Congratulations to Joel and Laurel Garver. They’re pregnant!

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Looking for a Husband?

Could this be him? This handsome young man is a 32 year old pastor of a Canadian church. His hobbies include Canadian humor, scaring cultists off, and making fun of the Bishop Bill DeJong. His life achievements include having read every book in the world, and I think he translates a book from Dutch daily. He now sports a new slick haircut and a stylin’ gotee of sorts. Leave us your phone number. We’ll tell you his. Don’t tell him who gave you his number. Just say you were perusing the phone book. He likes that. ::grin::

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This was an odd day. My professors kept making asides to me in the middle of their lectures. One professor was talking about his conception of heaven and turned to me and said across the room, “Sorry Rick. I am not intentionally meaning to be blasphemous” and just continued on lol. I am glad my professors know I am a Christian, but I can’t help chuckle thinking that they all think I am foolish for being so “fundamentalist.” That was son of a Presby PK department head. My other two professors are episcopal. One sees my belief in the Bible as a detriment to my scholarship. The other one likes it because she has all sorts of questions about the Reformed faith. I think she sees me as this real life Puritan or something (though I’ve made it clear I agree more with Calvin than the Puritans.) Another teacher was talking about something, and I wasn’t paying attention. All I heard was something about people that hate school, and she stopped her lecture, looked at me, and said, “I am not talking about you, Rick.” Where did that come from? lol. Later my roommate told his government professor that he was a theonomic postmillenialist during class. The professor replied, “Don’t you hang around with Rick Capezza and Matt Wilkins?” LOL. He already thinks I am way right of the right. I had him over two years ago. I was very gracious, but how unoffensive can a Christian be to a yellow dog democrat? How he remembers me, I am not sure. Well I have to be teaching in seven hours, so I should finish up my other stuff.

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I feel like I just spent seven hours catching up on my email. I had about 400 emails, mostly theological discussions.

So…my trip. Where do I start?

Plane flight: Four and a half hours from Memphis to Seattle. That was the longest section. Security is tigher up North than in the South. I had to remove my shoes and abandon my stuff at one point. Insane and frustrating.

Weather: Cold. Snow. Yuck.

Moscow: I thought it’d be like a larger Monroe. But it was quite a bit more stand-offish. The worship was way different too. Made me sad.

Books: Ouch…about $400 worth.

The conference: Umm…the Bucer lecture was good.

Seattle: They have some cool architectural feats with the bridges over Puget Sound.

Insider info: Dr. Leithart said, I won’t say who, is typesetting his dissertation.

Spokane: Here is where I really enjoyed my trip. I wish I would have just spent all my time there. I really liked the Eyres. Isaiah was totally cool, which I didn’t expect at all. Evie was great, the exact opposite of what I expected. And the kicker was that Rachel was my favorite one. I always thought we would clash since we basically have the same personality. However, we got along really well. Two things about that group. Everyone gets an adjective, and they’re addicted to penguins. Isaiah (Beautiful), Rachel (Fluffy), Evie (Shiny), Jon (Floppy…formerly Munchy…formerly Creepy), and I (Smooth) went to the conference together. I ended up spending most of my time with them. I got my pictures today, and hopefully I will scan them sometime. I have one scanned, but it doesn’t want to download. I will hopefully get them up by next week. The trip inspired me to get a new AIM name: OneSmoothPenguin. So you can catch me there sometime. I can’t wait to see the video of the trip. Well, I need to catch up on all the work I missed. Please keep me in your prayers as a bunch of stuff is about to go down as far as me figuring out what I will be doing next year.

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I am almost back from Idaho. I am in Jackson right now. I will be home tomorrow morning. It is nice to slip on steps wet from humidity rather than ice. One quick story before I head over to the basketball game. We were getting ready to go to a ball when a small girl stopped and asked up if we were going to a pageant.
Girl: Are you going to a pageant?
Rick: No we’re going to a ball.
Girl: Oh…I thought balls were from the times of kings and queens.
Rick: We do have a king.
Girl: You do?
Isaiah: Yeah, his name is Doug Wilson.
Girl: Ohh…::walks off::
lol sorry, had to share that…okay, I am off to the game.
Love,
One Smooth Penguin

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I leave tonight for Idaho. I don’t know what is up with this archive tag. My template will not save. Hopefully Isaiah will know what it is when I get up there.

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I am looking for the 1662 BCP in a small, pocketsized version. I have seen the shorter prayer book, with selections of the most frequently used parts at Oxford UP, but I am wondering if I can get more in a mini version. Help! I need someboday! help!....

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Black Hawk Down is great! I am leaving for Moscow via Spokane via Seattle via Memphis via Jackson via Monroe tomorrow (ugh). I am not looking forward to five hours in the air between Memphis and Seattle. How boring! What am I am going to for five hours? I will be too tired to read. I won’t get much sleep tomorrow night. I have a lot to do tomorrow, and I will be going into jackson late tomorrow evening and leaving Jackson early Wednesday morning.

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I am talking to a friend named Sarah over AIM right now. Her good friend at school came into her room tonight and told her that her (not Sarah’s—-the girl’s) sister died unexpectledy last night. She was only 29, and she was 13 weeks pregnant. Died. Unexpectantly. They have no clue from what. There will be an autopsy done tomorrow. This reminds me exactly about what Mark Horne was talking about on his blog on January 5th. We are always one heartbeat away. God can take us just like that. “Beat…beat…beeeeeeeeeep.” Just like that.

This only reinforces the importance of us spending our time here on earth becoming a better homo adorans—-worshipping man. I had the privilege of sitting on Pastor Wilkin’s couch talking for about three hours today about all sorts of things. We have an hour a week scheduled, but an hour hardly ever seems long enough. We talked a bit about the shortness of life and the frustration of not really ever learning enough about God. We just have to learn and then have the younger generations stand on our shoulders. We hardly remember to see the big picture. We don’t have much time here. We have to worship all our lives and we have to leave a legacy of faithfulness. We fear God and keep his commandments—this is the whole of man.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite passages in Scripture—Psalm 90:

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

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I can’t figure out why Sensus Plenior isn’t working.

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