Archives for August 2006
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One of the questions on that Meme was, #6. “A book that you wish had been written:” The answers were almost all very interesting. They varied from the very thoughtful and academic to the intimately personal.
I contemplated the possibility of compiling the whole list, but instead opted to share below only some of those that for one reason or another caught my interest.
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In My Own Words, by Jesus of Nazareth (Christopher Langston)
Mary’s autobiography (mother of Jesus) (Jennifer- Home Is Where You Start From)
3 Corinthians, in which Paul roundly condemns the baptism of infants, (Jonathan Hunt)
The Truth about the Eucharist, Paul of Tarsus (Kyle Potter)
One Hundred and One Simple Explanations of Why I Said What I Said by the Apostle Paul. (Singing Owl)
The Doctrine of the Trinity: It’s Importance and Applications, by the Apostle Paul (Even So …)
The Life and Times of an Apostle: An Autobiography, Junia [the Apostle]. (Psalmist)
A Collection: What the Church Should Be, The Apostles (Alan Creech)
Ecclesial Structure and Practice, by the Apostles (Laura)
Theodicy: The Final Answer, by God (Father Stephanos)
A Systematic Explanation of Everything, by God (Eating Words)
How to Keep from Marrying the Woman Who Will Betray You after Twenty-One Years of Marriage and Run Off With Another Man (California Teacher Guy)
We’re So Sorry About the Revivalism Thing, by Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield (Sean A. Brandt)
I Take It All Back by Rick Warren (Thirsty Theologian)
Just Kidding!, by E.Y. Mullins (The Boar’s Head)
Here’s To You: A Southern Baptist Guide to Enjoying Wine (Joe Thorn)
What I Really Believe, with None of That Evasive Answering a Question with Another Question B.S., by Brian McLaren (Darrell Pursiful)
Yo, 21st Century, This Isn’t the Bible, The Westminster Divines (Jeremy – Allusmorgans)
Understanding the Female Worldview (UprisingYouth)
Martin Luther, Why John Calvin was right about the Lord’s Supper (1529) (Guy Davies)
How Blogging Could Ruin Your Life by somebody people would listen to (Emma – Does Everyone Have An Inner Nerd?)
Personal Memories from 1969-2009, by Martin Luther King Jr (Aaron Ghiloni)
The Future of America from a Time Traveler’s Perspective: How Liberty Won the Day by Del Monde (Theomony)
Karl Barth, How Richard Gillingham Changed my Mind (Richard Gillingham)
How to Keep From Strangling Your Kids When All They Do is Fight Constantly and Torment Each Other (And You) , Have the Body of an 18-Year-Old, AND Still Have a Clean House When Your Husband Gets Home (Becki – Party of Seven)
How to Drop 20 Pounds in a Day without Endangering Your Health (Sandi Glahn)
The Beer and Cheese Diet (Barb – Whilin’ Away the Hours)
How to lose weight by doing nothing but eating McDonald’s and playing video games (Matthew)
Where to find your single socks/car keys/ pens etc. (Tim Narraway)
How to Get Paid Tons Of Money for Playing Your Favorite Computer Games… Free Winning Lottery Ticket Included With Purchase (Thomas Hathaway)
My Life After Winning the Lottery, by Michael Barber (Michael Barber)
Something on Calvinistic (Reformed, not the Dispensational type) Baptist theology – that is of a reasonable price (why must most systematics be written by Presbyterians?) (Jen-Est)
On the False Antithesis Between Law and Gospel by Martin Luther (Son of Nun)
Commentary upon the Revelation of St. John by John Calvin. (John Dekker)
How I Made My First Million Preaching the Truth, (Phillip Way)
Every Pastoral Experience You Will Encounter and the Perfect Way to Handle It. (Sue – Inner Dorothy)
Tolkien’s sequel to LotR (New Perspectives on Rob)
My Utmost for His Highest 2 by Oswald Chambers (Jessica)
