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A Spoof Courtesy of the Talented Carl Trueman of Reformation 21

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Psalmody: A Taxi Driver Speaks Out!
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Rodney Trotter (pseudonym of Carl Trueman)

Ref 21 has once again drawn on the deep theological waters of the London cabbie community by inviting a leading Reformed taxi driver to comment on psalms in worship. Today’s guest columnist is Ian Anderson – no, not the lead flautist with folk-rock sensations, Jethro Tull, but Driver no. 56430 with Thick-as-a-Brick Cabs, Walthamstow. Ian, what do you think the role of the psalms in worship should be?

`Well, mate, I ‘ave to say I’m not sure that the psalms ‘ave any place in modern worship at all. I mean, all that lamentation and “Oh, Lord, where art thou?’ malarkey. People don’t go to church to ‘ear that. They go there to be made to feel better about themselves, to be cheered up, to sing a few nice choruses and admire the strobe light spectacular up the front, like. I mean, they get enough real life Monday to Saturday; last thing they want is real life in the context of a church service. You know, I ‘ad that Bonio and his mate, The Wedge in the back of my cab the other week, and they woz telling me ‘ow the psalms were the blues of Bible and ‘ow we needed to put that deep element of tragedy back into church life in order to truly understand grace. Well, I told ‘em that woz a load of old pony. Young people want iPods and lattes; they don’t want tragedy and grace. Ow miserable is that, then, eh? I mean, ‘oo is this grace when she’s at home, anyway? That bird on the TV program wot forecasts the weather?? Nobody’s goin’ to turn up to church to see ‘er with her bleached ‘air and ‘er stiletto ‘eels. I told em – if we’re talking tragedy then look at those albums wot you’ve done since The Joshua Tree. Truly tragic criminal records, they are, criminal. Let’s face it, mate, psalms in worship are a non-starter; and, quite frankly, it’s a good job that the church decided to dismiss 1800 years of its own tradition with comparatively little exegetical or ecclesiastical discussion and all that. Also, I ‘ave ‘eard it said that the psalms is the ultimate ecumenical hymn book cos all Christian ‘ave the book of psalms. Well, that shows you, dunnit – we all know the ecumenical movement is out to set up a world government under Hillary Clinton and that Hugo Chavez geezer wot eats babies, know wot I mean? Psalmody’s all part of the great conspiracy; that’s why sound geezers like you and me, gaffer, don’t do it no more. No, mate, let’s keep real life experiences and biblical poetry out of the church. And, I ask you, who really wants to sing more of the word of God in worship anyway? I read a Barna poll somewhere wot says more people would go to church if David Bowie or the Stones woz leadin’ worship and nobody mentioned the Bible, and my pastor, Rev. Dave Trendy, told me via podcast that them Barna polls is some of the wisest and most reliable sources of doctrine after scripture. I mean, we’ve gotta draw the line somewhere, `aven’t we, mate? – they’ll be stickin’ religion into Christmas and Easter next. And I ask you, if you woz a church leader and started singin’ stuff like the psalms in church and tellin’ people that life’s hard coz we’re sinners, and we need grace more than we need worldly possessions, you know what they’ll do to you, mate? They’ll crucify you, that’s what, crucify you. I mean, if I ‘ad a quid for every time I went into church and …. ‘ (Enough! The Reformed Church may not sing psalms anymore, but I’m sure we have better reasons than this. Er, don’t we? Anyone out there with a good reason? Speak up now. Please.– Del Boy Thomas)

What Type of Fae are You?

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

What type of Fae are you?

Thanks to Lisa for this one. 😀

Really, though, I don’t think I’m silly, apart from an attraction to online quizzes. 😛
Wait a minute; I am definitely not self-centered. How did that happen, quiz-people? And flaky? PUH-LEASE!
I’ll accept energetic and confusing. And I try to see some positive benefit in all that occurs in my life; does that count for innocent?


Thursday, March 29th, 2007

My children introduced me to a new way to network, called Facebook.

The first step in using Facebook is to complete your profile and decide on your privacy settings. You choose to complete sections such as Interests, Favorite Books, Favorite Quotes, Activities, etc.

It’s important to join whatever Networks you are part of. For example, many schools, universities and large employers have their own Facebook networks. I ended up joining the network for my community. It’s easier to interact with others who are in the same network as you.

There are also special interest groups within Facebook which one can join. Once you join a group, you are able to participate in discussions on that group, and interact with others in the group.

For those worried about privacy, please be assured that you are the one who decides who knows the most about you, by selecting those you choose as Friends.

One thing I enjoy doing is sending Gifts to my friends, for special occasions or just for fun. A gift is a colorful clip-art-type icon which you purchase for a nominal amount, the proceeds of which go to a charity.

This is a great way to stay in touch with friends, learn more about old friends, and make new friends. 😀images1.jpgfacebook-logo.jpg