research presentations

Posted by mountainmelody On 1/31/2007 12:05:00 PM 3 comments
I've heard a wide variety of research presentations in the past few days, with more to come. It's really interesting to learn a little about these diverse areas:
  • social ministry in early 20th century Russia
  • what church planters in Belgium can learn from anabaptists
  • Congolese snake cult
  • the impact of African-American missionaries on Liberian education
  • Russian churches in the US
  • preaching and teaching in Ukraine
  • missional churches and the Moravians
  • traditional worship in Belarus
  • missio dei in Eastern Europe
  • Dostoevsky's faith
  • Singleness in Baptist churches in Eastern Europe
  • Mennonite women in leadership
  • Russian Baptist history
  • Hate speech in Latvia
  • Historic Baptist ethics in the Northwest
  • the structure of Revelation
  • Mennonite church discipline
  • Gender roles in Africa
  • Jesus and politics
  • Pastoral training in Ukraine


Posted by mountainmelody On 1/30/2007 05:40:00 AM 1 comments
Things are fine here--I'm sitting in seminars all day, so nothing too exciting to report besides a lot of big words and scholarly references. I hope to present my proposal tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes.

I'd just like to say, for the record, that it's been colder in Birmingham lately than it has been in Prague.
Posted by mountainmelody On 1/28/2007 08:49:00 AM 2 comments


Posted by mountainmelody On 1/27/2007 06:11:00 AM 5 comments
I made it here without any real problems. (Well, the zipper on my suitcase did break--when it came off the belt, it was completely unzipped. Good thing I had a luggage strap on it.)
First impression: the snow is beautiful! And it doesn't feel too terribly cold or windy to me. We'll see how it goes over the next few days. :)

view from my window



Posted by mountainmelody On 1/27/2007 06:01:00 AM 1 comments

Detroit airport
I didn't take any pictures at the Frankfurt airport because I was too busy going from one place to another:
1. Get passport stamped to enter Germany
2. Go to the other side of the airport and get passport stamped to leave Germany
3. Get boarding pass
4. Dump out dangerous water (I didn't know they had added this rule in Europe too.)
5. Go through security
6. Go all the way down a long, deserted hallway to the gate
7. Go through security
8. Sit at the gate
9. Get on a bus to the plane
10. Walk a little ways in the snow and up the steps onto the plane

why I don't leave early

Posted by mountainmelody On 1/25/2007 07:04:00 PM 0 comments
left home 10 minutes early
got to work at the normal time

left home 10 minutes early
got to work 2 minutes early

left home 10 minutes early
got to work 5 minutes late


Posted by mountainmelody On 1/24/2007 09:38:00 PM 0 comments
Dear God, please help me and my brother get along better. My brother has not been getting along with me lately, as you might know.

who knew?

Posted by mountainmelody On 1/20/2007 11:33:00 AM 0 comments
The word "teenager" didn't become popular in the United States until after World War II.

Posted by mountainmelody On 1/18/2007 09:23:00 PM 0 comments


Posted by mountainmelody On 1/17/2007 09:30:00 PM 5 comments
Leader: Who knows what Jesus did for us?

Girl: Built us houses?

Leader: Good try, but it's something else...

Girl: Oh, that's right. God built houses for us, not Jesus.
Posted by mountainmelody On 1/16/2007 08:02:00 PM 1 comments
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Posted by mountainmelody On 1/12/2007 09:41:00 PM 0 comments
As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the world.

-Virginia Woolf


Posted by mountainmelody On 1/10/2007 09:29:00 PM 1 comments
Leader: Oh, wait! You have to put the top on your maraca before you shake it!

Girl: Please pray for my dog. He ran away.
Leader: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that! When did he run away?
Girl: When I was a baby.

Leader: Who remembers what muchacha means in Spanish?
Girl: Taco?

enhance the church sign

Posted by mountainmelody On 1/07/2007 08:27:00 PM 4 comments
Messages on church signs are (in my opinion) often trite, cheesy, or just plain boring. Let's help this church make its sign more interesting by adding words in front of its message.

Any good ideas?

______________________ , Jesus loves you this year too.
Posted by mountainmelody On 1/06/2007 10:15:00 PM 0 comments

how to wash your hair when your water isn't working right

Posted by mountainmelody On 1/05/2007 07:04:00 AM 4 comments
Option 1 (any time)
1. Put a large cup under the faucet. Turn the faucet on.
2. Turn on your computer. Check your email or post to your blog.
3. Turn the faucet off.
4. Put the water in the microwave for 1 minute. Get it out.
5. Put a towel around your shoulders. Get your shampoo.
6. Stick your head in the sink.
7. Lather.
8. Rinse.
9. Repeat.

Option 2 (rainy days)
1. Put on your bathing suit.
2. Go outside. Take your shampoo. (Soap is also helpful, but beyond the scope of this tutorial.)
3. Lather.
4. Rinse.
5. Repeat.

take a guess

Posted by mountainmelody On 1/04/2007 08:02:00 PM 6 comments
___% of Alabama's students graduate from high school.

One in ___ Americans anticipates the second coming of Jesus Christ in 2007.

(No fair cheating if you've already read these facts somewhere!)
Posted by mountainmelody On 1/02/2007 08:55:00 PM 1 comments

another reason to live in the middle of nowhere

Posted by mountainmelody On 1/01/2007 06:03:00 PM 1 comments
I got home today and found my front door wide open.


It had been that way for at least a couple of days. (I was out of town.)

Everything seemed okay... I think the last person who left forgot to lock it, and the wind blew it open.