Friday, May 31, 2002

I went out East to visit my parents a few weeks ago. I went to church with my Mom and Dad at the church I grew up in - it's a mid- to large- PCA church in Maryland. I respect the pastor there, so I won't name the church or the pastor.

The church we just left, Providence RPC in St. Louis, is a liturgical church in the historical sense of the word. Every church is liturgical in its own way, but Jeff Meyers (the pastor at Providence) has done a lot in influencing a liturgical movement in the PCA. His pre-GA seminars on liturgy are well-worth attending. When Duane and I started attending Providence, I was a little nervous about the liturgical style. I didn't know if I would "get it" or even like it.

So I'm sitting in the service at my parents' church, and the first thing I notice...the pastor isn't wearing a robe. He just looks like a guy in a business suit.

There are no responsive readings or congregational confessions of sin; just a few long pastoral prayers.

An elder gets up to read scripture...and he reads TWO verses! I didn't realize how I'd grown used to hearing long portions of the Word read from the pulpit.

There is a baptism, and the pastor goes out of his way to explain the INefficacy of baptism and the dependence upon the time of decision.

We get to the end of the service and the pastor says a benediction. There is no communion to nourish us for the week, and the pastor walks down the aisle to slow organ music. I missed having the three-fold Amen at the end.

Oh, and we were treated to "Jesus Shall Reign", zydeco-style. Complete with accordions.

Needless to say, I now fully understand how blessed we are to be under men who have felt convicted to teach and reclaim the liturgy.

Tuesday, May 28, 2002

A friend of mine said that the only other Latin teacher in town is going to start his oldest son (who is still in elementary school) on Wheelock's Latin starting in January and that he would open the class to her kids. He's going to spend a month on each chapter.

Wheelock's is generally used as a college textbook for Latin grammar fundamentals. As a language textbook it is well-done, but it's a humdinger. I used it to teach a sophomore in high school, and he's struggling with it as much as I would expect. Using Wheelock's for a fourth or fifth grader is like teaching them Calculus a little bit at a time without algebra, trig, functions, or analyt. It's unnecessary frustration. I would also expect young students would grow bored with the slow pace. It's also not self-teaching; it assumes a high level of mastery of Latin on the teacher's part.

I tried to gently discourage my friend from putting her kids in the Wheelock's class. I offered to videotape the second year for her, and then go from there at the end of next year. Her kids are quite talented, and they all seemed to really enjoy my class. I wouldn't want them to lose their enthusiasm over something that is too boring and difficult for them. Any homeschool parents (or teachers) have advice?

When I was little, my Mom used to put on Barry Manilow LP's (yes, vinyl - I'm THAT old!) while she did her spring cleaning. I grew up hearing his stuff all the time, and I really have to admit I like his music. I put one of his newer CD's on the other day, mixed it with ABBA, and made an absolutely perfect cleaning montage. Today I tried The Cure and The Cowboy Junkies - they definitely didn't have the same effect.

Speaking of the Cowboy Junkies, I used to sing "Mining For Gold" to Bailey when she was a tiny baby. It was the only song I knew all the way through and I've always loved the tune. I don't think she cares much for me to sing to her, but who knows - maybe when she's older, she'll hear a song I used to sing and she'll think about me. She's a good girl.
Duane and I are packing up for the big move to Monroe, LA. We're excited and anxious at the same time. This is a big move - it's our first real move as a family. We moved last year before Bailey was born, but we only moved two buildings over, so that didn't really count.

I'm thinking about becoming a Creative Memories consultant, but I don't know how much I want to pile on right after a move. It might help me meet people, but then again, it might stress me out. Who knows?

Sunday, May 26, 2002

My sister and I had a discussion about graham crackers and corn flakes while I was visiting last week. I'm probably the last one to find out why graham crackers were invented.

"Graham crackers were invented in 1829 by an American Presbyterian minister named Sylvester Graham (1795-1851). He was a vegetarian and promoted and preached on temperance and stressed whole-wheat flour and vegetarian diets. He promoted the use of a type of coarsely ground wheat flour which was high in fiber. The flour became known as "Graham Flour" and the crackers known as "Graham Crackers".

Graham thought intense physical desire, regardless of whether you were married or not, would have dire physiological consequences on people. He thought men should remain virgins until age 30 and then should make love only once a month--not at all if they were sickly. To control lust, Graham prescribed a special vegetarian diet, the centerpiece of which was "Graham bread," made from whole wheat flour. Graham crackers, which Graham invented in 1829, were another manifestation of the same idea."

If this doesn't qualify as gnosticism, I don't know what does.

Saturday, May 25, 2002

I've been on a Bananas Foster trip the past few weeks. The idea of starting a fire in a skillet really appeals to me.

It finally worked tonight the way its supposed to. I suspect there should be some nutmeg in the recipe; it needed a little kick that the rum didn't provide. I would recommend this for anyone trying to impress guests - or just trying to have fun with fire.
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve blogged! Time has gotten away from me. I took a trip with Bailey to see my parents in Annapolis, and now Duane and I are about to make the move to Monroe, LA in a few weeks. We’re taking a quick trip down there next weekend to drop off the extra vehicle, and then we move the following week.
Thanks to Pastor Barach for trying to help me find harmonizations for the AGP. It started out looking like I had some good leads, but then the trail went cold. I’m about to break down and order whatever music Inheritance Publications offers.

Monday, May 06, 2002

I am hoping some smart folks still come by my blog. I have a question.

Duane and I would love to start singing through the Anglo-Genevan Psalter. I can play the piano, but my problem is that I don't have time (and barely the ability) to harmonize all the psalms. I know that Duck Schuler has harmonized most (if not all) of them but I understand he he cannot publish because of a copyright issue with the lyrics. I've read/heard some about Goudimel's harmonization; is this available in book form? Did he harmonize all 150?

My question is, how can I find four-part harmonizations for the BOP? Short of emailing Duck, does anyone have any advice?

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