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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Assembly blooper. Those of you at first assembly Sunday morning saw a beautiful communion clip prepared by Matt Maxwell. Those of you at second . . . did not. It's too painful to talk about. The wrong video was played. - - - - I pulled this off of Greg's blog from a few days ago. It's a May, 1955 article from Good Housekeeping. There have been a few changes in the past half century, eh? The Good Wife’s Guide Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, papers, etc. and then run a dustcloth over the tables. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for your husband to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction. Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first- remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours. Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax. Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit. Don’t greet him with complaints and problems. Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him. A good wife always knows her place.

46 Comments:

  • No clues about the "communion clip"?

    Thanks for posting this. It's a reminder of the world in which Churches of Christ decided that our assemblies should have only males saying prayers, reading scripture, etc. It isn't even men. A 10 year old boy can lead the church in prayer, but a godly 70 year old woman can't! I've read about how at an earlier time women in Churches of Christ led prayers and singing, served communion, and preached. But somehow we got stuck in the world of this article.

    By Blogger Emily, at 9/21/2005 05:22:00 AM  

  • Time travel, anyone?

    By Blogger markemason, at 9/21/2005 05:30:00 AM  

  • You have given me some insight into my mother's quiet acquiessence(sp?) to my father's decisions through the years. You have also given me something else to be thankful to God for. I wasn't born until 1959. As I fear for my daughter because of the world she faces, I will now also be grateful for the world gone by that she does not have to face.

    By Blogger Lisa McD in FL, at 9/21/2005 05:34:00 AM  

  • I had to read that GH article a second time just to make sure....unbelievable.

    By Blogger KentF, at 9/21/2005 05:42:00 AM  

  • Mike...
    You know you can't leave a worship leader hanging just telling us that much about the blooper...we gotta have more!

    By Blogger D.J. Bulls, at 9/21/2005 05:42:00 AM  

  • Just for you, D.J. Matt had two clips on the DVD. The one labelled "The Cup of Christ" was just beautiful. Matt, who will again be teaching at the Zoe workshop, has amazing abilities.

    The other clip was labelled "The Oxford Project." It is a powerful piece he did while in England. Full of images of war: Hitler and his army goosestepping, bodies being fried, bombing of England, etc.

    So as we shared in the cup we watched Hitler. I ran to the back but it was too late.

    Please -- someone else share painful experiences so I'm left hangin' here!

    By Blogger Mike, at 9/21/2005 05:48:00 AM  

  • I mentioned this somewhere recently...Harold Hazelip, in talking about Abraham's posterity, spoke instead of Abraham's posterior.

    smhsr

    By Blogger MarkS, at 9/21/2005 05:55:00 AM  

  • At a church retreat one weekend, an elder was speaking on Sunday to about 50 people. He MEANT to say "some say we all came from a single organism" - but instead he said "... we all came from a single ORGASM." His daughter and I still crack up about this 20+ years later...

    By Blogger Candace, at 9/21/2005 06:11:00 AM  

  • Shhhh, Mike. ;)

    If you hadn't mentioned it some of us would accept that there was a subliminal message in a clip showing some of man's most inhuman treatment of fellowman - leaving the only solution to such horrors to be found in Jesus.

    Seriously, if we really ARE "discerning the LORD's body" and "remembering His death" during communion, we can make the connection from most anything, at least imho. To realize that Jesus hung on the cross even for such monsters as these can cause the heart to fill with amazement and wonder - and thanksgiving that He included me in that forgiveness sacrifice.

    It's fun to be in second service. LOL

    By Blogger Kathy, at 9/21/2005 06:28:00 AM  

  • Emily,

    I couldn't disagree with you more. People made decisions based on what they believed the scriptures to teach. To me it is unfair to imply that decisions about the role of women were made simply based on the prevailing views of the day, and to also imply that women leading prayers and preaching was a common occurance in by gone days to my knowledge is not very accurate. I know that the description of a family found in this article seems almost silly, but that was pretty much the world of my mother and in return for her devotion to my father he treated her like royalty. I am not so sure that we have created a better world that finds both partners working so hard to get more stuff. Grace and peace.