Harry Potter and the Half Black Chick (Nick)
Adolph Hitler’s Why I Done It. (Irrelephant)
Hitler’s Short Rise to Power: How the Germans Stopped a Lunatic (View from the Manse)
St. Paul, My Life and Thought (Alastair)
The Simple Version, by Jurgen Habermas (JoBloggs)
How to Find the Perfect Mate When You are a Single, Working Mom and Have No Time or Energy!, (Mrs. Q)
How to accomplish everything you want to do in life in 15 easy minutes a day. (A Day in the Life of Jim)
How to be a Successful Artistic Photographer in a Town Full of Tasteless Hicks. (Shelly)
“OK, it’s a cross between The Female Eunuch and The Beauty Myth but it’s written about women by a man, for men, and men actually read it and buy it for their other men friends. They all talk of nothing else for a good while, and it makes the top 5 bestsellers of all time, outselling Harry Potter. As a direct result of this book, major social structures begin to change in favour of true equality…etc etc blah blah no one actually wants to hear about this anymore….” (Cath)
Using PMS to work FOR you, not AGAINST you. (Greta – And It Must Be Said)
How to Make Your Toddler Clean His Room the First Time You Ask… And Bring You a Beer & Grilled Cheese, Too! (Kaci – Wipe the Seat)
Cold Fusion in 10 Easy Steps (DannyG)
What I Know about the Roswell Incident by Harry S. Truman (Barlow Farms)
Patience and Faith: The real way to the top! By every popular motivational psycho around (Troy Greene)
Sovereignty and Responsibility: A Reformed Girl’s Guide to Finding a Man (Little Miss Reformed)
10 Steps to Help you Be Reformed and Get Along With Other Reformed People (Bodacious Black Bible Babbler)
Can’t We All Just Get Along? – The Reformed Faith as the Basis For Christian Unity (Gaines)
A comprehensive handbook for using literature, television, and film in teaching philosophy. (Joel-Sacra Doctrina)
A book on the continuities and discontinuities between the theology and philosophy of Augustine, Calvin, Luther that is sensitive to the relevant historical contexts of each thinker. (Cynthia Nielson)
Look Behind You: Interpreting the Bible Like They Did Before Evolution, Feminism, and the Rest of the Twentieth-Century Stuff Brainwashed Us (Jeff Richard Young)
Fire Good: Why the Free Market is a Good Servant But a Hard Master, with 10 Steps Towards Taming Its Pernicious Influence in Our Lives by someone who knows both theology and economics (JBWatson)
Wherever Two or Three are Gathered in My Name, there Politics Will Be Also: An Analysis of Group Dynamics and Social Violence in the Church (Mark Horne)
Every Single Decision Made For You, by I. M. Trustworthy (Boggledegook)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Choices M. Brett Kendall Should Make in His Life (With Foolproof Diagrams of Exactly When, Where and How … Because He Needs Them) by God (M. Brett Kendall)
The Impossible Dream: How the Cubs Won the World Series by anyone, for crying out loud (Steve McCoy)
How To Stop the Clocks So That You Can Have 28 Hours In Your Day (Rocks in My Dryer)
How to Survive on Only 2 Hours of Sleep Per Day (Multitasking Mama)
How To Be the Perfect Spirit and Peace Filled Wife and Mother, Daughter, Sister: Perfection brings Perfection-Guaranteed! (Tracy Woodland)
How to Meet Everyone’s Expectations and Still Be Happy (Amy Butler)
And then there was my answer, that I repeat simply as a matter of self-indulgence: The Memoirs of Paige Patterson.
One final note: A ton of folk answered some version of “How To Make Your House Clean Itself.” Every single one of them was a woman. Hmmmm…I guess we can infer from the absence of males answering in this fashion that guys like housework.
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For a complete list of the 275 Memers I surveyed CLICK HERE.
For my answers to The One Book Meme CLICK HERE.
