good quote from a good book

When I was a kid I used to listen to this Mark Cohn album over and over. He had a song on it about his father and how his father had a silver Thunderbird and used to get up in the morning, very early, and start the car and go driving down the street. Mark Cohn's father used to say that a Thunderbird is better than a Buick, and a Thunderbird is better than a foreign car, and if there is a God up in heaven, He drives a silver Thunderbird. I like that song, but I don't think God drives a silver Thunderbird. And I know nobody really believes that sort of thing, that God drives a Thunderbird, but there are people who believe other crazy ideas about God.

I've met people who say God is mad at people, throwing dishes like an alcoholic on a binge, and others who paint God as a fairy running through flowers waving a wand at a unicorn. And all these people are convinced they are right.

The very scary thing about religion, to me, is that people actually believe God is who they think He is. By that I mean they have Him all figured out, mapped out, and as my pastor, Rick, says, "dissected and put into jars on a shelf." You've got a bunch of Catholics in Rome who think one way about God, and a bunch of Baptists in Texas who think another, and that isn't even the beginning. It goes on and on and on like this, and it makes me wonder if God created us in His image or if we created Him in ours. And it isn't just religion, either.

I met a guy not long ago who was very conservative and had opinions all over him, and he was saying why God agreed with his political ideas and why that made his political ideas right. And I was feeling like this guy with the opinions was presenting a kind of Jesus who didn't even exist. His Jesus was just an invention of his imagination, someone who more or less justified his position concerning a lot of different political opinions. Sitting there listening to him made me feel tired. People like that should have an island.

But I suppose I can't blame him because, in my life, God is always changing the way I think of Him. I am not saying God Himself is changing, or that my theology is open and I blur the lines on truth; I am only saying I think I know who He is, then I figure out I don't know very much at all. For instance, and as I have said, a lot of people believe God responds to formulas, but He doesn't.

So that is one example of how our idea of God is always becoming a bit more accurate. And that's one of the things you notice about Jesus in the Gospels, that He is always going around saying, “you have heard it said such and such, but I tell you some other thing.”

If you happened to be a person who thought they knew everything about God, Jesus would have been completely annoying.

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what we've been up to...

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Katie and a few of her friends are opening their own salon! She's been doing hair and makeup for weddings and special events for about 8 years and decided to open up a full service salon. They are calling it "the Powder Room".

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This is one of Katie's partners, Deeanna, in the building. Before we got it, it was a second hand store that was stuffed from floor to ceiling with every imaginable item.

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The first step in getting ready was demolition!!! This building was in serious need of an overhaul. This is Katie with her other partner Jennifer tearing up the old flooring. They had clients booked already so we were on a deadline. Everyone helped out.

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Remodeling is dusty.

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After the demolition it was time to start rebuilding! This is my Dad and I installing the hardwood floors. With the tight deadline we were at the building until midnight most nights. One night we stayed until quarter to 4 in the morning!!! I still haven't recovered.

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On Tuesday morning the building looked like a construction site. By midnight Tuesday night it looked like this! We had clients booked for Wednesday morning!

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They've decided to go with a "shabby chic" motif. They found most of the furniture used, and then painted it white and pink to match the salon look. Some of the furniture was more shabby than chic. Oh well, beggers can't be choosers.

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We got done just in time for the first clients! There are a few last things to get done before it's totally finished, but it looks great already! I'm so proud of Katie and her crew. They've done an awesome job!


miracles DO happen!!!

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Woman Gets Beer From Her Kitchen Faucet!

It almost seemed like a miracle to Haldis Gundersen when she turned on her kitchen faucet this weekend and found the water had turned into beer.

Two flights down, employees and customers at the Big Tower Bar were horrified when water poured out of the beer taps.

By an improbable feat of clumsy plumbing, someone at the bar in Kristiandsund, western Norway, had accidentally hooked the beer hoses to the water pipes for Gundersen's apartment.

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"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

Benjamin Franklin