    By Blogger RC, at 9/21/2005 06:31:00 AM  

  • Ah, the good ole days of 1955. Now if I just had a DeLorean and my name was Marty McFly, I would be in heaven.

    A couple of days ago I shared in my blog a story that happened to me two Sundays ago. I was praising the work the Red Cross was doing in helping people at our Family Life Center shelter. I was trying to dispel the rumor that the Red Cross charges people to help them by reading an old Ann Landers column she wrote back in 1977 which addressed the Red Cross charging our servicemen over in Europe for some items back in WW2. Check out my blog if you want the info. Anyway, one of my critics piped up right in the middle of it all and told me in a booming bass voice "you need to keep your mouth shut, you don't know what you are talking about".

    My response "Er........... uh.......... Let's pray!"

    By Blogger Brad, at 9/21/2005 06:47:00 AM  

  • I think the worst that happened in our church was during Communion we were trying to play one of ZOE's quieter, reflective songs and instead we played "Clap Your Hands" or one of the other upbeat, hand-clapping ones. You get the idea. You could just feel people's backs stiffening!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 9/21/2005 06:50:00 AM  

  • Listen to this blooper mp3. It'll make you feel much better, Mike.

    http://www.robbfamily.org/Blakes_Big_Mistake.mp3

    By Blogger James, at 9/21/2005 07:05:00 AM  

  • I know, I know...this topic always gets me on my soapbox...I will apologize from the beginning for being on my soapbox but I won't keep my mouth shut.
    Some of what the article writer was saying is still being said to our girls...sometimes masked and sometimes so blatant. Why is it that what the man has to say is more important? For too long we have been told to be quiet and now I think it is time for us to use our voices...maybe even be heard a little louder than the men right now to balance it all out a little before we come back to the center. Just this summer I was told a story by a 7th grade girl that made me so angry. I will share it with you so you can be angry too and so that we can stop this nonense. This girl was at summer camp...a Christian camp...and in devotional time they said that anyone who wants to starts a song can start a song(we all know that doesn't mean everyone....so stop saying that if you don't mean it) and she started a song...which happened to be song that starts with women singing anyway...the song was Someday. She was reprimanded for it and then all the girls had a meeting and they enlightened them with the proper conduct of girls and women in worship and why it is that way....their conclusion...that men are smarter than women and that is why it is that way. I could've just screamed when she told us her story. Luckily this girl was surrounded by people who affirmed her and recognized her gifts and reminded her over and over again of the absurdity of the situation...what about all those other girls who didn't have that? Did they go home thinking that God created men smarter than women? Will they value their own gifts?
    Okay, I am off my soapbox for now...if you need me to get back on, let me know.

    By Blogger julie, at 9/21/2005 07:18:00 AM  

  • Julie,
    May I join you on the soapbox? lol

    I have a challenge for y'all.

    The next time you observe or are a woman speaking to a man at church and another man approaches them, please notice how invisible the woman becomes as the two men get into their own conversation, ignoring the fact that the lady present is left with half an unspoken word hanging in the air.

    True, we've come a long way from the 50's, but we still have a way to go for everyone to realize that women are also "co-heirs" with Jesus - that we do not have a "roll" in men's church, we are active participants in God's church.

    I remember a missionary in Mexico City preaching that though he was not very good at song leading and even though there were women with better gifts for song leading, they [women] could not take the [here's that word again] roll of verbal leadership in the public worship. His words, please, not mine.

    When I asked him how he could reconcile that position with the Bible's teaching about using or burying our talents - he held firm to his position & said a woman would simply have to find another outlet for her gifts, but they were not to be demonstrated in public worship. As my Spanish speaking brothers would say, "Hazme un please!!!" [What!! is the best translation. lol]

    We've got a long way to go yet, a long way, but it is improving. PTL!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 9/21/2005 07:57:00 AM  

  • Fascinating article, Mike...and really hits close to home since I grew up in the 50's and remember so well what was expected of women.
    A few years ago, ACU's President apologized to African Americans for the discrimination that had been shown them through the 60's. I was a student at ACU when the first two black graduate students were allowed to enroll in ACU. They were required to room together and not date and dress nicely. I had a class under Ina Green with one of those black students and I remember some of the discussions in that psychology class about segregation. I know we have a long way to go in treating all of humanity equally. We also have a long way to go in treating women equally. I'm wondering if, down the road, the president of ACU will apologize to women for the many discriminatory practices over the years.

