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Just so you know March 25, 2009

Posted by skinbad in Handblogging, Sports.

This is about how Retired Geezer plays ping pong. If he comes to the get-together and asks if you want to “make a friendly wager just to keep it interesting,” I’d advise caution.


1. geoff - March 25, 2009

It is, sadly, a superposition of Bruce Lee footage onto a ping pong match.

But I want to believe anyway.

2. Sobek - March 25, 2009

Geoff needs to change his screen name to Buzz Killington.

3. daveintexas - March 25, 2009

You told your kids there was no Santa Claus when they were preschoolers, didn’t you?


4. skinbad - March 25, 2009

But I want to believe anyway.

That’s a good first step.

“But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you . . . .” Alma 32:27 (Book of Mormon)

Michael - March 25, 2009

I agree with that, Skinbad. I’ve asked folks in Lutheran Bible classes this question: “How much faith does it take to be saved?”

We know from the Bible that some people have more faith than others — so how much is enough?

Then, I propose a Faith-O-Meter, which you could hold up to people to see how much faith they have. It would be calibrated so that 0 is the definitely damned and 10 is St. Paul, and Luther is about a 7.8. (You can’t use Jesus; he doesn’t have faith. He knows.)

The answer, I think, is that if your faith just jiggles the meter, you’ve got enough. Because saving faith is a gift of God, working through the Spirit, and God can’t give you an inadequate ration. The gift can grow through the process of sanctification, but as saving faith, it can’t be too little to start with.

5. Mrs. Peel - March 25, 2009

Where’s Abraham on the Faith-O-Meter?

6. MCPO Airdale - March 25, 2009

Let’s all pretend that geoff was never here!

7. Michael - March 25, 2009

Where’s Abraham on the Faith-O-Meter?


It’s science.

I’m at 2.6.

8. sandy burger - March 25, 2009

I’m at epsilon.

9. Mrs. Peel - March 25, 2009

That’s funny even if it’s fake.

Hmm, I wonder where I am on the meter. Everyone always says if you don’t question your faith occasionally, then you must be a terrible, terrible Christian. But I see it this way: I chose to believe, and therefore I will. If I run across something in the Bible that gives me pause, it’s because I don’t understand it. (A reference to Clarke’s usually solves this problem.) So I don’t have crises of faith.

10. Mrs. Peel - March 25, 2009

(Or, perhaps more accurately, I haven’t had one yet.)

11. Michael - March 25, 2009

Mrs. Peel, you are at 3.7 or 3.8. The needle is not holding steady. Maybe you should pray more, for your mother, to jack your rating.

12. Michael - March 25, 2009

Nobody asked, but Brewfan is at .6.

Calvinists tend to top out at 1.4. All that legalist doctrine is killing their rating.

13. xbradtc - March 25, 2009

It only takes the slenderest of reeds to grasp, I can tell you that. It is by asking for God that we are saved. But believing we are saved, aye, sometimes, that is the problem. How many times since my salvation have I doubted my God and myself. How could God forgive me my sins, multitude and major as they are?

That’s where corporate worship comes in. You need fellow travelers to slap you upside the head and remind you that you are indeed saved; forgiven; free of sin. Though ’tis a tough concept to wrap the noodle around sometimes.

I’m at a solid 1.1

But at least I’m not a Lutheran.

14. Muslihoon - March 26, 2009

Church is a hospital for sinners, not a waiting room for the perfect. I think this is important, as XBradTC was saying, to remind us that despite our imperfections and failings, we have great reason to put our hope and faith in Jesus, the author of our eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9).

15. Mrs. Peel - March 26, 2009

Good line, Musli. One of my friends says he doesn’t want to go to church right now because he drinks. It would be hypocritical of him, he thinks, to attend church. *smacks forehead* I tried to explain that if he waited to be perfect, he would never go, but he said something like “At least I know I want to be there,” so I dropped the subject.

16. daveintexas - March 26, 2009

Let us consider how to spur one another toward love and good works. And let us not forsake our assembling together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24,25

It’s good for us. Probably why we been told to do it.

17. xbradtc - March 26, 2009

As one of my pastors is fond of saying, “The first rule of the Christian life is- just show up.”

18. sandy burger - March 26, 2009

One of my friends says he doesn’t want to go to church right now because he drinks.

He’s got it all backwards. Being totally wasted makes the service much more enjoyable.

19. lauraw - March 26, 2009

Niiiice one sandy.

*waves hand in front of Faith-O-Meter*

Hunh. Must be busted.

20. eddiebear - March 26, 2009

Man, I wish I was of sexual age during the 80s.

21. eddiebear - March 26, 2009

Hell, the best part of being Catholic is seeing the priest tapping the keg at church picnics.

I look back through the prism of what I know now versus what happened back then, but when I was an altar boy in grade school, I was amazed at how the priests were either fat, chain smoking drunks or fitness freaks.

It turns out that the fat drunks were the ones not getting in trouble, while the outdoorsy ones who always led campouts are the ones who were in the middle of the scandals that broke a few years ago.

22. Tushar - March 26, 2009


Oh, sorry. Wrong blog.

23. xbradtc - March 26, 2009

Something you wanna tell us, eddie?

24. eddiebear - March 26, 2009

Actually, I was lucky. My mom and dad never let me go on the trips with the one priest who ran the servers program, because they always had suspicions about him. I found out in 2002 that while I was in grade school, he was one of the priests busted.

Again, I repeat: nothing ever happened to me, but I look back and really feel as though I dodged a bullet. I guess being ugly as sin and fat helped me out.

25. skinbad - March 26, 2009

Awesome video, Eddie. I probably did a couple of hundred magic shows “back in the day.” I’ll have to tell you about it sometime when we’re both very bored. It kind of has a Michael/clarinet vibe about it.

26. lauraw - March 26, 2009

My mom and dad never let me go on the trips with the one priest who ran the servers program

Heh. My mom didn’t want us watching Mr. Rogers. I asked her why we couldn’t watch that show and she just said, “He’s strange.”

I had to go downstairs to my grandparents’ and sneakily watch him there.

This ever shows up in a flamewar, I will eviscerate you.

27. skinbad - March 26, 2009

Lady ELAINE FAIRCHILDE was a puppett in the neigboorhood of MAKE BELEIVE she had anose that looked like a big hand flipping the BIRD

28. Tushar - March 26, 2009

>>This ever shows up in a flamewar, I will eviscerate you.

**Scribbles in diary under the heading:’Flame fodder’**

29. Dave in Texas - March 26, 2009

Lauraw watching Mr. Rogers in the basement?

Oh hell no. You can totally trust me not to use this.

>> wish I was of sexual age in the 80s.

Me too. And I got married in 82.

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