August 29th 2007 (10) comments so far
If you are asking the age-old question, “What am I doing here?”, then you have found the right place for an answer. You are reading a blog. You’re welcome.
I hope you weren’t looking for a deep answer, because this ain’t the place. And I’m not the guy.
I guess I should tell you who I am. I am Roy Williamson and I serve as the Pastor over Families and Parenting Ministries at Stonebriar Community Church. I am the oldest new pastor around; I graduated from Dallas Seminary in August of 2003. I took a 26 year detour between college and seminary on my way into vocational ministry, spending 20 of those years in Uncle Sam’s Air Force flying B-52’s (the aircraft not the band).
As would be expected, I developed a full military vocabulary over the years ““ the one with the jargon and acronyms (as the son of an El Paso contractor, I was already conversant in single syllable expletives). In military terms, “Proceed TDY after PCS CONUS remote, requal CCTS (KMER) IAW 60-1,” describes three years Det 18, 1CEVG/ECRG. Clear, huh.
So it has been a challenge for me to decipher and master the jargon and phrases that are prevalent in Christian circles. I mean, come on: you hang around a group of evangelicals long enough and you’ll pick up a different lingo. It sounds like a mixture of biblical terms and concepts expressed in pseudo-biblical terminology, but I suspect it is just sanctimonious whimsy. Serve it up with a generous helping of piety and earnestness and everybody nods like they actually understand what is being said.
So help me out here. Can anyone out there tell me what is meant by: “Let go and let God.”? How about “There’s another jewel in your crown”? What exactly are “journeying mercies” and a “hedge of protection”?
How about some other phrases? What are you curious about? (Enquiring minds want to know.)
I will throw this out: Christianese linguists tell me that the expression “Bless your heart” is from the Alabama Baptist dialect, and means “you’re so foolish.”
But I’m still in the dark about the others. Help me out.
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