    Thank you very much for your ministry to Joe, Laura, Sophia, and Ira. And thanks for ministering to Eddie and Annette Sharp. All of those people are dear to my heart!

    I'll be sure and take some Kudos to Laura in Oct. when I get to be with Ira and Sophia again for a few days.

    Glo Hays

    By Blogger Glo, at 9/21/2005 08:02:00 AM  

  • A friend of mine recalls a time growing up at his church when the following verse was included in a passage that was publicly read by a man from the puplit. "The children of Israel shall pitch their tents, everyone by his own camp, everyone by his own standard,..." Instead of saying "pitch their tents", he said "pinch their tits." Several shades of red followed.

    By Blogger John, at 9/21/2005 08:16:00 AM  

  • My wife has read the article and wants to know where she can get a wife. They sound wonderful! I wanted to ask for one, too, but she gave me "the look."

    By Blogger PatrickMead, at 9/21/2005 08:16:00 AM  

  • Look at this blooper - it's from the Fellowship church in the Dallas area. http://tinyurl.com/9l44g

    By Blogger Charles North, at 9/21/2005 08:18:00 AM  

  • I'm so grateful that, during my lifetime, I have seen the church begin to accept that women have as much to offer as men. There will always be those who say that women should keep their place, that they should remain silent. But the church is learning that we are not a world unto ourselves. We are here to be Jesus to the world. And the world at large is less and less interested in male-dominated organizations.

    My hope remains that, before I die, we will hear the woman's voice in our assemblies as often and as strongly as we hear the man's.

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 9/21/2005 08:31:00 AM  

  • Mike:

    Perhaps it's a bit off point, but your post reminds me of a preachers' meeting I once attended.

    It was in the mid-1980's. One of the brotherhood "big guns" was holding a gospel meeting in the area (somewhere west of the Mississippi and south of Interstate 40). The title of his message, which was publicized well in advance, was "The Glory Days of The Church".

    What did I expect to hear? I’m not certain now. It's been a while. What I do recall, however, is how shocked I was to learn that the glory days of the church of Christ occurred in the early 1950's. The speaker was absolutely certain about this. His reasoning: During this time "we" were the fastest growing religious group in the world--or, perhaps he said it was the nation. I’m not sure.

    Funny isn't? The Cleavers lived in an idyllic and imagined world, which didn't really exist at the time. If it did, it was only in widely-scattered, isolated pockets of a burgeoning suburban population. This “world” didn't exist in most cities, nor was it commonplace in the agrarian lifestyle that dominated the American landscape. Yesterday is seldom as good as we remember it; tomorrow’s woes are seldom as severe. I wonder if it is our distorted ideas about both that oftentimes prevents of from living abundantly in the moment whether the subject is family or church.

    By Blogger Bill, at 9/21/2005 08:43:00 AM  

  • John, that's the same mistake in the mp3 I linked to. It's from a church in Denver, I believe. The speaker's reaction to the congregation's laughter is hilarious.

    By Blogger James, at 9/21/2005 08:43:00 AM  

  • Wasn't sure if I should add this funny story or not but after reading the others decided it might be okay.
    I grew up in a small church in north Mississippi. We once had a minister who only had sons; he always wanted a daughter. There was a really cute little girl in our church who was about 4 years old. The preacher loved her. On Easter Sunday she came to church in a new dress that she was very proud of her dress. Right before services started, the preacher picked up the little girl and took her down to the front of the sanctuary. He held her in his arms and announced to everyone, "I want you all to see the new dress that Ashley has on today; doesn't she look pretty?"
    He then asked Ashley if there is anything she'd like to say about her new dress. Ashley responded, "My mother says it's a bitch to iron."
    Try suppressing that laughter. Her mom was humiliated. The best part was that it was Easter so everyone was there!

