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Summer reading and such

I didn’t plan to give up blogging for Lent. It just sort of turned out that way. Aaaaaand my readership continues to slip away…

I handed in my last paper of the semester yesterday. Now I start thinking about the reading I need to do for the two classes I’m taking in May.

Tonight is the seminary grad banquet. Neither of us is graduating, but we’re going to the banquet. I am winning some kind of award (it’s an honour just to be nominated!). Tomorrow morning we leave for a 6-day stint at Elkhorn Lodge or some-such, a resort north of Neepewa and on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park. It’ll be the Vandersluys’s plus another friend, then a few days later that friend and his wife, and then a few days later another couple friend. It should be good times. I hope. Let’s be honest: the kids a kind of the wildcard here. But there’s a pool and possible horseback riding and hikes.

But after that, after the getaway and the classes in may, I will read what I want to read.

What I think I can reasonably finish in the summer:


  • N. T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God
  • Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: An Introduction
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship
  • Thomas Halik, Patience with God: The Story of Zacchaeus Continuing in Us
  • H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture
  • C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
  • Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places


  • Eric Mataxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy


  • Gavin’s sermon from a couple of weeks ago inspired me to pick up Three by Flannery O’Connor again and read at least The Violent Bear it Away
  • I’d like to have a second go at Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude.
  • Something else by Graham Greene.

Maybe this list isn’t reasonable for me to finish. All of these books will be beneficial reads, but I think now of the books I would benefit from practically by reading them this summer, such a s William Willimon’s Pastoral Theology (a text for a Winter 2012 course) and something on spiritual direction. Plus I need to re-learn Greek over the summer in preparation for the school year.

Let’s be honest: this reading list looks almost nothing like I will actually read this summer.

Your Time is Gonna Come

Things seems to have quite literally been falling apart this week and everything kind of came to a head last night. So to distract myself a bit before bed, I did that music meme which has been running like raw sewage through the internet tubes. I was tagged in Facebook (by Rilla, I believe), but I shall post it here. It was good for a chuckle.

The idea is this: set your Ipod/mp3 player/iTunes/Windows Media Player/what have you on “shuffle” and then answer each question with the various songs that come up as you skip through.  You cannot cheat: the first song goes with the first question; the second, with the second; and so on.  The last song is to be the title of the post.

I shall copy Rilla and comment in italics below the answers, except that I do not have her wit. In fact, I will only comment selectively.

But first, a song that came to me just now.  It will be familiar to those of you of my generation who grew up in evangelical Christian homes.  Enjoy the song and the meme.

The song:

Music-ma-meme, music-ma-meme,
Like no other viral that you’ve ever seen
Whatever you want to meme about
Put your Ipod on shuffle and see what songs come out!

The meme (there are some good ones in there. #17 is both troubling and hilarious as a random answer):

1.What do your friends say about you?
Mr. Soul – Neil Young
I doubt that very much.

2.How would your coworkers describe you?
Girl from the North Country – Bob Dylan
Possibly. I *am* a secretary, after all.

3.How would you describe yourself?
Picture of Jesus – Ben Harper & The Bling Boys of Alabama
*snort* I have a messiah complex.

4.What do you like in a romantic partner?
The Dark Canuck – The Tragically Hip
I guess I chose wrong; I’ve got a light Scandinavian.

5.How do you feel today?
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

6.What is your life’s purpose?
Vertigo – U2
I never quite know where I’m going. So it’s true.

7.What is your motto?
The Valley – k.d. lang
“Every step I take is guided by the love of the light on the land and the blackbird’s cry” or “uncertain and surely hurting”

8. What do you think about the most?
Happiness Is – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Probably more accurate: Happiness Will Be When…

9. What are you going to do on your next vacation?
Like a Soldier – Johnny Cash
I’m going to do like a soldier? How do they do?

10.What do you think of your first love/date?
Kid A – Radiohead
That she had a head on a stick?

