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Three questions, no waiting

I'm rarely a meme person, but fair is fair (and it looks like it might be fun):
Ask me 3 questions, no more no less. Ask me anything you want. Then if you want, go to your journal and copy and paste this allowing your friends (including myself) to ask you anything.
Commence au festival...

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Hmm, that has me stymied. I'm used to you being such a cagey person that I simply can't imagine what to ask.
Cagey. I like that.
1. How do you relate to your family members?
2. Why do you think God's placed you at the church?
3. When was your most exciting moment?
1. How do you relate to your family members?

I'm closest with my sister by far, though I don't keep in touch as often as I should. I love my parents and they love me, but we have a lot of disconnects. My father is very reserved with family but friendly with strangers; something broke in him a long time ago. My mother is very caring and very dramatic, with major highs and lows that she wants the people around her to respond to. My upbringing was really pretty average, but some outside circumstances led me to grow up fast, so I've been an independent spirit, and it's a challenge to connect well.

2. Why do you think God's placed you at the church?

The only thing I'm sure of is that He has me here because He loves me. I think my gifts have been put to good use there, I'm learning a lot and able to serve, and I love our mission and our people.

3. When was your most exciting moment?

Probably in the 1990s, but that's a little tricky.
1. Describe the "real you".

2. If you could choose to do anything in life(career, ministry, etc), what would you choose to do?

3. What would you like to accomplish on earth, before going to be with the LORD?
1. Describe the "real you".

Confusing, especially to myself. I love to laugh, but I use humor as a shield. I'm beloved by God, but I forget that constantly. Steadfast, loyal, and perseverant in many respects. I can be a leader or a soldier, but I may be at my best as an advisor. I see possibilities, critical points, and worst case scenarios everywhere. There's a very simple man in me, too.

2. If you could choose to do anything in life(career, ministry, etc), what would you choose to do?

Vocationally, I would probably run a school or academy of some sort. Personally...personally, the question staggers me.

3. What would you like to accomplish on earth, before going to be with the LORD?

This sounds strange, but a lot of my to-do list is done (or no longer applicable). That leaves me with peace, confusion, and restlessness, in varying degrees. Part of me would like to marry or have a family, but I don't want to despise the gift of singleness, either. I'd like to see my parents know Jesus. I want to see the city of Seattle look more and more like the City of God.

But none of those are accomplishments, really, so I'm not sure.
1. Where is home?
2. What is/are your favorite book(s)?
3. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
1. Where is home?

Seattle. I grew up in Iowa, and that's where my family is, but Seattle is my home now, more than anywhere else.

2. What is/are your favorite book(s)?

I will limit myself to three (excluding the Bible):
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • Abba's Child by Brennan Manning
  • The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
3. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

African or European?
1- did you ever get lost in a store (separated from your parental units) as a child?

2- what noise do you absolutely hate?

3- if you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
1- did you ever get lost in a store (separated from your parental units) as a child?

I did! Terrified, though I don't know if I cried or not. I had a tendency to go my own way, and I used to have nightmares about getting locked in a store at night.

2- what noise do you absolutely hate?

Garbage trucks. They're horrid, noisy beasts.

3- if you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Dead: Judas Iscariot
Alive: Prince

My turn

1. What's one thing you would change about yourself, if all it took was a nose-wiggle, a la "Bewitched"?

2. What do you believe about spiritual gifts, specifically the sign gifts?

3. What is the story with that teddy bear in your "Kukalaka" icon?

Re: My turn

1. What's one thing you would change about yourself, if all it took was a nose-wiggle, a la "Bewitched"?

I'd love to say something noble like a character issue, yadda, yadda. But that'd be a lie—I'd go for something shallow and physical, probably getting rid of some nagging but 99% cosmetic health problems (if I couldn't go for the full body transplant!).

2. What do you believe about spiritual gifts, specifically the sign gifts?

I believe they're for the good of the Body of Christ and tend toward corruption when turned inward or toward other purposes. I don't have a comprehensive theology on sign gifts—I don't limit God from any of these, and tend to believe God is active ways I haven't personally experienced. I draw the line at the idea of spiritual language being the indicator of receiving the Holy Spirit—that's just bullshit (sometimes there isn't a better word for it).

Bottom line on all of the gifts, though, is that they're not the "majors" of the church; Scripture is clear on this over and over. Jesus prays that the world would know Him by the unity of believers, not by any signs. Focusing overmuch on spiritual gifts as the primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is akin to playing with the headlights and windshield wipers of a Ferrari but never engaging the engine.

3. What is the story with that teddy bear in your "Kukalaka" icon?

marm made the icon for me because we had been being silly discussing Kukaklaka almost two years ago (he's Dr. Bashir's bear from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). It's still one of my favorite icons. Kukalaka can also be (virtually) given for comfort when life is generally sucking.
1. What do you take in your coffee?
2. Have you ever been in love?
3. What color socks do you wear the most?
1. What do you take in your coffee?

Drip coffee is taken black.
Lattés are nonfat, sometimes with caramel.
Decaf is an abomination to God and man.

2. Have you ever been in love?

Yes.

3. What color socks do you wear the most?

White. (how deadly dull)
1) Do you have a penis or a vagina?
2) Pepsi or Coke?
3) Will you vote for Bush?
1) Do you have a penis or a vagina?

A penis. In fact, I've had the same one all my life.

2) Pepsi or Coke?

Coke (I'm drinking Safeway Select Vanilla Cola now, because I'm a cheap bastard).

