* "Then MC Yammer gets up to 'wrap it up.' ... We were given these little sheets of paper with fill-in-the-blank statements...One of them, for example, was 'Change [in the sense of changing to follow God's will] is most often prevented by our desire to be ________.' Vayammer Ice fills it in for us with 'comfortable.' Ever the rebel, I put 'evil.'"
Speaking of young adult groups...Josh's experience reminded me of when I was part of a large Protestant "college and career" group in the mid-90's. There are times when I can hardly believe I was part of that world...
"So far from it being irreverent to use silly metaphors on serious questions, it is one's duty to use silly metaphors on serious questions. It is the test of one's seriousness. It is the test of a responsible religion or theory whether it can take examples from pots and pans and boots and butter-tubs. It is the test of a good philosophy whether you can defend it grotesquely. It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it."
* Does anyone remember that old spoof about a modern marketing firm sending an Orthodox parish a "changes you'll need to make to grow your church" letter? I seem to have a vague recollection that Terry Mattingly may have printed it at one point. If someone can find the text, please email it to me or send me a link.