Random Thoughts on Friday 2/3
Shannon and I celebrated 15 years of marriage this week. The official wedding anniversary gift almanac says that this is our crystal anniversary. I did not buy Shannon crystal. Instead I bought her tickets to Wicked. This is our wicked anniversary. Strange to hear a preacher say something like that.
I am continuing to trudge through the massive biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was a gifted theologian with an amazing story. There are plenty of books about his life that will help you get the jest of who he was without reading the most recent 500 + page edition. I'm not saying the book is bad, it is just really, really, really detailed. At this point I am too far in to put it down and I have too much pride to quit. There is just something nerdy cool about saying you read a 500 page biography about a German theologian. Another thing keeping me in the book is to see how many casual conversations I can drop the name Bonhoeffer into and share an obscure fact about his life. If you are having a hard time finishing a book, make it a game to keep you in it.
Greg Garrison at the Birmingham News wrote up a nice article this week on the response of area churches in the cleanup effort. You can read it on al.com here: http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2012/01/birmingham_area_ministries_chu.html