1. What do you believe is the biggest barrier to ecumenical relations between various Christian communities? Let me count the barrers... I'm not sure if there is one specific biggest barrier, but rather, there are all sorts of barriers that work together to make an even bigger one. Part is traditionalism (we've never done things like that), if it's fear (like the fear that if we work with them, then we'll lose people to them or lose our unique identity) or laziness (just another thing to work into our already busy calendars) or apathy (why should we work with them). Another part is that often churches don't come out of their shells to even work with other churches within their denominations; why should they then work outside?
2. What is the one food you could not live without? And will you hide it in the fridge so that no one gets the last one? I'm pretty easy going when it comes to food, and I'm having a hard time pinpointing one specific food I can't do without. Maybe it would be an ice cold Coke. That's my treat (and lately I've been treating it as my dessert). I don't have to hide it, because nobody else in the family drinks pop, but if everyone else did, it wouldn't matter because every time pop is on sale, I stock up (like father, like son). But if it was the very, very last can... I'd probably hide it. But I'd be more creative than to hide it in the fridge.
3. What does your congregation do that upsets you the most? Complain about furniture. I've been moving some of the furniture around on the stage (and off the stage) and I've gotten more flack about that than anything. One big thing was that I don't like being behind the giant pulpit because it provides physical distance between me and the congregation (and there's already enough distance between clergy and laity, especially in a small town), so I've moved it back and preach from a music stand. Boy oh boy that's upset people. And it hit me in the board meeting Monday that if we were as passionate about winning souls for Christ as we are about moving the furniture, we would see full-scale revival in this town.
4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why? My wife and I think St. George, Utah, looks like the ideal place to live. It's a stones throw from Zion National Park and is also near Bryce Canyon National Park. Fantastic hiking, camping, backpacking... all just a close drive away (closer than grocery shopping is here). It would be nice to have something other than complete flat land everywhere you look, though.
It's the second fastest growing metropolitan area in the US, according to Wikipedia (yeah, I know about getting your information there...), so obviously others have decided that it would be a great place to live as well. And, yes, it does get pretty darn hot there in the summer...
5. Are you a technology junkie or are you still changing the television by a knob on the front? What's a television? heheheh. You might not believe that we do not have a remote control for our tv, but that's true. I had one, but it died (battery leaked in it), and then I got another one (with a VCR that we no longer have), but it died too, and we never bothered to get another. So we go up to the tv and adjust the sound or change the channel. But we don't have to change the channel much, because we only get 3 channels (NBC, PBS, and a local religious station that also shows local sports highlights and occasionally full games). So if we're going to watch something, we watch it. I have a Palm Pilot that I got in 2001 (it's a dinosaur as far as technology goes). I have no cell phone. I do have an mp3 player, which I like very much. So I would say I'm no technology junkie!
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