the green fields beyond


Location: Charles City, Virginia, United States

Monday, August 27, 2007

That sounds about right...

Came across what claims to be an advertisement from the June 16, 1875 Milwaukee Sentinel:

Wanted--a pastor for St. James' Church. He must possess all Christian graces and a few worldly ones; must have such tact and disposition as will enable him to side with all parties in the parish on all points, giving offense to none; should possess a will of his own, but agree with all of the vestry; must be socially inclined and of dignified manners--affable to all, neither running after the wealthy nor turning his back on the poor; a man of high-low church tendencies preferred. Salary should not be so much his aim, as the desire to be a zealous laborer in God's vineyard; should be able to convince all that they are miserable sinners, without giving offense. Each sermon must be short, but complete in itself--full of old-fashioned theology in modern dress--deep but polished, and free from the eloquence peculiar to newly-graduated theologians. He should be young enough to be enthusiastic, but possess judgment of one of ripe years and experience. Only he who possesses the above qualifications need apply. To such a one will be given steady employment for a term of years.

I'm glad we're not coming to work at that church!

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Thursday, August 09, 2007


Two weeks ago we fulfilled a long-time dream and brought home a dog from our local shelter. We've named him Tohu...from the biblical Hebrew for "wild" (see Mel's better explanation, with reference to Genesis 1:2, here, along with another Tohu-picture). We love him.
Here he is facing down one of our neighbor's Alpacas. Sorry if he's hard to see; he blends in with the shade.

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