews, His chosen people, but for His Church, of which we are every one of us members or potential members."  [bold italic emphasis added] (Day, Dorothy. "In Peace Is My Bitterness Most Bitter". The Catholic Worker, January 1967, 1, 2. The Catholic Worker Movement.

   Can you find an earlier direct attribution?  I would love to know what you can find.  Why do you think this statement has taken on a life of its own?  Does this statement resonate with you or repulse you?

Monday, April 01, 2013

The last few weeks... of study.

There have been lots of places to work from.
Many desks loaned to me while I cover
the owner's work and do some of my own, too.

I sat in ISS, listened to music, ate Cheetos,
drank Meijer's diet cranberry soda and 
typed a couple of papers for Congregational Leadership.

I didn't have to spend too much time focused on
class-wide bathroom breaks for 1st graders.
A genius had them built into the classrooms
individually!  Brilliant.

Though being in a self-contained first grade classroom
meant no graduate work completion, but I did manage
some reading during one of their video times.

My class was not on Spring Break while IWU was
on their Spring Break.  It did mean nearly private
library time though during research week.
It was a nice break from the norm.

It also gave me the ability to sit in this nice 
chair-with-a-view location.  Note: I did
say this snow scene represented IWU's 
Spring Break time.

I got to be a music teacher, too!  The band teacher
helped me work up a great lesson that combined
art, listening to music and finished off with dancing.
Excellent day with a short break for reading
through lunch time.

Then it was back to my first love - science class!
Three whole days in the same room in a well-managed
class and some video time on the last day that allowed
me to type some stuff for Spiritual Formation.

Then it was time for my Spring Break.
The most snow of the entire winter came in spring.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Equipped for Children's Ministry Conference

I'm speaking at the Equipped for Children's Ministry Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University this Saturday.  (You can check out the details at  A couple of the forms I'm talking about are editable and better made available in an online format.  That is why I am posting them on this seemingly unrelated blog, but it is the one that allows this kind of posting!

For more information on starting a children's sports ministry league at your church contact me at Fairmount Wesleyan Church ( or contact my recommended church sports partner, Upward Sports (

Here are Upward's sample Excel files that I handed out at the conference:

Here are some miscellaneous forms that relate to the breakout session: