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Monday, October 17, 2005

Great performance of "Seussical" yesterday. In 2003, I started having all the theater majors in my freshman Bible class, so by now I've had all the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, and it's a blast watching them up on stage. Some amazing voices! - - - - Well, the championship series aren't going quite as I had hoped. But at this point it's clear: I'll be rooting for the National League in the Series. - - - - Did you see the story in the news about the principal of Kellenberg Memorial High School in Long Island who canceled prom? The excesses had grown year after year so that students were putting up $10K to rent party houses. Parents were chartering a boat for a late-night "booze cruise." Kenneth Hoagland wrote a 2000-word letter to parents saying: "It is not primarily the sex/booze/drugs that surround this event, as problematic as they might be; it is rather the flaunting of affluence, assuming exaggerated expenses, a pursuit of vanity for vanity's sake--in a word, fnancial decadence."


  • I'm with you on the NL. And, of course, the team that beat the Yankees got thumped which shows just how low the evil empire has sunk!

    Hurray for the principal. I saw this story on Fox and Friends this morning and was appalled at these so called parents. How you can not only encourage but facilitate such poor and illegal behavior in your own children, I'll never figure out. My kids may not turn out to be perfect Angels but it won't be because I've helped them be decadent.

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 10/17/2005 08:06:00 AM  

  • Some of us up Illinois-way are rather pleased today--don't know why.

    I also hear that you have a great music CD available. Sorry I had to miss Zoe this year! Would love to see the promotional video. . . .

    By Blogger "George", at 10/17/2005 08:29:00 AM  

  • I will pull for the Astros over the Sox but the Sox over the Cards. All comes down to minor league connections. I got to see several of the Sox players at the Hoover Met in my Birmingham days.

    Here's to the gutsy principal for setting limits. Now the parents will probably pool their money and have their own prom. It is a shame this rite of passage is taken away from the other kids and families who didn't abuse it and turn it into something it wasn't intended to be.

    By Blogger Steve Duer, at 10/17/2005 08:43:00 AM  

  • Amen to this Principal. Adults get so caught up into trying to outdo the other parents. I liken it to a comment I heard about kids playing AAU Basketball. The sports commentator said that playing collegiate basketball, the travel, and the accommodations while on that travel were very appealing to high school athletes in the past. However in the times we find ourselves in now, kids who have been playing AAU basketball (or most likely any “travel sport) don’t find any of those aspects as especially appealing because by the time they’re 18, they’ve already traveled all over the country and stayed in nice places during this travel.
    If we as parents are not careful, our kids will have nothing to strive or look forward to because they will have already experienced it before they leave our homes.

    By Blogger cwinwc, at 10/17/2005 10:05:00 AM  

  • The Hoots household is pulling for the Astro's.

    Glad to read about this principal setting his foot down! Why do parents live vicariously through their children?

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 10/17/2005 10:34:00 AM  

  • Amen to the Principal for canceling Prom. Now if we could just get a few preachers to can cancel services we'd be getting somewhere.

    By Blogger Joel Maners, at 10/17/2005 11:42:00 AM  

  • If it comes down to the Sox vs. 'Stros, I'll be happy either way. I'd like for Bagwell & Biggio to get rings after being teammates for fifteen years, but I love Ozzie Guillen and Jermaine Dye, too.

    "Financial decadence" and "flaunting of affluence" - I love it. If Christians wanted to start getting up in arms about something else, I'd vote for those issues. :-)

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 10/17/2005 12:13:00 PM  

  • I love it. A friend who is a bit of a wit and wordsmith wrote me about the line from the quote: "in a word, financial decadence." He wants to know if that isn't, technically, two words.

    By Blogger Mike, at 10/17/2005 12:33:00 PM  

  • I applaud the principal for his courage. But I am more concerned about the fact that so many Christian teens attend prom at all. I managed to navigate college and adulthood without experiencing that "right of passage." My "right of passage" was my baptism at age 13 when I committed to living my life the way Jesus would live His. My hunch is that he would not have gone to the prom. I applaud parents who tell their kids "no" when it comes to the prom. Unfortunately, I haven't known any in a while who have done that.

    Go 'Stros!!

    By Blogger John, at 10/17/2005 12:35:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    About your sermon on suffering for the sake of righteousness.....why could we not have fast forwarded to that sermon the week before we were to leave for Haiti??? Could anyone have told us it was too dangerous to go after those words? Thank you for a powerful message!

    By Blogger reeversethinker, at 10/17/2005 01:35:00 PM  

  • Sigh.

    Too sad to comment today.

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 10/17/2005 04:52:00 PM  

  • “… sex/booze/drugs …, as problematic at they MIGHT be.” ? Might be ? Sex, booze, and drugs are not valued subjectively. They are simply wrong.

    “… a pursuit of vanity for vanity’s sake …” is there a legitimate reason to pursue vanity?

    Canceling the prom was a good thing; but, his justification doesn’t carry much weight. Let’s have sex, booze, and drugs … just don’t flaunt your affluence.

    By Blogger Fellow Traveler, at 10/17/2005 05:04:00 PM  

  • In a word - I disagree. I think Jesus would've attended the prom and some of the after-parties - perhaps serving on the Beverage Committee - although I agree he wouldn't have sailed with them on the booze cruise. I suspect he would've instead walked to them on water and invited them to step out with him in faith.

    By Blogger Grant, at 10/17/2005 06:33:00 PM  

  • How did I know the "should Christians even go to prom" thing would eventually come up in comments? Sigh. As much as things change, some things don't.

    I think the cancelation was more for the parents than the kids. I'm sure there will be some private non-prom big hula-bellew (sp?) to take the Proms place and no one will miss their rite of passage. Some of the parents of Long Island neeeded a reality check... but while not so drastic, I think we all need one of those from time to time.

    By Blogger SG, at 10/20/2005 09:56:00 AM  

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