Friday, January 28, 2011

Prayer Request

Outside of camp, tonight is one of the largest amount of programing the Youth Forum team has attempted to do in one night. If you think about it, please say a prayer for the team working on the lock-in's tonight, it'd be much appreciated. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

irregardless to your thoughts

A classic debate that I've been having for years! Please Enjoy this email thread. Names have been changed to protect the innocent. Enjoy:

Dear T-Duck

In the past you have mentioned a grammatical wondering about the two words in the subject line.  Today I received an email with this in it:

Communications Tip

Irregardless: A double negative. Using regardless is correct.

This edition of the Communications tip is courtesy of Scottie H. from the TLC.

If you have a communications tip you would like to share, please e-mail him.

Sorry to burst your “irregardless” bubble.

My quip back:

Oh - Scott. Oh -Casey. I'm no stranger to your elitist regardless philosophy. 

We need to have a conversation about proper and standrad English. In proper English, irregardless technically means without regard and adding the prefix (ir) means makes a word the opposite, making our word without without regard, which indeed is a double negative. So technically speaking, you're right. But it's Ivory tower BS.

Who do I say that? Because it's a commonly accepted word in standrad english, the language of the people. You ask for proof? 

Please look up irregardless in: American Heritage Dictionary, the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, or the Oxford English Dictionary.

The reason we don't have mass in Latin anymore or read the scriptures in Greek, is the same reason why I can use Iregardless and not be an idiot. 

Welcome to the basement! Boo-yah!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Death of a friend.

The T-Duck rules van officially died on 1.9.11. It had a good life and lived to be 180,000 miles long. It died suddenly of a trasmission attack. Please take a moment of silence as we mourn the passing of a close friend. Feel free to post any pictures of you and the van or share any memories. Official Obituary to follow.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I joined a Youth Ministry Network a few years ago. YMN is a group for Catholic Youth Ministers in the arch diocese of Minneapolis. It has been an awesome experience and I've come to really be drawn to that community. We meet once a month and network, do an ice breaker (read free programing) have a business meeting, listen to a presenter and then have lunch. It's been a place for me to laugh, network, hawk Youth Forum and grow. I think for anyone doing ministry, a community like this is important.

The morning session I went to last week was on the theology of sacraments. I found it quite interesting. Even though I'm a protestant, there was a lot that I pulled out of it and think a lot that applies to the Church as a whole. The catholic tradition has 7 sacraments that are almost pillars of their traditions. The talk focused on sacraments should be an extension of the community that they are practiced in. A main point, was shifting thinking on focusing on the idea that communion should be less about obtaining a holy object but about more about the church community being in unity. In our very individualistic culture, we tend to see sacraments as only vertical (God and I) but, built into In every sacrament there is a communal piece.
The three sacraments that our speaker focused on, and the three that I think are very universal are the sacraments of Baptism (and confirmation), Communion and Marriage.

An idea that he reemphasized several times is that baptism is the call to discipleship, not church membership. When we think of membership we equate it with I pay my dues for a service. That is not what this is. When joining a community, we should be asking not what can this community do for me, but what can I do for this community. It's not a sin to miss church, but the community misses what you bring when you are not there. This pushes heavily against the idea of mega church, or at least demands that small "churches" develop with-in the community of mass church.

Thinking less traditionally, I think we all have sacraments in our lives. Traditions that are extensions of community. What are some of yours?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Open Heart

My friend Micah said something interesting today: Tony always has a spot for another friend, but then again he always has another spot for another friend. The point he was trying to make was my friend circle is very fluid. I have a lot of strong relationships, but I constantly enjoy hanging out with new people. I've lived with a different group of people every year for the last 7 years. I like new people. It's not that i don't value other relationships, it's just that life changes.

However Micah's comment made me think. Do I not invest in my relationships enough? Am I too fluid? Is it hard to be my friend? Interesting. Something to wrestle with.