Quotes noted this week:
–“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” (Madeleine L’Engle, quoted on Heather Goodman’s blog)
–“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” (Attributed to George Orwell)
And these that made me laugh out loud:
–“Do you ever look at your writing, your novel or play or article, and wonder if you have received any education whatsoever (of course, that is before passing the roadside sign announcing, “Hireing New Waittstaff Now”)? I’ve begun sending rejection letters with my submissions with a “Sign Here” Post-it sticky. Just trying to help.” (Heather Goodman)
–“I propose a “fast lane,” for air travelers, much like the highway system’s EZ-Pass. Eat a slice of bacon or ham in front of a security guard, and you zip right onto the plane. Optionally, you can place your left hand on a Koran (the “unclean” hand), raise your right hand, and declare “I am an infidel.” Boom–you zip right through security.” (The Laughing Frog)
The following article copied from an SWBTS press release is available online at the SWBTS website.
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Fall chapel speakers announced
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary announced its lineup of chapel speakers for the fall semester. It includes the recently-elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a former child actor-turned evangelist, evangelical leaders with ministries that span the globe from Korea to Romania, and leading scholars and preachers from all over the United States.
“We are excited about the quality of chapel speakers this semester,” Thomas White, interim vice president of student services, said. “It is our prayer that not only will the seminary community be blessed and enriched by these speakers, but that people in the Fort Worth-Dallas community will also come and hear some of them and be richer for it.”
The chapel speakers are as follows:
Aug. 24: Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Seminary.
Aug. 29: W. Dwight McKissic, Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas.
Aug. 30: Mark Howell, Pastor at Northwest Baptist Church, Tomball, Texas.
Aug. 31: Donald Sunukjian, professor of Christian ministry, leadership and homiletics, Biola University, Calif.
Sept. 5: J. Shelby Sharpe, Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas.
Sept. 6: Forrest Pollock, pastor at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Brandon, Fla.
Sept. 7: Junior Hill, evangelist, Hartselle, Ala.
Sept. 12: Mitch Glaser, Chosen People Ministries, Fort Worth, Texas.
Sept. 13: Ralph Smith, former pastor of Hyde Park Baptist Church, Austin, Texas.
Sept. 14: Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church, Taylor, S.C.
Sept. 19: John Morgan, pastor of Sagemont Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.
Sept. 20: Kirk Cameron, actor and evangelist, Way of the Master, Calif.
Sept. 21: Siegfried Schatzmann, professor of New Testament at Southwestern.
Sept. 26: Jay Howell, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern.
Sept. 27: Butch Ikels, pastor, The Country Church, Marion, Texas.
Sept. 28: Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.
Oct. 3: Steve Branson, pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas.
Oct. 4: Tim Piland, pastor of Nansemond River Baptist Church, Suffolk, Va.
Oct. 5: Robert Welch, pastor, Parkhills Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas.
Oct. 10: Billy Kim, president of Far East Broadcasting Company, Korea.
Oct. 11: Jeffrey Johnson, Israel Today Ministries, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Oct. 12: David Mills, associate professor of evangelism at Southwestern.
Oct. 17: Paige Patterson
Oct. 18: Bobby Holt, Southwestern trustee, and pastor of Vista Grande Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 19: Bill Dembski, research professor of philosophy at Southwestern.
Oct. 24: D.L. Lowrie, retired pastor of First Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas.
Oct. 25: David Fannin, senior pastor of Nassau Bay Baptist Church, Houston.
Oct. 26: Thomas White, interim vice president for student services at Southwestern.
Oct. 31: Craig Blaising, vice president and provost at Southwestern.
Nov. 1: Jim Richards, executive director for Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
Nov. 2: Wayne Barber, pastor of Hoffmantown Church, Albuquerque, N.M.
Nov. 7: Lelious Johnson, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas.
Nov. 8: Paul Wolfe, assistant dean for Biblical Studies at Southwestern.
Nov. 9: Dan Nelson, Southwestern trustee, and pastor of First Baptist Church, Camarillo, Calif.
Nov. 14: Deron Biles, dean of extension education at Southwestern.
Nov. 15: Ridley Barron, pastor of Ridgeview Community Church, Franklin, Tenn.
Nov. 16: Paul Negrut, president of Emmanuel University in Oradea, Romania.
Nov. 28: Samuel Thomas, president of Hopegivers, Columbus, Ga.
Nov. 29: Bob Pearle, senior pastor of Birchman Baptist Church, Fort Worth.
Nov. 30: Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga.