    By Blogger JMH, at 9/21/2005 08:59:00 AM  

  • All right, you're making me feel better about our blooper.

    RC, I understand what you're saying. I'm guessing that Emily didn't mean the church decided to be like the culture in limiting what women do. We must assume that they were doing their best to read scripture honestly. Thanks for that reminder!

    But the reality is that our culture has a powerful influence on our study of scripture. We are never fully objective. We don't JUST read the scripture. We bring our culture and our background to the reading.

    My belief is that on this issue we became "the cultural church"--a church whose reading of scripture was informed (subconsciously to a great extent) by a certain paternalistic culture. We wound up putting limitations where none were intended in light of the breaking in of the reign of God.

    As we studied this at Highland, we tried to admit that we couldn't be fully free from the influence of what's going on around us but that we would do our very best to hear the words of scripture with the theological force they intended. And that led us in a very different way.

    I've mentioned before these very helpful resources (given in order of their helpfulness to me):

    Stanley Grenz, Women in the Church

    Richard Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament (not directly on this one "issue")

    Craig Keener, Paul, Women, and Wives

    William Webb, Slaves, Women and Homosexuals

    Carroll Osburn, Women in the Church

    By Blogger Mike, at 9/21/2005 09:55:00 AM  

  • RC said:
    "...that was pretty much the world of my mother and in return for her devotion to my father he treated her like royalty"

    I've never heard of royalty that was expected to do all those things listed in the article. Sounds more like the person on the receiving end of all those things was being treated like royalty.

    As to the article, I understand wanting to do nice things for your spouse. Nothing wrong with that. I just don't understand how anyone (whether male or female) can allow someone to do all that stuff for them all the time without reciprocating. Sometimes we'll talk about your day first, sometimes we'll talk about mine. Some days I'll get up and fill the empty iced-tea glasses, some days you will. Give and take. Not take, take, take. How can you love someone and take from them like that all the time?

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 9/21/2005 10:15:00 AM  

  • How refreshing to re-read in the Bible the stories of the many Godly women who did not 'keep their place' in the society they were born into and 'remain silent'. Whew, there is a God after all!

    As to this Good Housekeeping article, and your mention that there have been a few changes in the past half century, well ...

    The domestic DNA code for women might have altered somewhat, but a lot of Christian men still get a tad pouty if dinner is not planned for or on the table when they get home for dinnoir, and they are asked to whip up a nutritional, tasty meal at the last minute (pizza or KFC, anyone?). They still secretly harbour that fantasy for this 'performance list' from a domestic goddess.

    That said, my mother followed through with most of this list, and my dad DID treat her like a queen. She always put her lipstick on and made sure we kids were neatly combed, quiet, and peaceful 15 minutes before dad drove up the driveway. And us kids, grown-ups now, have warm misty dreams for our childhood hearth and home. Especially when we read articles of remembrance like this from Good Housekeeping.

    But not to worry! If we get too misty-eyed for the good ole days, we can just Google something from Martha Stewart's archives, or here in the UK, check in with our very own Delia Smith! ;)

    By Blogger Deb, at 9/21/2005 10:46:00 AM  

  • Some good news: while there certainly were things written in the 50's about domestic roles that would make most of us shudder today, this particular piece has been floating around the internet for a while with various publications cited as the source. It probably isn't authentic. See http://tinyurl.com/4tqp5

    I've never understood the comment about subservient women of the 50's being treated like royalty. I think it means that decent husbands expressed their gratititude (I should hope so!) or maybe provided nice things for them. I wonder if it also implies that certain chores were done by men only because they weren't ladylike. I remember well having to teach my grandmother how to put gas in the car when my grandfather died. She was in her 70's and had never filled up her own car.

    By Blogger Pater Aletheias, at 9/21/2005 10:59:00 AM  

  • <"There have been a few changes in the past half century, eh?">

    Yes - even that part about "be a little gay". Ha.

