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Have you ever heard someone state that all sins are equal in God’s eyes?

This is true in exactly one way:

All sins, from stealing a paper clip to murdering a city, will have the effect of causing you to be separated from God and in need of a Savior.

But it is false in many ways:

Two kinds of sins might be different in –
– how much the sin damages you.
– how much it distances you from God.
– how much it draws you away to sin more.
– how much it hurts others.
– how far it removes you from God’s blessing.

You will not regret keeping two dollars in quarters in the little stuff-keeper box between the seats of your car.

“The problem is” said the grad student in the PHD comic, “I want to work on my thesis, but when I sit down to write, I can’t stand being there.”

And they have generously provided the mathematical model of this phenomenon:

So the question I have is this:

What’s your thesis? What thing is there that you should do, that you want to do, that fits in your skillset and will make you feel good that you’re done, but when you get right down to it, you really don’t want to do?

For me, it’s Notating Fighter Verse Songs. I love coming up with melodies, and teaching them to my kids, but getting them down on paper is another matter. Two or three times a week, I think, okay, now’s my chance, but often I don’t get around to it.

So I’m going to go do it, right now.

How about you?

So last weekend I was in a long line at Subway and I heard the guy 5 ahead of me say not-loudly but fairly urgently: Please, please, please, please!

He was trying to keep the guy from taking his sandwich out of the quick roaster oven. He said “Please finish his order and then take off your gloves before taking out mine.”

The ‘sandwich artist’ was confused and the customer noted that the other customer’s sandwich had pork.

The employee said “This isn’t pork” and his coworker whispered something to him, most likely pointing out that the pepperoni footlong sandwich he was creating did, in fact, contain pork. This second employee took off his gloves and took the sandwich out the oven himself and the first customer was satisfied.

This all took place in under 10 seconds and appeared to leave no one bothered.

A part of me wanted to think thoughts about the touchy customer – thoughts like ‘that’s goofy!”

But this line of thought made me nervous, given the odd religion-based specifications that I have for how I want to live. So I tried to refrain from prideful thoughts, mostly due to a line of thinking best described as ‘judge not that you be not judged’.


About ten years ago there was a show on that my wife and I used to watch called Whose Line Is It Anyway, which was basically a series of funny improv experiments every Thursday night.

One of the skits they commonly did was “Three Headed Broadway Star” where three performers would sing a song they made up on the spot, each singing one word at a time.

I thought I’d show you one. Make sure you note the middle guy’s face.

I marvel that with no warning they are are able to –
(1) Make up a decent melody
(2) with a fairly coherant lyric
(3) which is funny and even sometimes,
(4) rhymes, and
(5) has a swelling theme in the middle and a quiet finish.

There is a set of comments here somewhere about songwriting here (notice for example that most of the melody has intervals of no more than one note), but I’m not going to spend your time (and mine) on that right now.

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Let’s say you’re out shopping and you see a 6 man tent for sale for 56 dollars and you think: That’s too good to be true.

As it turns out, it is.

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