Dec. 5: John Mark Yeats, assistant professor of church history at Southwestern.
Dec. 6: King Herod, of Jerusalem.
Chapel services are held in Truett Auditorium on the campus of Southwestern Seminary at 10:50 a.m. for one hour every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the fall and spring semesters.
I was privileged to sit through a class recently with Dr. Siegfried Schatzmann. A couple of times along the way he was asked for book recommendations. In response he gave what I believe to be some very good advice.
Dr. Schatzmann suggests that when a book is recommended to you that you make a mental note of it, but don’t purchase it yet. There are too many good books to read them all, so read the “really” good books. If a book is exceptional it will eventually be recommended to you more than once, so wait until you have at least two recommendations from people you respect before before spending your money and taking up shelf space.
I think that is generally good advice.
So, I was curious about the books recommended by those who completed the Book Meme that was initiated by Ben Myers. How many of the books on the lists received multiple recommendations? So, I did a little backtracking and offer you below the findings from my survey.
Of the 275 participants whose results I reviewed, there were 141 titles that were mentioned positively more than once. The top ten book titles (or series titles) each received at least 10 positive comments.
The number 1 title (excluding the Bible, per the original rules) received 48 positive comments. The most recommended title was:
1. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Other books (or series) in the top 10 were: (the number of positive recommendations is in parenthesis)
2. Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis (19)
3. Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery (19)
4. Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen (14)
5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (14)
6. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (12)
7. Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling (12)
8. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte (10)
9. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (10)
10. Confessions, by Augustine (10)
Books mentioned postively at least 9x:
- Institutes of Christian Religion, by John Calvin
- Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller
Books mentioned postively at least 8x:
- Desiring God, by John Piper
- The Little House Books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Books mentioned positively at least 6x:
- Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton
- Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
- Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
At least 5x:
- Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
- Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
- The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, by John Frame
- Dune, by Frank Herbert
- Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson
- The Sovereignty of God, by A.W. Pink
- Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
- Surprised by Joy, by C.S. Lewis
- A Day No Pigs would Die by Robert Peck
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
- Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
At least 4x:
- Knowing God, by J.I. Packer
- The Bondage of the Will, by Martin Luther
- The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks
- Let the Nations Be Glad, by John Piper
- What’s So Amazing About Grace, by Phillip Yancey
- Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
- Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
- The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
At least 3X:
- A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, by Jonathan Edwards
- The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- To Own A Dragon, by Donald Miller
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
- The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
- Jesus and the Victory of God, by NT Wright
- The Gospel According to Jesus, by John MacArthur
- Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
- Watership Down, by Richard Adams
- Confessions of a Reformission Rev., by Mark Driscoll
- Bridget Jones Diary
- The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
- A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis
- Old Yeller’, by Fred Gibson
- The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis
- Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe (if you read this book make sure you get the unabridged version that doesn’t leave out all the spiritual content)
- Don Quixote, by Cervantes
- The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
- Goodnight Moon
- Emma, by Jane Austen
- The Diary of Anne Frank
- The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers
- The Stand, by Stephen King
At least 2x:
- John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides
- The Last Sin Eater, by Francine Rivers
- The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer
- Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water, by Susie Lloyd
- Right Ho, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse
- Lament of a Son, by Nicholas Wolterstorff
- Pensees, by Pascal
- The City of God, by Augustine
- A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
- Exegetical Fallacies, by D.A. Carson
- Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, by John Grogan
