27 March 2009

On my lameness

by Dan Phillips (with apologies to Milton)

This is an instead-of post. It's lame!

I could just not tell you what should be here, and then you'd not be mad at me. Or, at least, not for that. But, fool that I am....

I'm reading through a book presenting three views on God's will, and one of the chapters is written by the elder and junior Blackabys. Since last weekend I've been, ahem, strongly motivated to write a post expressing my thoughts on, and evaluation of, that chapter.

Taming my response down to post-size and form is a bit like harnessing a volcano. Twice I've tried, and twice I've just run out of time.

Life happened, family-issues happened. Two pressing time-sensitive issues happened. One I won't tell you about yet (maybe never; only if it's a "happy ending"); the other you can see today over at my blog. Since about 2/3 of you don't go there daily, I thought I'd tell you about it very briefly.

I did a review of the moving Knowing over at my hangout. A day or so after it went up, I was contacted by someone connected with the movie, asking I'd like to interview Ryne Pearson, the writer of the original screenplay on which the movie is based. After a brief (for me!) deliberation, I accepted, and spent yesterday's lunch hour in an enjoyable chat with Pearson, followed by working on the interview for much of the rest of the day's free(ish) time.

Then throw in horrible traffic, looking at refrigerators, taking my tiny tot to Cub Scouts, a chat with Frank about a bipedal annoyance or two, and... the groaning realization that I was going to come up lame on the Blackaby-view post. Again.

And I don't want the post to be lame. I feel very strongly about what I want to say. I want it to be just-so. Phil and I chatted about it. I think we see it just about the same, and I think I crisped his goatee as I gave breath to my response to the article.

So, um, sorry. Pray for me. Next week!

Still upset with me? Ooh. Maybe you could use this?



(You laugh. But tell me she doesn't make more sense than Deepak Chopra.)

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47 comments:

DJP said...

But then again, your average potato bug makes more sense than Deepak Chopra.

Chad V. said...

At first I thought this was one of those spoof videos, you know, a phony product ad for comedies' sake. But then she actually built a working unit. WOW!!!!

I just don't know what to say. That was just disturbing.

DJP said...

I'm not sure there's a lot more to say.

Though I do expect Frank or Phil to suggest that we send a unit to a commenter or two.

HeavyDluxe said...

That vid just made my Friday.

(the captcha for this comment is 'crumscol'!)

NoLongerBlind said...

Subtle way to direct some increased traffic to a certain under-appreciated blog.

Be interesting to see the Google Analytics after today!

Very clever, indeed! =;)

The Squirrel said...

OK, now I'm really looking forward to the Blackaby post!

The Squirrel

Everyday Mommy said...
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NoLongerBlind said...

I'm anticipating that your Blackaby review will give us readers a memorable spiritual-type experience.

Frank Turk said...

... bipedal annoyance ...

}snort{

I'm starting a pool, and the winner will predict how many people will get offended by that statement before the actual object(s) of that statement realize it was about [them].

Stop by my office if you want in. There's a bonus if you can guess not only the number of falsely-vexed people, but their names.

DO NOT place your entries in the meta -- the pool is entirely off-topic.

Everyday Mommy said...

Darn. I was going to say that my dog makes more sense than Deepak Chopra, but Dan had to start things off with the potato bug thing and how can you really top that?

I don't really have a dog anyway.

And, I'm a member of the One Third Club.

DJP said...

EMommy — LOL, I think you did top it! Thus:

"Even MY DOG makes more sense than Deepak Chopra — and I don't have a dog!"

DJP said...

"One Third Club" - now, there's a T-shirt idea.

Frank Turk said...

BTW, I need one of those ScreamBodies. I'm adding it to my Amazon wish list.

The Squirrel said...

"a bipedal annoyance or two"

Ain't me! Squirrels are Quadrupeds!

The Squirrel

Everyday Mommy said...

Guess I'd better design that t-shirt now!

(Note: The word verification for this comment is "egodless".)

DJP said...

Yeah. Because the person who'd normally design the T-shirt isn't in the one-third.

But I'm not bitter. Nope. Not me. No sir.

NoLongerBlind said...

I wish I was in the One Third Club, but my 401K has lost considerably more than a third of it's pre-2008 value.
/c%

Stefan said...

