My birthday’s coming up. It’s quite funny how people measure their age as they get older. No, I’m not talking about the number of years per se. I’m talking about how they relate their age to some other numbered everyday object. I’ve heard people going into their thirtieth year saying, “At least I’m still in
the calendar.” (Thirtieth birthday, thirty-or-so days in a month. Get it?) People who reach forty are happy that they’re still “in the thermometer” (Celsius, not Fahrenheit.) I wonder what people reaching their fifties and sixties say? Key in Hawaii-Five-O theme music.
I say to myself: I’m not as young (and naive) as I used to be but I’m not as old as I could be. I have the best of both worlds. To those celebrating their birthday, welcome the first day of the rest of your life.
(Filed under: YOLO.)
My wife and I last Saturday took a break from our housecleaning to visit a mall-based chiropractor clinic. The cost of getting basic treatment was a bit out of our budget so we didn’t push through. I did so want to get my joints “cracked.” The folks at the clinic were kind enough to inform us that they do basic “cracking” but I would need to have a medical certificate from a certified practitioner for the more complicated stuff. For the record, “cracking” is the term I use for chiropractic adjustment, as seen in this video.
(Filed under: I’m Willing to Try Something New.)
I got some new books, or rather, I’m staring at some books which I either purchased or received as gifts from within the last six months. While I look forward to reading them—I’ve been looking forward for six months, with at least one of the book—my main concern right now is where to put them!
A partial list of the books:
- The World of the New Testament by Green and McDonald (editors). This one I’ve had longer than the other books I’ve been talking about. I’ve speed-read through most of it and now the time has come for me to sit down and
seriously engage the authors. Quick note for my readers: If you want to sound intelligent (if you aren’t already), do not say, “I’ve read this-and-that by so-and so.” Instead say: “In my latest conversation with so-and-so…” even if you never really had an actual conversation. On a serious note, it is expected that one should actively read a book by asking critical questions while reading. It takes some getting used to but it is definitely worth it. Of course some books make up the exception…
- Systematic Theology, Volumes I & II, by Douglas Kelley. I’m still waiting for Volume III but seeing as I have barely touched beyond twelve pages of Volume I, I’m glad III’s not out yet.
- Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions (2nd ed.) by Winfried Corduan. I rarely get to visit Dr. Corduan’s website but when I do, I always find his writings interesting and satisfying to read. (Here’s an example.) I had the old version of Neighboring Faiths but convinced myself to get the second volume.
- The Westminster Collection of Christian Meditations by Ward and Wild.
- Biblical Counseling and the Church by Kelleman and Carson. I’m way too behind on this particular volume. Sad.
- Classical Islam by G.E. von Grunebaum.
- 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About World War II by Frank E. Vandiver. A non-theology book. I like history and I enjoy war history. Like I enjoy a good horror story or two.
(Filed under: So Many Books, So Little Time.)
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