- Green Eggs & Ham, by Dr. Seuss
- The Great Gatsby, by Fitzgerald
- Bored of the Rings, by National Lampoon
- Brothers Karamozov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
- Lord of the Flies by William Goldman
- Til We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
- The Seven Story Mountain, by Thomas Merton
- My Utmost For His Highest, by Oswald Sanders
- Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, by Michael Horton
- The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- Miracles, by C.S. Lewis
- Heretics, by G.K. Chesterton
- Dubliners, by James Joyce
- Fidelity, by Douglas Wilson
- Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
- A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
- A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken
- Texas Baptist Crucible: Tale From the Temple, by James Spurgeon
- The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Preaching & Preachers, by D. Martin Lloyd-Jones
- Lectures to my Students, by C.H. Spurgeon
- Motification of Sin by John Owen
- Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
- The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson
- The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
- The Gagging of God, by D.A. Carson
- The Nancy Drew Mystery series
- Total Truth by Nancy Pearcy
- James and the Giant Peach
- The Doctrine of God, by John Frame
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
- Treasure Island
- The Summa Theologiae, by St. Thomas Aquinas
- Crime & Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Swiss Family Robinson
- The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara
- The Republic, by Plato
- Fun With Dick and Jane
- The Everlasting Man, by G.K. Chesterton
- A Gentle Thunder, by Max Lucado
- The Secret Garden
- His Needs, Her Needs, by Willard Harley
- The Jesus I Never Knew, by Philip Yancey
- Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan
- Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe
- The Holiness of God, by R.C. Sproul
- The Sugar Creek Gang Series
- God’s Smuggler, by Brother Andrew
- The Mitford series
- Too Busy Not to Pray, by Bill Hybels
- Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby
- Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
- The Purpose Drive Life
- The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
- My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok
- The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis
- The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
- Redeeming the Time by Russell Kirk
- Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
Just a few observations:
There was only one book mentioned more than once with which I was not familiar – – A Day No Pigs Would Die. I guess I will have to buy it and check it out.
There were a good number of authors that were mentioned numerous times but for a variety of books so their works do not appear on the list as often as one would expect. Authors falling into this category included Bill Bryson, Agatha Christie, Max Lucado, P.G. Wodehouse, Stephen King and others.
There were numerous books that some individual listed as great while others wished they had never been written.
Interestingly enough, four of the six books that I think were probably mentioned most frequently for question #7 “One book that you wish had never been written:” were books written by Christian authors for Christian audiences:
- The Purpose Drive Life, by Rick Warren
- The Left Behind series, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
- The Prayer of Jabez, by
- The Schofield Reference Bible
- The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
- The Koran
Several places along the way, individuals made changes to the meme questions. One such question was, “One book that you wish had been written.” However, before it was changed there were some very funny, and very interesting answers that I will post in a separate article.
Well, I found lots of interesting things along the way, and a few things that I raised my eyebrows over, but I guess there were really only two things that surprised me:
(1) I was surprised at the number of times that the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was listed. I never read the book, but it must be much better than the movie. When I saw the movie I thought it was one of the worst I had ever seen. Yes, I know that some books don’t translate very well to the big screen. And,
(2) A certain Methodist preacher listed a book of the Bible, Revelation, as the book he wished had never been written. Hmmmm……..
I have attached here a list of the participants whose results I surveyed:
- Kevin Stilley
- Nick Kennicott
- Heather Goodman
- William E. Turner, Jr.
- Jesse Perry
- Timmy Brister
- Tran Ngo
- Thomas Hathaway
- Sandi Glahn
- Jacob Glidewell
- This Pastor’s Wife
- Des Moines Girl
- Nancy Dancehall
- “Margaret Roper”
- The Laughing Frog
- Dominatrix at Heart
- Ms. George
- California Teacher Guy
- Mrs. Bluebird
- Mrs. Q
- Strange Cousin Susan
- Tim Rice
- Phillip Way
- Jonathan Hunt
- Gene Bridges
- Fred Butler
- Daniel – Doulogos
- David – Thirsty Theologian
- Garry Weaver
- Terry Stauffer
- Neil Shay
- Apathetic Son
- Danika – Polka Dotted Pickles
- Kim Shay
- Daniel J. Phillips
- Andy Packer
- Steven Wedgeworth
- Benjamin Myers (evidently the devil behind this thing)
- Chris T.
- Guy Davies
- Graham Weeks
- Meredith Lake
- Matt Dunstall
- David Miers
- Aaron Ghiloni
- Richard G.