3) Will you vote for Bush?

Yes, most likely. I'm committed to voting for candidates who oppose legalized abortion (which is a 180 from the way I used to vote—I was even a Democratic party official when I was 18!).

hmmn...

1. Is your name really Maximillian Amadeus Banzai, if no, then what is it?

2. How old are you?

3. Are you the one I should thank for the extra LJ paid time?

Re: hmmn...

1. Is your name really Maximillian Amadeus Banzai, if no, then what is it?

"Really" is so relative. Reality is sometimes negotiable.

I keep my legal name out of my journal, because it frees me to write more openly. It's not a well-guarded secret, just not something I publicize here. Which includes not writing it in this comment.

2. How old are you?

34, more or less.

3. Are you the one I should thank for the extra LJ paid time?

Not me. I'm not that nice.
1. What were you like in high school?

2. Are you really starting to like vegetables or are you just foolin' yo?

3. I know you are deep. When are you shallow and what does that look like?

1. What were you like in high school?

I was a manipulative little snot who was too smart for his own good (I had to have my leg broken before I trusted anyone). I was a music and drama geek without an athletic bone in his body (at a small rural school in Iowa, that's pretty defining). I had some Ferris Bueller qualities, too (my best and worst exploit was probably stealing a set of master keys to the school). I was trying to make sense of a lot of crazy stuff in my life, and that separated me a lot (even if it was all in my head).

2. Are you really starting to like vegetables or are you just foolin' yo?

Fo shizzy. It's not like I'm craving them, but I'm a little surprised. Who knew?

3. I know you are deep. When are you shallow and what does that look like?

I'm sleeping.

Seriously (or not seriously), I'm a total wiseass. I think journaling tends to highlight the deep side more. I'm very irreverent and almost always go for the joke.

Oh, and I'm shallow now, because I'm watching The Apprentice. But aloudallowed already spoiled the ending for me via my friends list. Damn time zones.
i have for a while been mulling over these because i wish not to offend but also want to ask what i really want to know

1 when and how did you come to your faith in Jesus as the Savior?
2 if you had to move from Seattle (btw have i told you i somewhay envy you?) where would you go?
3 is the seattle area as horribly liberal as it seems to those of us on the east coast (not the good parts of liberal but those rediculess scary parts)?
1 when and how did you come to your faith in Jesus as the Savior?

I was eight and responded to a call to trust Jesus at a children's Halloween party hosted by a small church in my small town (under 100). In fact, the church was only open a few years, if that, and I attended it alone each week. Strange, but I was always an independent boy, and God pursued me the same way.

2 if you had to move from Seattle (btw have i told you i somewhay envy you?) where would you go?

What a nightmare. I have good friendships in my former residences of Houston and D.C.; I've also found myself tempted to run off to some sleepy mountain town and be a hermit who reads and writes in the corner booth of a diner with a steaming cup of black coffee. But most likely, if I had to move it would make the most sense to move to Iowa to be close to family, particularly my nieces and nephew.

But I would hate to move.

3 is the seattle area as horribly liberal as it seems to those of us on the east coast (not the good parts of liberal but those rediculess scary parts)?

I'm not sure there's any way Seattle's liberality could be exaggerated—it's pretty extreme. There are worse evils, though, and few if any of the more misguided notions are pursued in God's name. That's one of the reasons I think I'm more comfortable here than in a more "churched" region—many things are perverted more, but God is abused less.
1. What was your favorite television show as a child (under say, 13)?

2. What is #1 on your list for a vacation destination?

3. what's your favorite letter in the alphabet?
1. What was your favorite television show as a child (under say, 13)?

Probably The Incredible Hulk. I loved all of the science fiction/fantasy shows; still do to a big extent.

2. What is #1 on your list for a vacation destination?

Probably the U.K.—all my roots are there and I've never been.

3. what's your favorite letter in the alphabet?

I'd be afraid to offend the other 25.
i stumbled across your lj tonight through clicking on some pretty random links on a website i found by searching for song lyrics. i hope you don't mind. i just wanted to say that reading your entries was very uplifting for me. it is always encouraging to read about other people's walk with the Lord and what's going on in their lives and to be reminded that i am not alone in this journey. if you don't mind, i would like to continue reading your journal. if you would like to contact me, my email address is rachelheather@mindspring.com. thanks.
Wow, thank you! I'm glad you found my journal. I'm adding you to my friends list.

Chickened out... you can answer these instead

1. What made you move to Seattle?

2. How do you maintain a hunger for God?

3. Do you work, or did you ever work, at Victrola?

Re: Chickened out... you can answer these instead

Chicken. :) I had actually been working on answering the others.

1. What made you move to Seattle?

I first became interested in Seattle because of the start of Mars Hill Graduate School here. In 1997 I interviewed for a position at Seattle Pacific University and fell in love with the city. My best friend moved here at that time (to begin at Mars Hill), and a year later I started inteviewing for any job that looked interesting just to move here, which ended with my accepting a position with Seattle University. I was a student at Mars Hill for a short while, but decided that the commitment wasn't something I could do well in tandem with my other priorities at that time.

2. How do you maintain a hunger for God?

I think He does that. I'm hungry because it's a broken world, and He's the only thing that satisfies. I'm thankful He pursues me and calls me to Himself, over and over, despite my sin and rebellion.

3. Do you work, or did you ever work, at Victrola?

No, just a great place I've supported from the beginning and developed relationships.