    By Blogger Agent B, at 9/21/2005 11:01:00 AM  

  • In 1971 I received a wedding gift of a book called Fascinating Womanhood (I think) which was like this article in more than a hundred pages. I actually believed it for a little while and felt guilty when I didn't live up to those standards.
    sarah

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 9/21/2005 11:29:00 AM  

  • I remember reading those very words (except the part about staying out all night, etc.) when I was a teenager. I realized than that my mother had also read them and did those very things. It is like a rerun of my childhood. "Wash your face, be quiet, daddy's coming home." She had his iced tea ready and his house lovely. We said hello and got out his way as he sat in his daddy chair with the newspaper.
    A strange leftover of these days still occurs when we go over someone's house for supper and all the men sit together in the living room talking about politics and sports while all the women stay in the kitchen to help and talk about raising children and cooking. Guess where I'd rather be?

    By Blogger kim, at 9/21/2005 11:51:00 AM  

  • This particular "article" is outed as a fake by snopes urban legends. See http://www.snopes.com/language/document/goodwife.htm

    C3

    By Blogger Wail, at 9/21/2005 11:51:00 AM  

  • Wail - I'm a Snopes guy myself -- always using it to check out suspect stuff. I guess I got in a hurry this time. If not from Good Housekeeping, it sounds more like a summary of the Fascinating Womanhood book that was being shoved on grad school wives not that long ago (as I count time). Thanks.

    By Blogger Mike, at 9/21/2005 12:09:00 PM  

  • I forgot - I got a book called "Becomming a Mother" when I was pregnant w/my 1st child. The book was written in the 50's. (It was a gag gift) Anyway, it said it was OK to drink & smoke while pregnant - that it WOULD NOT hurt the baby! Just thought I'd throw that in the ring!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 9/21/2005 12:16:00 PM  

  • If you haven't already, go look at the link Charles North included in his response from the Fellowship Church in Dallas. HILARIOUS. Much worse than what happened Sunday, Mike.

    It was funny, though, all the way home, Chrissy and I were in a deep conversation about the possible meanings of such a video during the Lord's Supper. We were discussing it as a table of reconciliation (unlike the German Nazis...), and a juxtoposition of the peace of Christ and the violence of men. It was quite a profound conversation.

    But it all meant nothing, because it was a screw-up. Oh well.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 9/21/2005 01:32:00 PM  

  • Reading that article fills me with hilarity and anger. But that said, during the time when I was a stay-at-home mom, our home was a more peaceful place to be. Not needing to give each other a typed agenda of our day to know where we will be, no cell phones, no running in at the last minute to throw dinner together, not so much fast food, watching soap operas...

    I read that book--Fascinating Womanhood. There was a companion book called Man of Steel and Velvet. I wasn't a real fan of Fascinating Womanhood. I'm more of a Woman of Steel and Velvet.

    By Blogger monniecoco, at 9/21/2005 02:06:00 PM  

  • I do think that women were not allowed to exercise their gifts in the past because the church was controlled by men. After reading the article and all that the wife did to make the home a castle for her husband, one can understand why men wanted to keep the status quo. Who would want to give up having everything around the home done by someone else and having everything geared to one's comfort and pleasure?

    My husband grew up in a home with 2 alcoholic parents. He thought normal families (all families but his)really lived like Ward and June Cleaver. Needless to say he had a rude awakening when he married me. Fighting an imaginary ideal has made life both interesting and frustrating for us both. Neither got what each thought they were getting.

    By Blogger monniecoco, at 9/21/2005 02:26:00 PM  

  • I just wanted to say that I LOVED Patrick Mead's comment. The man always brings me a laugh! LOL

    By Blogger Niki, at 9/21/2005 03:43:00 PM  

  • A few years ago I was visiting a church in Oklahoma City where a very well-known preacher announced at the end of his sermon that Mr. and Mrs. So-N-So had placed their membership. Then he said, "Following services, let us all make them peel a fart of our family." Oops! Your blooper is no big deal, Mike.