- Dave Rattigan
- Andy Goodliffe
- Michael Barber
- Kyle Potter
- Alan Creech
- Joshua Hearne
- Darrell Pursiful
- Singing Owl
- Nathan Moore
- Questing Parson
- Chief Joker
- Stephen Newell
- Shane Morgan
- Archer of the Forest
- Katie Eating Popcorn
- Christopher Langston
- Steven Harris
- Tim Johnson
- Tim Narraway
- Greg Restall
- Paul Robinson
- Cynthia Nielson
- Joel – Sacra Doctrina
- Alvin Kimel
- Michael Liccione
- Ad Orientem
- Daniel Dunlap
- Chris Burgwald
- Curt Jester
- Amy Caroline
- Tracy Woodland
- Father Stephanos
- Mac MacLernon
- American Papist
- Fr. Erik Richtsteig
- Cure of Ars
- March Hare
- Minivan Mom
- Happy Catholic
- Aliens in this World
- Mixolydian Mode
- Musings from a Catholic Bookstore
- Flos Carmeli
- Melanie Bettinelli
- Dominico Bettinelli
- Kelly Clark
- Endlessly Rocking
- Donna Carlaw
- Alex Thompson
- Boar’s Head
- Troy Greene
- Little Miss Reformed
- Heather J
- David Booth
- Jeffrey Meyers
- Barlow Farms
- Mark Horne
- Justin Donathan
- Rogers Meredith
- Ian Clary
- Allen Mickle
- Crawford Gribben
- David Shedden
- Samuel Murrell
- John Barach
- Rabbi Saul
- Gideon Strauss
- David Koyzis
- Greg Veltman
- Steve McCoy
- Joe Thorn
- Jeremy Abel
- Jeremby Weddle
- Jake Allen
- Paul Bowman
- Buckwheat Waffle
- Muggle Matters
- Sean Brandt
- Even So
- Michael Haykin
- Deo Volente
- John Dekker
- Marty Duren
- Katy Sammons
- Rick Thompson
- Art Rogers
- David Rogers
- George Klineberg
- Kevin Bussey
- Susan (Reformed Chicks Blabbing)
- Guy Muse
- Dorcas Hawker
- Bob Cleveland
- Jeff Richard Young
- Don’t Try This At Home
- Michael Westmoreland-White
- Amy Butler
- Mike Bursell
- Gary A
- Joy M.
- Rocks in my Dryer
- Big Mama
- Mom in Tandyland
- Veronica Mitchell
- Bub & Pie
- Money Dummy
- View From the Manse
- Lady Laura
- Cartoon Living
- Laurel Wreath
- 20 Cents Keeps Moving
- Kathleen Marie
- T.S. Eliot
There is the Kevin Stilley who works for the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture somewhere in Louisiana.
There is the Kevin Stilley who was Mr. Gay Kansas.
There is the Kevin Stilley who leads a car club somewhere in the midwest.
And, even though I find no record of him on the internet, there is evidently a Kevin Stilley who is a dairy farmer.
A couple of years ago Susan and I left our kids with my brother and sister-in-law and headed off to Kansas City for a very, very rare evening alone. We stayed downtown in the historic Hotel Phillips . When we checked in the desk clerk said to me, “Mr. Stilley I am afraid that you missed the buffet tonight.” I knew nothing about a buffet and said something like, “Oh, you have buffet?”
“Why, yes sir, there was buffet served at this evening’s meetings. I am sorry you were delayed and did not make it in time to attend the earlier sessions.”
“Why yes sir. However, the plenary session of dairy farmers is taking place right now. Would you like us to send your bags on up to your room so you can go straight to the meeting?”
“Yes? You did say Kevin Stilley didn’t you?”
“Yes, but I am not here for a meeting of dairy farmers.”
To cut this story short, there was another Kevin Stilley staying in the hotel that night.
The odds of that must be almost as remote as they are of finding a Republican in Hollywood.
Well, if you are not a usual reader of this blog and happened to find it via Google search. I am not the Kevin Stilley who is an environmentalist, I am not Mr. Gay Kansas, I am not the leader of an automobile club, . . . but I might be persuaded to assume the identity of a dairy farmer if it would get me a free buffet.
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If you happen to be the Kevin Stilley who is a dairy farmer, please READ THIS to see why I might be envious of you.
Check out THIS POST at Dolce Bollezza who had a similar experience.