11. What is your life story?
String Quartet in G K.387: Allegro – The Chilingirian Quartet
It’s complicated.

12. What did you do yesterday?
Rose of my Heart – Johnny Cash
Laughed and cried? Dunno.

13. What do you think of when you see the person you like/love?
That Was Your Mother – Paul Simon
…*uncomfortable shuffling*…

14. What describes your wedding?
Bright Sky – Bruce Cockburn
True in so many ways.

15. What will they play at your funeral?
Isn’t It Hard to Grow Old – Dale Nikkel

16. What is your obsession?
Satellite – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Either space exploration or complicated acoustic guitar riffs

17. What is your biggest fear?
Red Brother Red Sister – Bruce Cockburn
…ehrm…not true.

18. What is your biggest secret?
If Not For You – Bob Dylan
The secret is this: if it wasn’t for Dixie, I couldn’t find the door, among several other things.

19. What is your biggest turn-on?
Over My Head – Martin Sexton
No comment

20. How do you describe your friends?
I Will (No Man’s Land) – Radiohead
Sitting ducks

21. What would you do with a million dollars?
Sleigh Ride – Barenaked Ladies
Or maybe buy John Merrick’s remains (oooo, all them crazy elephant bones!)

22. What is your opinion of sex?
Fallen from the Sky – Glen Hansard
Sex is…heavenly.

23. What is your biggest regret?
Be Here to Love Me – Norah Jones
I do not regret this. You lie, Ipod.

24. What would you rather be doing right now?
Memories are Made of This – Johnny Cash
*wink wink* *nudge nudge* say no more

25. What is your biggest turn off?
Dear Justice Letter – Fugazi
I am turned off by political fanaticism. So says my Ipod.

26. How do you start your morning?
When It Doesn’t Come Easy – Patty Griffin
IT’S A FACT: Mornings are not easy.

27. What Describes your birth?
Emergency – The Tragically Hip
Not quite

28. What is a typical weekend for you?
Wake Up Time – Tom Petty
“You were sure not to have your spirits dampened/ But you’re just a poor boy alone in this world.” This weekend, anyway.

29. What do you do at work?
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) – Simon & Garfunkel
“Condor” is my code word for #2.

30. How would your significant other describe you?
Know Where You Go/Tell Me Your Dreams – Blue Rodeo
That I’m stalker?

31. How would your parents describe you?
What The Lord Has Done In Me – Robin Mark
Ha! There’s that messiah complex again!

32. What do you think about in the bathroom?
Rouler Sa Bosse – Bruce Cockburn
“roll her bump” … ?

33. What would be a good theme song to play whenever you walk into a room?
I Know What I Know – Paul Simon
It’s a pretty groovy song.

34. How do you like to end your day before bed?
Keep the Car Running – Arcade Fire
…by…um…listening to this song. It’s a good’un

35. What will you post this list as?
Your Time Is Gonna Come – Led Zeppelin

I have 2100 songs on my Ipod, by about 75 artists, and yet Paul Simon and The Hip show up twice and Johnny Cash thrice? Boo, Shuffle Algorithm, boo!


Took the kids to Kidsfest today.  Well, Dixie took them and I met up with them there.

I hate to be Mr. Negative, but most of the time there was spent waiting.  20 minutes in line for cotton candy and popcorn; 20 minutes in line for inexplicable balloon hats; 5 minutes in line for the bouncy castle; 3 minutes in line for hot dogs (which, at $0.50 apiece, with $0.25 soft drinks, was actually quite the steal of a meal); 10 minutes in line for face painting.  So, out of the 1.5 hours I was there, 1 hour of it was spent waiting.  Wow.  I hadn’t put the numbers together like that until just now.

But the kids had fun.  I guess they played some games before I got there.  And they jumped in the bouncy castle.  And they got a hug from a snake.  And they got their faces painted.  And they got cotton candy, hot dogs, candy, pop corn and balloon hats.  Can’t really complain, now can we?

Not sure what was going on with the face painting.  The first girl available to paint the kids’ faces didn’t look to be much more than a couple of years older than Madeline, but she had a volunteer shirt on, so . . . Madeline’s face turned out fairly well.  Luke’s, on the other hand, looked a little like the paint was discharged from a shotgun.  But he’s young enough for it to not make a difference.  His face was painted and he was happy.  Had it not been painted, he would have been happy too.

In Holland, when I was the kids’ age, they would have a carnival in a field a block away from our house.  Do you know what I remember from those carnivals?  The smell of cigarettes and the Heineken beer coasters from the beer tents.  That is all.

It’s a good memory.