    By Blogger debbie, at 9/21/2005 06:14:00 PM  

  • Is the woman the weaker vessel or not? If she is, is this fair? Societies will of course always err in one direction or another. But it's what God has done or has left undone that really makes us angry, eh.

    By Blogger c hand, at 9/21/2005 08:10:00 PM  

  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Great article, Mike!

    By Blogger Big Mike Lewis, at 9/21/2005 09:08:00 PM  

  • In a world of role reversals, I work part time for the church and the rest of it I spend trying to take care of two boys. My wife works full time and is able to earn a real wage as opposed to any kind of job that I could get.

    I do try to have supper ready for her when she comes home.

    The "weaker vessel" thing from 1 Peter needs to be examined or it will be totally misunderstood and misapplied. This passage is a whole section talking about who has power and who doesn't in the society. In that society women did not. There are a lot of misapplications especially from this passage when talking about husbands and wives!

    By Blogger Eric, at 9/22/2005 07:45:00 AM  

  • Just a little "against-the-grain" comment here about something that happened to me in 1984. I was at church, listening to yet another sermon about how husbands should treat their wives better, not expecting them to do all the domestic stuff, but I was listening to it from the foyer where I had taken our fussy one-year-old to calm him. As I looked around, I was one of three people out there doing the same thing, all three of us young fathers, while our wives were inside the auditorium listening to the sermon. I just did a disconnect and finally realized why those sermons which were meant to make me feel guilty had just made me irritated. And I realized that every time I heard one, it was coming from someone about 70 years old, from the generation that apparently acted like that. Even then, things had already changed, at our house, anyway, and I don't even remember my dad acting like they said all the men acted. He ALWAYS worked around the house at the same things my mom did, and required us to do the same. It was his way of honoring her, and they are now two old folks happily taking care of each other (and everybody else, at times.) Way to go, Dad.

    By Blogger don, at 9/22/2005 11:14:00 AM  

  • Excellent comments and community here. At the ripe young age of 44 I'm about to experience my first major hurricane. Rita is about 10 hours from landfall and appears she'll be crashing in between Galveston and Beaumont/Port Arthur. My prayers are really with the Port Arthur area, they are far less equipped to take this storm. It appears the eyewall will come very, very close to Lufkin and we'll get heavy winds and rain. My only real personal concerns are a couple of big oak trees near my back yard and getting water into my office. The family will hunker down and stay safe.

    The uneasy feeling you get in times like this is eery. Our fair city of 35,000 appears to have doubled in population. There are cars, RV's, trucks everywhere with their hoods up, folks have crept through and just run out of gas. Today, Friday, Sept. 23rd, we are hoping/praying that fuel trucks make it here and get these folks up and northward before nightfall. Of course, this scenario plays out in a dozen other Texas cities as well.

    By Blogger KentF, at 9/23/2005 06:03:00 AM  

  • Mike, any way we can get a copy of "The Cup" video clip? We are starving for ways to enhance our communion experience.

    Thanks.

    By Blogger Rcutsinger, at 9/23/2005 10:33:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Did you know "Big" Don Williams, who was at Pepperdine for a while? He used to take me to lunch every once in a while, and my face would be sore for the rest of the day from laughing so hard at his church blooper stories. My favorite was the guy who was standing at the microphone to do the communion meditation, and the guy beside him (thinking he was doing him a favor) whispered to him (and also into the microphone) "YOUR FLY IS UNZIPPED." The humiliated man quickly says, "Let us pray," and somehow mutters a prayer while zipping his pants. Unfortunately, the poor guy zipped his tie in his fly and couldn't stand up straight after the prayer. He covered, though, by saying, "Let us pray AGAIN," and rectifying the situation.

    Ahhh, the memories of lunch with Big Don.

    Lynn

    By Blogger Lynn, at 9/23/2005 02:19:00 PM  

  • I knew that article was fakey, but honestly, there was more good than bad in it. I'll have to say, learning that men and women have different roles has been very liberating!! Makes you WANT to do all that and more for your man...what's a helper for?

    Ducking and dodging now...

    By Blogger Alice, at 9/24/2005 11:20:00 AM  

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