Dan:

I looked up the book that you must be referring to, and now I'm disappointed.

I'm tempted to make some cheeky comment about how you're going to have to repent for missing your foreordained opportunity and not posting that review today.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

You crisped his goatee?

I'll bring my marshmallows next week...

Julie

DJP said...

I will post no review before its time.

DJP said...

Marshmallows?

Bring a side of beef.

stratagem said...

Dan, are you subtly trying to tell us that you are injured and can't walk? Hope you're OK.

DJP said...

Mine is not a physical lameness.

sem said...

After checking out the site for the women's conference that Phil twittered about yesterday, I think I may need to use that product. Wow. That's all I can say.

By the way, is that a proper expression? Twittered about? Simply twittered? Tweeted?

donsands said...

"spent yesterday's lunch hour in an enjoyable chat with Pearson,"

Wow. That's pretty cool.

Grace to you this Lord's day, and through the next week.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Our (ex) church recommended "Experiencing God" for all the small group Bible studies back in 1998. I was fairly distracted at the time with infants and toddlers, but have always remembered that being the first major red flag that all was not well.

Julie

DJP said...

Scarlet, glowing, pulsing red like you see in a blast-furnace, yes.

Frank Turk said...

I have no idea what a one-third club is. Does it have something to do with beer?

NoLongerBlind said...

Frank:

One Third Club

NoLongerBlind said...

Dan
- I could be wrong in this, but, it would appear to this casual observer that you are a bit, shall I say irascibly and cantankerously piqued about this Blackaby chapter......

Could you be a little clearer for us? ;p

stratagem said...

I'm sorry Dan, but that thing looks nothing like a real potato bug. Here you go:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato_beetle

Now here's something else: If you have ever held a milkweed beetle (ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milkweed_beetle ) using your fingertips and you bring it within an inch or two of your ear, you can hear them squeaking at you in a strange language (this is no joke). So, I would add that this strange squeaking makes more sense than Deepak Chopra. Although, I have long suspected that we are all great rivers, running to the sea. Blech!

DJP said...

That's fine, buddy. YOU risk the Wrath of the Potato Bug!

Stefan said...

Dan:

I don't know if you want to share the book title with us, or keep us in suspense?

But I found the first chapter on Google Books...isn't the Blackaby's view pretty much the prevailing view in the contemporary church? And would it be too far fetched to see a close correlation between that view of God's will and a certain popular soteriology?

Stefan said...

"the Blackabys'," that should be, with the apostrophe after the "s."

DJP said...

You can wait.

Stefan said...

Okay.

DJP said...

Could motivate interested readers to pray for me, that I can translate the lava into coherent words.

Stefan said...

Why not just let go with a stream of consciousness? The incoherence would speak volumes about your reaction.

DJP said...

Now, Stefan; you know that's not how I roll.

(c;

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Dan is restraining himself, what with being affiliated with a blog that has taken a stand not only against cussing, but other unwholesome talk.

Of course, what he's going to refute is 'unwholesome talk' of a different nature.

Praying for you.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

@Nolongerblind,

Are you saying that Dan's blog is losing value? ;D

And Dan, "Scarlet, glowing, pulsing red like you see in a blast-furnace, yes."

Oh how right you are.

Julie

NoLongerBlind said...

Theme song for Dan's upcoming Blackaby review:

Experiencing Molten Words!

Rachael Starke said...

"Scarlet, glowing, pulsing red like you see in a blast-furnace."

...which pretty much describes my attitude any time I even read the words "Deepak Chopra".

Don't suppose you want to aim some flame-throwery goodness his way too? I'll bring the side of beef (grass-fed, of course - so much more healthful).

Susan said...

In the words (sans deux) of Jack Nicholson's Joker: Where do you get those wonderful toys??

Aaron said...

Am I the only one thoroughly entertained by a post that Dan describes as lame? Even when you aren't blogging about something specific, you still manage to be witty and humorous.

Aaron Snell said...

stratagem
An inch or two away from your ear? Ack!

JackW said...

Once upon a time Phil was going to do a post on Blackaby. I came back again and again looking for it. I'm still coming back.

Guess it worked. ;-)