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:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

What a Day: Two Desks with Two Great Views!

I got to be an elementary gym teacher today!  There was running, relay racing, basketball, one line kickball, push-ups, sit-ups and the kids did most of these today, too!

Daniel and Sarah also attend this school, so I got to take them to school with me and then see them throughout the day.  Can you tell I had fun?

My second desk was for the success period.  Here I got to teach on perimeter and area.  The second view that I was excited about involves the document camera on the left of this picture.  I could do my work on the desk and it was right there on the screen without having to turn my back to the class - Yes!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Betty Drinkut... Bet he don't...

It sounds like a bad joke or a lead in to a tragic accident in the science lab.  Luckily for me it was just a sub assignment as I covered for Mrs. Drinkut, got to review Meiosis and Mitosis with the students before their next test and, of course, got to sit at a desk and read some material related to my own school work.  The view from my corner of the room:

(No students were harmed by drinking from lab glassware in the making of this post.)

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Getting to be my wife...

As Kari has flitted off to the annual HASTI (Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc.) convention, I've stayed behind to manage the homestead and, for the first time, to be her for a couple of days - at school.

I'm no Kari, but I am happy to report that nothing caught fire or exploded in the Chemistry Lab today though someone did change the background photo on one of the lab computers to an unflattering picture of President Obama.  There was also a drawing of A Justin Beaver attacking Tokyo drawn on the board during a passing period.  Both situations were dealt with in a timely manner and only one student got a referral all day, but that had nothing to do with the last two things mentioned.

Well, as I left for the day, equations had been balanced and I even submitted some work for my own personal classes.  This was a good desk to work from and the wildlife mainly grazed today.  Round two starts tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

M.Div. Desk Studies

Not to be confused with actually studying at my desk while working on my Masters of Divinity, this is a pictorial study of my desks that I work from.  Well, the other day in our M.Div. cohort Facebook group a couple of others posted pictures of their work spaces.  So I posted a coming and going version of my desk space at Fairmount Wesleyan.

... and Going.

But the truth is that I work from many spaces and my M.Div. work is usually loaded in a left-over Upward backpack and travels with me wherever I go.  I got to do all my prep work for the final paper and assessment assignment in a choir room at Madison-Grant High School.  I finally wrote those assignments from my couch at home.  But now I have decided to take pictures of study areas that I utilize in this process. They may or may not make it online, but I decided to put these first shots on the blog (because it must feel so lonely since we never post here anymore).  

Week one in Congregational Leadership and Spiritual Formation were managed from Cindi Skipper's desk at Marion High School as I pulled double duty as a Earth Science and Enviromental Science substitute.